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    Buddy heater

    Anyone have any experience with these in a wall tent? I use a 16x14 ft tent and have been debating between a buddy heater and a wood stove. Hunting in CO wilderness won't allow a chain saw so that is the pain. It seems the ease of instant on off of the heater is nice. Any thoughts at all would bE great. Camping around 10k ft late sept.

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    We use a buddy heater a lot. It takes the chill off the air, but doesn't heat like a wood stove. It has a carbon monoxide detector that automatically shuts it off if the levels get high, but do you want to trust your life to it as you sleep?

    If I had to have one I would choose the wood stove every time.

    Get a wood stove. Most average size stoves will put off so much heat in even your big tent that you could walk around in your underwear. You will also be able to dry out all of your stuff. You couldn't do that with a Buddy heater.

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    Big wall tent for something that small, but you will have a little bit of heat. The elevation might be problematic because I think that those catalytic heaters need a certain amount of oxygen to operate properly. I would recommend a stove, even though you can't sport the chainsaw you get enough wood with a sharp hand saw and ax. Key is sharp, or if you have stock and the time you can pack some split wood in with you.
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    Do you find it hard to cut wood after a long day hunting? I just know that most nights I don't even feel like cooking dinner. Just wonder when people cut the wood?

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    I have and use a buddy heater in my wall tent and like it a lot. Mine has a blower in it also that uses D batteries to power it. Warms it up nice while your sleeping and there's something about the reddish glow that makes me know I'm in elk camp when I wake up at nite. Never have had any problems with it but I've heard they won't stay lit if you way up in elevation. I know of some outfitters that use them in all their tents and along with a lantern it warms it up a lot.

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    You can gather wood OK. I have cut plenty of firewood with an Oregon saw though. When I pack in with a wall tent, the first bit of business is getting the tent up. The second bit is getting wood. I would not want to be cutting wood at the end of the day. Then I go hunting.

    Most of our tent camps are planned locations, so we have wood cut before season.
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    Simms stoves work awesome. Pair that with a 32" crosscut saw from traditionalwoodworkers.com and you will never regret it.

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    If your hunting in the cold and plan to be gone more than a few days you could easily pack a small chainsaw and a stove in place of a buddy and the amount of fuel you will need to run it. I have the Big Buddy with the blower, it will suck down 2 of the little bottles in a night if it gets cold. IF I had a wall tent I would definitely use a stove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T43 View Post
    If your hunting in the cold and plan to be gone more than a few days you could easily pack a small chainsaw and a stove in place of a buddy and the amount of fuel you will need to run it. I have the Big Buddy with the blower, it will suck down 2 of the little bottles in a night if it gets cold. IF I had a wall tent I would definitely use a stove.
    You cant take a chain saw into the wilderness area legally

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    Your right, it should say small handsaw.

 

 

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