Heating a tent: it’s the best. But you know what’s not so great? Freezing your nackers off in a tent during the winter. If you don’t want to feel like you have icicles for balls, then check out this guide on how to heat a tent! It’s got everything from tips on heating a tent with things you already have, to buying fancy equipment specifically designed for heating a tent. So take five and read on!
Why do I need to heat my tent?There are plenty of reasons why you might need or want to heat your tent:
You’re camping during the winter
You forgot your sleeping bag and only brought 3 blankets
You want some extra warmth between yourself and your bed buddy (wink wink)
What equipment do I need to heat my tent?There are tons of options when it comes to heating up your entire house, but most of them aren't really practical for warming just one room, let alone a tiny little space like a tarp. Since we're concentrating on how to heat a small area with limited power resources (i.e., no access to electrical outlets or natural gas), we'll be focusing our attention on these types of portable heater products:
What's the best way to heat my tent?Before going into all the various ways that you can use these heaters, let's talk about what kinds of tents can be used for this purpose and where they should be placed inside the home so as not to create fire hazard:
Heating a tent isn’t as easy as it sounds.
If you’re going to be camping out in a tent, then you might be wondering how in the world to keep yourself warm. You can only fit so many blankets into a tent and still have room to sleep. So what’s the best way to heat up your little nylon house?
Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not easy! You can’t just plug a space heater into an outlet on the outside of your tent, or middle of the woods. It just doesn’t work like that.
No, heating a tent is something that has to be done with care and caution. There are different types of heaters that can accomplish this task, but there are also some safety precautions that must be taken before you start lighting things on fire!
You need to follow some precautions while heating your tent.
Follow the instructions on your tent heater. Some may differ slightly in how they operate.
Use a carbon monoxide detector. They are very inexpensive and can save your life! A sleeping person will not wake up to a carbon monoxide leak, so please take this precaution!
Don’t use a gas heater in a confined space (like your tent). Gas is explosive and can cause serious injury or death if handled improperly.
Keep it dry! Don’t use an electrical heater in a wet or humid environment. This could cause serious electrical shock and electrocution, which is not good for your health at all! You also don’t want to use any kind of heater in an enclosed space like a tent that has been dampened by rain or snow because it can create condensation that turns into water when exposed to heat, which then drips onto you as you sleep peacefully through the night.
The first thing you will have to do is to choose the proper tent heater that fits your needs.
The first thing you will have to do is to choose the proper tent heater that fits your needs. Tent heaters come in all different shapes and sizes, so it may take some looking around before you find one that is perfect for your tent. For example, if you camped out in a small portable pop-up tent, then a small butane portable heater would be more suitable than an electric space heater. On the other hand, if you are camping out in a large family tent, then an electric space heater would definitely be more appropriate because of its larger heating capacity.
If you plan on using an electric space heater, make sure it is the right size and has enough power to heat your tent. A large family camping tent can require a lot of power from an electric space heater; thus it's always better to get one with high heating capacity even if there won't be that many people sharing the same tent.
Heating your tent is possible in different ways, such as using propane heaters and electric heaters.
A tent heater may be the ONLY solution if you are not using a camping pad or sleeping bag, or if you are camping in sub-freezing temperatures. These options might seem like overkill because it will require using extra electricity (or gas) and an extension cord (or gas line), but the option is available for people that need a guaranteed way to stay warm at night. The problem is that standard tents don’t provide much of an insulating layer between your body and the ground, so getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult when it’s cold outside.
The two primary types of tent heaters are propane heaters and electric heaters, each with advantages and disadvantages when compared with one another. Propane heaters require a vent, which can cause condensation buildup from humid air; electric heaters do not require a vent but do require access to an electrical outlet and/or battery power source. You'll want to consider your specific situation when deciding which type of heater works best for you: Are there any nearby outlets? Is there ample ventilation space in case something goes wrong? Is this going to be used indoors or outdoors?
Propane heaters are quite efficient, but they might not work properly in high altitudes or damp conditions.
Propane heaters are quite efficient, but they might not work properly in high altitudes or damp conditions. They're also a better option for car camping than backpacking since they’re heavy and take up more room.
A word of caution: NEVER use propane heaters in your tent when you’re asleep. These heaters aren’t very loud and can be easily knocked over without you noticing it right away. If the heater falls on top of your sleeping bag, that could mean a disaster!
Electric heaters are also good for heating a tent, but you will need a power source and an extension cord, which might not be available at campsites.
The obvious solution to heating a tent is to use an electric heater. Plug it in, turn it on, voilà! It's nice and toasty in your tent. Well, not so fast there, champ. Heaters require power sources (unless they are propane-fueled), which means you need electricity and a power cord or two. You might be able to find a few outlets at your campsite or nearby, but if you're camping out in the middle of nowhere with no campgrounds for miles, you can forget about power sockets altogether.
Now I'm sure you're thinking "Why don't I just bring a portable generator? Simple!" If only that were the case. Generators are noisy machines that will keep you up all night if used indoors—not exactly ideal for the peaceful experience of camping outdoors under the stars with your family and loved ones. If we look at the original goal of our project—to heat a tent without using fuel or electricity—the idea of using electric heaters goes straight out the window!
You can heat your tent with propane or electric heaters, but be careful about safety!
It’s getting chilly, and you need to heat your tent. You can use a propane heater or an electric heater, but please keep in mind that these can be dangerous if used improperly.
If you choose to use a propane heater, make sure that your fan is running because it needs ventilation to work properly! You should also be careful about the amount of propane you use since this method heats up quickly. If you don’t have good ventilation in your tent, this could cause a carbon monoxide leak!
Another option is an electric heater. However, make sure that the cord isn’t near any flammable materials. The last thing you want is for your electrical system to short circuit and set your tent on fire!
Now that we’ve covered these safety tips for heating your tent, let’s move on to how many BTUs are needed for different sized tents!
An electric heater works; it's just the most expensive option. If you don't want to spend much money, a portable stove is a better solution. Just make sure that you get one with an efficient fuel source and a good amount of BTU output. Remember to install carbon monoxide detectors inside your tent as well. And try not to burn your tent down!