Portable propane heater & high elevation?

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  1. Queen-B

    Queen-B Northeast Wyoming

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    We need to get a portable propane heater for our pup. I've heard good things about Mr. Buddy, except that it won't work at high elevations. We frequently camp at an elevation of 8000 feet and that's when we need the heater the most! Does anyone have any suggestions that would work for us? Thanks!
     
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    I use a Coleman Black Cat catalytic heater. We only use it in the evening and sometimes a little in the morning, but not overnight.

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    I have problems starting at about 5500 ft here in colorado. I cant imagine it working inside a pub at 8000 ft.

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    I had trouble with it staying on overnight using the 1 pounders at 6500 ft. They advertise 'not designed for use above 7000 ft'. I read somewhere it will work at elevation if you use a 20 lb. tank. I have since bought the 12' extension hose but have yet to try it at elevation with the larger tank.

    Can anybody confirm this?

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    I found a thread on a hunting forum that mentions using a Mr. Buddy at 7000 ft in Wyoming on a 20lb tank with no problems. Hope this helps.

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    Queen-B Northeast Wyoming

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    Thanks everyone! I have 2 months until we go camping, so I still have time to do more research on heaters! Steve, thanks for the link; Duff, thanks for your experience.
     
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    The issue with the Mr Buddy is the O2 sensor. As the air thins at altitude it begins to have issues and inside of an enclosed pup, it will be even worse. Mine will go out in my garage at 5500 ft, tried it in a wells cargo trailer at 5500 and it lasted about 5 minutes. I wouldnt depend on it at altitude.

    On the other hand, I dont think I would trust any of the colemans for overnight. Maybe for warming up before bed, but get a good sleeping bag and sleep safe.

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