I have been using Coleman propane heaters for more than 15 years now, so when it was time to add another one to our ever growing collection of hunting/camping gear I went right back to Coleman for a solution I could depend on for years to come.
I purchased this Blackcat Catalylic Propane Heater by Coleman a month ago and we put it right to the test on opening weekend of deer season during an unusual cold snap in the Texas hill country. The heater puts out a solid 3,000 BTU’s of heat and will operate up to 7 hours from one standard 16.4 oz. propane cylinder. It has Compact legs that integrate into the units collar for easy storage, is equipped with electronic ignition for quick and easy matchless lighting, and of course there is a nice (easy to get to) control knob that makes it easy to turn the heater on/off and regulates the heat output.
This is a very nice heater, and much easier to operate than my 10 year old unit as the electric ignition makes it so much easier to light. I always carry butane lighters with me to light up my cigars, but in extremely cold weather those butane lighters don’t always want to work… especially with thick gloves on. I found the electric ignition to work perfectly and really liked the idea of getting the heater lit without digging around for my lighter. I used it in a 4×4 and a 4×6 deer blind and the 3,000 BTU’s of heat was more than adequate to keep me nice and warm in 25°F weather. In fact, warm enough to take my coat off. They work very nicely in tents and campers also; some ventilation is necessary, but you don’t need much. Although I don’t recommend sleeping while the heater is running, I have done just that before and didn’t have any issues; although of course I placed the heater in such a manner as it was not where I could inadvertently knock it over. Easy to operate and moderately priced; this heater is a solid buy that will last you for years to come.