View Full Version : Portable Heat

Manual Garcia O'Kely
06-05-2009, 06:59 PM
Hey, so on the first trip in early may we went to the coast and froze our buns off - and I bought a Coleman Perfect Flow compact catalytic heater - this is the very smallest one - 1,500 BTU's, supposed to run almost 16 hours on a disposable tank, and has a spark ignitor. We had hoped to use it inside to take off the edge a bit, but the smell of the unit is a bit strong, although it may just be the manufacturing solvents burning out. However, we found that with our tablecloth on the picnic table, and it between out feet under the table, that it helped to make the chiller nights better - also using it like a small space heater outdoors - again, a luxury item to be sure but for our small outdoor living space, it's good to have some backup when the temp drops.

Since I often get out of the sack hours before my wife when we are camping, the heater made early AM with that first cup or two of coffee a lot better.

06-08-2009, 10:40 AM
A lot of folks think you can use Catalytic's indoors... NOT SO, they breath just like open flame units. you need a source of fresh air, else two things happen.

1: The unit shuts off when it senses the burner (yes they are called burners) has gone out and heat is no longer being generated

2: You die: Cause the reason the burner went out is: NO OXYGEN