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The latest addition to my mini vacation camping gear is a Mr. Heater, portable Buddy propane heater.
No matter where I'm at in the winter or the summer its often a little chilly at night and in the mornings when I wake up, and the Colorado mountains are especially prone to that so a heater of some kind is a necessity.
I looked at a lot of different ways of heating the tent and the Portable Buddy seems to offer everything I need at a very reasonable price. And the fact that it operates the same way that my Hearthrite propane heater that I use in the Arctic Fox operates was an important point for me. And since it only cost $70 I can also use it as a backup heater for the Arctic Fox if the need should arise.
As with all things there was a couple of hurdles to overcome with the little Buddy so it would fit my new lifestyle, but with a little research I think I was able to solve the problems that it had that I was the most worried about.
The cost of the 1 pound propane cylinders it uses is fairly high, especially if you might use a couple of them a day. So to get around that I bought a 10 foot propane hose that will allow me to hook the little Buddy up to a normal barbecue type propane tank which will last a very long time and are cheap to refill.
The other problem it has, and it's a biggie, is the factory limits the altitude at which the heater will operate to 7000 feet, which of course makes it utterly useless in the state of Colorado.
But a little research, and talking to some folks once I got back to Colorado showed that this problem can be overcome. First of all there are hunters and campers on the Internet saying that they've used the heater at much higher altitudes than that with no problem at all. And talking to some hunters in Colorado I was told about a little tweak that can be made to the heater that will enable it to operate above timberline safely and with no difficulty at all. So this, plus the fact that I never sleep with a heater on even in the Arctic Fox much less in a tent, makes me believe that I will be able to take the little Buddy up into the mountains and stay safe and warm while enjoying places that the Arctic Fox doesn't want to go.