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Eric Wetteland

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If you have a regular buddy heater it puts out 4000/9000 BTUs for the low/high settings. This is rated for 3800 BTUs.

Probably best used for a one man portable (nice and small). Or borderline for heating a smaller tow man if the temps are too cold out.

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You could get by with several different heaters for the Base Camp. I would use the regular Mr. Heater Cooker. Puts off plenty of heat and will cook a tasty snack too smile

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Matt, I think he was talkin about the new Mr. Heater Base Camp model that is coming out this year. It should be in stores soon. I like the looks of the heater and think it will work well for a medium sized flip over or say a clam 5600 size house. A three man flipover house is probably better served by a sunflower. This new Base Camp from Mr. Heater kinda takes the cool features of the buddy and combine them with the old school sunflower, but a bit smaller size than typical.

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Matt how are you doing tonight. polarsusd81 you are right I'm talking about the Mr Heater Base Camp. The thing I like about it is it looks small. If its small and puts out heat that maybe a good heater for first ice. If not I will stick it out with my little buddy or cooker.have a good night I'm off to work.

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Eric, I am pretty sure Matt was thinkin about the new Clam Base Camp. It is a pretty cool system, they have a couple different sizes. Two companies come out with a product at the same time with the same name, and they would probably work well with each other. Funny stuff.

For first ice, I think this new heater would be awesome. I like that it is cool to the touch right away and has the low O2 sensors. But then again so would a Coleman Sport Cat or even just handwarmers if you weren't in the house.

For me first ice is going super light. RodPac with three rods and some jigs/plastics, a chisel, and my vex. I hope to have two or three trips with the bare minimum this year before there is enough ice to drag the sled on. Got my local first lake picked already. Yeah, kinda pumped.

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Oops... yep, I thought Eric was wondering about a good heater choice for the new Clam Base Camp. My bad smile

I haven't seen the new Basecamp heater yet... I'll have to check one out...

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The price of the base camp is a little steep though. Not sure if the features are worth the extra money in a 1 man portable. There is enough venting that I feel comfortable with the sunflower type. Not to mention more BTU's.

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That thing only puts out 3800 BTU/HR

A standard heater/cooker will put out 8000 BTU/HR on the lowest setting.

It might be enough for a single man. I wouldn't want to rely on it for anything bigger.

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I would think that with a small two man house you would probably be alright with this heater. I have the trap guide and a heater/cooker and I can only run it about 5 minutes before I have to shut it off for 30 in my shack, maybe 10 minutes most on the coldest of days.

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I was only talking about using it for Sm shacks. You know on those days it's not -20 outside. I'm talking running and gunning. Is it going to be better than my little buddy and by better I mean stay lit. I have so many problems with my heater.If you think of wind it will go out. I put the pop can wind thing on it and it helps but it still needs some help.

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I don't know, I have to disagree about the heaters ability to heat up a 5600, my Big Buddy barely did it a couple seasons ago.

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Eric,

I guess time will tell for how well this heater will work. I havent talked to anyone who has first hand use of it yet. But, it will definately save some weight in the small trap when running and gunning. And will give enough heat to sit over to warm you up on occasion. But yeah, definately not enough on those really cold days IMHO. But, some people can handle the cold better then others. Personally, the Little Buddy is just about right in my Pro on the real cold days, sometimes on the highest setting.

For the buddy not staying lit, a shield or small piece of metal to protect the flame is the way to go. Can be a simple piece of sheet metal used to keep the wind off the flame. I wish Mr. Heater would see that this is a problem and cure it. But for now, my friend makes some flame shields for me to curb the problem. Both my Buddy's and Big Buddy's work great now.

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jkh431

I has at the St Paul ice show last year and I got talking to Dave Genz about the heater problem. I got home the next day and got to work on my little buddy mod. So now I have the same set up and it works but could be better.

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Would like to see the picture of the mods to your heaters. Up here in ND it is windy everyday.

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A friend of mine makes these. Some maybe available for purchase. They are the cats pajamas for keeping wind off the pilot light.

mrheatercoverxf7.jpg

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I just take some tin foil and put it on the lower part of the grill and I haven't had any troubles. It has lasted too.....but if I poke a hole in it....just pur some more on. Easy and cheap.

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