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Posted: 01/03/12 08:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is not a thread to debate the use of indoor heaters, that has already been beaten to death in other threads.

ALWAYS USE PROPER VENTILATION WHEN USING A PORTABLE PROPANE HEATER INDOORS

When we boondock, we like to use our Mr. Heater brand Buddy heater. We have the mid size unit, the MH9BX 9000 BTU, not the Big Buddy. The Big Buddy is just too powerful for our 24' motorhome. The Buddy heater is designed for use with 1 pound propane canisters, but they are expensive. Walmart (and numerous other places) sells an adapter hose to allow the use of an external LP source, so we bought this hose.

We tapped into the motorhome's low pressure LP line by adding a "Tee" at the connection to the furnace. After reattaching the furnace line and thoroughly checking for leaks, we ran a hose out to where the end was accessible inside the motorhome. This end has a quick disconnect with a shut off valve, available at Camping World. This allows us to make sure the propane is off when we want it to be off.

The male end of the quick disconnect is on the adapter hose. The hoses tuck away nicely inside a little door that opens to the empty space under our oven. Whenever we want to use the heater, we open the door, pull out the hoses and connect them to the heater. There is enough length to allow us to place the heater in the kitchen area or the living area.

No more buying 1 pound propane canisters! Yay!

Yes, pictures would have been nice but it basically would have been a shot of the hoses and the heater... and we all know what they look like already. LOL





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Posted: 01/03/12 09:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How's it working?
It's my understanding that the Buddies work off higher gas pressure than that supplied inside an RV- or do you have it hooked up before the RV's regulator?


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In fact I don't know how one could use them outdoors as they blow out so easily.



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We've been using the large Buddy Heater in our 37' fifth wheel for about two years now when we boondock. I bought the extension hose and fuel filter and keep the 25lb tank outside. I run the hose through the bottom corner of the slide. Note: you do need to keep a roof vent open slightly due to the enormous amount of moisture these stoves will put out.


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I have a big buddy and I seem to recall it isn't approved for indoor use using other than the 1 pound canisters.

I use mine outdoors only.


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Posted: 01/03/12 02:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buddy Heaters are approved for indoor use, as they are equipped with the required low-oxygen shutoff valves necessary to attain that approval.

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I think the filter is needed with certain hoses. Some have an oil residue that can clog the burner. There is a hose that can be used without the filter but I forgot the make or the material that it is made from that will not clog the burner. This is what I remember from taking to one of the Eng's at Buddy heater.

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Francesca Knowles wrote:

How's it working?
It's my understanding that the Buddies work off higher gas pressure than that supplied inside an RV- or do you have it hooked up before the RV's regulator?


The Big Buddy has two connections, one for high pressure and one for low. The 9,000 BTU Buddy is only designed to operate on high pressure as it has an internal regulator.

Maybe the OP can give us some more info.


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It works just fine on the low pressure system and no filter is needed since it is low pressure. Even on the low setting, it heats up the motorhome quite nicely.

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I tried the smaller Buddy (California version thinking that would be "safer") and could only get it to work on high pressure of the small cartridge, not on my 10 lb. tank. It didn't ALWAYS work with the can either though so maybe it was defective. I returned it. Still think it is a good idea to have supplemental boondocking heat though. Just have not yet splurged on the more expensive Camco heater. Like your mods Jerry. Always helpful, thanks.


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