Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Mr. Heater Portable Big Buddy Propane Heater. This guy saved our butts big time during the great ice storm of 2011 in Arkansas. It is amazing the amount of heat this guy provides.
To get best use of it you absolutely want to get the large tank adapter for it. Running on a lower setting a standard grill tank gives you heat for a LONG time. Of course it can also use the little 1 pound cans which is convenient for some things like sitting in a deer blind for instance.
To make that economical I suggest you get an adapter that allows you to use large tanks to refill the one pound cans. These can be had for 10-15 bucks here is the one I recommend. If you have never used one here is a video on how to do so.
I decided to feature this item because winter is swiftly on the way. As I said in 2011 we had a major ice storm in Arkansas and were without power for 7 days, temps were mostly in the sub 30s during the day and low teens over night. Between this heater and our fire place and generator we never even cared.
There are other uses though! You know that relative you have, we all have one that is ALWAYS COLD, the one that stays at your place for the holidays and wants to turn up your thermostat to just this side of hell because they are cold at night. Well put this in their room and let them heat just that room.
But is it safe? VERY VERY safe indeed. First it is quite safe to burn propane indoors, people have been doing it forever, but there are two safety features built in. One it has a built in O2 detector, if levels drop it shuts itself off. Also if it is tipped over it again shuts itself off. The only risk would be if you run it with the large tank attached with the tank indoors. There is a slight chance that you could then have a leak from say the hose or a fitting. That would be a lot of propane and it could be a risk. The odds are low but that said it is best to run it with the heater inside and the large tank outside. If you want to run it indoors without doing that you are better off with the small bottles.
The key to getting most efficient use of this heater is to pick a room or two to heat, set it pretty high for say 10 minutes to take off the chill and then run it pretty low. It is amazing how well it works when you do it that way. Again folks winter is coming, it always does, the time to beef up your winter preps is before not after the first snow flies. So check out the Mr. Heater Portable Big Buddy Propane Heater soon.
I have also reviewed my favorite kerosene heater but not everyone has good local access to kerosene, so you can read both reviews and choose the right back up heat system for your pending winter needs.
Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com
P.S. – If you live in the socialist hell holes of Massachusetts or Canada your owners (elected officials) say you have to buy this version and pay 80 dollars more more for it. There is nothing different about this version, it just has some different words on the package, seriously. Additionally if you live in the nanny state of California your owners say you must read this bunch of bullshit they wrote before you endanger yourself with a perfectly safe heater.