How to heat a tent- safely?

While I am a a hands-on person, that mostly extends to art and sculpture rather than engineering. Therefore, I thought I ought to bring this question to people with a little bit more knowhow in that area. See, with the cold winter months coming on camping is becoming a little more arduous. More to the point, heating a tent safely is a real problem. I don't trust gas powered heaters....but there's not a whole lot of alternatives out there.

So I was wondering if anyone here could think of a way to safely heat a tent for a prolonged period of time. Preferably without gas, electricity, or risk of fire.

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EdCharette10 months ago

First ensure these simple tips like wearing warm clothes, having a 4-season sleeping bags,insulating well under sleeping bags, getting a tent carpet, putting a hot water bottle in the sleeping bag before getting into bed, get hand and feet warmers, eat plenty of food and preferably warm food.

Chemical heat packs are a good way to keep yourself warm inside your sleeping bag. There are two tyes single use and reusable ones, just toss them inside your bag 15min before you go to sleep , you are rest assured voila, warm and toasty comfort.

There are no perfect solutions to warming your tent than follow the manufacturer's instructions promptly.

Heat packs are safe by nature, though there are some reported incicdents of irritation in people with sensitive skin, liquid contents may cause burns after boiling(if leaking occurs) and should never be microwaved.

jsanderford11 months ago

I live in Alabama where it get's into the teens in winter. The very best lightweight and effective heater is a hot water bottle. 5 Bucks from wally world. It is good for at least 4 to 6 hours. Next, you are gonna laugh but this is an old Army trick, put on a pair of panty hose. YES PANTY HOSE, no one will know unless you tell on your self and they are super warm. Mp's that are stationed at guard posts in Germany wear them. I know this for a fact because that's where I got the idea. Next, I use a three part all weather millitary sleep system. You can get used ones on line. Anyone who buys a cheap sleeping bag diserves to freeze in my opinion. NO, do not cut a portion of the bottom of your tent out and dig a dakota fire stove! I did this and rolled over on it in the night, no more hair on my bittocks!

I have used a Mr Heater Buddy Heater for several years for winter camping. They run off propane and are safe for use indoors. They will work off of a 1 lb propane bottle or, with an adapter hose, run off the larger 20 lb propane bottle.

i know this is an old post but we were thinking about the BIG BUDDY heater from cabella's camping and using the yeti 400 generator, my question is that the heater is not butane or propane and can be charged be run by this generator, obviosuky my question is about the CO2, any given off on this unit, thank you so much

I read a cool tip that suggested heating rocks by the campfire and wrapping them in towels and tucking them inside the tent to provide heat. Here's a helpful article on tent heaters:

Just to put an end to the heating problem:
Might be a bit on the costly side though but anyway.
Get diesel or petrol powered caravan heater.
They use around 150ml of fuel per hour.
Leave tank and heater unit outside and connect a standard heater hose to it that goes into the tent.
Reuires a battery but a small deep cycle one with a soloar panel would do the trick here, as an alternative you can always use a dual battery isolator in the car to charge the spare battery.
If the heater unit is fitted with a silencer and also put into a small hole or inside a polystyreren box a few feet away from the tent you can enjoy a warm tent even in the snow.

We were in college it was fall, or spring. Two inexpensive bags gave us versatility and cost less than two different rated bags. Ussually the second bag was padding and insulation from the ground, but it saved more than a few trips that started out moderate and dropped below freezing.

No heaters at camp Ronfinke, we always had two rectangular sleeping bags per person. In cold weather we put one inside the other with the zippers reversed.

This allows you to telescope them longer and bring the bag over your head and for xtra foot room. In warmer weather we slept in one on top of the other for padding.

Would be too easy to just use a sleeping bad rated for the climate and temp!?

Toga_Dan1 year ago

Make a fire in the sand. get the sand pretty warm. Let the fire die. Bury it, and sleep on top. With or without a tent, it is cozy.

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