Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
mrmillelacs

if they only made a good heater for a portable

10 posts in this topic

ive tried most of them. my problem is that i love to fish hard water but dont like to be cold. my current heater is a coleman double head sunflower type heater which puts out a lot of heat but is noisy and you have to keep a flap open for air quality purposes. A couple people i know have tried the "indoor safe" type small portable heaters but they dont put out anywhere near enough heat. The company that makes these would make a killing if they jacked these up to about 3 times as much heat, say 30000 btus. But they dont. In my permanent house on mille lacs i have a direct vent heater, but i found out that you need a lot more btus in a direct vent heater than in a vent free heater for the same comfort level. Ive searched the internet to no avail. Is there an indoor safe heater available anywhere that could be hooked up to a 20 pound tank and still crank out 20000 btus or more? Ive been thinking about buying a 20000 btu wall mount heater and fashioning a stand and handle for it and lug that around. ideas? thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

you have got to be kidding me........those indoor safe heaters are absolute junk. biggest waste of eighty dollars ever. if you want a good portable heater get the mr.heater heater/cooker combo the one that sits on the floor and runs of a one pound bottle, but get an adapter cord for a twenty pounder. ive been on the lake all day in very cold temps and wind and not been cold......the problem with the sunflower heaters that mount to the top of a tank is that they only heat the top half of your house, no heat down low.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree wit josh Ive had the mr heater/combo for 4 years 3000 to 9000 btu's keeps my shack warm most of the time ive got it set between low and off plus you can point it turn it flip it where ever you want and itmakes soup/coffee ,i still have the big black cat heater for a backup but it has to get rrreally cold before i get um both goin

------------------
Icedog1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've used vented propane heaters in 8' x 10' custom portables, with all the holes on one side, so a double decked cot can be set up on the other side. The propane tank stays outside, and the heavy burner is wedged and screwed to the floor so it can't be bumped around.

I've always used 4" stovepipes, with a metal stovepipe support bolted onto the roof canvas directly above the screwed down burner unit. You also should have a 24" wide piece of insulation that runs from the wood floor right up to the stovepipe support in the roof. You can position this piece of insulation so it is between the stovepipe and the nearest tent wall.

I've use this setup on LOTW and further north in Canada, and it works fine if you're portable is really sturdy, so the walls don't flap too much in a gale wind.

I always shut off the propane heater, if I'm going to sleep in the unit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my Guide, a HeatBuddy usually does the job. If not, I set a Black Cat in the sled behind me, and I'm good.

To many guys want to shed their cloths. "If you ain't movin', you ain't fishin'". I don't have time to take off the coat, kick back, open a beer, deal cards, etc.
If I do, I rent a sleeper on LOW.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use a Fish Trap II (older version of irvingdog's Guide), and an 8,000 btu Dynaglo (like the Mr. Heater Buddy but $15 less on sale).

It keeps the Trap II plenty warm even when it's below zero. Often, I have to set it on the low setting to even stay in the Trap, and I can get by without a coat a lot of the time.

I used to use a Black Cat from Coleman, but the 4,000 btus weren't enough when it got below 10 degrees.

------------------
"Worry less, fish more."
Steve Foss
stfcatfish@yahoo.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

mrmillacs, I agree with you. i use a Mr Heater. It works great in my guide, but have to worry about bumping it and burning a whole in my clothes. Plus you need venting. I've probably burned a few brain cells running that thing over the years. If someone made a buddy type heater with even a couple thousand more BTU's I bet it would go over big.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've used the Mr.heater-cooker for about 8 years now. It's great heater,puts out a lot of heat,but I know someone that bought one of the newer ones and the valve that you turn on and off the heater melted and started on fire.He took it back and got another one and the same thing happened again.He said he never buy another one. The one I got has a metal valve and I've never had a problem with mine. I also got a heater buddy and though it doesn't put out as much heat, It works well in a small portable or camper.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mr Mille lacs, are you looking for a portable heater, or a wall mount? Strikemaster makes a vented heater, I use one in my deer stand. I'm happy with it. It's on their HSOforum.

I use an omni 105 kerosene heater in my fishouse. Only smells like kerosene when you light it and turn it off, both of which I do outside. Once it's burning good, it's whisper quiet and odorless. It's the vertical cylinder style with the tank on the bottom. hsolist, 80 bucks. 24,000btu

I get headaches from unvented propane heat. It's noisy and creates too much condensation inside.

[This message has been edited by Crappie Killer (edited 11-30-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We use Mr Heater single burner sunflower style heaters with 20# tanks put in a milk crate so they dont tip over. I leave mine in my otter sled. During prime time when im stationary i always leave the door partially open for fresh air. But during the day im gunning around and i never shut it down all day, I like to stay warm so i leave it on high, I like not having to fire it up every time i relocate, and its more than enough heat for my lodge. When im gunning around looking for midday perch and walleyes i dont bother with putting up the poles in the house and the flaps do stay loose on the ice, so venting is not necessary. They work great for us.

Remember to: "CROSS THEIR EYES"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    •   Actually the beef was more about keeping the topics on topic so the info would be searchable and usable. There was one thread that was getting all the traffic and good information and recipes were getting lost in there amongst the silliness and idle chatter.   The situation was between mods and should have probably been handled in private between the mods and Rick or whoever.   You guys can think what you want and LMIT had a harsh way about himself but he was just looking after the best interests of the site in that instance.     RH had something to sell, that's the main reason he was even here.     Time outs were a lot more of a thing around here in the early days of this site when there were a lot more posters than there are now.
    • Somebody should tell conservatives we are under an Obama budget until September 30th, 2017, and that Trump has not had a single policy go through the legislature yet so we are effectively on cruise control from the last administration.
    •             ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------            
    • So in their infinitr wisdom, the Goppers are floating what the refer to as "Plan B"   http://www.planbonestep.com
    • 56 HERE IN THE boat on Hidden Bay, let me repeat that 56 as in above zero! That kind of number in the fall would be a for sure an afternoon in the Puddle Humper working some late green patch of weeds down a shoreline in search of that late fall bass bite. I would have a rod with a buzz bait handy and when I would come up on some down green I would fling that buzz bait across the top and pump it back to the boat. There would be a good chance for a bass to bust it or more likely as not a northen would try to impress me with a splash and a swirl. The rod would bend some and I would work the fish back to the Puddle Humper. With the northern thrashing at the side of the boat like a toddler trying to get away from his mother at the grocery store I would wait for him to settle down. With years of practice I would grab the northern by his shoulders if fish really had shoulders. I would be able to gage if it was a keeper or not just by how wide I would have to spread my fingers for a good grip.   Lifting the fish out of the water drops would fall back and I would be face to face with a fish that always seem to have that attitude about him. I would pull the hook from the corner of his mouth and give him the fish a look over. Twenty inches, not bad but it was too early in the afternoon to be thinking about supper. I would tell the fish thanks for the action then let him slide from my hand back into the water. The fish of course would do nothing for a second or two then dart off to rejoin his buddies. Taking his position he would brag about how no fishermen could hold him. Back in the boat I would pick up one of the wife's new fluffy kitchen towels that I had borrowed to dry my hands and work a little heat back in my fingers. I would stay on the shoreline tossing a spinner bait and staying were the sun was shinning and with the luck be out of the wind because 56 is still 56, yup that is what I would be doing.   So I am sitting in the cabin, I have the den window cracked open and I can smell the outdoors. The cabin is breathing a little and I think it to is enjoying getting some fresh air to exchange with the stuff that has been here all winter. A few clouds in the sky but lots of sunshine coming in all the south windows. Wife is out on the deck with the brown dog, she has a soapy bucket of water and is wiping down deck furniture. Duncan is touring the grounds taking his time and walking slow, his nose deep into the old brown grass. I can’t see them but I can hear a few birds making noise. The wife comes over to the window to tell me she just saw three bees. Does not surprise me as the neighbor down the road has a hive, I am guessing bees get cabin fever to! Told her go to the greenhouse and grab the screen for the den window, don’t need bees in the cabin.   Sunshine Ray was forecasting mid fifties this weekend but today is a surprise, I was not ready for it. Not much ice on Lake Iwanttobethere and this will put a dent on what is left. Grabbing a jacket I made my way out to the deck and sat down on a chair in the full sun shine. It was just like a day like today should feel like. I lean back in the chair and closed my eyes and took a good listen. Some birds, a chain saw, which put a smile on my face that someone was using a day like today to do chain saw work. I am betting they are thinking winter is not done yet and filling the wood box might not be that bad of an idea. I took a moment to check our wood rack which was half full and decided we are good to go. Then I heard it, and you can’t mistake it for anything else. Someone had started their outboard, what lovely sound!   Well the wife went in the cabin and came out with a quilt and covered me up. I had no problem tugging it around me, I pulled my cap down low over my eye and the brown dog came over and laid down at my feet. Sleeping especially good sleep is hard for me to come by these days so I don’t need much of an excuse to close my eyes and think of buzz baits, lapping water and northerns who think they are something here at Lake Iwanttobethere
    • Well if nothing else the majority of the 4 pages are not talking about politics.  I wrote this topic due to the fact that when i come on the list of topics on the right side is simply talk.  So i will see if i go to another forum the page follows suit.  Jeff
  • Our Sponsors