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What to Hunt for In Wall-Mount Heaters for Deer Stands

As hunting season approaches, many outdoorsmen and women are going to be looking for a convenient, efficient way to stay warm while hunting. After a few hours spent in a drafty box blind or deer stand, even the most hardcore hunter will be wishing for a little heat.

One great solution is a small, portable propane-fueled space heater. Perfect for outdoorsmen, these heaters typically require no special venting or electric supply. Because of their lightweight construction and convenience, they won’t be weighing you down during your hunt.

So what are we going to look for in a heater for your deer stand? Here’s a brief look at some of your options:

Sparking up Some Heat

We’ll obviously be needing a heater with a no-electric ignition system, unless you plan on dragging an extension cord to your deer stand! Since you can stock up on propane cylinders at almost every gas station or superstore, propane-fueled heaters are certainly the most convenient option.

Usually, you won’t need to worry about your prey sniffing the fuel or exhaust gases from your propane heaters. The smell of propane gas shouldn’t exit the heater, unless there is a supply leak or some of the gas is going unburned. Exhaust gases, which are basically just carbon monoxide are odorless and won’t be noticeable by deer.

While the exhaust may be odorless, that does not mean that it can’t be dangerous if you’re operating the heater without proper ventilation. You’ll want to follow all manufacturer’s safety recommendations for your space heater.

Keeping Things Quiet

You’ll want to purchase a wall mount heater that ignites manually. Even better, you may want to use a long-barreled candle lighter instead. Ignition switches of some heaters create a loud pop that may spook deer or other animals within earshot.

Along the same lines, you’ll want to be sure to purchase a heater that features silent operation. The last thing you want is your heater rattling in the middle of a tense hunt!

Keeping it Portable

One of the nicest features of smaller wall-mount units is that they can be used as either a wall-mount OR a floor heater. As a great example, take a look at the Portable Buddy Heater from Mr. Heater. This small unit can be fueled on the portable 1lb. propane cylinders or the large 20lb. tanks, and can be removed easily from the wall if heat is needed elsewhere.

Small space heaters can even be taken along out in the field after a kill for gutting. If you use the more compact 1 lb. cylinders, the Mr. Heater Portable Buddy definitely lives up to its name!

A Last Word on Safety

As is the case with all propane heaters, be certain to follow all guidelines for safe use. Be certain that you have adequate ventilation when the heater is in operation. Of course, any time you’re running a portable heater, you’ll want to be sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand. You can easily keep a small extinguisher in your deer stand or box blind, even with limited space.