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‘Mr. Heater Buddy’ for Winter Survival Preparedness

by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog:

I believe that this is perhaps the best indoor portable propane heater for emergency preparedness heating.

During the approaching winter, I always reevaluate my emergency backup heat sources for my home. I run through scenarios of various outages in order to assure myself (or make new plans) that I have adequate sources of backup heat for keeping warm – other than my main source of home heating.

One product that I discovered (and purchased) is the ‘Mr. Buddy Heater’ (pictured above). Although having several of these is not my only source of backup heat, I have found them to be quite effective (and portable) for winter preparedness emergencies and peace of mind.

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19 comments to ‘Mr. Heater Buddy’ for Winter Survival Preparedness

  • Angel

    Thanks for posting. I actually own one of these. It should be an assumed emergency item to have in your home or camper at all times. Also great if you’re doing work in an unheated garage.

    Let me tell you, it CRANKS out the heat big time – and FAST. So much so that you wouldn’t even want to have it on continuous.

    Perfect for smaller homes or apartments, or any home where you minimize your living space to just one or two rooms during a power-down situation where you lose your primary heating source.

    You can purchase a longer extension hose if you plan on using the 20 lb tank and want to leave it just outside a sliding glass door or window for safety reasons. This would require blocking off the remaining crack with a strip of insulation or a sheet. Or you can avoid all that by simply using the small 1 lb tanks and refilling them from the 20 lb tank as needed using the special adapter (as I was previously instructed to do by SGT’s Peter).

    This certainly isn’t the ultimate alternative heating source, nor will it heat an entire home, but it will be adequate if you condense your living quarters and aren’t afraid to step out of your comfort zone a bit. Just be sure to be well-stocked on propane should there be an extended outage.

    I bought mine on Amazon, but Walmart also sells them.

  • Are you 100% sure this model is approved for home indoor use? Something tells me no. “Garages and well ventilated areas” perhaps, but not for living quarters, I bet. I hope I’m wrong. I’d read the instruction sheet before I use it. Not worth dying of carbon monoxide.

    • Angel


      This is the reason you need to have a reliable carbon monoxide detector, as the article states:

      “…I highly advise being equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, winter’s silent killer.”

      I’ve never seen a manufacturer of a portable propane device recommend it for in-home use. I would imagine this is due to liability reasons. They cannot assume everyone has common sense and understands the possible dangers of using such a device indoors. Just as well, I guess.

      Yes, ventilation is a must. And no, we absolutely should not have it running while we sleep.

      • Angel,

        You have some good points, but did you know that ~ 40% of CO detectors fail to give accurate alerts over their lifetime? I found this to be a shocking and under reported fact. I will admit having a CO detector is a must, but you might want to read this study before putting too much faith in them.

        • Angel

          I hear you, Timco. Nothing is reliable these days, not the food, not the air, not the water, not the technology for something as simple as this. Oh, and certainly not the government.

          No doubt there’s some who have no business using propane indoors because they aren’t responsible enough to do so safely. Personally, I will take the chance anyway. I’m still here, after all, so that does say something. And I have to look on the bright side. If it gets the better of me, at least I will be warm when I breathe my last breath!

          Anyway, thanks for the heads up and info. This is definitely something people should be aware of and not take lightly.

    • Sayldog

      “Not worth dying of carbon monoxide”

      You do understand the concept of “emergency heat”, right? Heat that would keep you from otherwise freezing to death?

      User Reviews on the Buddies suggest that there is a common problem with debris blocking fuel delivery, and a filter is recommended and available.

  • I am an engineer, so I’d like to caution you on using this product improperly. I just read the instruction manual. It says not to use indoors without a window or adequate ventilation source. If you fall asleep while this heater is on, in a very air tight house or space, you might have a long nap. As in forever.

    “When used without adequate combustion and ventilation air, this heater may give off excessive CARBON MONOXIDE, an odorless, poisonous gas. • Some people – pregnant women, persons with heart or lung disease, anemia, those under the influence of alcohol, those at high altitudes – are more affected by carbon monoxide than others.”

    “Emergency Heat, Tents, Campers, Workshops, Job Sites, Porches, Patios, Decks, Garages, Storage Buildings, Picnics, Tailgate Parties, Construction Trailers, Sporting Events, Barns, Sheds, Hunting Blinds, Shelters, Ice Fishing Shanties” Be very careful using this in your house.
    Instruction link.

  • Eric

    Guys guys guys… do what the birds have been doing forever… fly south!

    70 degrees today.

    • Angel

      Been there, done that… And should have STAYED!!

    • Sorry to keep nagging. I have 2 friends who are in a nursing home because CO poisoned them while they were working in a trailer. I just want people to be aware. And now I will shut up….

      • Angel

        Not at all, points well taken. Eric is right, what am I doing in a cold climate? I ask myself that question daily starting about the autumn.

        • Eric

          My family keeps trying to get me to move back and I always say,”why the hell would I want to do that? It’s too cold there!” Lots of things I miss about it but the winters are much more enjoyable here and the summers aren’t too bad either if you have a/c. A tiny amount of firewood, blankets, and a few candles is all i need as I have no central heating system.

          There is enough stuff to be concerned about without having to worry about the weather all the time.

          • Angel

            I lived in AZ as a younger man. I ask myself why the heck I ever left. Family, mainly, which is important, but the winter weather is one thing I’m becoming less tolerant of with each passing year.

            • Eric

              I gave up on my family. We would be sick of each other after 3 days together. They don’t want to know anything and I can’t unlearn what I’ve learned. Hopefully you can talk to yours better than I can deal with mine.

              Jordan Maxwell was on rense a couple years ago they were talking about a splitting of humanity. There are some people who want to know, who have real feelings and emotions and who care about things, and then there are those who are just barely there, lifeless, soulless as if there is no soul inside. All I know is the first group is a lonely group to be in and I have no interest in the second group since they are still ‘plugged in’ to the matrix.

              • Angel

                I could relate to what you say, Eric. But I stick by family and close friends all the same. Some of them are on the same page as me. And some of them even visit this site regularly.

                For me, it’s a matter of balance. Knowing how much time I want (or should) spend with those who are in a completely different head space than I. And knowing what to to say and what not to say when we are together. Holidays could be tricky, which is why I keep my participation to a minimum.

                If someone is especially toxic (and we all run into those, especially on the work front), that could be a real challenge. I avoid such people as much as possible. If they feed off of negativity and bad vibes, as some clearly do, they will have to do so at the expense of others, not me. These are nasty energy vampires, dangerous folks to be around for even a short time.

  • Troy

    I have a Buddy heater, and it works very well. I always have 50-100 small 1 lb cylinders on hand. I also have a Wood/corn pellet stove. I burn hard wood pellets, $4.89 for 40 lbs. If the power goes down, I can run my generator to power the pellet stove. I can heat my 2100 sq ft home with ease with the stove. As we speak its running, its 20 degrees ouside, and 70 inside. My pellet stove is set on 2. 1 is low, 5 is high. The pellet stove is a St. Croix Auburn…I love it!

    • Troy

      P.S. I’m from southern Minnesota, and last winter it was below zero, and as cold as 30 below for a lot of the winter. We had some days that the HIGH temp was 15 below. You get stuck, hit the ditch, or white out, and you can be in deep shit. We had days last year with wind chill it got to 60-70 below.

      • Angel

        It’s nasty enough where am, never mind those kinds of extremes. I suppose if you were born and raised in that environment, it’s like anything else. But even at that, such extremes tend to get the better of some people as they age, especially mentally.

        In my case, if it were ONLY a matter of dealing with the cold for several months out of the year, I might not feel so strongly. But the winter storms on top of that is the icing on the cake. It’s not that I can’t deal with it. I spend more time outside in it then the average person, so I can deal with it. I just don’t WANT to deal with it.

        • Troy

          I have a Siberian Husky and an Alaskan Malamute. I have to walk them in that cold weather…I know how to dress for it, but this one time we had heavy winds, and it was near 70 below wind chills…I only made it down the road about a 1/4 mile…I said to my Husky….”F-this” were going back! If you have never been in that kind of weather before, it is about the worst thing ever. The dogs love it though!

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