Mr Heater Big Buddy vs Portable Buddy

I think we can all guess how the field test ended between the Mr Heater Big Buddy vs Portable Buddy, but do you want to know just how much better the Big Buddy performed? Check out this field test in Southwest Colorado in November in extreme cold weather and watch the YouTube video below.

Portable Buddy Field Test

  • Connect the Propane Canister to the Portable Buddy

Connect Propane Cannister to Portable Buddy

  • Check the Outside and Inside Temperatures.

Outside Air Temperature

Inside Air Temperature

  • Light the Portable Buddy Propane Heater.

Light the Mr. Heater Portable Buddy

  • Turn knob to High, close Tent Door and Let it Heat the Tent for 30 Minutes.

Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Running on High

  • Check the Outside and Inside Air Temperature Again.

Inside Air Temperature after Portable Buddy Test

  • Open all the Tent Doors and Windows to get the Inside Temperature Back Down.

Open all tent doors and windows to get it cold again

  • Check the Inside Temperature Again.

Check the Inside Temperature Again

 

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  • Hook up the Gas Filter, and the Adapter Hose to the 20 lb. Propane Tank

Hook up Gas Filter to Big Buddy

Hook up hose adapter to Big Buddy Heater

Connect hose to 20 lb. Propane Tank

See KevinRobinson6688 channel to learn how to check for leaks

  • Remove air from hose and light the Big Buddy Heater.

Remove air from hose and light the Big Buddy Heater

  • Run the Mr. Heater Big Buddy Propane Heater on High for 30 Minutes.

Run Big Buddy heater on high for 30 minutes

  • Check the Inside Temperature one Last Time.

84 degrees (F) inside the tent after the Big Buddy Test

 

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Results of Cold Weather Field Test

  • Portable Buddy Raised the Tent Temperature to 65 degrees (F)
  • Big Buddy Raised the Tent Temperature to 84 degrees (F)
  • The Mr. Heater Big Buddy Raised the temperature inside the tent 19 degrees (F) more then the Mr. Heater Portable Buddy in a 30-minute test.
  • The Big Buddy lasted me about one and a half days of use versus the Portable Buddy lasting around 5 hours on low.

Final Thoughts

I love having both of these Mr. Heater propane heaters and will be using them a lot on future camping trips, but I will always go to the Big Buddy heater on extreme cold winter nights here in Colorado.

Check out the full YouTube video of the field test below.

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