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Portable heating question

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So I've upgraded to a 2 man portable ice shelter, and now I'm debating on heating units.

2 of my friends use sunflower heaters, one of which has burned his shelter twice, and I also plan on bringing my son out come next year, and I know sunflower heaters + enclosed space + kids = troouble.

I've decided to go with either a Buddy Heater or a Big Buddy, but with a 2 man shelter, does it make a big difference between the 2?

Thanks in advance for the replies.

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Always go bigger grin That way you will be prepaired for unexpected conditions. I have the big buddy and I love it the regular buddy looks rather small to me but I have never used one.

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I've been using the Big Buddy in my Otter Lodge and its worked great. I haven't had any of the issues others on the site have with it staying lit. I use an 11# tank with the quick-connect regulated hose.

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If you've narrowed it down to the Buddies, go with the Big Buddy, you can always turn it down, but you can't turn the Buddy up any higher than it will go.

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I've been using the Big Buddy in my Otter Lodge and its worked great. I haven't had any of the issues others on the site have with it staying lit. I use an 11# tank with the quick-connect regulated hose.

Yeah, I have read some negative feedback regarding that problem. The nice thing though is, even if you have to manually start it, its still seems a better option size wise and a safer alternative to a sunflower.

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i have the buddy heater and a 3 man portable and i have never ever been cold with it on... the majority of the time, i only keep it on low because it will get too hot...

i think you guys would be surprised the amount of heat a buddy heater kicks out.. especially when you are in a small portable (2-3 man)...

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i have the buddy heater and a 3 man portable and i have never ever been cold with it on... the majority of the time, i only keep it on low because it will get too hot...

i think you guys would be surprised the amount of heat a buddy heater kicks out.. especially when you are in a small portable (2-3 man)...

Well idk how cold it is when you fish,I used the little buddy in the yukon one day when it was -5,no way had to pack it up and go home. Now I got the big buddy and man I'm glad I got it. Was out fishing in the porty one day when it was REALLY cold last month,if I remember right -20,and I was sittin in a long sleeve!

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I had the same dilemma as you and I went with the big buddy. You can always turn it down if it's too hot.

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friend had the buddy heater in his two man, was always cold.

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I use both the big buddy and the regular buddy. I had the buddy first.I use it with my fish trap scout.It worked great in the scout, and my smaller two man the eskimo travler. I then bought the fish trap voyager, a dig two man or three man portable. I had to up grade to the big buddy to keep the voyager warm for mom and the kids. These heaters are both very safe. I have never burnt a hole in any of my portables with them. I can't say that with the sunflower heaters. As others have said before get the big buddy and trun it down when it get to hot.

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I have both, and Otter Cabin. The small one is good enough to heat it to waterever you need, for the most part.

The main thing I would say, if you pull shack with sled or atv, or just always use the car/truck to get out there, then get the big one with the gas line and filter with 20# tank.

But if you are going to pull by hand, the small one.

I also think the small one starts better, I like the pilot and ignitor separately and think it works better to start. But I like them both.

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Originally Posted By: jwmiller33
i have the buddy heater and a 3 man portable and i have never ever been cold with it on... the majority of the time, i only keep it on low because it will get too hot...

i think you guys would be surprised the amount of heat a buddy heater kicks out.. especially when you are in a small portable (2-3 man)...

Well idk how cold it is when you fish,I used the little buddy in the yukon one day when it was -5,no way had to pack it up and go home. Now I got the big buddy and man I'm glad I got it. Was out fishing in the porty one day when it was REALLY cold last month,if I remember right -20,and I was sittin in a long sleeve!

i have fished in very cold conditions this winter... went to mille lacs over Xmas break and it was 30 below with windchill during a whiteout storm and we had my little buddy heater heating our 3 man portable and it worked just fine... maybe my little buddy heater is just the sh*t. i have fished probably over 10 times this winter in below zero temps and have never been cold when i had the buddy heater on

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I have them both, got great deals on them on CList so I couldnt resist getting each of them. If you shop around right now you can buy new ones for very good prices! For the extra couple bucks I would get the big one, personally I like to be warm and take my jacket off!!!!

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Now that I want one, I cant find them. [YouNeedAuthorization], even the nearest Gander is out.

Might have to trek to Mankato to grab one.

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