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Eskimo Fatfish 949i
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12/31/2016
From West Metro
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Can anyone tell me if a Portable Buddy is enough to heat the Fatfish 949i? Or do most people use a Big Buddy for that size shack? I would assume the Portable Buddy on high would do the trick, but I'd be interested to hear what owners of this house have to say. Thanks!

Posted on: 1/7 11:47:28
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Re: Eskimo Fatfish 949i
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12/23/2012
From Hastings/ Harris
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I have a fatfish and I lay down a 2 inch foam floor inside of it.
It heated O.K. with my Hunter heater in warmer weather- but I run a filter and a hose to a 20 pounder because it eats up and ( middle one between the buddy and Big buddy)freezes up too many 1 pounders( I refill them)

Posted on: 1/7 12:33:46
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Re: Eskimo Fatfish 949i
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From Ramsey
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We fish an insulated Jason Mitchell 5000, which is about the same size and we heat it with a big buddy. Much of the time we get by with the heater on medium but with a breeze, after dark, and when it's especially cold we run it on the high setting. I don't think I'd want anything smaller for a tent of that size.

On a related note, I sure wish they had four settings and not just three. Low is about 1/4 of full and medium is about 1/2. Sometimes I want more than medium but not full - say 3/4. It seems that a lot of the time this is what I need to be warm but not hot so I end up kicking back and forth between medium and high. I'm being picky, but if they asked me what they could do to improve the product this is what I'd start with.

Posted on: 1/7 12:37:36
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Re: Eskimo Fatfish 949i
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From Iron Range.
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I agree with Terry Olson about the settings......I can't imagine why the manufacturers don't utilize a reostat type control. Then a guy could just set it how he likes.....

Posted on: 1/7 12:50:35
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Re: Eskimo Fatfish 949i
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I have a otter lodge pop up and even at -25 I only had my big buddy on medium

Posted on: 1/7 13:16:03
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Re: Eskimo Fatfish 949i
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12/31/2016
From West Metro
Posts: 134
Thanks for the responses. The only reason I was looking at the 949i over the 767i was I found the 949i for $50 cheaper than the 767i. Plus I don't recall ever actually seeing a 767i in store, but the 949i's are easy to find. I don't want to upgrade my heater so I'll probably end up trying to find a 767i or maybe a Clam Vista Thermal 6x6.

Posted on: 1/7 13:31:21
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Re: Eskimo Fatfish 949i
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Has anyone seen a Fatfish 767i at any local retailers around the metro by chance?

Posted on: 1/7 14:55:29
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Re: Eskimo Fatfish 949i
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From Burnsville, MN
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Quote:

RyanK07 wrote:
Has anyone seen a Fatfish 767i at any local retailers around the metro by chance?


Farm and Fleet has them:
http://www.fleetfarm.com/detail/eskimo-fatfish-767-insulated-ice-shelter/0000000254149

949i's are on sale right now for $50 less.

Posted on: 1/10 17:56:35
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Re: Eskimo Fatfish 949i
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12/15/2011
From Chanhassen
Posts: 105
Just fished with a buddy of mine who got a brand new 949I this year and was heating it with a regular buddy heater. He couldn't get it warm enough with that heater. Maybe if you had a fan in the peak you could, but what ends up happening is the heat gets trapped up there and meanwhile you are cold below. That shack has an 80 inch center height so there is a lot of vertical space for the heat to go. You can definitely heat a 767I with a regular buddy heater and part of that is due to the lower ceiling height. You get 68 inches of height with the 767. Not enough for most to stand up in but easier to heat and I think that lower height sheds wind better.

Posted on: 1/10 19:06:41
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Re: Eskimo Fatfish 949i
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L&M Fleet this week Eskimo 949i is $249.99. Great price. 1lb propane tanks for $2.50 also

Posted on: 1/10 21:51:28
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