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Old 11-08-2018, 11:45 AM   #1
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the smaller round model.

Anyone use this in your box blind and how do you like/dislike it?
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:47 AM   #2
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You will be turning it off after a little while if you keep the windows somewhat closed. They work pretty good in my opinion. Last year when it snowed in the Hill Country I used one in a 4x8 blind and it was nice and toasty all day long.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:48 AM   #3
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I have the bit buddy heater in my 6'x8' box blind and it works great. Usually turn it on high for a few minutes to knock the chill out of the blind and then have to turn it to low or off so I don't get hot. I'm sure the little one would work just fine.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:49 AM   #4
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Ali....It probably won't work for your super duper smart much more challenging public land deer but it will be fine for private land deer...they are too dumb to know any better.....or so I have been told..


My dumb deer are fine with the Mr Buddy Portable in 4 - 6x6 blinds. That cheaper sunflower looking job should be fine too.

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Old 11-08-2018, 12:01 PM   #5
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awesome feedback as usual
Come ON cold weather

Jason, I bought the smaller one, not for the price, but because it's smaller and easier to carry.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:04 PM   #6
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Come ON cold weather

Jason, I bought the smaller one, not for the price, but because it's smaller and easier to carry.
It'll work just fine
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:19 PM   #7
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I have one and it works fine in my 4x4 box blind. Works better if I keep the windows closed, but I put it between my legs and it keeps my core pretty toasty. Now, on 10-15 degree days, I wish I had a bigger one to keep me warm.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:23 PM   #8
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Come ON cold weather

Jason, I bought the smaller one, not for the price, but because it's smaller and easier to carry.
Its an absolute game changer. Well worth the money and has no impact on the game you see.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:28 PM   #9
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I use one in a 4x4 blind with 2 windows open and have to turn it off frequently. I have had deer 50ft away from me while it was on and no issues.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:36 PM   #10
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We have one for most every blind at our place. They are legit. I melted my muck boots one morning napping. I bought some adapters I saw on my phone, that you can put on your white 5 gallon butane bottles and refill your little green bottles.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:40 PM   #11
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I bought some adapters I saw on my phone, that you can put on your white 5 gallon butane bottles and refill your little green bottles.
I've seen those, do they work well? I think Walmart has them now too..

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Old 11-08-2018, 12:41 PM   #12
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I have the medium size one and if your not careful you will be in your underwear before you know it. It will absolutely burn you out of my 8x8 blind.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:46 PM   #13
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If it’s below 30° you will find yourself wanting the regular sized buddy heater. Unless your blind is really insulated well.


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Old 11-08-2018, 12:54 PM   #14
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Jason, I bought the smaller one, not for the price, but because it's smaller and easier to carry.

Its smaller but imo not easier to carry assembled.


We leave ours in their blinds so no worries about carrying....over 11 years we've managed to come across enough of the $49 refurb or clearance deals to put one in each of our blinds with 5 gallon propane hookups and filters. Well worth the money all the way around.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:02 PM   #15
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Its smaller but imo not easier to carry assembled.
I leave a couple of the small propane tanks in the blind and only carry the head unit and assemble there, definitely easier. Other people have been seen around there and I don't want it to be stolen.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:06 PM   #16
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Little Buddy Gas heater....the smaller round model.

Anyone use this in your box blind and how do you like/dislike it?
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I leave a couple of the small propane tanks in the blind and only carry the head unit and assemble there, definitely easier. Other people have been seen around there and I don't want it to be stolen.

So you are asking us about an opinion on something you already own and have/do use?


I took your initial post as looking to buy or hadn't used it in a blind yet..
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:13 PM   #17
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If it’s below 30° you will find yourself wanting the regular sized buddy heater. Unless your blind is really insulated well.


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I disagree. I use a little buddy and a Coleman Cat in a pop up blind with the front window fully open in 20 degree weather and I cannot sit in there with a coat on after about 20 mins
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:17 PM   #18
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I have one in both 6' Maverick blinds, my 8' diameter Tank End Blind and my one Krivoman blind. I have the small propane bottles sitting outside and hoses run to each one. They are a life saver especially when you get old like I am and cannot stand sitting in the cold.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:21 PM   #19
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I bought one last year and it was junk. I was a little bit skeptical after reading some reviews saying that after the first few uses it wouldn't ignite anymore or never would light to start with. Well my first timing using it the thing worked fine. The second time it did light but not easily and then it never would light again after that.
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:36 PM   #20
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I've seen those, do they work well? I think Walmart has them now too..
Gonna put it to use this weekend we will see. Of course when we get there all the big white bottles will be empty
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:37 PM   #21
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I have several, they work great. They will cook you out of the blind on high!
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:26 PM   #22
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threadjack, I have one of the square buddys, that sucker flames up the point it is coming above the grate. had a bunch of dobber nests i cleaned out of there but it is almost like it is getting too much air?? anyone got an ideas to help with a overflamed heater
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:39 PM   #23
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I've had the medium size Buddy for nine years. Works great but is a little noisy on low. Never had it spook the deer. Mine does flame over the top on high now and not sure why. If you go with the adapter and large propane bottle make sure you add the filter.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:53 PM   #24
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threadjack, I have one of the square buddys, that sucker flames up the point it is coming above the grate. had a bunch of dobber nests i cleaned out of there but it is almost like it is getting too much air?? anyone got an ideas to help with a overflamed heater



When it comes up above the grate it is because the gas is being diverted away from the burner. I had a big *** spider build a web/nest in one of the ones I was working on and would flame up just like that. I had to clean out the inside of the brass/silver burner casing and pull off the ceramic burner and clean it out as well. That solved it. It's an easy process.....one screw get the burner unit out. Just got to be thorough...


I have taken these things down to where they are all nothing but individual part to clean out oil that got flushed into them via the big tanks/hoses. Its easy to to take apart. Just time consuming.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:04 AM   #25
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Gonna put it to use this weekend we will see. Of course when we get there all the big white bottles will be empty
Please let me know if they work good, I've been eyeing them for a while.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:11 AM   #26
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i'm always paranoid about carbon monoxide and keep a bunch of windows open. it keeps my wife warm enough.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:16 AM   #27
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i'm always paranoid about carbon monoxide and keep a bunch of windows open. it keeps my wife warm enough.


I can tell you from experience the low oxygen sensor works on them. We had mine going in a new box blind that was tightly sealed and insulated. It shut off and wouldn’t reignite until I opened the door and let fresh air in. After that we had to keep a window or two cracked to keep it running.


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Old 11-09-2018, 08:16 AM   #28
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I have the Little Buddy heaters in all my blinds. Been using them for a long long time. I like ‘em...No problems and they work really well.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:31 AM   #29
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I sure hate the base on the "Little Buddy's"
I tried it out in the garage last night and HATE the base...
Any ideas how to build a small base that will hold the propane better and won't tip over easily?

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Old 11-09-2018, 08:40 AM   #30
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the smaller round model.

Anyone use this in your box blind and how do you like/dislike it?
We use them in Wisconsin all the time when it gets below freezing, with open windows. Set it under the seat so your butt and back stay warm, and the rest of your body will be good. I think all of them these days have CO monitors.

I wouldn't use it above freezing only because of smell. It allows not only the propane smell, but anything on your clothes, your sweat, and breath, to rise before the win blows it away, and will cause scent to blow way further in my experience.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:58 AM   #31
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When it comes up above the grate it is because the gas is being diverted away from the burner. I had a big *** spider build a web/nest in one of the ones I was working on and would flame up just like that. I had to clean out the inside of the brass/silver burner casing and pull off the ceramic burner and clean it out as well. That solved it. It's an easy process.....one screw get the burner unit out. Just got to be thorough...


I have taken these things down to where they are all nothing but individual part to clean out oil that got flushed into them via the big tanks/hoses. Its easy to to take apart. Just time consuming.
thanks I'll give it a go
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:03 AM   #32
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MIL bought me one for Christmas last year. I used it a couple of times in the late season, and it did the job. Although, the little green butane bottle would freeze up if I had it on for a long time. Excuse my ignorance, but is that normal?
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:06 AM   #33
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MIL bought me one for Christmas last year. I used it a couple of times in the late season, and it did the job. Although, the little green butane bottle would freeze up if I had it on for a long time. Excuse my ignorance, but is that normal?



Yes...It's just a layer of ice on the outside of the bottle. It's a condensation deal


https://www.propanetankstore.com/blo...ank-freeze-up/
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:23 PM   #34
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Thanks Smart.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:31 PM   #35
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Honestly I'm a little disappointed in my Little Buddy heater. Maybe I expected more, don't know. It will keep me semi-warm on cold mornings below 25 degrees if I sit it between my legs and hold my hands over the thing. No way it completely heats up the blind though. I'm in a 6x6 ft. wooden box blind keeping one little window open.
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