Mr. Heater Big Buddy Indoor/Outdoor Propane Heater - 18,000 BTU, Model# MH18B
I originally purchased the Buddy 4,000btu heater about six years ago. After being impressed with the Buddy heater I purchased a Big Buddy 18,000btu a year after. I have enjoyed the Big Buddy 18,000btu a little more than the Buddy 4,000btu because of its built in fan and heating capability. The Big Buddy 18,000btu is very versatile from low, medium, and high heat. I could not ask for a better product. All the Mr. Heater products I have purchased over the years have been reliable and easy to use. I like the fact that they have a built in safety for dangerous carbon monoxide levels. I have used propane appliances for over thirty years and highly recommend using fuel filters on all propane appliances. I have seen some owners neglect installing a propane filter and they eventually incur problems. I like the design of the Mr. Heater filters and have installed them on every propane appliance I own. Don't think fuel filters are a gimmick unless you plan on being cold on your next camping trip.
December 3, 2013
Great Heater Use a filter when using bulk tanks.
I have been using this heater on a regular basis for two years. I used it to heat my office at work a few winters ago. It works great! The one problem I had was when I used bulk propane. An oily substance would clog up the lines. The solution was to use the filter made for this heater, and replace once a year. I have had zero problems when doing this. Without the filter the oil clogs up the whole system and the flow of gas is reduced so much that the pilot light will not even stay lit.
September 17, 2013
Bought this heater after reading reviews and went to my cabin last week to find 3ft of snow and 26 degree weather. Fired up the big buddy on Medium and was not only comfortable but TOASTY! Best buying decision in a long time.
January 10, 2013
Mr. Heater Big Buddy
Warms a 16 ft by 12 ft shed in less than ten minutes on high, with the larger propane tank and AC adapter. Tip over stops works well. Runs very nicely on low with the blower. Michigan winters are cold, especially on the shores of Lake Michigan, and losing power is a real danger here. This unit gives me great peace of mind as an emergency back up. Currently it heats an Amish built shed, insulated, well enough to work in on snow blowers if needed.
January 4, 2013
i found this heater to be excellent product, i live in maine and it can get quite cold. this heater will warm a good size room quicker than you'd think possible.it seems to run for a very long time when set on low. make sure to get the a/c adapter. all in all a efficient safe unit that saves me a fortune in home heating oil.to save more money and shop around for propane. i get mine from a large retail store where the price is roughly half what you pay at the local convenience store
December 12, 2012
This is the one to buy
Very handy heater. With the two cylinder attachments it will allow you to have both heat elements on and that will heat up a hunt cabin or man cave in no time. You will be able to turn it down to one element to maintain the heat. When it is really cold you can turn on the vent fan to circulate the heat better. Excellant buy. Works like a charm.
December 12, 2012
I finally got the chance to use this while elk hunting this year. It has been way to warm here in CO.
I used it with a 20# tank, hose, and filter as recommended. It kept the back of the truck (camper shell) nice and toasty. The low oxygen sensor did turn off the heater once. I caught it as it was shutting down the second time and opened up the windows and the pilot light returned to normal. You MUST have adequate fresh air. It never shut off again. I only needed the lowest setting to keep the truck warm.
I was also worried about CO. I had a good alarm/monitor and it never showed dangerous levels. While testing things out the highest ever recorded was 11ppm with the heater on high and the windows closed..
This heater will be in the gear whenever cold weather is a possibility. Its great to have at home for emergencies to.
November 26, 2012
Big Buddy Heater
I purchased this heater, and after using it a dozen or so times the pilot light would not stay lit,I did all the suggestions that the MFG. suggested but still had the lighting problem, called the mfg. about the problem and received a poor customer response, so I ordered a new thermocouple and replaced it and the heater worked again as it was supposed to, then after few more times the same problem with the pilot has happened again, the heater does appear to be built OK, but after these two issues on a product with very low hours of use, and no customer support I will not pursue fixing again. And would not buy another.
November 26, 2012
Survival Preparedness Gear, too!
If you live in the Northern Plains, winter survival is something you give some thought to. After watching Superstorm Sandy out east, and seeing people going for a long time with no power and heat, a person needs to think about what would happen here? Of course we don't expect a storm like Sandy, but then the East Coast didn't, either. "DIsaster" kind of implies that you don't know what's coming or what to expect.
Besides the many obvious everyday uses for this heater, well covered in other reviews, this also can provide a very good source of emergency heat in a disaster. It clearly won't heat a house. It will keep an area warm enough to survive and be moderately comfortable.
Keep in mind, this heater without propane is kind of like a gun without bullets. Pretty to look at, but not worth much. You need to plan to have enough propane to make this useful. A 1# bottle of propane contains 22,000BTU. If you are using 18,000 BTU per hour on high, you can see that a single cylinder will last just over an hour. You would need a lot of these expensive cylinders in order to last a sort of minimum duration of 14 days. Better to use 20# bottles. The advantage of these is they also work on your barbecue grill, so you have emergency cooking.
A standard 20# nominal fill tank then contains about 440,000BTU. (It is not clear that all modern OPD equipped tanks actually will hold 20 pounds. It may be as low as 16#. The person filling your tank can tell you exactly how much is in it.)
440,000 BTU will give you 24 hours running at max output. Dropping back to the medium setting, 9000 BTU, will double that time. You need to think carefully about how much propane you need to keep for emergency stock. If you figure you can get 2 days from a tank using it it sparingly, you can do a pretty fast calculation of how much to have on hand. Also remember, propane cylinders should not be stored inside.
This is a very nice heater. It provides very clean, efficient heat. The ability to use 1# cylinders or larger tanks adds great versatility. Besides recreational and utility use, this heater can provide an important part of disaster preparedness.
November 24, 2012
Searched for a great unit with lots of BTUs to keep us warm on the bleachers while watching our kids play soccer. This is the one! Simple to use, great heat, light weight and Northern Tool shipped it on-time and a great value.
November 21, 2012