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Old 02-11-2019, 03:29 PM   #1
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This is the write up I sent into Barronett Blinds at their request after I called them to tell them the story. I thought Iíd share my experience with all of you so that you can each tell me how I should have known better. takes ďaround the campfireĒ to a different level.

This past weekend, my dad, a friend of mine, and I went hunting for hog in north Texas. The temperatures were low that night so we decided to use our two buddy heaters in the Barronett Pentagon blind to keep us warm. The first buddy heater lit right up and as we started to light the second one, the pilot light would flash and not stay on. It acted as if the propane bottle was empty. I unscrewed the seemingly empty bottle and the valve on the bottle malfunctioned spewing about two feet of propane. Iíve used many buddy heaters over the years and Iíve never had any propane bottles malfunction this way. The blind very quickly filled up with propane with two of us inside. It all happened so quickly that there wasnít enough time to even think ďwe need to get outĒ and then be able to do so. I dropped the propane bottle. The entire blind filled with a sudden, large burst of fire. I dove across 3 chairs out of the blind through the luckily still unzipped entrance. I imagine it was something similar to what you would see in the movies, however, my battle wounds say otherwise. My friend escaped behind me. At the time that propane filled blind lit on fire, I was on the opposite side of the blind with fire, chairs, and gear between me and the exit.

With the exception of a bruised rib from my dive out of the fire, light abrasions, and burnt eyebrows/ eyelashes/ arm hair, we all escaped without serious injury. While I am well aware that the warning label recommends not using a heater inside of the pop up blind, we did. I was pleasantly surprised with the condition of the blind after the fire. The blind was left in its upright position for about 30-45 seconds before we knocked it over and away from the fire to recover and try to save our gear inside the blind.

Overall, I was very impressed that the blind did not burn worse than it did. Shoot through windows were burnt and some of the panels were melted, but I as I picked myself up off the ground and put out my boots that were on fire, I looked back and saw that the blind was not already in crumbles on the ground. I was informed by Courtney, a customer service rep for Barronett blinds, that they put a fire resistant lining in their blinds. I truly believe that this helped us escape more serious injuries since it did not immediately catch on fire also. I was very impressed with the quality of this blind.

Overall I think we got pretty lucky. Several things went really wrong and we after the dust has settled we have a crazy story. We inspected the valve on the propane tank and it was stuck in the down position and never recovered. Oh, and it was a full tank, not empty.

Iíll keep you guys updated on what they say, but the customer service rep said she would talk to her boss about helping me out on a new blind. She offered, I didnít ask. I told her I knew being an idiot wasnít covered under their warranty. Ha ha.

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Old 02-11-2019, 03:41 PM   #2
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Glad this story turned out as well as it did.
Your a lucky man!
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:48 PM   #3
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Da@#!!! Glad everyone is OK
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:52 PM   #4
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Someone was looking after you for sure, keep the bottle and call the manufacturer, they would probably gladly buy you a new blind or two.
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:58 PM   #5
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Someone was looking after you for sure, keep the bottle and call the manufacturer, they would probably gladly buy you a new blind or two.


Our thoughts also. Coleman was the propane bottle company. It was one of those little green bottles. My dad is going to call them this week. He is not ready to laugh about it yet (only took me a few minutes) and still pretty upset. Never seen him so shaken up. He was at the truck grabbing his gun when he heard the blind ignite and looked over to see a huge ball of fire where we were last at.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:17 PM   #6
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Man, that was a close one. Like you, I've used hundreds of those bottles and never had a valve fail like that. I'm glad you got out with just a little singed hair.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:19 PM   #7
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Wow glad your ok dang
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:31 PM   #8
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Nothing a little duct tape won't fix!

Glad y'all didn't get seriously hurt.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:49 PM   #9
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That is a crazy story, glad ya'll made it out alive.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:50 PM   #10
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Nothing a little duct tape won't fix!

Glad y'all didn't get seriously hurt.


Duct tape and Febreze should do the trick.


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Old 02-11-2019, 05:24 PM   #11
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now your scent is forever a smoke smell, dont worry, smoke is natural.....

Holy sheep caca, you guys are lucky to be alive to tell the story.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:31 PM   #12
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Dangit man! Yall got lucky no permanent injuries.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:39 PM   #13
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Now see I Fruit of the Loom will send you some more tighty whities lol.
Glad y'all are ok

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Old 02-11-2019, 05:59 PM   #14
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Could have been real bad! Glad y’all made it out.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:02 PM   #15
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Scary!!
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:06 PM   #16
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That's crazy !

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Old 02-11-2019, 06:12 PM   #17
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We are very thankful everyone was okay and we can tell the story from somewhere other than the hospital.


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Old 02-11-2019, 06:22 PM   #18
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Man, thats wild. Glad yall are okay
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:24 PM   #19
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Something about never burning two lanterns at the same time comes to mind...
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:42 PM   #20
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My Buddy heater ran out of propane or so I thought. I turned off the valve and unscrewed the propane bottle that felt empty. I immediately smelled gas in my 4 x 6 box blind. Opened the door to help air it out before putting a new bottle in and lighting it.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:50 PM   #21
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Yikes that’s scary.

Controlled propane + fire = good
Uncontrolled propane + fire = bad
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:59 PM   #22
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My Buddy heater ran out of propane or so I thought. I turned off the valve and unscrewed the propane bottle that felt empty. I immediately smelled gas in my 4 x 6 box blind. Opened the door to help air it out before putting a new bottle in and lighting it.


We use our heater in box blind regularly. Iím glad it didnít happen in there. $$$! Plus that door would have been secured and made for a bad time getting out.

Pretty scary when it goes wrong. Sounds like you could have had a similar situation.


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Old 02-11-2019, 07:29 PM   #23
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First and foremost glad all are safe -

Not sure the blind manufacturer should have to pay or provide anything - the propane folks? Maybe so
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:31 PM   #24
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Better head to academy for cheap deal on new underwear.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:51 PM   #25
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I had that happen with a Coleman bottle a couple years ago, always a chance when you are dealing with a rubber valve... I was lucky and did not have an open flame going. Glad you are ok!

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Old 02-11-2019, 08:28 PM   #26
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Not sure the blind manufacturer should have to pay or provide anything - the propane folks? Maybe so


In no way do I think the blind company is at fault or should have to pay to replace anything. My fault more than theirs. I actually just called to tell them how well the blind handed the fire compared to what I expected. I also wanted to offer them pics of damage if they wanted them. I think the fact that they spent extra $ to coat the blind with fire resistant stuff might have actually saved me from more severe injury. She offered without me asking to talk to her boss about maybe a discount on a new one which I thought was awesome customer service. I will use them in the future!

Coleman, on the other hand, will have some questions to answer!


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Old 02-11-2019, 08:35 PM   #27
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Another thing to be aware of is the Mr. Heater connections to a 20# propane bottle have an o-ring that seals the connection. I had one recently that had a broken o-ring and was leaking. I would not have found it had I not soapy water checked the connection when I changed bottles. The o-rings are available from Amazon. I needed the heater NOW so I bought a new connection at TSC on a Sunday.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:25 PM   #28
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Sonofa.....
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:33 PM   #29
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Yeah that wasnít very wise...I bet you never do that again. Lol

Oh and donít smoke while filling your car up with gas either. FYI.


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Old 02-11-2019, 10:50 PM   #30
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Had a similar happenstance in my box blind. Operator headspace problem. I didn’t screw down the bottle snug enough. When I hit the Ignitor, flames flew from the top of the bottle. I was lucky in that I was able to kick the whole unit out the door. When it hit the ground the flames went out and I was able to tighten the bottle. Unit seems to work fine now. But I am very maticulious and cautious about lighting it. I was lucky.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:55 PM   #31
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Had one last year the valve wouldn't shut off. Same thing thought bottle was empty so I unscrewed it from heater and propane began to spew. I flung it out the window and waited for blind to air out before installing another bottle and lighting.
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:54 PM   #32
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Need to quit using heaters in stands. Period.
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:25 AM   #33
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Need to quit using heaters in stands. Period.
Your choice, not mine.
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:29 AM   #34
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Glad you guys are OK.
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