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Old 05-11-2011   #21
Helena, Montana
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Scares the hell out of me... I have responded on several hunters who have died/wrecked themselves that way. Almost every time they also did something else stupid, like cover all the vents in an attempt to stave off the cold. Dumb way to die.

Never get out of the boat
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Old 05-11-2011   #22
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The camper heaters heat tubes and all the exhaust is blown out the side of the camper. there is a fan that blows over the heated tubes and pushes the heat inside, so none of the fumes make it inside of the camper.

We also have a blue flame heater we have used in cabins and more ventilated spaces. Some of the blue flames are now rated for bedroom use, where as before they were only supposed to be used for open living areas. These are now 99.9 percent efficient. They do not produce much byproduct but they still use the oxygen in the air which can be just as bad.

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Old 05-12-2011   #23
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Some of the new tent type propane heaters are catalytic, example being some of the Coleman and Little Buddy heaters. They do NOT give off Carbon Monoxide, that is why they are so cool and are relatively safe to use in confined spaces, provided there is a fresh source of O2. The catalytic process does consume O2, so some fresh air is needed, but CO poisoning is not an issue. Some of the little buddy systems have an O2 sensor and the unit will shut down if it drops below a certain level. I've used these in tents, campers and under toppers. I've kept a 3 season tent at 55 degrees while it was 10 degrees outside and was a very happy camper. They are worth every penny when car camping. Just make sure you get the right kind of heater...both companies make non-catalytic heaters that do give off CO, and then you will die.
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Great post on mentioning the catalytic heaters that do not produce the CO and the O2 sensor is worth every penny.

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