Butane gas heater

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How have members found portable butane gas heaters.
We have used the Companion and it has left a lot to be desired. Has anyone found a satisfactory butane gas heater, given that we are all mindful of the inherent risks. Winter is upon us.
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Reply By: IvanTheTerrible - Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 20:47

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 20:47
Binned or given away everyone we have tried.
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Reply By: Gronk - Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 21:40

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 21:40
We use a lpg one that screws on the top of a gas bottle.
The wife uses it to take the chill off the inside of the van before bed, but obviously it's not for prolonged use. 10 to 15 mins max.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER - Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 22:02

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 22:02
Butane turns to liquid at -1 degrees, so wont fire up if below 0 degrees....had to put the bottle in my shirt one morning, funny sensation having it bubble away in there.....not to mention it was cold....
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Reply By: Mikee5 - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 07:16

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 07:16
As Grong and Dozer said, butane doesn't work in the cold. We took the cheapie butane cookers on our Simpson trip, the gas didn't vapourise in the cold mornings, had to heat the cylinders in the swag to get a cuppa. Next time it will be LPG or fuel stove.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 09:51

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 09:51
The cheapie butane cooker does not work well in the cold ONLY because of using the 'cheapie' gas canisters , you can get canisters that are a mixture of 'propane' and butane that work really well in the cold / as in snow country .....
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 12:00

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 12:00
I’d be careful using propane/butane mix canisters in a heater that is not designed for such a mixture. Check with the manufacturer of the heater to ensure it can use these mixtures.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 15:59

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 15:59
I was told the ones available from Big W are a mix & designed for use in the heaters & stoves etc.
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Reply By: NeddySmtih - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 09:05

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 09:05
They are sort of OK to take the chill out of the air but thats about it, investing in a good set of thermals will be more worthwhile.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 09:31

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 09:31
Agree with the others, butane is not suitable in cold conditions. Have used the butane cookers in Central Australia, took forever to boil the billy for a cup per, or to cook bacon & eggs. Got rid if it in favour of LPG.

I know you initially asked about heaters, but the same principle applies. Also, these heaters should not be used in a confined space (caravan or small shed) without adequate ventilation. Danger of carbon monoxide poisoning & lack of oxygen.

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Follow Up By: Gronk - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 16:38

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 16:38
Also, these heaters should not be used in a confined space (caravan or small shed) without adequate ventilation. Danger of carbon monoxide poisoning & lack of oxygen.


I figured if I heard a thud, the missus has just passed out and I'd go and revive her....after letting some fresh air in !! lol

We only use it for approx 10 to 15 mins and always leave a flap open even for that short a period.
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Follow Up By: OutBack Wanderers - Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 00:03

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 00:03
When I heard the thud, I closed the flap just to be sure, just to be sure, rrrrrrrrrr, peace and quiet, lol

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Follow Up By: Gronk - Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 08:18

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 08:18
Maybe you didn't really hear a thud at all ??.......lol

But deep down you'd know something was wrong if you hadn't heard her voice for over 15mins.....lol
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Reply By: tim_c - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:13

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:13
I'd wondered about these - at first I thought it would be good for heating the caravan while camping away from a powered site, but they all have warnings against using them in a confined space. I can't imagine they'd be very effective for heating an unenclosed space so I couldn't understand why anyone would bother buying one. Perhaps if you aren't allowed to have a campfire, it might warm you a little if you sit right next to it?
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:37

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:37
My experience is that they are a one person job, pretty useless in the open or just under an annex roof, which is the only place they are meant to be used. They are really only useful for the direct radiant heat, if you could curl up in front you'd get some warmth, otherwise only your legs get the heat. Mine was subject to a recall so I got my money back and haven't bothered with a replacement. Possibly if you put it in the entry way of a van/camper it would be enough to take the chill off as long as you turned it off before getting in. We have found we can get warm enough with good bedding, the only thing that gets freezing is the hand you have to have out to turn the page on the book or device. To that end have bought a pair of gloves designed for use with mobile phones that have fingertips with conducting(?) material in them. They are expensive at >$50, so bought a pair at a closing down sale and will split them, after all you only need one hand to hold a device : )
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 08:26

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 08:26
Usually by bed time I'm not capable of holding a device, so no extremities leave the comfort of the doona.
In winter, the only cold bit is the time from leaving the fire to jumping in bed. So a max of 1 minute is all it takes..
Same as a midnight pee stop........jump outa bed.....hospital bottle......and back in before you even realise it was cold !! Lol
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 18:46

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 18:46
Not usually enough heat output @ average 5500 btu , but made worst as per other posts as gas boils to vapour at about -1c.

Isobutane cans from BigW / Kmart gas boils at about -12c so more vapour but gas cans still freeze themselves quickly.

A better version is the Primus at 9000 btu using larger Colman screw on cans.

We use Coleman cans on a 9 head jet boil type gas burner from china that is capable of a massive 27000 BTU and can put a flame a metre high for a short time while it eats a $9 454g can of gas in 30 minutes.
But it sure gets hot !
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Follow Up By: OutBack Wanderers - Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 00:10

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 00:10
What you need is me. In Winter we share the bed because I'm like a portable heater, nice to snuggle up to. In Summer, it's nick off into the guest room, your too damn hot, so it's separate beds during Summer, this "arrangement" has lasted 12 yrs so far, lol.

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Reply By: Member - Gary R M (VIC) - Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 15:04

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 15:04
G'day, we have a "Mr Heater" by Primus that runs on propane gas, found it quite good.
Cheers, Gary M.
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