how many BTU's do I need?

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  1. jtuc1

    jtuc1 Northeast Alabama

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    I am looking to get a small portable propane heater for the pop-up. Sometimes we will camp with no electricity, so we need something to use then. I have seen the little catalytic propane heaters at wally world, and they are 3000 BTU. Is that enough to heat a pop-up with a 12 foot box, queen bed on one end, and full size at the other end? These heaters are made by coleman, and look like they are primarily for harming hands at outdoor events.
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    It depends on the low temps at night, wind and what you are comfortable with. We use a heat strip in the A/C as our primary heat source until temps drop below mid 40's, then we kick in the furnace. The only other issue will be circulating the heat without electric to use fans.

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    IIRC, 3000 BTU/hr would be 1000 watts. We carry a 1500 watt electric heater and it will work for us down to around 45 degree outdoor temp before we need to supplement with the 17000 BTU furnace.

    But in AL, maybe one or 2 of those will work. If I were to boondock, would use the Mr. Buddy Heater I already have.

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    jtuc1,
    We had one of the 3000 btu cats from Coleman. Used it at the race track a couple of times. It will take the chill out but that is about it. We went to the Mr. Heater buddy and a 20 lb tank and like it a lot better. It has a low (4000) and high (9000) btu. This last race at Atlanta we got up on Saturday morning to snow covered trucks and a blizzard outside. We were still quite warm in the pup. Would suggest one of them and can get one from Ebay for a reasonable price.
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    jtuc1,
    It depends on how cold it is outside and how warm you want to get it inside. Canvas is not a good insulator and you will need to circulate the air. Don’t try to keep the camper warm all night, invest in some good sleeping bags or blankets. We use 2-3 very good 100% wool blankets.
    3000 BTU's isn't much for a PUP. I have a 3000/5000 BTU catalytic heater and it will take the chill off the air in the morning. That is all we need so it works for us.

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    jtuc1 Northeast Alabama

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    Thanks for the input.
    I decided on the Mr. Heater Buddy portable propane heater, which is 9000 BTU on the highest setting. I got one on Amazon.com for a little less that 50 bucks. I have not used it yet, but I believe it will do nicely, since we don't camp in really cold weather anyway.
     

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