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    Posted: 15 Sep 2017 at 7:42pm
The Mr. Heater Big Buddy and smaller Mr. Heater propane heaters are advertised as indoor safe.  At least one model says it's safe for RV use.  We use our all the time inside, but always with a window and maybe the vent cracked.  And I don't like using it while asleep.  The furnace is louder than a helicopter, but I've found I actually get used to it after a while and don't start up straight in bed every time it comes on.  It's combustion is outside: no exhaust or fumes inside at all. 

You said no hookups, but if/when they are available a 1500w 110v little ceramic heater will keep a pod toasty down into the 30s.

There is no battery powered heater that would keep you warm or leave you with any juice in your battery in the morning.

Marwayne, a guy on the forum here, created a heat exchange heater that works off the water heater.  It is very quiet, and really pretty elegant.  Some of us wish he'd sell them or kits for them, or at least provide a parts list.  It uses a tiny bit of 12v power, but even that seems to be optional.  It works well on pure convection.  (I guess that's the right word.)

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One caution about the Little Buddy heater--The thing is top heavy. The base is inadequate to hold the propane container sufficiently to keep it from sliding out and tipping the unit over. If the base were redesigned to provide more solid support, I could see using it. I couldn't keep it upright. The newer propane tanks with the plastic base don't help either.

I ended up returning the Little Buddy and buying the Mr. Buddy Portable. I liked the BTU output of the Little Buddy, but the safety risk of having it tip over so easily negated that. I like that the Mr. Buddy Portable is much more stable, but performance at the lower setting does not seem to be very good and the instructions say not to run it except at the two settings but not between them. The low setting seems like it is not burning very efficiently and the top setting will drive one out of the 'Pod in short order. I don't want a Sauna Pod.
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This made my Lil Buddy more stable than the one pounders and burns a lot longer.

We use it mainly under the dome or next to my work bench in the garage.







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Yes, that would make it stable. I would nto want to bring a 20 lb cylinder into the 'Pod though.
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Originally posted by StephenH

Yes, that would make it stable. I would nto want to bring a 20 lb cylinder into the 'Pod though.

I wouldn't either. That tank is a one gallon Worthington tank. Got some weight to it.

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With proper venting , having an open ceiling vent, and crack a couple windows, there's zero risk of CO poisoning. It makes no smell whatsoever and is very quiet. Makes nearly no noise at all.

http://www.mrheater.com/portable-buddy-heater.html

The Portable Buddy Heater has a safety tip-over shutoff and a low oxygen depletion sensor (ODS). 

The real problem is it has ONLY a low/high setting. It's either 4000 or 9000 BTU/hr. It cannot be regulated except for those two heat outputs. It's one or the other heat setting. It has NO thermostat. When in low output, I had to open the windows enough (in front near the dinette, not near my head in the bed) or I would roast. It puts out a lot more than needed in low. In low it is supposed to take about 6 hours to burn through a 1 pound propane bottle.

I wish it had a variable output, or at least a thermostat on a remote wire, That would be awesome if it could go very low (off) when the room temp was reached, and fire up as needed when it starts to cool.

If you use your furnace, make sure to run it hard before your trip!!! It will STINK until it runs hot for many hours. I didn't know this the first couple trips, and t stunk so bad it made me think of just bundling up with sleeping blankets and wool hat instead.

If you are handy I would also recommend that you remove the furnace and check that the fan/impellers are not rubbing on the plastic shroud. Mine was and when I had it out I adjusted the fan and also shook out and blew compressed air into it and a lot of sawdust came out, burnt and other wise!! After reinstalling, it was so much quieter!!
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