Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Personal Heater

A small, portable heater can warm small spaces like tents, shops, and hunting blinds without emitting toxic fumes.

Man using personal heater outdoors in snow.
Modern personal heaters have adjustable settings and features like automatic shut-off to prevent mishaps.Mr. Heater

You’ll never get cold when you’re outside again with a lightweight, easy-to-transport propane heater. A personal heather can help you stay in your blind longer, even on frigid days, or keep your limbs warm when you’re working in the garage or shop. The key is finding a unit that broadcasts enough BTUs to cut through the cold air without expelling toxic fumes. Here’s how to find one for your workspace.

Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Radiant Heater, Red-Black
This product automatically shuts off if it tips over.Mr. Heater

A good personal heater is small enough to carry to wherever you need some additional warmth. If you plan on using it in an especially cold place, find a model that produces 5,000 BTUs or more since there’s no real way to confine or direct the heat as it radiates from the elements.

Mr. Heater Corporation MH18B Portable Propane Heater, Red
Weighing only 16 pounds, this model can heat up to 450 square feet.Mr. Heater

Heaters fueled by lightweight, portable propane bottles are more convenient than those that need large tanks like you’d attach to a grill. But a stable base is also important, since having a heater that tips over easily could mean disaster. Another feature to consider is a heater with an automatic shut-down mechanism just in case the unit falls over, or a pilot light that goes off if the unit senses low oxygen levels.

Camco 57331 Olympian Wave-3 3000 BTU LP Gas Catalytic Heater
This model is available has multiple heat settings.Camco

If you don’t like the idea of constantly exchanging small propane tanks, a heater that connects to a full-size propane tank can help you stay warm for a longer time span without having to replace a small gas bottle or worry that you’ll run out of propane. You can also attach a gauge between the propane tank and heater that will show you how much fuel remains. Also, those with adjustable heat settings are more efficient than heaters that are either fully on or off.