Coleman catalytic heaters are an ideal, and safe, method of heating a small cabin, tent or fish house when the temperatures drop uncomfortably low. Using a 16-ounce canister of propane in combination with the heater's built-in platinum catalyst provides cost-effective, flameless, long-lasting heat without fear of dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in the enclosure. For convenience, some models come equipped with an electronic ignition for flameless startup, and some also include a small fan (battery operated) for heat distribution. Note that regardless of manufacturer's specifications, it is always important to have a source of fresh incoming air, at least six square inches, anytime a heater of any type is used in an enclosed space.
Things You'll Need
- Coleman catalytic heater
- Ignition source (if not built in)
- Two D-cell batteries (if unit includes a fan)
Assemble the heater by attaching the propane cylinder, making sure the heater valve is in the off position.
Light the heater. If it's equipped with an electronic lighter, point the heater at a 45-degree angle away from you, turn the heater valve to the on position and press the red ignition button until the heater lights. Otherwise, turn the valve to on and use an open flame from a match or lighter held above the unit until a flame is visible.
Place the heater on a flat surface away from fuel sources and combustible materials.
Engage the battery-operated fan if so equipped.
Ensure that there's adequate source of incoming air.
When finished, turn heater valve to off position, let cool and disassemble heater.
Tips & Warnings
- Heater output ranges from 1,500 to 3,000 BTU depending upon model. Full heater output will take about 10 minutes of operation. Heat level is nonadjustable.
- Never leave the operating heater unattended. Never run the heater while sleeping. Don't attempt to use the heater for cooking or warming liquids.
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