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Old 11-12-2018, 10:15 PM   #1
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I have never used one until just the other night. I bought the single propane bottle one and it would not stay lit. As soon as the wind would blow just a little the thing would go out. Should I buy the two dome looking ones that just attach to a normal 20lb propane bottle? I would think that those are a little better as the dome protects against the wind a little more.

Anyone have an opinion to those heater type propane devices?
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:22 PM   #2
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Hmm I’ve have a little buddy heater and a Coleman cat heater and neither blow out even sitting in a popup blind with multiple windows open
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:24 PM   #3
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I have never used one until just the other night. I bought the single propane bottle one and it would not stay lit. As soon as the wind would blow just a little the thing would go out. Should I buy the two dome looking ones that just attach to a normal 20lb propane bottle? I would think that those are a little better as the dome protects against the wind a little more.

Anyone have an opinion to those heater type propane devices?



Sounds like you bout the sunflower attachment and not an actual Mr. Heater buddy?


Never had a Mr Heater blow out in a blind
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:27 PM   #4
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Hmm Iíve have a little buddy heater and a Coleman cat heater and neither blow out even sitting in a popup blind with multiple windows open
I've got the one bottle heater as well and never had it blow out.
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:29 PM   #5
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Had this going this evening with a couple of windows open and the wind blowing through the crack in the bottom of the blind and it worked fine. Never went out.


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Old 11-12-2018, 10:33 PM   #6
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Is it this one?


Because this one sucks.


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Old 11-12-2018, 10:33 PM   #7
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I have never had mine blow out but it sucks the propane out so fast sometimes it condenses it freezes up the bottle


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Old 11-12-2018, 10:38 PM   #8
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Because this one sucks.


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Why do you say that Dale? Mine is a refurb and will literally roast me out of the blind
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:42 PM   #9
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I have the same one above and it never has blown out and uses about one bottle a day . Keeps the cold out.
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:43 PM   #10
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I've used 2, both are hard to get lit, wind blows them out, any movement knocks the pilot out. They have been a disappointment compared to other Buddy Heater products.


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Old 11-12-2018, 10:45 PM   #11
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If all else fails,, read the instructions.
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Old 11-12-2018, 11:03 PM   #12
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I believe they have an internal anti-tip switch can could be malfunctioning. I had to replace one once. Called the company and they sent me the part. Works fine now.


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Old 11-12-2018, 11:37 PM   #13
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Why do you say that Dale? Mine is a refurb and will literally roast me out of the blind


Mine too....have had it a few years and absolutely love it.


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Old 11-12-2018, 11:42 PM   #14
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Ya I’m with dale on that model. Ours suck
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Old 11-12-2018, 11:55 PM   #15
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I’ve got both. The sunflower one is not as good. It does the job. But it’s gets loose in the stand. Easy to tip over. I’ve had a few times where it was hard to light.

With that said the other one can literally cook you out of the blind
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:00 AM   #16
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Might need to wear some pants in this weather.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:25 AM   #17
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Get the camo Hunter Buddy heater.... I have the red one too....but the pilot lighting mechanism is much better on the Hunter Buddy.... Itís worth the little bit extra.....
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:00 AM   #18
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They don't like wind at all
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:06 AM   #19
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I have the one bottle and the 2 bottle version. Never had any issues with either of them being blown out. I will say that the single bottle one has the issue of not wanting to light if I turn it off and the try to restart it the on/off knob will not turn past the pilot light "click" position. Once it cools off, it restarts with no issues
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:26 AM   #20
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I believe they have an internal anti-tip switch can could be malfunctioning. I had to replace one once. Called the company and they sent me the part. Works fine now.


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Good to know, like Dale mine is a PITA to get lit and if a mouse runs across the floor it goes out.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:32 AM   #21
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Clean the hole where the gas comes out with a Qtip and that will fix it.


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Old 11-13-2018, 09:34 AM   #22
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never had mine blow out
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:39 AM   #23
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We have one in every stand.. They work great
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:44 AM   #24
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You know what really sucks?......It's not having any type of heater!
Mine stays lit, so it sounds like a malfunction, or as someone mentioned not reading the instructions.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:47 AM   #25
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Pro-Tip....go to the garden center at Walmart and get you a $1 stick lighter in the BBQ section for each blind. They are much quieter than the pinging strikers on the portable buddies and bigger....well unless you have one with the AA battery electronic ignition. But then again, I'd have one in my blind anyway because batteries go dead. They last forever in a blind.


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Old 11-13-2018, 09:51 AM   #26
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didn't we have a Heater buddy thread like 2 days ago. lol. i bought one for my wife the first time i took her out to Eldorado. really glad i did. we had a nice Norther blow in. temps dropped into the upper 20s with a strong northwest wind. she stayed nice and toasty. shot her first deer. really don't think she would have gone back had i not bought the heater.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:57 AM   #27
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Keep one in every stand. Very handy. No troubles yet.

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Old 11-13-2018, 10:07 AM   #28
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Is it this one?


Because this one sucks.


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I have never had mine blow out but it sucks the propane out so fast sometimes it condenses it freezes up the bottle


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I haven't used mine a ton but have never had a problem except once last year. I decided to take the 30-30 Mom bought me when I was a kid. Took a buck out of my blind with it and the percussion blew the heater out.
Otherwise it's worked flawlessly.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:09 AM   #29
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Iíve had times when Buddy Heaters blow out or if bumped flame goes out. I might try cleaning out the oriface this year. Canít hurt.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:14 AM   #30
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I don't particularly like the one that Dale said sucks, but it's better than nothing. It tips over too easily, but mine has never blown out or been hard to light. I like the Coleman versions but they are no longer made. The good news is, I have five of them and you can occasionally find them on ebay.......at about twice what they brought when new. Evidently I'm not the only one who likes them.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:22 AM   #31
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This version is top heavy & VERY dangerous bc they tend to tip over

AVOID !!!!
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:30 AM   #32
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I've been in blinds with them hunting different places. Some worked great, some not. Took mine apart last night and think I found the issue. Will put back together today and see.

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Old 11-13-2018, 10:41 AM   #33
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They can all be dangerous and you have to pay attention to what you are doing using them.
Main thing with any heater is you have it where it is stable, and can't be tipped or knocked over, some ventilation, and keep anything that can melt or burn away from the heater.
It's not a good thing to put your cold feet next to the heater, and then notice a smell of something burning, and seeing smoke....Not that I've ever done that.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:46 AM   #34
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Had this going this evening with a couple of windows open and the wind blowing through the crack in the bottom of the blind and it worked fine. Never went out.


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This is the one that I bought. Itís got the bottle on the side and the initial flame comes from the bottom. It would catch the entire panel on fire then turn red or at least turn red partially and then the flame down at the bottom would blow out. Once the flame on the bottom blue out everything shut off.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:46 AM   #35
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I wished I had one in my pop-up stand right now! It's cold.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:50 AM   #36
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I work on these dangs things all the time for buddies and lease members. I have finally got them all using filters on their big tanks and placing a small big headed roofing nail in the pilot hole when not in use to keep the critters out of it. Seems to be lessening the time I have to spend on them now.

They are not hard to work with. Once you get the skin off its pretty easy to clean everything out and be thorough. Makes a world of difference if you are having problems... Been meaning to make a cleaning and repair thread for them for awhile now. I guess since my week of hunting got squashed by a tooth emergency issue, I can work on that this week.


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