HeatMate 5200 Portable Alcohol Heater

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Cold-weather boating can be rewarding, but the first order of business is staying warm — at least down below.

The HeatMate 5200 Portable Alcohol Heater could be just the ticket, offering “an efficient, safe source of heat,” according to the manufacturer.

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Cranking out up to 5,200 BTU of heat, this versatile and compact unit also can be transformed into a cooktop for tasks such as boiling water. The HeatMate’s canister system with its non-flammable wick material holds about 1-1/4 quarts of alcohol fuel, which won’t spill or leak, even if it’s turned upside down. The pressure-free canister system also eliminates pumping, priming, hoses and valves. The HeatMate 5200 has a suggested retail price of $169.95. InterCon Marketing, Sarasota, Fla. Phone (888) 551-1041. www.contoure.com

This article originally appeared in the January 2010 issue.