Mr. heater "Little Buddy" experience?

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Love my little buddy heater. We don't run it all night either. Run it when we get into our bags and when we wake up. Works great in the back of my Jeep XJ. It'll get it uncomfortably hot in there.
 

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I bought a Mr Buddy last year and its been great. The auto shut off works when I tilt it over, and we bought an external CO alarm just in case. I run it to a 20lb tank outside the tent, turn it on high to heat up the tent then on low at night. To help with the CO we unzip part of the window its near or put it infront of a vent (depending on which tent were using).
 

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Those of you running heaters in your roof top tents- Don't you have horrible condensation issues? I can't even boil coffee water in my tent without major moisture in the winter.
 

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Those of you running heaters in your roof top tents- Don't you have horrible condensation issues? I can't even boil coffee water in my tent without major moisture in the winter.
Nobody seems to have feedback on this. I don’t see how condensation could not be an issue on a cool morning. I come from the RV world and those are dry gas heaters, but the RV walls and windows still had condensation on really cold mornings.
 
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They work okay but I will tell you that when I lived in Missouri me and some buds went deer hunting for the last few days of the season. So mid January. We decided to tent camp.

Long story ahort....buddy heater worked well until the temps dropped and the tank froze.
 

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They work okay but I will tell you that when I lived in Missouri me and some buds went deer hunting for the last few days of the season. So mid January. We decided to tent camp.

Long story ahort....buddy heater worked well until the temps dropped and the tank froze.
I've had that issue as well, thats why my tank gets wrapped in a old wool horse blanket and it will keep your tank from freezing over. Also depending on your size of tank you could bring it inside where you are warming up.
Otherwise I use my buddy heater to take off the chill too, and not all night. But I do leave a window cracked open so there is some fresh air and this also helps with condensation. I set the heater on a collapsible metal table under my tents ladder and it heats both the annex and the upper tent almost uncomfortably hot. We used to use the little propane bottles, but we found it more economical to use the 5 lb tank for both heating and cooking. So we purchased the Mr buddy heater hose.
 
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They work okay but I will tell you that when I lived in Missouri me and some buds went deer hunting for the last few days of the season. So mid January. We decided to tent camp.

Long story ahort....buddy heater worked well until the temps dropped and the tank froze.
I've had that issue as well, thats why my tank gets wrapped in a old wool horse blanket and it will keep your tank from freezing over. Also depending on your size of tank you could bring it inside where you are warming up.
Otherwise I use my buddy heater to take off the chill too, and not all night. But I do leave a window cracked open so there is some fresh air and this also helps with condensation. I set the heater on a collapsible metal table under my tents ladder and it heats both the annex and the upper tent almost uncomfortably hot. We used to use the little propane bottles, but we found it more economical to use the 5 lb tank for both heating and cooking. So we purchased the Mr buddy heater hose.
5lb tanks are the way to go. They don't freeze as fast and with the adapter hose you can place the tank outside your tent.
 
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They work okay but I will tell you that when I lived in Missouri me and some buds went deer hunting for the last few days of the season. So mid January. We decided to tent camp.

Long story ahort....buddy heater worked well until the temps dropped and the tank froze.
I've had that issue as well, thats why my tank gets wrapped in a old wool horse blanket and it will keep your tank from freezing over. Also depending on your size of tank you could bring it inside where you are warming up.
Otherwise I use my buddy heater to take off the chill too, and not all night. But I do leave a window cracked open so there is some fresh air and this also helps with condensation. I set the heater on a collapsible metal table under my tents ladder and it heats both the annex and the upper tent almost uncomfortably hot. We used to use the little propane bottles, but we found it more economical to use the 5 lb tank for both heating and cooking. So we purchased the Mr buddy heater hose.
5lb tanks are the way to go. They don't freeze as fast and with the adapter hose you can place the tank outside your tent.
I like the idea about putting im the annex.
 

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I used a portable buddy on low setting in a 10x10 Kodiak Canvas tent and it kept us warm easily with AZ winter temps in the upper 30s. In a small roof top tent I’d think the Little Buddy would be great.