Mr. Heater Big Buddy

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Mr. Heater Big Buddy

HAS ANYONE USED THE NEW AND IMPROVED MR. HEATER BIG BUDDY? HEARD THEY BLOW OUT EASILY. INTERESTED IN PURCHASING ONE AND WOULD LIKE SOME INPUT.

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I sure hope they are durable and long lasting, for I am giving one as a Christmas present.

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I have had mine since last year. I have a 8 x 12 and it is really slick, starts up right away and I usually leave it on High for about 30 hour and then after a couple hours I have it on low for the rest of the day. I run it off a 20 lbs bottle. Never had any problems with it blowing out! The fan on it is a joke though, needs alot of batteries and it doesnt last that long!

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30 hours!!! I'd be on the beach with Corona with Lemon!!!

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just got one last weekend, lots of heat but the tip over protection is too touchy, every time u bump it it shuts off

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Just an FYI for anyone who has the Big Buddy. There was a recall on those last winter. I got one last winter and shortly after I got it the recall notice came out. I guess there were some bad valves that were leaking, possibly causing them to explode on ignition. I had one of the valves that needed to be replaced, so just sent it in, the fixed it and sent it back.

I'll see if I can the info on the recall.

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I just got a mr.heater buddy. I have used one before and it worked really good. I don't have a blower on mine I don't think anyway. I just have the buddy not the big buddy. I think there was thread not long age on the mr. heater I will try to find it can't remember what it was about.

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I have a big buddy heater. My first one was sent back on the recall (you can go to their website if you want info about the recall). My old one had trouble keeping the pilot lit and then one day just went up in flames. The new one's better, but the pilot light is still kinda fussy. The unit's real fussy if you move it or bump it the pilot goes out right away. I also have to turn it on and off a lot to get the pilot to finally light. As for heating it's great. They kick out a lot of heat.

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Thanks for the input. Plan on using it this week in the fish house. I like the idea that they won't give you CO poisoning. If it don't work like it should, Gander Mtn will get it back.

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Someone please educate me.....

Last comment said it will not give me CO poisoing. Hows that work? You are using air and burning fuel in an enclosed area. Please learn me on this one.

 

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They have a built in oxygen sensor, as soon as the oxygen level gets to low it automatically shuts off. By brother has one and has slept in his ice house many nights and has never had a problem. It takes a little while to heat up our 8x8, but once the ice house is warm it works very well.

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I know they have an oxygen sensor that shuts off when there is lack of oxygen. But carbon monoxide has nothing to do with lack of oxygen. You can have lots of oxygen around and still die of Carbon Monoxide if your heater is putting it out. Do they have a sensor for that, too?

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I bought one when they first came out and it was a toilet! I took two of them back before I finally decided to get my money back and bought a plain old sun sun flower style. I have a flip style house and whenever it was windy it would blow out when I lifted the top of my house up. Also, they are pretty good size and aren't a good choice if you have limited space!

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I'm sure these heaters have a potential to produce carbon Monoxide, however it is very unlikely. They just need to be used with a little care like cracking a few windows or opening a little bit of your zipper door on top. Carbon Monoxide is around 3% lighter than the air we breath. This and the fact that it is usually hot coming from a burning source causes it to rise to the ceiling. Carbon Monoxide is produced because of the incomplete burning of fossil fuels that contain carbon. This means that when propane is allowed to evaporate before it is burned off, carbon monoxide is the result. The main reason this happens is when there is a lack of oxygen present, because oxygen is needed to combust anything. Therefore the fishing buddy heaters are safe for indoors because they shut down before the oxygen level is too low and has the potential to produce CO. Also, propane heaters of this type are usually around 99.9 percent efficient meaning they burn all the fuel that goes through them. Hope that helps, I don't own a Buddy heater yet but I'm planning on getting one.

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Fishing Buddy mskes or sells a propane heater...?

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Who put that s by the a.... I am illiterate, you have to excuse me....

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That last post was supppose to be placed elsewhere, either disregard it or Tim will hopefully delete it.

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Deuceman, you are right on. Like a high efficiency furnace, they can be vented out the side of a house due to the low amount of CO. The high efficiency furnaces/water heaters are nearly 97-99% efficient. This is how the propane/natural gas garage heaters are able to be non-vented. Going to try the heater tomorrow. I am not convinced it will produce enough heat though.

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Used it this weekend and it was not enough to heat my house. It would be the ticket if it could produce enough heat. Nice compact size. Used the D-cell powered blower for 15 hours over 2 days and still had power.

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more than enough heat for a portable fish house but not much good outside

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i have a big buddy and it wont turn on anymore. its after the recalled models. The pilot wont light, nothing. I got spark. seems like the controls are shot of the oxygen sensor maybe? idea anyone?

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I have used sunflower heads for years and bought a big buddy 3 years ago.  I love the thing.  What I love is that it gives off more heat than a sunflower and keeps your feet warmer(my wife really likes that).  It also doesn't make that annoying hissing sound or burn the living crap out of your fish house or clothes.  You couldn't pay me enough to use a sunflower head again.  I even use it in my boat in the early spring and late fall to warm up my hands.  I have a cab on Polaris RZR and use it to keep me warm while I fish out of it.  I have never had any major issues with mine, but my old man's wouldn't light last weekend.  He used a cotton swab and some alcohol and cleaned the pilot light area and it works good again. 

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I got problems with mine --- worked fine for years and now all of sudden it is just shutting off out of the blue --- any ideas?

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SHORTHAIRSRUS Said:
I got problems with mine --- worked fine for years and now all of sudden it is just shutting off out of the blue --- any ideas?

Maybe replace the O2 sensor?

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

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Jet could be plugged up. They are similar to that of an oxy-acetylene torch. There r tools to clean torch tips out that should do the job if plugged up. Make sure u are getting propane to come out the jet. Could check that like u would check a tire for a leak. Soapy water in a spray bottle. Spray end of jet where propane comes out and tune on fuel. If you got anything coming out it will bubble just like a nail in a tire.

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 My sunflower heater will not stay on and it sometimes starts humming

It will stay lit if I hold in the button but goes out when I release it

Anyone know what is going wrong?

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thermo coupler

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Piece of junk,  Catman and I use a Hot shot, dam thing will get hot enough to fish in a t-shirt when its 20 below


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Thermo coupler can get all sooted up and may just need cleaning. Take emery cloth and scuff it up till it is shiny brass again.

Had to pay a repairman $150 one time to do that the the reznor heater in the garage. Heater would fire and run for 1-3 min then shut off. He scuffed it up and now heater runs like brand new.

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deuceman03 Said:
I'm sure these heaters have a potential to produce carbon Monoxide, however it is very unlikely. They just need to be used with a little care like cracking a few windows or opening a little bit of your zipper door on top. Carbon Monoxide is around 3% lighter than the air we breath. This and the fact that it is usually hot coming from a burning source causes it to rise to the ceiling. Carbon Monoxide is produced because of the incomplete burning of fossil fuels that contain carbon. This means that when propane is allowed to evaporate before it is burned off, carbon monoxide is the result. The main reason this happens is when there is a lack of oxygen present, because oxygen is needed to combust anything. Therefore the fishing buddy heaters are safe for indoors because they shut down before the oxygen level is too low and has the potential to produce CO. Also, propane heaters of this type are usually around 99.9 percent efficient meaning they burn all the fuel that goes through them. Hope that helps, I don't own a Buddy heater yet but I'm planning on getting one.

I still wouldn't trust one while I'm sleeping.

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fear_no_fish Said:
 My sunflower heater will not stay on and it sometimes starts humming

It will stay lit if I hold in the button but goes out when I release it

Anyone know what is going wrong?

Mine is more like a high pitched scream and will do this for the first 3-4 minutes of running. I light it and let it run while I drill some more holes or it would explode my ear drums. Not sure why it does it, but thankfully it only last for a few minutes. It never goes out on its own though

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johnr Said:

fear_no_fish Said:
 My sunflower heater will not stay on and it sometimes starts humming

It will stay lit if I hold in the button but goes out when I release it

Anyone know what is going wrong?

Mine is more like a high pitched scream and will do this for the first 3-4 minutes of running. I light it and let it run while I drill some more holes or it would explode my ear drums. Not sure why it does it, but thankfully it only last for a few minutes. It never goes out on its own though

I agree the thermo coupler need tho be cleaned or replaced, also John R my heater screams alittle when I first start it. i just turn it up to high for a few sec and it will quit and then you can turn it back to low or  whatever setting  you want. see if this helps you always works for my heater.. weird but works

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fear_no_fish Said:
 My sunflower heater will not stay on and it sometimes starts humming

It will stay lit if I hold in the button but goes out when I release it

Anyone know what is going wrong?

Mine did this. Just had to bend the bracket that holds the thermostat or whatever it is closer to the heat. Now when I light mine I have to hold the plunger in for 7-10 seconds and it stays on.

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