The Mr. Heater Little Buddy tent heater is the smallest heater in the Mr.Heater range but it still packs a powerful punch.
Little Buddy Design and Power
The Little buddy uses the standard 16.4oz disposable propane cylinder that sits in a 8”stand to secure it. The head of the unit sits at a 45deg angle to ensure the most efficient heating and has a easy to carry handle molded into the head. The Little Buddy is rated at a powerful 3800 BTU, which is quite a lot for a unit of this size. This power output comes at a price, you can only expect around 5.5 hours out of the standard cylinder. The heater is rated to heat an area of up to a 100 sqft easily but if you tent is bigger there are some better units to look at.
Little Buddy Safety Features:
The Mr. Heater Little Buddy has the same great safety features as its bigger cousins:
Pilot Light Extinguish: If the pilot light goes out the heater shuts off.
Low Oxygen sensor: This feature by itself is a deal maker. Should the sensor detect a decrease in oxygen levels it will shut the heater off before it gets to dangerously low levels. This makes it ideal for camping in a tent or for that matter any enclosed space. Even with this feature I would get a carbon monoxide sensor if I were using it in a tent. Mr.Heater and common sense tells you to also have a bit of ventilation in your tent.
Accidental Tip-over: Should the unit be tipped over it will shut-off automatically. Although the base is 8” this unit can tip over but the tip over valve is very sensitive.
Little Buddy Dimensions:
The unit measurements are 12”x10.5”x10.5 and it weighs 6.2lbs
Mr.Heater Little Buddy Tent Heater Recommendations:
The Mr.Heater Little Buddy tent heater is a quality unit. Its compact design and powerful output makes it popular, but the relatively short endurance and only the one power setting makes it my second choice for a tent heater.
Have a look at these tent heaters if you are not so sure what your needs are.