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We have been camping and exploring in Arizona the last 3 weeks, and it has been great except for the rain and cold windy weather.

My wife just hates to be cold and since we have been tent camping it has been hard not to get cold lately.

So I bought one of the mr buddy propane heaters, and it works very well.

But the other morning the temps dropped to about 30 degrees, and the gas at the tank valve froze up I think, I didn't think that would happen.

Anyway, I was hoping someone might have a suggestion on how to prevent this from happening again?

Thanks for any help you can offer, Bob.

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Put the tank in the tent? Make sure it isn't leaking first.

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They all do that when it's cold. You can slow the freezing by turning the heater an low.

 

G:cool:

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The info sheet that came with the heater said to keep the tank outside the tent for safety, so that's what I've been doing.

But I appreciate the reply.

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They all do that when it's cold. You can slow the freezing by turning the heater an low.

 

G:cool:

 

O.K. I'll give that a try. I may cover the tank and valve also to see if that helps too.

Thanks for the help.

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are you using a full-size propane tank or the little green tanks?

 

i never experienced the small 1lb tank style Mr Heater Buddy heaters freezing their valve even in below zero temps, but i usually only ran them for maybe an hour - just before bed and again when i was getting up.

 

the only problem i had was i needed to screw on the tank while it was still not too cold outside. otherwise the little gasket on the heater would get so hard in the cold that i couldn't get the tank to seal!

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No, this is a full size tank. Not the little green one.

I'll just experiment with it, and hopefully keeping it covered will help.

If that doesn't work I'll get a couple of the small ones and try them.

Again thanks for the help.

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I had an issue with the valve on my little trailer. I wrapped it with a towel, worked like a charm.

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