Mr. Heater F3200 MH9BX Portable Buddy is a popular winter item for campers, hunters, ice fishermen, and people who need to keep a cold and drafty workshop in the garage or basement warm. Some consumers are leery about using a propane-fueled space heater – and they do pose risks if they are handled carelessly. However, if you follow the directions and take sensible precautions, this propane space heater can save you money and be a handy addition to your artillery against the cold.
Unlike electric heaters, such as the Dyson AM05, you can use this space heater outdoors, in ice-fishing or camping tents or huts, or just inside your house. The Mr. Heater F3200 MH9BX Portable Buddy is equipped with numerous space heater safety features, so you don't have to worry about your home or loved ones while basking in its comfortable glow.
This is a 4,000 to 9,000 Btu radiant heater that you can use to warm areas as big as 225 square feet. It uses a cylindrical propane tank that you screw on. You can attach this heater to a bigger propane tank (up to 40 pounds), but you must buy an additional hose and filter kit. You can easily turn the pilot light burner off and on using the control knob.
A very real concern with propane heaters in general is the level of oxygen in the room where one is in operation. The Mr. Heater F3200 MH9BX Portable Buddy is equipped with an oxygen sensor that automatically shuts the device off if the levels get too low. Many space heaters include a tip-over sensor that shuts them off automatically if they are knocked over accidentally, but this space heater turns off if it tilts past an approximately 45-degree angle.
This heater weighs 9.5 pounds, which makes it heavier than most space heaters, but it has a fold-down handle that makes lifting and carrying it easy. To be safe, you should not leave this heater unattended while it is operating, and before storing it, you need to let it cool and disconnect the propane tank. It also needs a bit of cleaning and maintenance to run correctly.
The Mr. Heater F3200 MH9BX Portable Buddy is one of the best indoor and outdoor propane space heaters on the market. A few sensible precautions on your part, combined with the design of this space heater, should produce plenty of warmth in chilly areas with no safety troubles so you can enjoy your workshop, tent, patio or other outdoor space even in cold weather.