How To Make A Tent Heater

Camping is a fun way to connect with the outdoors, right? Yes, it can be, until the temperature drops at night and you are at risk for frostbite and almost end up freezing to death in your tent. A properly heated tent can make the difference between a camping trip that is one to remember and one that goes down as a complete disaster. 

No matter what season you are camping in, it is essential to make heating arrangements ahead of time for your tent as the warmest and sunniest day could end turning into a very chilly night. Finding the right tent heating idea for your trip can keep you warm and comfortable throughout the night so you can sleep soundly and enjoy your trip. Here are a few ways you can learn how to make a tent heater.

Electric Tent Heater

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Using an electric tent heater is by far the most secure, tidy, and comfortable heating idea for your tent. If you decide to stay at a campsite where you can access an electricity supply, a portable electric tent heater will definitely go a long way in solving your heating needs.

Electric tent heaters require no combustion unlike the majority of the other tent heating ideas out there. And they are virtually stress-free. You plug the electric heater into the power outlet at the campsite, and you are good to go for hours on end.

Some electric tent heaters come with built-in thermostats to maintain a steady temperature, so you can avoid getting too hot or too cold. You can also purchase electric heaters that come with a tip-over setting so that the electric heater will turn off if it somehow falls over or gets knocked off.

Portable Propane Gas Heater

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You can also purchase a portable propane-powered tent heater. The unit can be placed right in your tent without safety concerns. A hose connects from the heater to the propane tank that you bring along on your trip. You can run the heater throughout the night, and you will stay comfortable and warm.

A 16.4-ounce bottle of propane can power some portable gas heaters for as long as 7 hours. The propane gas heaters have no flame, are efficient, and safe. They are not hard to travel with or carry in any way.

You should be advised to have some kind of opening in your tent for proper ventilation. It is important to not let the heater come into contact with anything in your tent.

The modern propane gas tent heaters on the market are catalytic models that utilize both oxygen and propane for safer combustion, unlike the older models.

Some of the gas heaters available come with a built-in oxygen regulator that turns off the gas heater whenever the oxygen level within your tent becomes too low. These gas heaters are the safest option to buy. You can also purchase other heaters with options like a built-in thermostat regulator and a rotating heat supply.

Fire Coals

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The leftover coals from your nightly campfire can go a long way in terms of heating your tent. First, start by digging a trench in the middle of your tent. Next, place the hot coals in the ditch before you go to bed. Finally, cover the coals with sand to help insulate the heat being given off.

The heat provided by the hot coals will keep your tent warm for the entire night. It is important to be careful when carrying hot coals from a campfire, so you do not burn yourself or anyone around you.

Hot Water Bottles

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Packing some extra water bottles for your camping trip can come in quite handy for heating your tent. Start by boiling some water in a large pan or pot. Then, fill the water bottles with the boiled water. Place the water bottles around your tent, and you are on your way to having a cozy tent all night.

The heat that is provided by the bottles can last for several hours. This is just about the safest idea on how to heat your tent without the use of electricity. You can also place a few water bottles inside your sleeping bag before you hop in to have a preheated bed.

Thermal Blankets

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You probably have heard about heat reflection at some point in your high school science classes, and you also probably got bored thinking about how you might not need this information at all. Well, now it is time to put that knowledge into practical use for heating your tent.

Get a few thermal or solar blankets and place them up around your tent securing them with duct tape. Once the blankets are lined up around your tent, they will reflect the available heat within your tent back at you. The heat source in your tent can be from your body heat or that of an external source such as an electric heater.

These blankets have been found to be so helpful that they can reflect up to 90% of your body heat back at you. You can also place them under your sleeping bag to have a constant heat source all night.


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Regardless of the heating idea, you choose to use, remember to always put safety first. Do not take any risk at all when it comes to your safety. Choosing the right heating idea for your tent can be the difference between a freezing camping trip and a comfortable one. 

Written By Emilie Weinbeck

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