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Old 10-30-2010, 07:11 AM   #1
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Anyone Know How Long The Small Propane Tanks Last On A Mr. Heater?

I was just wondering how long the small (1 pound ?) propane tanks last on a heater such as this. I have one but have never used it for a long period of time. Thanks,

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Seems like a immpossible question to answer. The thermostat will turn the heater on as needed and where that setting is and what the room temp is will determine how much fuel is used.
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This pretty much says it all!! Just my 2 cents worth.

The RMC-8001SS Tag-A-Long is an 8,000 BTU portable, indoor safe radiant heater. Two heat settings deliver 4,500 - 8,000 BTU's of heat for a space up to 200 square feet. Safety features include a tip over switch that will shut the heater off if it gets knocked over and a low oxygen sensor that shuts the heater off when oxygen levels in the room get too low. The pilot design will also shut the heater off completely if the pilot light goes out. This heater will run for up to 4.5 hours on a one pound cylinder and up to 96 hours on a 20 pound tank. Heater can be free standing or wall mounted. Clean burning and nearly 100% efficient. CSA approved and factory tested with a one year warranty. Tank not included.
  • Designed and approved for indoor use
  • Quiet, odor free, lightweight, and portable
  • Safety features include tip over switch and low oxygen sensor
  • Heats up to 200 square feet
  • Product cannot be shipped to CA, AK, HI, or NY
  • MFG Brand Name : Mr. Heater
  • MFG Model # : RMC-8001SS
  • MFG Part # : F223400
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We've used it for several hours on Low with a one lb bottle, but 3-4 hours is more typical.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:22 AM   #5
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Question

Thanks for the responses.

When using indoors (in my Class B), how much ventilation is required?
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:30 AM   #6
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Thanks for the responses.

When using indoors (in my Class B), how much ventilation is required?
Good question. They always say use in a well ventilated area but how do you know? Enough ventilation and the heater does no good.

Might want to invest in a battery powered carbon monoxide detector. Could save your life.
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The RMC-8001SS Tag-A-Long is an 8,000 BTU portable, indoor safe radiant heater. Two heat settings deliver 4,500 - 8,000 BTU's of heat for a space up to 200 square feet.

This heater will run for up to 4.5 hours on a one pound cylinder and up to 96 hours on a 20 pound tank.
  • MFG Brand Name : Mr. Heater
  • MFG Model # : RMC-8001SS
  • MFG Part # : F223400
The run time at 8,000 BTU's can be derived:

Data:
1 lb cylinder at 4,500 BTU's for 4.5 hours
20 lb cylinder at 4,500 BTU's for 96 hours

8,000 BTU run time: the 1 lb would last 2.5 hours, the 20 lb would last 54 hours.
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I use this heater in the back of pickup truck cap during winter Boy Scout campouts. On a high setting, I use 1.5 bottles of propane overnight (roughly 7-8 hours). I keep a window cracked when I'm in there. The unit does not have a thermostat - just a high and low setting.
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On a high setting, I use 1.5 bottles of propane overnight (roughly 7-8 hours). I keep a window cracked when I'm in there. The unit does not have a thermostat - just a high and low setting.
Wow, your experience shows approx 5.3 hours of run time on HIGH, when the manufacturer claims only 4.5 hours on LOW.

That quite a discrepancy from what the manufacturer claims. Are you sure it was on HIGH?? Just asking. Did you use special propane?
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I have to admit that I often wake up cold in the middle of the night and the 'special' propane has run out so I will clarify that 7-8 hours is not actual 'burn time'. But 1.5 bottles will keep me from becoming frozen solid while sleeping outdoors in January!
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I have to admit that I often wake up cold in the middle of the night and the 'special' propane has run out so I will clarify that 7-8 hours is not actual 'burn time'. But 1.5 bottles will keep me from becoming frozen solid while sleeping outdoors in January!
Thanks for the clarification.

Have you tried using the heater on low? It might keep you comfortable longer?
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I only run mine on high until the burner is fully bright red then turn it to low. A good 4 to 5 hours seems to be the norm.

FYI -- I installed a digital CO (carbon monoxide) meter and while the heater is on the highest reading I have seen is 10ppm. Usually it is zero. The burner on the kitchen stove occasionally produces a 40+ppm reading. The alarm will not trigger until a reading of at least 70ppm is reached.
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