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Old 11-28-2013, 10:26 AM   #15
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I have the Mr Buddy heater that takes 2 1lb tanks. It says it has the low o2 sensor on it, should I be worried to use it all night while we are sleeping?
Some do, some don't.

If the temp in the rig, in the morning, is below the 40 mark, I'll sometimes leave my BigBuddy on low as that takes less propane than warming up the surrounding furniture/walls/Etc in the morning. However I like to sleep cold so I do not heat the bedroom.

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Old 11-28-2013, 10:50 AM   #16
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I also have a Buddy heater and love it. The only thing I find is that you must be very cautious of moisture as they produce water vapor as a byproduct of combustion.
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I am curious is there something I should know about using the heater that comes with my rig? Is it unsafe or are we just talking about not using the battery?
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:51 PM   #18
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Nothing unsafe about your heater. It is a matter of battery capacity. The blower consumes a lot of power, so the catalytic heaters save on that. They are also 100% efficient as none of the heat is vented outdoors.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:42 AM   #19
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Nothing unsafe about your heater. It is a matter of battery capacity. The blower consumes a lot of power, so the catalytic heaters save on that. They are also 100% efficient as none of the heat is vented outdoors.
Actually, being 100% efficient is not quite true. With the catalytic heaters you do have to crack open a window or vent.

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Actually, being 100% efficient is not quite true. With the catalytic heaters you do have to crack open a window or vent.

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Not with vented catalytic heaters. http://ventedcatheater.com/6.html
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Not with vented catalytic heaters. http://ventedcatheater.com/6.html
If it is vented, it is dumping the combustion gas outside, Since that gas is hot, there will be heat lost. Ergo, it is not 100% efficient.

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Actually, being 100% efficient is not quite true. With the catalytic heaters you do have to crack open a window or vent.

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Actually it is true for the unvented catalytic heaters. All the heat of combustion is going into the RV. If you have the vent open that is a loss from the RV, not the heater. There are also other losses through the windows, low R insulation and etc.
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We use the buddy heater. We crack the bedroom window and also the vent above the heater which sits in the kitchen.
Gives plenty of ventilation and no worries of lack of oxygen in the bedroom. The bedroom stays cool and the front of the coach stays comfortable
If boodocking in really cold temps, we set the furnace at 50. and have an alarm in the wet bay.
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Correction to reflect my original intent. Thanks.

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With the catalytic heaters you do have to crack open a window or vent.

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Not with vented catalytic heaters.
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Actually it is true for the unvented catalytic heaters. All the heat of combustion is going into the RV. If you have the vent open that is a loss from the RV, not the heater. There are also other losses through the windows, low R insulation and etc.
On that type, you have to keep a wongow or vent cracked open in order to provide some degree of venting. Read the directions.

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On that type, you have to keep a wongow or vent cracked open in order to provide some degree of venting. Read the directions.

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Leaving a window or vent open has nothing to do with how much of the heat generated by the heater enters the RV. In the unvented heaters, 100% of the heat generated goes into the RV. The amount lost through a vent has nothing to do with the efficiency of the heater.
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We have been using a Buddy Heater plumbed into our coach onboard propane tank as our primary heat source for 8 years and 3 coaches. The instructions say to provide a fresh air vent equal to a 3" diameter hole. We comply by slightly opening a roof vent. A Big Buddy requires a slightly larger vent area. We go year around here in the Northwest using non-serviced State Park sites and the heater will run 24/7 for days at a time. We have both a Big Buddy and a Buddy and the Buddy (9000btu) is all we use as the Big on high is too much (18000 BTU). Our two furnaces are power hogs.
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We have been using a Buddy Heater plumbed into our coach onboard propane tank as our primary heat source for 8 years and 3 coaches. The instructions say to provide a fresh air vent equal to a 3" diameter hole. We comply by slightly opening a roof vent. A Big Buddy requires a slightly larger vent area. We go year around here in the Northwest using non-serviced State Park sites and the heater will run 24/7 for days at a time. We have both a Big Buddy and a Buddy and the Buddy (9000btu) is all we use as the Big on high is too much (18000 BTU). Our two furnaces are power hogs.
Very interesting! I was told the buddy heaters all have built in regulators and thus could not be tapped into the rigs system, which of course is regulated. Since yours is tapped into the propane system did you have to do anything special?

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