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Small Space Heater – The Ryobi 18-Volt 15K BTU Hybrid Forced Air Propane Heater was designed to heat in smaller areas and does not have the airflow from the fan that some might expect. For a small heater like this, the lack of a strong fan allows it to be used in smaller areas without a risk of a fire. That might not be what you are used to with many torpedo style heaters. This heater would work in a fishing shanty or hunting blind where others that look like this might not work. This is a small heater and we believe the looks of it might make people think it has a different application.
We applaud Ryobi for the design and ability to use this in small areas. We also do feel some will purchase this to try and heat a large area and it might fail. With that said, you need to watch the video above to see the thermal image of this unit running and how much heat it does produce. That is unbelievable.
Ryobi P3180 Info
Hybrid design can be powered by a RYOBI 18-Volt battery or extension cord
Propane burner delivers up to 15,000 BTUs of heat output
Up to 1.5 hours of heating using a 1 lb. propane tank
Up to 5 hours of battery runtime using a P108 4.0 Ah high capacity LITHIUM+ battery
3-year manufacturer’s warranty
What This Heater Does Well
Living up to what Ryobi does very well, this heater will run off a Ryobi 18-volt battery or it can be used with an extension cord plugged into the wall. Options for powering the unit are nice. A 4.0 Ah battery will last through about 4 tanks of 1-pound propane cylinders. The propane burner is simple to light and has safety features built in so it’s not filling the air with unburnt fuel. There is an electric spark to ignite the heater, so no matches are needed. If you need long-term heat, we would suggest purchasing an adapter to run the heater off a 20-pound tank. That would be more affordable than buying many 1-pound tanks.
If in tight areas, always make sure you have fresh air coming in and that the heater is not to close to anything flammable. Our video shows how hot this gets on the inside and outside while in use.
This is a great heater for tight spaces and it is designed well for that. If you read a lot of reviews and people are not satisfied with it, try to see what size area they were expecting it to heat. We read that many wanted the fan to be more powerful. But that would not allow it to work as well in small areas. There is a reason why this unit is designed and built how it is.