Have you ever used a heater in camp before? If not, then my hope after you read this Best Camping Heater review is that you will consider it! I am pretty tough when it comes to the cold, but My Hunting Buddy Heater makes the camping life just that more enjoyable.
I wanted to write this review after using this heater in camp during our 2019 season. Perhaps the thought of being cold keeps you from going tent camping once the weather drops a bit. This heater can make a huge difference and extend your camping season.
The most obvious benefit is what I stated in the introduction- it keeps you warmer. The thought of being cold can keep many people from camping once fall hits. After I used this heater for the first time, my mind set changed a lot about camping in the cold. I knew I would fall asleep in a nice toasty tent (see precautions below). I’ve been on backpacking trips where I was freezing all night- and got no sleep. It’s miserable to be cold while camping- so with falling asleep warm, you are more likely to have a great night’s sleep.
Also, having this warmth will make your kiddos more comfortable too and you will be comforted in knowing they will sleep better too.
Who is This Heater For
Even though this is called “Hunting Buddy”, it can be used specifically for recreational camping. So individuals, couples or families who camp when the night temp drops significantly and want to stay toasty warm while camping will benefit from using this heater.
Product Description & Features
- 6,000 or 12,000 BTU per hour
- Can use with propane gas
- Heats up to 300 sq ft.
- Hi to Low Settings
- Silent ignition (electronic)
- Swivel regulator and single control
- Automatic low oxygen shut-off system (ODS)
- Accidental tip-over safety shut-off
- Runs off a 1lb. cylinder, connects to a 20lb.cylinder with optional hose and filter (Propane not included)
How to Use the Heater
- Ensure the propane tank is securely fashioned
- Start with turning the dial to the pilot position- hold down 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Next, press the starter
- Once it’s lit, hold the dial down in the pilot position for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Now move the dial to the high heat- as the plate gets hot it will turn orange red.
- Once it’s heated- you can turn down to the low position if you choose.
The unit works by burning propane through a ceramic tile with small holes throughout the face. The tile heats up and radiates heat outward; heat also rises off the top of the unit. The heater is a direct fired radiant heater, meaning the combustion fumes come in contact with the air it’s heating. It is very important to have makeup air through an outside opening if using the unit in a small space.
This heater should only be used with adult supervision since this heater uses propane.
The My Hunting Buddy Heater is compact making it easy to carry and place in the vehicle and use at camp. A huge amount of heat is generated even on low setting. There is only a small amount of fuel that is burned on the low setting. The electric push button to (ignite the flame) is convenient. Also, with the Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) and accidental tip-over safety shut-off, you can be at ease using this heater indoors.
A 5 Star Review was given by 76% of Customers on Amazon and 9% gave a 4 Star Review.
There are mixed reviews on whether to use this heater indoors. The company markets the heater as being safe to use indoors. I have used this in my tent as I stated earlier and it’s worked out well for me. I make sure there are OPEN vents and I do not go to sleep with the heater on.
Here are two Q&A’s from Amazon:
Q: Is it safe enough to place in a tent?
A: I was careful not to put it close to the tent walls or any other flammable items. I also only did it occasionally to warm up, and NEVER GO TO SLEEP with it running!!! As well as providing some ventilation.
By Amazon Customer December 27, 2017
Q: Why did they put in the low oxygen sensor? it makes it very difficult to go camping in places like leadville, co. why did they do this?
A: This sensor is for safty in indoor use. Specially for use in RVs and camping trailers
By Jacek Wypychowicz on May 13, 2019
Could Be Improved
The 1 & 2 Star ratings on Amazon were related to the igniter button not working and for someone else there was a loud whistling sound.
My final vote is a definitely YES for The My Hunting Buddy Heater. At a reasonable price, you get the convenience of a portable heater that will make you more comfortable when it’s cold. This heater makes it possible to camp all year round. So come this Fall 2020- I will be sure to have “My Camping Buddy” heater with me.
Have you used the My Hunting Buddy Heater? Please leave your experience in the comments below!