Coleman BlackCat Portable Catalytic Heaters

Submitted: Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 20:30
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Well, put this string in the search engine here, and it returned no results at all.

Has anyone got one?

Any good?

Thinking of using it in a Microfast MI 4, so there is not a lot of cubic metres of room to heat up.

Are these catalytic units relatively safe, as in requiring minimal fresh air flow?

Cheers

Wolfie
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Reply By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 20:57

Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 20:57
Hi Wolfie,

Just saw one of these at Ray's Outdoors today for the first time. must be a really new thing. Looked OK. Uses the little 1.6l propane cylinders that last about 1 hour for $6.95 each.

Would love to hear a report from someone that has tried one.

Muddy
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Reply By: Member - John (QLD) - Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 21:04

Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 21:04
Carbon Dioxide will put you to sleep .... forever.

Great to heat things up for bed or to rise but we don't leave it on otherwise.

Good for enclosed annex in winter. Not good for caravans or campers - I think one day one of these things will send someone to the great campground in the sky

JC

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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 02:42

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 02:42
Carbon Dioxide isnt the problem. Your brain can detect high levels of it (actually I think that is the only atmospheric variation it can detect) Carbon Monoxide is the killer. It bonds with blood hoemoglobin far more easily than o2 so just a little bit will muscle all the o2 to one side and jump into the blood. Brain cant detect low o2 levels so that is it
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Follow Up By: Member - John (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 08:15

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 08:15
Sorry yes your right - monoxide.

You beat me to it - woke up this morning and thought hang on it's monoxide.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 09:21

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 09:21
A flame requires oxygen to make it burn. As it burns it also burns up the oxygen. In an enclosed space it burns up all the available oxygen and you die.

There have been reported cases of old people sitting in a small, closed rooms in front of one of those old exposed flame gas heaters. They have been found dead due to lack of oxygen.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: brett - Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 21:28

Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 21:28
Don't have one but did look at them. The cylinders are about 0.9L and the coleman site says it will run for 8 hours on one cylinder. I think there are probably enough leaks in a camper or tent for air so I wouldn't have a problem running one inside for a few hours but under no circumstances would I go to bed and leave one on.
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Reply By: paj - Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 21:55

Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 21:55
Tried "Coleman BlackCat" in google:

Results 1 - 10 of about 35,900 for Coleman BlackCat. (0.17 seconds)

:)

Cheers

Paj
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 22:54

Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 22:54
mate, companion are doing a small radiant lp gas heater that uses the standard 3/8lh thread, so much cheaper to run off any gas bottle ( 3/8 or POL with adapter)

Better heat for your buck.

Or you could use the jaycar 12v electric blanket to warm the bed before nap time. $ 40-50.
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Reply By: Inland Sailor - Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 23:00

Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 23:00
Yep, Ive got one that I use in my camper. Its the model with the battery powered fan. Works a treat, probably as warm as a 1000w fan heater!
Most campers have enough "leaks" to prevent CO2 build up and as its heavier than air it probably "leaks" out at floor level.
anyway, its only used inside for a few hours and again I DOnt go to bed and leave it on.

Hope this helps.
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