So The truck is tricked out for a hard shelter to sleep in if it pour buckets but i have been worrying about the extreme cold that can hit the mountains in early June.
I already know to use a ground cover under the tent and dont leave any peeking out for rain.
New tarp purchased.
Good, warm sleeping bag also ready to go.
Got a thin beany type hat and will go to bed in long johns and socks if it gets real cold.
I did a little research though and decided to buy a Coleman Black Cat propane heater.
I will also bring one of my home co2 monitiors just incase but dont plan on running this all night just 30min before going to bed and 30 min in the am to warm up the tent.
I also plan on running the unit on a hard top cooler inside the tent and using 2 aluminum disposable lasagna pans one inside the other as a base to absorb and deflect/diffuse any low heat warming up the base.
Anyone ever use one?
I also have a small battery operated fan to circulate the heat and plan on keeping a low door flap cracked and high window part open when using it.
What sets the Coleman BlackCat InstaStart tent heater apart from the standard BlackCat tent heater is the added “InstaStart” feature that gives you the convenience of push-button ignition, opposed to needing a match or lighter to start the propane heater.
What sets the BlackCat series apart from the less expensive Coleman SportCat models is simply twice the heating power – which means they’ll heat larger spaces (up to about 80 square feet).
The Coleman BlackCat InstaStart tent heater is capable of providing a maximum of 3,000 BTU of power on its “Hi” setting, or 1,500 BTU on its “Low” setting. At “Hi” you can expect to get about 7 hours of run time off of one standard 16.4-oz disposable propane cylinder. At “Low” you can basically double that for around 14 hours of total run-time.
Having the option of multiple power settings is another feature the BlackCat series has over the SportCat series. You will pay a few extra dollars for the BlackCat, but this feature alone makes it something worth seriously considering if deciding between the two.
Coleman PerfecTemp Catalytic Technology – Flameless Heat
All the current Coleman tent heater models are designed with what Coleman calls their “PerfecTemp Catalytic Technology. By using a platinum catalyst that the propane and oxygen react with, the burning takes place within the pad at a much lower temperature than with a normal open flame. It gets a little technical, but basically, the result is a highly efficient heat source without the dangers of an exposed, open flame.
It’s the fact that there’s no real “open-flame” that makes the Coleman BlackCat InstaStart such an excellent choice for enclosed spaces like camping tents, fishing shelters, hunting blinds, and camper shells. It’s also popular solution for outdoor sporting events and even has enough power to warm small workshops and work spaces which means it’ll likely find itself being used in more places than just the camp site.
Portable & Powerful
Built first with “portability” in-mind, the Coleman BlackCat InstaStart tent heater comes with collapsible legs that fold into the collar for compact storage. It also features an integrated, easy-grip carrying handle that makes it comfortable to carry. Despite its compact size though, the BlackCat is still capable of producing an impressive 3,000 BTU heat output which is enough power to keep an 80 square foot enclosure toasty warm.
Features & Specifications
- Uses standard 16.4-oz. disposable propane cylinders.
- Selectable 1,500 – 3,000 BTU (Enough power for up to 80 sq. ft.)
- 14 hour runtime per propane cylinder on Low (7 hrs on Hi)
- Safe, efficient flameless heating (PerfecTemp Catalytic )
- Legs fold into collar for compact storeage
- The Easy-Grip handle provides comfortable portability
- Includes a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty
Now that i am thouroghly prepared it will be 75 and sunny all weekend!!!