Coleman SportCat Catalytic Heater
  • Manufacturer: Coleman
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  • Review date: July 25, 2003
  • Reviewer: Joshua Flournoy
  • H.I.S. Rating: 10 out of 10
  • 1,100 BTU output
  • Compact, lightweight, portable
  • Intergrated handle and tie-down eyelets
  • Operates up to 18 hours on one 16.4oz propane cylinder
  • Matchless lighting
  • Designed for recreational use in enclosed areas
  • Platinum catalytic technology for flameless warmth and whisper quiet
  • Review:

    The Coleman SportCat is a great little propane heater for small, enclosed areas. It's light, extremely portable, a cinch to set-up and runs very simply atop a propane cylinder that you can buy at any Wal-Mart or Outdoors store. The platinum catalytic head is specially made to provide a reliable, flameless heat source, and it's extremely quiet, you would hardly know it was on if it wasn't warm.

    We tested it out on what turned out to be a very rainy hunting trip last fall. Not only did it get to keep the tent (and us) warm, it also got to act as a dryer for our wet clothes. My hunting partner and I were in a 6-man tent with all our gear in early fall (mostly mild temps). It would get probably down into the 50's at night. We would run the SportCat for a little while before lights out, and it warmed up the tent nicely. It also did a great job of helping to dry out the aforementioned wet clothes.

    The SportCat has a sturdy base that helps keep it from tipping over. It has electronic ignition which makes lighting a snap. It would be great for ice-fishing, tree-stand deer hunting, or other enclosed area cold weather outdoors activities. It's even small and light enough that you could take it on a backpack hunt into the wilderness for emergency use.

    As always with gas heaters, it is best/safest to have some sort of air ventilation while using. I highly recommend the SportCat - I'll be using it a lot this fall.

    Pros: Light, small, portable, easy/safe operation
    Cons: none

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