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Winter camping strategies

Postby Pinstriper » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:36 pm

The heater buddy is not combustion, it is a catalytic heater. It doesn’t generate CO, is generates CO2. Now you still need a vent, but that is to prevent oxygen starvation. They have a built in low oxygen sensor and shutoff. So crack the roof vent or window and you are fine.

In my teardrop, running the heater buddy for 15 minutes every 90-120 minutes, then go back to sleep, will get you thru a night below zero. When it gets cold enough, you will wake up. It never runs while I sleep.

Beyond that, heavy flannel sleeping bag, wool socks and a fleece cap does the trick.

For outside living we run a bonfire while in camp. I have a 55 gal steel drum cut in half with vents at the base like a rocket stove. Bring plenty of wood, or be prepared to cut and split if thats allowed where you are (BLM, NFS).

I also have an easy up shelter with walls, and a “cannon” style propane space heater. 10 minutes from the 20’s to the 70’s, set up table and chairs for cooking, cards, dressing, etc. and you get warmer faster than if you have to start the bonfire from scratch.

There is a school of thought that advocates putting the easy up and walls around your teardrop if you can. I haven’t bothered, but it would certainly buy you a few degrees.

The problem with water bottles and blankets alone is this: when it all cools off at 3am or whatever, you are cold. Are you prepared to get up and boil more water before going back to sleep ? I’m not. I can roll over and start the heater buddy, read a few pages until the space is warm again, and I am set for a few hours more.

Running a generator to give you shore power for an electric heater is the least efficient use of fuel and the noise will keep you up if you are letting it run all night.

As far as pee bottles go, best practice is wide mouth gatoraide, and and nobody ever mistook the blue gatoraide for a full pee bottle. The same cannot be said of lemon lime. DAMHIK. If you can get away with the narrow mouth, congratulations, I guess.


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Re: Winter camping strategies

Postby eLink » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:21 pm

Pinstriper wrote:As far as pee bottles go, best practice is wide mouth gatoraide, and and nobody ever mistook the blue gatoraide for a full pee bottle. The same cannot be said of lemon lime. DAMHIK. If you can get away with the narrow mouth, congratulations, I guess.

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Re: Winter camping strategies

Postby saywhatthat » Sat Feb 01, 2020 1:04 am

Most of his camping was above 8-9,000’. The heater would soot up and stop working and it was a big job to tear down to repair in the field

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Winter camping strategies

Postby dirtsailor2003 » Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:45 am

I have spent many a night on a cot in a wall tent during elk season with snow piling up outside. Layering is important. Having an extra bag or blanket below and above you is also important. I prefer wool blankets. I like to wear a hooded sweatshirt and a wool stocking hat. Hot water bottles are nice too. Put the clothes you plan to wear the next day in your sleeping bag. If it’s cold in the morning putting on warm clothes is a godsend.

In my trailer I start a fire a hour or two before bed. Damper down and load up the stove right before bed. Yes the fire goes out at some point but with our sleeping bags and blankets we stay too warm.

In the morning I’ll light a fire and crawl back into bed. Takes the chill off and makes getting dressed easier.

We do have the big buddy heater, but we rarely use it since installing the wood stove. I have a 5 pound propane tank outside and the hose adapter runs in through a port in the wall. Even on low it will cook us out.

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Re: Winter camping strategies

Postby Cosmo » Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:35 pm

I started using an Android APP that lets me filter on campgrounds that are open year round.
Comes in handy in the seasons most campgrounds are closed. ... ampgrounds



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Re: Winter camping strategies

Postby ArkansasDon » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:44 am

we use AT Overlands Proplex H2000 portable forced air heating furnace, the wife changes out our bedding to flannel sheets, fleece blankets & thick comforter. We bring small chainsaw for cutting extra down firewood, meals are usually comfort food, clothing is winter gear.
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