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svtfish
10-31-2005, 04:29 PM
With the cold coming around the corner,whats a good heater for a small boat.
Rich ;D

Off_The_Hook
10-31-2005, 04:35 PM
Check out Mr. Heater. They are very safe, and put out a lot of heat. I use one on my boat. They sell them everywhere.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/content/Item/51/65/59/i516559sq02a.jpg

penn_yan_bill
10-31-2005, 04:51 PM
Just be careful with the propane. It's heavier than air and will fill up your boat if there's a leak. Few years back a boat blew up in the Napa River due to propane. They didn't find much of the boat nor the fishermen.

somebody
10-31-2005, 06:42 PM
the safest and yet very efficient is an alcohol heater. i have 2 for sale at65.00 and 75.00 each. you use rubbing alcohol and just about impossible to knock over. you can put out an alcohol fire with water. i also have a elect-alcohol single burner stove that after you cut a hole for it will be just about flush with counter top.115 volts or alcohol for 130.00 . all plus shipping of 15.00 from carson city nv.

SuperDave
10-31-2005, 06:52 PM
svtfish, can we see the inside of your boat? *The recommendation each of us has is probably based on our own boat solution. OR, at least tell us make and model of your boat.

My solution with a "U" bolt for sturdy mounting and a 2 gallon propane tank. Being able to cook off of it is a plus I haven't taken advantage of yet.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/content/Item/51/60/46/i516046sq05.jpg

svtfish
10-31-2005, 09:32 PM
I have a 2005 186 weldcraft maverick.its just like the North River seahawk.
Rich ;D

ghostfish_slayer
10-31-2005, 09:34 PM
a coffee can full of charcole.

Chetco_Indian
11-01-2005, 06:34 AM
Mr. Heaters LOVE rain gear and boots that get to close. ;D ;D

Empire
11-01-2005, 07:26 AM
Mr. Heaters LOVE rain gear and boots that get to close. ;D ;D

Very true Chetco. And the smell of burning whatever lasts well into the next few trips.

I have a Coleman, single disposable tank type heater. It works well, but you have to be close to feel the heat. Get too close and you will smell the burning clothes.

I did not think about the propane settling in the bottom of the boat. That is a good safety point.

mike464
11-01-2005, 09:00 AM
Another vote for the Mr Heater, I keep one in my 20ft Weldcraft Maverick, we still fish in below zero weather up here in Mt, so mine has been well tested. Mike

SuperDave
11-01-2005, 10:15 AM
A "U" bolt with a couple wing nuts secures the heater and a 5' hose runs to a tank that is in a secure and safe location of the bow.

http://img498.imageshack.us/img498/4089/heater8qt.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

basil
11-01-2005, 12:15 PM
svtfish, can we see the inside of your boat? *The recommendation each of us has is probably based on our own boat solution. OR, at least tell us make and model of your boat.

My solution with a "U" bolt for sturdy mounting and a 2 gallon propane tank. *Being able to cook off of it is a plus I haven't taken advantage of yet.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/content/Item/51/60/46/i516046sq05.jpg

The trouble with your solution is that unlike the propane heater solution in one unit, yours still burns when it is knocked over. Ideally you want to use propane in a ventilated area and have an automatic shut off when the unit is tipped over.

SuperDave
11-01-2005, 12:55 PM
basil, you must of missed the "U" bolt, wing nut part of my asembly. It is "mounted". *No tipping over or bouncing in rough conditions. ANYTHING loose in the boat banging around is a PITA. *The standard Mr. Heater puts out less heat, costs more and the heavy duty Mr. Heater is $120.

basil
11-02-2005, 12:55 PM
Yah, I caught the u-bolt tie down part of your heater system Kahuna, but, I don't consider it as fail safe as a tilt and stop system. Your system is going to get removed and put back in at times. That means, it can be operated with the u-bolts not installed. That is not a fail safe system.

I do like the idea you can cook on it.

Hogsbro
11-02-2005, 06:04 PM
I've got a Mr.Heater Big Buddy, and for what it is worth I love it. It has a low oxygen sensor and tip over protection that is very sensitive. It can also be mounted and has a remote tank hose available to use a larger propane tank. The company is really customer friendly. They had a safety recall on my model last year, so I sent mine in and they had a brand new unit back to me in less than two weeks! So far I'm very happy with mine.

TS5655
11-02-2005, 09:53 PM
Does anybody use the Coleman procat catalytic heater? Sells at Walmart for around $69.

TS

marine47
11-02-2005, 10:39 PM
i have a new mr heater big buddy, i havent had a chance to use it on the boat yet but a few test funs in the garage and it seems like it will be perfect, the big buddy comes with a fam that blows the hot air out, i had a coleman and wasnt to happy with it, you had to be basically right next to it to keep warm good luck , there is alot out there

Sierra_hillbilly
11-03-2005, 04:26 AM
Suck it up ;D Put on a coat and wear a heavy pair of pants you'll be fine. You dont need a heater. Heaters are for sissy's ;D
S_h

Mickey_Thomas
11-03-2005, 06:31 AM
I guess I'm a sissy ;D I have an old Mr Heater(no fan) and used it at Eagle last week, with the top up on the boat it kept the cabin warm and my little dog loved it ;D ;D TS, I'll have to look at the Coleman's at WalMart, for 69.00 seems to be a deal. ;)

Sierra_hillbilly
11-03-2005, 07:01 AM
Mickey you get chilled bacause of old age ;D

Mickey_Thomas
11-03-2005, 07:32 AM
That's right SH, and it will happen to you too ;) I know you feel bullit proof now but it will happen if you're lucky 8)

wetdog
11-03-2005, 07:38 AM
That's right SH, and it will happen to you too ;) I know you feel bullit proof now but it will happen if you're lucky 8)
ONLY IF HE'S LUCKY...NOT MANY PEOPLE LIVE TO BE AS OLD AS YOU MIC...93 OR IS IT 94 :-/ :o ;D

Mickey_Thomas
11-03-2005, 07:41 AM
I turn 39 in January, it's been a tough 39 years :P

SuperDave
11-03-2005, 07:50 AM
Mick, isn't that why we put on the extra 40 pounds to compensate for thin blood? :-/

wetdog
11-03-2005, 07:53 AM
I turn 39 in January, it's been a tough 39 years :P
OH YEA JANUARY WHAT CENTURY ::) ;D

SideJump
11-03-2005, 09:43 AM
Fisherman's warehouse must have been keeping an eye on this thread. The ad today had them on sale for $89.

Mickey_Thomas
11-03-2005, 10:48 AM
Sneak readers ;D ;D ;D which one did they put on sale?

Dennis
11-03-2005, 10:53 AM
Mickey,

Mr Heater Buddy is $89.99 (save $10)
Mr Heater Big Buddy is $129.99 (Now in stock!)

Northern Tool & Equip has the Mr Heater Buddy @ $69.99

fishguts
11-03-2005, 08:07 PM
Keep up the thread folks. I have been looking at the Mr. Heater because of the safety features. Would like to read more on what everyone thinks. Nothing better than honest tried and true opinions.

mike464
11-04-2005, 01:24 PM
Before I bought my Mr Heater I had one of the "Sunflower looking" propane burners, it was nice since I could point it at us for heat or sit it flat for a burner to make a pot of hot chocolate. That was all great until it started shooting flames 4 feet tall inside the boat. The next day I got the Mr Heater. Mike

Dennis
11-04-2005, 01:54 PM
That was all great until it started shooting flames 4 feet tall inside the boat.
A coat and heavy pants are starting to sound better all the time. :o

fishguts
11-04-2005, 02:02 PM
Before I bought my Mr Heater I had one of the "Sunflower looking" propane burners, it was nice since I could point it at us for heat or sit it flat for a burner to make a pot of hot chocolate. *That was all great until it started shooting flames 4 feet tall inside the boat. *The next day I got the Mr Heater. *Mike


How is the Mr. Heater working out for you?

Off_The_Hook
11-04-2005, 06:12 PM
I have used the Mr. Heater several times. I use it on the small propane bottle. It works great, and it has safety features.

As long as you use common sense, like making sure it is secured, don't use it as a foot stool, don't put it next to anything flamable, or anything that might melt, don't let the dog get too close to it, don't jam your face into it to light your cigarette, don't lay your jacket over it to dry, etc, it is perfectly safe.

Just my 2 cents.

CORN
11-05-2005, 07:22 AM
Does anybody use the Coleman procat catalytic heater? *Sells at Walmart for around $69.

TS

I bought the Coleman catalytic heater a few years ago from Sportmart ... about $49 on sale back then. It does its job so I can't complain. Only problem is that the stand got a little saltwater on it and started to rust :-/

Mr_Ed
11-07-2005, 11:39 PM
Hay guys; I use two of those "shake n Bake" bags, they only take about 8 min. to warm up. You can't start a fire either !!!

Trout_Chaser
11-08-2005, 06:02 AM
Mr. Heater for me. I bought the small one without the fan. The optional long hose allows me to put a 20lb cylinder outside the cabin. I even used it to sleep in the boat up at eagle a couple of weeks ago. Kept my canvas cabin at around 50 degrees (on the low setting) when it was below 30 outside. You will get a lot of condesation when using for long term like that, but that is true for any propane unit. The O2 safety shut off sold me. As far as getting something too close and melting, that's going to be true for anything that puts out decent heat. The pan type heaters work but there is no safety for oxygen or for tip over. I keep a coleman stove in the bow storage to cook on. I also fold up the coleman and set the Mr. Heater on it when using for over night. Just a precaution to protect the floor or bench from the heat off of the heater.

mike464
11-08-2005, 08:40 AM
The Mr Heater solved my heater/flame thrower issues, I would still like one that I could cook on as well though. Mike

somebody
11-08-2005, 09:13 AM
alcohol is still the safest and best

c-roach
11-08-2005, 10:56 AM
Home Depot has both Mr. Heater reg. at $79 & Big Buddy for 129.

Steelhead
11-11-2005, 12:12 AM
don't jam your face into it to light your cigarette,

Thats' why I smoke cigars.

In an open cabin Mr. Heater is the way to go (There's nothing quite like the smell of burning neoprene ;D). Closed cabin, some kind of heat exchange system off the motor.

Outboard/closed cabin, leave a window cracked

Chapa
11-11-2005, 12:19 AM
Just got a Mr. Heater let you know how it goes after this weekend

Chapa

stagger_lee
11-12-2005, 11:52 AM
Throw in a couple of cans of Sterno just in case! At least you can warm your hand and or............

wetdog
11-12-2005, 04:49 PM
The seats torch off pretty good and put off some good heat...but the burn'n plastic smells bad and it burns holes in the deck ! ::) :o ;D

wetdog
11-12-2005, 04:51 PM
Throw in a couple of cans of Sterno just in case! At least you can warm your hand and or............WONDERFUL WINEO ;D ;D ;D