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Avoid Freezing On Your Next Camp Out And Check Out These Best Camping Heaters For Tents

Camping In Caucasus Mountains On Elbrus Landscape

Camping is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just be one with nature. But sometimes, nature can be quite unforgiving. As much as you would want to have beautiful sunshine and a cool breeze during your camping trip, that may not always be the case.

Occasionally, it can be really hot outside and other times it could be absolutely freezing. Having just the right temperature in your tent can be the difference between a pleasant camping trip to one where you end up frozen from head to toe.

This is why looking for the best camping heaters for tents can be a great way to feel just a little bit better during your trip.

DO YOU NEED A HEATER FOR YOUR TENT?

Every so often, you will find yourself in a situation where you become so uncomfortable with the cold that you may never want to go camping again.

I remember one trip I took with a couple of friends where we hiked up one of the tallest mountains in the country.

All was good and fine at first. Being at an elevation of almost 10,000ft, it was naturally quite cold. But then later on in the evening, it rained for a while and that just pushed the almost enjoyable cold to absolutely unbearable cold and to the point where a few of us started to get sick.

If we had a heater with us, we would have saved ourselves from the unpleasant experience of feeling like we were trapped inside an icebox and it would have probably reduced the chances of us getting sick.

This definitely would have made the experience a lot better for us. While not all trips will need a heater, the more you go on adventures, the more you will find a need for a camping heater for tents, especially if you know the area you will be going is cold, or you will be camping during autumn or winter.

It’s true that people have survived for many years without heaters, sometimes it really can help make the experience more pleasant, especially if all you want to do is enjoy the trip. If you’re still not convinced, you can check out this video  to help you decide if you should get a heater for your tent.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF HEATERS

There are two main kinds of camping heaters: One that operates on propane, and the other that uses electricity. There are some advantages and disadvantages of both.

Heaters that use propane can generally be brought just about anywhere since you don’t have to worry about or looking for an electrical plug in your campsite, like you will need to for an electrical heater.

As most campsites do not have an electrical plug, a propane heater is the better choice. However, with a propane heater, you will have to lug around extra propane tanks or bottles, which can either be really heavy or consume too much extra space.

This can be a deal breaker, especially if it is absolutely essential that you pack lightly. In this case, electric heaters win since you don’t need to bring any extra tanks, only an extension chord if ever. Just make sure that where you are going has an electrical plug or else your efforts will go to waste yet again.

There are two other sub-categories when it comes to heaters and that is whether it is good for indoor use or strictly for outdoor use. Is your tent way to small to fit a heater inside? Or is there a big chance of rain?

You may find a heater that can be used for both indoor and outdoor but this is another thing you may want to look at when choosing which type of heater to use.

But hey, if budget permits, why not get one propane and one electric which is good for both indoor and outdoor, so you’re covered for whatever trip you will be going to. If you’re still curious about the types of heaters, you can read more here.

HOW DO YOU PICK THE RIGHT CAMPING HEATER?

There are quite a few heaters in the market that are small and portable enough to be brought along to your trip without being too much of a burden or a hassle for you.

One of the first things you need to consider when picking the best heater for your tent is its portability. Usually, the goal of camping is to pack lightly, especially if you know you will be going on a long hike.

You don’t want to be lugging around a huge heater. You’ll end up too hot and sweaty to use it anyway and your efforts will go to waste. So make sure you can find one that you feel won’t bother you packed inside your backpack. So either choose one that’s lightweight or small and compact (or both if you can).

Next, you need to decide if you want one that is propane or electric. Which will be more useful to you? When you go camping and the campsites you usually go to have an electrical socket, go for the electrical. But if you go to places where there are no sockets, opt for the propane one. Try to find a product that is versatile enough as well that can be used for both indoors and outdoors. Another thing to look at is the price.

While there are a few varieties out there for camping heaters, the price range can go anywhere from $20 all the way up to $600. Decide how much you are willing to spend then look for a product within your price range. To make sure you get the most bang for your buck, check out reviews and read more about that product.

Finally, check out any nifty safety features it may have. A heater is always a risk anywhere, but you definitely don’t want to go starting a forest fire in your campsite, which is why looking for one with extra safety features is a good idea.

SOME PRODUCTS TO CHECK OUT

Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater

Mr. Heater makes a lot of different camping heaters but the one found here on Amazon  has the best rating at 4.6 and is tagged as a best seller. It goes for about $8x and has an instructions video on how to use it, available on YouTube

Via Amazon.com

PROS

  • Indoor-safe. You don’t have to keep it outside of your tent so you can use it while it’s raining or snowing outside.
  • It can heat up spaces that are up to 200 square feet so heating up your tent will most likely not be a problem.
  • It turns off automatically when it falls over, if the pilot light turns off or if it detects low oxygen levels.
  • The handle can be folded down making it a bit smaller if you need extra space
  • It has a high and low setting (4,000 – 9,000 BTU/hour)
  • It is portable because it is lightweight and easy to carry because of it’s handle
  • It has a wire guard over the center where the heat comes from which can withstand high temperatures.
  • You can buy a carry case for it.

CONS

  • It cannot be used for elevations over 7,000 feet or about 2,100m which is where you may need them.
  • Startup setting can be a bit irritating because you have to hold the knob for 30-60 seconds repeatedly until the pilot light turns on
  • The small propane tank usually only lasts about 3 hours, meaning you have to bring more propane tanks for a long trip or a big one
  • Attachments such as a hose for a bigger propane tank is not included so you will have to make additional purchases.

Lasko My Heat Personal Heater

Via Amazon.com

This next one from Amazon is a smaller personal heater which you can use almost anywhere. It goes for only about $2x and runs on electricity.

PROS

  • It is small at about 6” high so you can easily carry it around on your camping trip.
  • This might be the perfect heater if you are going on a personal camping trip with a small tent.
  • It only runs on 200watts so you save money (if you need to pay for the electricity).
  • It is simple and easy to use with a basic on-off feature.
  • It is cheaper than all the other heaters.

CONS

  • It might be too small to heat your entire tent so if you are in a big group, your camp mates will need their own heater as well.
  • It is relatively weak so you’ll have to keep it right next to you.
  • Only has an on-off switch so you cannot control the strength of the heat.

Tooluze Camping Emergency Butane Heater

This next heater can be found on Amazon for about $3x and is really made for camping.

Via Amazon.com

PROS

  • Uses the standard butane cans so you can use it for other camping gear such as a portable camping stove.
  • Has a low, medium and high setting so you can control the heat.
  • It supposedly can last up to 5 hours per can of butane.
  • It has a handle so you can carry it easily.
  • Relatively quite cheap.

CONS

  • The instructions say not to use it indoors so you will most likely have to keep it outside of your tent for safety.
  • Does not seem to be compatible with propane so you’ll need to use butane gas only, or you will need an adapter to use for propane.
  • There are no safety features except for a grill over the heater.
  • If you care about the appearance of your products, it doesn’t look very nice.

Zodi Outback Gear X-40 Hot Vent Tent Heater

Via Amazon.com

This camping heater for tents looks very different from the rest of them and is very differently priced as well at almost $6xx on Amazon.

PROS

  • It has a ventilation system, which keeps carbon monoxide (the gas that can kill you) safely outside of your tent.
  • It is made of metal so it is probably more rugged than other heaters so it might be able to withstand more wear and tear.
  • It also has a handle for easy transportation.
  • It comes with a gear bag included so you won’t have to purchase it separately.

CONS

  • It is really expensive. Like, really expensive.
  • The metal construction will most likely make it heavier than usual.
  • You have to connect it to 12volt source (like a car battery) to make the fan run AS WELL AS a propane tank for the heater. This might be a hassle because of the extra battery source you will need to either find or bring along.
  • It is generally bigger than other tent heaters.

Stansport Portable Outdoor Infrared Propane Heater

Via Amazon

This final heater is priced at about $3x and also looks a bit different than your regular camping heater.

PROS

  • This heater also has a handle to make carrying easier and more convenient.
  • It is lightweight at about 1.8 lbs only.
  • It has three heat settings so you can adjust the temperature as needed.
  • Its metal dish can be moveable so you can focus the heat where you want it to go without having to move the entire unit.
  • It seems to be reasonably priced

CONS

  • Its shape is quite odd so it might be a bit difficult to pack with other things. You might need to use a different bag.
  • The igniter seems to have a problem at times so you might have to use a match to light it up which can be a bit scary.
  • It is only for outdoor use so if the weather is really bad outside, you might not be able to use it.

Conclusion

So there you have it! 5 different products to choose from to help you heat your tent during those unreasonably cold camping trips.

But for me, my favorite would have to be (drumroll please), the Mr. Heater Buddy heater.

This is because unlike most of the others, it is indoor safe. Best of all, it is the only one with some pretty cool safety features which is really important. As I mentioned, you wouldn’t want to go starting any forest fires, so it’s nice to know that this heater will turn off if it gets knocked over.

I also like that you can purchase a carry case for it so you won’t need to pack it with your other gear. Granted, it may be a bit on the pricey side but I think it would probably be worth it.

The company is called Mr. Heater so you know they specialize in heating products so it is most likely trustworthy. This is something I would love to take on my next camping trip so it can be a bit more enjoyable.

Joshua

The author Joshua

Hi, my name is Joshua. founder of MadOutdoorist.Com, I was born into a lovely family that loves nature and adventure. My goal at Mad Outdoorist is to provide you with all the information you need for a successful out-of-city adventure. It is my desire to encourage you to push beyond any physical limit you may have.

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