At times you may wish the camping season to last longer! In case you like to go out and camp when the season is chilly, you would love having some kind of a portable heater. You can have an extended season for camping by going out with a Coleman catalytic propane heater, which is safe and efficient too.
Since a catalytic heater emits no flame, there is no worry of your tent catching any fire. Using a platinum catalyst, the heater combines oxygen and propane. You certainly need to light up propane to start with but subsequently heat is produced as a result of chemical reaction that takes place between oxygen, propane and platinum. The bye products of the chemical reaction are chiefly water vapors and carbon dioxide.
The Coleman ProCat catalytic heater produces 3,000 BTU of heat through an easily available propane canister of one pound that will last for six to eight hours. You don’t require any matches for lighting the heater as it comes with InstaStart piezoelectric igniter that lights up the unit by the mere flip of a button. The heater is provided with a built- in fan that works on batteries to uniformly circulate the heated air and thus keep the place warm.
Though the Coleman ProCat is bigger than what you might have seen in pictures, it remains quite portable. It should also be added here that despite there being no flame, the mesh of the heater becomes sufficiently hot to melt synthetic items, which makes it imperative to keep the heater away from the walls of the tent. You should also know that there is a small burst of flame at the time of ignition that exits from the front of the heater till the catalytic reaction starts, so care needs to be taken that it points away from the holiday group and other objects.
Be cozy and safe in your tent. With proper ventilation, you can run the ProCat all night, but it is safer and more cost effective to use the heater only when you are awake. Light it up to warm the tent just before bed, and then snuggle down in your sleeping bag. It’s a simple matter to reach out to light it again an hour or so before you get up in the morning.
Feel safe and comfortable in your tent. If you are keen to keep your ProCat on for the entire night, make sure that you have proper ventilation. But, it works out economical and safer too, if you leave the heater on while you are awake. You can warm up the tent before it’s time to retire for the night. You can light it up once again a little before it’s time to leave bed and huddle back in your bed for a while.
The Coleman SportCat catalytic heater offers safe and flameless heat in smaller areas. Heater rated for 1500 BTU can keep you warm for about fourteen hours using a one pound propane heater. The InstaStart electric ignition requires no matches, and comes with a practical built-in handle allowing you to conveniently take the SportCat to any place.
Generally, the users complain of a smell on using the heater for the first time. You should not ignore that almost any new heating device emits some smell initially. The smell is because the components of the heater are subjected to different treatments at the time of manufacturing, and any residues as a result would get burnt when you use it for the first time. A good solution to that problem is to take the heater out and burn one canister of propane that clears all the residues and then start using it indoors.
It’s very important that you buy the right sized heater for heating any given area. The thumb rule for determining the right sized heater is to calculate the volume of your tent by multiplying its length, width and height. On multiplying the volume with four, you get the right size of the heater you should have. If you are going to use the heater in an enclosed and insulated place, multiply the volume by three. . The Coleman SportCat keeps those smaller rooms warm.
Coleman Tent Heater
Another portable model is PowerCat. This catalytic heater is rated for 3,000-BTU. This also comes with InstaStart ignition and has a quiet fan that circulates the warm air. It works for about eight hours on a one-pound propane canister. Those having used it report that it keeps the tent warm even when it’s freezing outside.
Many people are apprehensive of using such heaters for fear of carbon monoxide that may be emitted when the heater is used in an enclosed area. Tests conducted on use of catalytic heaters by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission confirm that these heaters release negligible amounts of carbon monoxide and pose no threat for healthy adults.
However, we shouldn’t overlook the fact that catalytic necessarily require oxygen. Since heat is generated as a result of a chemical action and not by producing a flame, the catalytic heater can operate even when oxygen levels are low. This could cause oxygen deficiency and lead to hypoxia. It should also be understood that the lower the level of oxygen, the lower is the efficiency of the heater, which means there is an accumulation of unprocessed propane hydrocarbons, causing the hazard of hypoxia.
You can avoid all the associated risks by ensuring sufficient ventilation in your tent. It’s not much of an effort. An opening of the size of 3×3 inches suffices to solve the purpose. Normally, tents have larger mesh-covered openings. As an additional safety measure you could avoid using the heater while sleeping. Light up the heater well before bedtime so that the area gets warm. Apart from playing safe, you will also be saving your fuel.