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Dave in PA
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Posted - November 01 2017 :  10:14:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have finally decided to make a purchase I've been putting off for two years and get a Mr. Heater Big Buddy.

My questions are if any of you that own them, do you use the low pressure regulator or is it unnecessary? And, do you keep a spare filter in case of clogs?

I have a number of small propane tanks that I use to power my Coleman stove for camping and also have several 20 lb. tanks to either refill the small tanks or to power the Mr. Heater for longer outages.

Thanks for any help.

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Posted - November 02 2017 :  5:48:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have 2 of them. If you use the 1 pound cans nothing else is required. I also have a hose assembly for a 20 pound can. (Some government agency have dictated that a 20 pound can is unsafe inside.) I bought the hose assembly from Cabela's a few years back.

I have a friend that had a hunting cabin up here, and he used a big buddy to heat his cabin. It was approx. 15x20 guessing. One big buddy kept it comfortable for him. His girl friend said she was cold.

There are several videos on YouTube that shows how to refill the 1 pound cans using a 20 pound can.

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Edited by - wolfgang2000 on November 04 2017 11:26:43 AM
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Dave in PA
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Posted - November 03 2017 :  07:57:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks wolfgang, I went to a local Tractor Supply store and got one. I'm going to get a battery powered CO detector to keep handy if we use the heater.
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Posted - November 04 2017 :  11:36:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a couple of Big Buddy heaters and I really like them. I use one in my deer blind with a 20# container.

Last winter my daughter had a power outage and used both of them. They did a great job keeping their house tolerable.

Mr Heater recommends using an inline filter that costs about $12 if you use a 20# tank. It filters out impurities that can come from the bigger tanks. I have one for each of my heaters.

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