Coleman ProCat PerfectTemp Propane Catalytic Heater

By Michael Burch


The completely flameless ProCat is capable of putting out 3,000 BTUs and has a built-in fan.

Just because it's cold outside, doesn't mean we stop spending time outdoors -- we still go to deer camp, and we still spend hours sitting in chilly ice-fishing shacks.  In order to stay warm though, you either need a really good sleeping bag (which doesn't help much when you have get into your hunting clothes in the morning) or you need a portable heater.  But the only problem with that is you can't use most heaters inside a tent or small enclosed areas.  

Coleman now has the answer for cold outdoor enthusiasts -- the ProCat Heater.  The ProCat is a portable platinum catalytic heater that has been approved for use inside tents, campers, ice-fishing shacks, garages or even a duck blind.    

The reason the ProCat is different from most heaters is that it's completely flameless, so you don't have to worry about melting your $300 tent.  But, even though it's approved for inside use, you still need to allow the ProCat ventilation by unzipping your tent's window a little, or cracking the window of your camper.  

The ProCat is housed in a sturdy heavy-duty plastic shell and is 15 inches tall by 11 inches wide.  The 8-inch heater head puts out 3,000 BTUs, which is more than enough for a tent or small shack.  

Built into the ProCat is a whisper-light fan, which can be turned on or off, and can run up to 20 hours on two D-cell batteries.  The fan does an excellent job of pushing air through the heater head, which allows the ProCat to warm an area more efficiently by circulating the air.  


The PowerCat can run up to 7 hours on a single 16.4 ounce propane bottle, and is easily started with its electronic ignition.

The ProCat can run up to 7 hours on a single 16.4 ounce propane bottle, and is easily started with its electronic ignition -- which means no matches to make holes in your $300 tent. 

I recently took the ProCat with me on a scouting trip to Arkansas a few weekends ago, and I'm glad I did.  My truck has a camper shell over the bed of it and I usually sleep in it when I go camping.  The camper shell does a great job of keeping the critters out, but isn't too efficient at retaining heat.  With the ProCat I was able to get toasty as possible when the temperature dropped -- especially in the mornings.  As most of you probably know, you're always coldest in the morning, as your metabolism has slowed down to a crawl during the night -- and it was definitely chilly in the morning that weekend.  But with the ProCat, all I had to do was slide the camper window open a little and crank the heater up.  By the time I had decided that scouting was more important than sleep (it was a tough decision), the back of my truck had warmed up immensely.

Overall, the ProCat is a fantastic piece of gear that's very handy for any chilly outdoor excursion.  So if you like to stay warm, but don't feel like burning up your favorite gear, then check out the Coleman ProCat. 

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Comments for Coleman ProCat PerfectTemp Propane Catalytic Heater

Name: William Ross
Time: Saturday, December 8, 2012

Where can the procat heater w/fan be purchased?

Name: Cam Wilson
Time: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I,very tried locating this heater online with no luck. Can you help?
I live in the Niagara Falls Buffalo NY area.

Name: GW Martin
Time: Friday, April 4, 2014

I have a very nice Procat that I will sell for $70 plus shipping. If interested email me.

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