Portable Propane Heater Accessory Hoses, Filters and Adaptors

Portable Propane Heater Accessory Hoses, Filters and Adapters

Buying the right portable propane heater accessories will make you happy and give your portable heaters a long and maintenance-free life. And it saves money. Buddy heater accessory hoses are designed to save you money and assure a long life for your portable propane heater.

For example, buying a Buddy heater accessory hose allows you to hook up your propane heater to the common 20 lb. propane tank. Over the long haul, buying propane in bulk is much cheaper than buying 1 lb. disposable bottles. And it's less hassle.

To illustrate cost savings, check out the Mr. Heater MH 18B Portable Big Buddy Heater. This propane heater, set on 4,000 BTU, will run for about 200 hours on one 20 lb. tank. If you use the one pound bottles, you're changing out about 20 bottles at about $2.50 cost for each one versus about $17 for a 20 lb. tank refill. The small disposables have their function, but if you can go with a 20 lb. tank, do it. That's money in your pocket.

Remember, too, that you’re paying out $80 to $130 or more for a portable camping heater or an indoor propane heater, so you want it to last beyond one season. The following propane accessories will fill the bill in saving you money and preserving your heater for years of use.

Use the Right Accessories

Failing to use the right accessories can cause your heater to clog with gunk and work poorly or even become inoperable. And the last thing you want is to get hit with a power outage, try to fire up the propane heater and watch it fizzle. Like any tool, take care of it and it will take care of you.

We’ll cover the following propane heater accessories:

1) Basic propane rubber hose

2) 9,000 BTU hose

3) Propane hose with regulator and quick release

4) Plasticized propane hose

5) Propane filter

6) Propane Tank Refill Adaptor

Don't Get Frustrated

WARNING

Please carefully read the following propane hose reviews. Don’t just quickly scan these choices and buy any propane hose. You'll be shooting in the dark. Some need a filter and some don’t. If you don’t do this right, you could ruin your propane heater. Or you’ll buy a part you don’t need and get frustrated. Or the hose won't hook up. And if your propane tank is larger than 20 lbs., you'll probably need to buy a custom hook-up at your propane dealer.

Call 800-251-0001 for Mr. Heater’s customer service if you're not sure what you need.

This Hose Needs a Filter

Mr. Heater 75,000 BTU 12-Foot Propane Hose Assembly #F273702.
Mr. Heater 75,000 BTU 12-Foot Propane Hose Assembly #F273702.

Basic 12-Foot Propane Hose

This is the basic Buddy heater accessory hose and it needs a filter. It’s 12-feet in length with the appropriate fittings on each end to hook up the 20 lb. propane tank to your portable propane camping heater or larger heater. Its full designation is Mr. Heater 75,000 BTU 12-Foot Propane Hose Assembly #F273702.

The Buddy heater accessory hose has a hand tightened swivel on both ends. It connects to 5 to 20 pound propane tanks. The propane hose carries a one year limited warranty. The average review on Amazon is 4.5 stars. Look at the price under the picture above for today’s price.


A Propane Hose Quickly Pays for Itself

This hose quickly pays for itself because you can then buy propane fuel in bulk rather than buying the small 16 oz. disposable propane bottles.

Don’t aggravate yourself and try to use this hose with larger propane tanks. Reviewers have said it doesn’t fit. If you’re using a propane tank larger than 20 lbs., research which hose and fittings you need to connect the tank to your heater. That means a trip to your local propane dealer or hardware store to buy the right hose connections.

Why You Need a Filter

As mentioned, this hose needs a filter. Buy the filter. Here’s why:

When the propane runs through a rubber hose, a chemical reaction occurs that creates liquified petroleum gas. It’s a stinky, oily mess that can damage the regulator and control valve in the propane heater. If your heater gets clogged up with this gunk, it won’t work well and could even stop working. So beware.

When using this set-up, don’t shut off the heater first. It’s recommended that you first shut off the propane supply at the tank. Then allow the heater to burn off the remaining gas in the line. Then, finally, shut off the heater. This process lessens the chance of gunk forming and clogging your heater.

9,000 BTU 5-Foot Propane Hose

This Hose Needs a Filter

Mr. Heater 9,000 BTU 5-Foot Propane Hose Assembly #F 273701
Mr. Heater 9,000 BTU 5-Foot Propane Hose Assembly #F 273701

9,000 BTU Propane Hose - 5 Feet Long

This 5-foot Buddy heater accessory hose is the little brother to the 12-foot rubber hose above. It needs a fuel filter. Use it in situations where a 12-foot length isn't suitable.

It’s official name is Mr. Heater 9,000 BTU 5-Foot Propane Hose Assembly #F 273701.

Use it to hook up the 20 lb. propane tank to your propane heater. The hose will pay for itself by money saved buying your propane in bulk.

This hose is recommended for the Mr. Heater “Buddy” propane heater. This heater's formal name is Mr. Heater F232025 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Portable Radiant Heater. Scroll down this article for a review of the Buddy camping heater.


This Hose Doesn't Need a Filter

Mr. Heater Hose with Regulator and Quick Disconnect for Big Buddy Heater #F271803
Mr. Heater Hose with Regulator and Quick Disconnect for Big Buddy Heater #F271803

Propane Hose With Regulator and Quick Disconnect

This is a 12-foot long Buddy heater accessory hose with a regulator and quick disconnect. No filter is needed.

The POL connection connects directly to a 20 pound tank. The regulator reduces the high pressure in propane tanks to a lower pressure. It has a one-year warranty. It’s designated as Mr. Heater Hose with Regulator and Quick Disconnect for Big Buddy Heater #F271803.

The propane hose carries a one year limited warranty. The average review on Amazon is 4.5 stars. The price varies. Look at the price under the picture above for today’s price.

The hose regulator bypasses the regulator in the Big Buddy heater by connecting to the quick-disconnect fitting. The hose gives you 1/2 psi through the hose rather than 100 psi. So should a hose leak occur, the regulator gives you safer conditions. Plus the quick disconnect is easy to use.

Because the regulator significantly reduces the pressure from the tank, Mr. Heater said a fuel filter is not needed with this hose. And remember you’re moving the propane fuel through a 12-foot hose, so you’ll need to hold down the pilot light for about 90 seconds. Or turn on both the propane tank and heater for a minute or so to allow the gas to flow through the line.

Big Buddy Propane Heater Hookup to 20 lb tank

This Buddy heater accessory hose is easy to hook up to a 20 lb. tank. This will cover the Big Buddy propane heater hookup to a 20 lb. tank.

One end of the hose has a plastic fitting that hand turns onto the propane tank outlet fitting. A few quick turns with your hand and you're set. The other end has a quick-connect brass fitting that slips onto the brass connection of your propane heater.

Open the left side door cover on your Buddy heater. You'll see a brass quick connect fitting on top of the left side cover. (This is the compartment where you screw in the 1 pound propane bottles.) To lessen confusion, the door cover opens and closes and is what you close onto the left side cover. The left side cover is part of the heater body assembly. That's where the connection is located. Now slip the quick connect onto this fitting and it snaps in place. Check your connections with soapy water for leaks.

Turn on the propane tank and allow a few minutes for the gas to move through the line. Then follow directions for lighting your Big Buddy portable propane heater.

This Hose Doesn't Need a Filter

Mr. Heater F273704 Plasticizer-Free Green Hose
Mr. Heater F273704 Plasticizer-Free Green Hose

Plasticizer-Free Green Hose

Your fourth choice is the “green hose.” This hose is made from material that doesn’t leach the gunk that can get into your heater and damage it. No filter is needed. It’s officially called the Mr. Heater F273704 Plasticizer-Free Green Hose for Portable Buddy and Big Buddy.

It connects directly from the propane tank to your heater. It has a one-year limited warranty. It's not a rubber hose so it’s not very flexible.



Hose Summary

Let’s summarize each hose option.

The basic propane hose (#F273702) is rubberized and needs a filter.

Mr. Heater 9,000 BTU 5-Foot Propane Hose Assembly (#F 273701) is rubber and it needs a filter.

The propane hose with the regulator and quick release (#F271803) does not need a filter. This hose will not screw into the filter.

The plasticizer-free propane hose (#F273704) does not need a filter.

Fuel Filter

Fuel Filter for Portable Buddy and Big Buddy Heaters #F273699
Fuel Filter for Portable Buddy and Big Buddy Heaters #F273699

Propane Fuel Filter

Here’s the filter that catches the gunk created from rubber propane hoses. It’s called Mr. Heater Fuel Filter for Portable Buddy and Big Buddy Heaters #F273699. As explained above, the high pressure propane reacts with the rubber in the hose and forms an oily residue called liquified petroleum gas. If this residue works its way into the regulator and control valve, your heater will suffer poor operation or quit operating completely.

The cost is about $8. Look at the price at the picture for today’s price. It attaches directly to the heater and it’s recommended you change it before every heating season.

Refill Adaptor

Mr Heater F276172 1-Pound Disposable Propane Tank Refill Adapter
Mr Heater F276172 1-Pound Disposable Propane Tank Refill Adapter

Propane Tank Refill Adaptor

How about all those small disposable 1 lb. propane bottles you have lurking under the bench in your garage? The “junk” your wife wants you to get rid of...Well, good thing you saved them, because now you can refill these little bottles and use them again.

This adapter lets you refill these small disposables from your 20 lb. tank. Its official name is Mr Heater F276172 1-Pound Disposable Propane Tank Refill Adapter. The cost is below the picture above.

Don't Blow Yourself Up

Now, before you run all over the neighborhood gathering up empty 1 lb. bottles from your buddies for a happy afternoon of pouring propane from one big container to dozens of small ones, be forewarned that there’s an art to filling 1 lb. bottles.

There’s a bit of science and physics you need to be aware of. Propane doesn’t just “pour” from a big container to a smaller one.

You have to maximize the pressure in the full tank while lessening the pressure in the receptacle. In a nutshell, you need to warm up the 20 lb. tank by setting it in warm water or warming it in the sun. The 1 lb. tanks go in the freezer or fridge for a few minutes. After you get the hang of it, you can probably get the 1 lb. bottles 50 to 90% filled.

The main goal is don’t blow yourself up. There are many web pages that explain the process of refilling disposables. You're on your own.

Refilling propane tanks wrong in El Paso, Texas could land parts of you in New Mexico

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18,000 BTU Indoor Propane Heater

MH 18B Portable Big Buddy Heater

Indoor Propane Heater

At the lowest 4,000 BTU setting, this propane heater will run for about 200 hours on a single 20 lb. propane tank. It’s a great backup heater for the home should the power go out or as a supplement to take the chill out of a room. You can read a review about this portable heater by clicking the link.

If you need a workhorse indoor propane heater try the MH 18B Portable Big Buddy Heater. This portable heater, designed for use in the house, can blast out 18,000 BTUs and is capable of heating up to 400 square feet of space. It can also be used with the one pound disposable tanks.

Mr. Heater F232025 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Portable Radiant Heater

The Camping Heater and Outdoor Heater
The Camping Heater and Outdoor Heater

Camping Heater and Outdoor Heater

Sportsmen and campers love this heater for warming tents, fishing shantys, cabins and hunting shacks.

You can read a review of this propane heater here. This portable heater sports all the advantages of the Big Buddy but is designed for heating smaller spaces.

So if your needs don’t require 18,000 BTUs of heat, you might consider looking at the Mr. Heater F232025 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Portable Radiant Heater.




Single Tank Top Heater

This is a propane heater you mount directly atop a 20 pound propane tank. The Mr. Heater MH 12T Single Tank-Top Propane Heater has three settings - 8,000 BTU, 12,000 BTU and 14,000 BTU. You can read a review about this portable heater by clicking the link. Amazon sells it for $43.84.

Also in the above review is information about the two and three burner tank-top propane heaters.

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