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Coleman SportCat Heater

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  • Flameless 6 in. burner head radiates 1,500 BTUs; pressure regulation provides consistent output regardless of temperature, elevation and fuel level
  • Generates up to 14 hrs. of heat on a single 16.4 oz. disposable propane canister, not included
  • InstaStart™ electronic ignition provides fast, dependable matchless lighting
  • Heater can be used indoors and out; be sure to provide a fresh air opening of at least 6 sq. in. when using in a tent, garage or other enclosed area
  • Compact and lightweight for space-saving travel; handle lets you transport the heater with ease
  • Built-in eyelets allow you to tie the heater to a secure location
  • Heater stands stable on the detachable base

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Coleman SportCat Heater Specs
Best use
Family & car camping
Plastic casing
7.5 x 6.25 x 6.25 inches
2 lbs. 11 oz.

Coleman SportCat Heater

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Rated 2.9/5 based on 10 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by fromNo Good I expected the there to be a least some noticeable temperature difference between the outside and inside my tent. There wasn't at all. The only time I felt any heat was when I put my hand six inches above it. NOT a good value.
Date published: 2009-11-21
Rated 1out of5
by fromReturning it I bought this for a 4 day river trip in November. We expected sub freezing temps so I thought it would be nice to have a way to have a quick warm-up in the mornings and to warm the tent prior to going to bed. Nope. I have a 4 person tent and it barely raised the temp by a few degrees in the tent. What was most noticable was the smell given off by the heater. I lit it outside of the tent and let it "burn" for about 10 min outside before bringing it inside to help dry out wet gear. I left the tent open along the bottom half for venting fumes. When I went back to check gear about an hour later- the smell was awful. Gear was warmer but that was about it. On our last night we lit a regular propane lantern and the heat it kicked out was amazing! We got a warm tent to fall asleep to, no fumes and light to read by before bed. I'm taking back the heater. No reason to keep something that doesn't work.
Date published: 2011-11-25
Rated 2out of5
by fromNot for high elevation camping This is for information only: Ceramic heaters do not work well at 6k / ft and above. When you reach elevations which are 9k/ft and above, they don't work at all. If you are using this in a single wall tent (no fly), the heat emitted will rush to cold (ambient temperature), and will be driven out quickly through the tents' vents and fabric. The useage of this device, is therefore an excercise in futility. A camp fire with proper layers (clothing) will perform more good than this device ever will. A better resource is the primus micron lantern using the stainless mesh globe. When used with proper venting in your tent, not only do you receive light, but the emittance of 1100 BTU / hr of heat. But you require a tent fly to trap the heated air in between the two tent layers. This device, along with your emitted body heat, will change / alter the interior temperature of your temporary abode. But not by much... The answer is: Dress properly and spend the monies on thermal clothing. Happy trekking and camping!!
Date published: 2012-03-21
Rated 2out of5
by fromNot worth it. We bought this for a Rockies trip in January. Its a nice idea, but it didn't give out much heat at all, and there is the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning when using it inside a tent (or yurt in our case). It was heavy and bulky in the pack (plus the weight and space for the fuel). You also can't use it when you are sleeping. For the weight and space it took up, we could have easily brought extra warmer gear, and we would have made out better.
Date published: 2009-02-25
Rated 2out of5
by fromNot much heat output! I wanted to use this heater in a 10 x 10 EZ Up with sides during a 12 hour bike race. I didn't want to lug a large propane tank and larger heater so I thought this little Coleman might suffice. I was wrong. After two laps in pouring rain and sub-40 degree temps, I would have suffered hypothermia if my friends hadn't donated their bigger three burner Mr. Heater to us! I hope this little Coleman will work better in my REI Kingdom 4 but haven't tried it yet.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 4out of5
by fromWorks decent for intended purpose I have had the opportunity to use this heater several times cold weather camping. Very easy to use, nice to heat your legs when sitting around in the cold. If you have a small tent, it will raise the temperature by around 20 degrees or so inside, so it is a noticeable difference. It won't be super warm, but it will keep you above freezing for sure. If you have a huge tent forget about it, this heater won't do much. Also don't even think about backpacking this around... between the heater itself and the gas you are dealing with some serious weight to your pack.
Date published: 2009-12-12
Rated 4out of5
by fromNot so bad I bought this to keep warm for cold soccer games. For soccer it was a complete waste of money as the heat output is so small you can't do anything but warm your hands out in the open. It works really well if used in a small tent that is properly tied down for wind. I have used it many times on 15-20 degree windy campouts. If the tent fly is tied to block the wind it works quite well. It will raise the temperature enough to comfortably change clothes and combined with a good sleeping bag will keep you quite cozy all night. I typically get a full weekend on one propane bottle. Overall the construction quality is quite good but the built in starter stopped working way to soon. There are larger options available for bigger tents but they mean more propane bottles and a heavier heater.
Date published: 2010-11-03
Rated 4out of5
by fromHere's how this heater works for me I have a VW camper. When it's gotten really cold during the night, I pull this thing out in the morning, get it going, and it takes the chill off. Then, hopefully the sun comes out, we cook breakfast, and things really warm up inside so we can turn this off. I wouldn't rely on this to make a big tent toasty warm! One other thing: it does a better job of radiating heat than of space heating...
Date published: 2012-01-16

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