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    Default what do I want for a tent heater?

    So do I need the 140.00 big buddy that is indoor approved or will that 54 dollar one thats not approved for indoor space work? Would just a couple of propane lanterns be fine?

    How many BTU's need for a quickfish 6 in 20 degree weather?

    Im not looking to sit in shorts and a t-shirt. Just be comfortable with medium weight gear on and no hat.

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    i use a big buddy heater in my house but its smaller than yours and i can sit in there in shorts at 20 but at -20 its is just comfertable in pretty much all your gear but your hat and gloves

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    NEVER use a non-approved heater indoors, carbon monoxide is bad for your health and can kill you! The Big Buddy has a low oxygen sensor and burns producing little carbon monoxide but vented systems are best. I would never use a propane heater without a monoxide alarm.

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    I use the Mr. Heater Mr. Cooker in my tent even though I know it isn't good because of carbon monoxide. I was down to George Lake this week fishing at minus 48 both mornings that we were there and once I was set up I was comfortable in my Eskimoe shanty. I had both vents open and would crack a window as needed to keep the dripping to a minimum off of the ceiling. The fishing was pretty darn good by the way with a good catch of pike with the largest at 30 inches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcox View Post
    Yup!!
    I run one of these in my huts (both smaller than yours)
    http://www.mrheater.com/product.aspx?catid=42&id=21

    I keep the vents open and the door is 1/2 open or fully open so I don't go turtle!!!
    I left the vents open but the door closed eariler this season but started to get a headache due to CO buildup so I make sure to have more ventilation now.

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    Smile Tank Top Heater The Key To Being Warmth

    You can't go wrong with the tank top. Less expensive and puts out more heat. I started out this year with the small budy heater for my quickfish 3 but it would not keep me warm at negative temps. It works o.k. when the temps are above 20.

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    Default Tank top the best

    I use the tank top heater the most but also occasional use the Big Buddy heater as a back-up or if it is real warm out. The Big Buddy has a tendency to create a big puddle of water directly in front of it as the heat output is generally downward. The tank top is the best as the heat is more evenly dispersed and you can position them much more easily. If you pick the Big Buddy up and try to move it while it is lit, it usually goes out. I have fished in my QuickFish 6 using the tank top when it was -30 out and I was very comfortable and the holes were not freezing over. The nice thing about the dual tank top is that you can run both of them or just one of them. There is also a high, medium and low setting so you actually can set just the right amount of btu's that you need for the situation.


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    I just use a propane lanturn for my quick fish 3. at 20 degrees it will be about 60 inside my hut, but it is less effective at colder temps. at -10 I only get about a 10 degree benefit.

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    I have a single tank top heater, buddy heater and the big buddy heater. I like the big buddy best, I use it in my quickfish 6 and usually remove my jacket until the outside temps drop to about -10. I also feel its safer with my kids in the tent also. Of course it really sucks after being so warm inside the tent and then having to walk back to the truck in the cold.

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    I can't stand my Mr Buddy heater for ice fishing. Broke numerous ceramic plates and the thing won't hardly run at -10 and colder. I put in the boat since it's not very rugged and use my top burner for ice fishing. Just keep plenty of air moving.

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    Tank top is way to go.
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    The tank top heater is the best. I also have a buddy heater and it doesn't even come close to putting out the heat of the tank top. All the buddy heater does is melt the ice in the hut! Tank top heater for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcox View Post
    I have a different model one burner but it does the same thing. On the lowest setting you can only keep it on for 10 minutes or so before you have to turn it off.

    Phenomenal heater.
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    Thanks for the tips! went out and got a tank top heater. The MH12T. It was about 0-10 degrees on Long lake yesterday and the heater kept it pretty comfortable there on mostly low to medium setting.

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    I have an eskimo 3 man pop up shelter and run a coleman catalytic heater. It warms me enough to take off hats and gloves and coat. And I am not fishing in a melted puddle. The buddy heaters look nice too but this is what works for me.

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    you made the right call matt! I have the cooker version, but if I had to do it over again I'd get the tank top. Now go fish!

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    saw a big buddy heater with paper work on craigs list today for 60 bucks in ancortown

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