Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Amazing compact heater for backpackers and ground blind hunters

  1. #1
    Apprentice

    User Info Menu

    Default Amazing compact heater for backpackers and ground blind hunters

    Picked up this heater/candle lantern a month ago and I was very skeptical. But I must say I was impressed.
    images (1).jpg

    It's called the UCO Candlelier. Supposedly it puts out 5,000 btu for 9 hours off of three candles. I tested it out on a recent trip deep winter camping in -6 to -17 celcius. We had a buddy heater running at 4,000btu and it made a noticeable difference, not huge, but noticeable. Keep in mind this was a 13.5ftx9ftx7ft tent. So I can see this keeping a 2 person tent at a cozy 5-10 celsius during deep winter camping. But the best part? The lantern and 9 extra candles only took up half of a 10L compartment in my backpack and lasted 9-11 hours on three candles!

    Lets compare this with the smallest propane heater setup available, the little buddy heater.

    Little buddy heater: Costs $110. Uses 1lb propane tanks, runs at 4,000btu for 5-6 hours for $5. Cannot be used when backpacking or hiking long distances.
    UCO candlelier: Costs $40. Uses 3 candles, runs at 5,000btu for 9 hours for $3. Lightweight and can fit in a backpack.

    One issue I can see with this is the light it gives off for sitting in a ground blind. Although this can be easily fixed by wrapping tin foil or pop can material around the glass. So I can see this easily being applied in a hunting setting! I can see this being put under a chair in your blind, I was able to put this under my cot that's 12" off the ground and never felt it would burn the cot. So many ideas running through my head! I was always limited by campfires and heavy propane setups when it cam to camping.
    "When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on"
    - Theodore Roosevelt

  2. # ADS
    Advertisement
    ADVERTISEMENT
     

  3. #2
    Member for Life

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Where did you find it?

  4. #3
    Apprentice

    User Info Menu

    Default

    I wonder how unscented the candles really are. I use a thermocell for turkey hunting in the spring and have had numerous deer express their dissatisfaction with me being there. I've never used any heat source in a blind before but the time is coming!

  5. #4
    Apprentice

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    Where did you find it?
    Amazon Canada. Has prime shipping as well
    "When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on"
    - Theodore Roosevelt

  6. #5
    Apprentice

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by warpipe View Post
    I wonder how unscented the candles really are. I use a thermocell for turkey hunting in the spring and have had numerous deer express their dissatisfaction with me being there. I've never used any heat source in a blind before but the time is coming!
    I don't smell anything, not that it really matters though because I have a bad sense of smell for a human let a lone a deer LOL. ln a blind I can imagine it'd be minimized. Especially with the cold weather. Either way, if you're up wind from them you're busted lol.
    "When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on"
    - Theodore Roosevelt

  7. #6
    Post-a-holic

    User Info Menu

    Default

    I have had one of those for the the last 10 years , I used it for ligtt not heat.
    But I may try it for heat this year.

  8. #7
    Post-a-holic

    User Info Menu

    Default

    How wind-proof is it? Looks like it might be fragile to pack with the glass?

  9. #8
    Post-a-holic

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Not glass plastic

  10. #9
    Apprentice

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenelon View Post
    How wind-proof is it? Looks like it might be fragile to pack with the glass?
    I wouldn't see it warming anything up in a steady wind. More for use in a tent or sheltered area. Although it is pretty "wind proof" if you're using it for light. As Judge mentioned it seems to be made out of some sort of plastic heat resistant glass. I packed it with my hats in my backpack, seemed to be fine.
    "When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on"
    - Theodore Roosevelt

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •