It’s cold, but that should not stop you from camping and enjoying the outdoors. The best tent heater for camping will surely keep you warm and ensure that you enjoy your camping experience. It can be quite frustrating when it gets dark and the colder weather stars creeping in, but with a heater, you will have a good night’s sleep and be full of energy for the next day.
Heaters designed for tents and camping have a few benefits:
- They are ideal for quickly heating up a tent before bed
- You can use them to keep you warm while you change clothes
- Versatile enough that you can use them at home or during other outdoor activities
- Peace of mind that if temps drop far below the forecast, you’ll be safe.
1. Mr. Heater Hunting Buddy Portable Heater
We love the Mr. Heater Buddy! It’s an adjustable propane heat source for all of your camping needs. It heats up to 225 square feet, giving everyone in your tent plenty of warmth. It’s clean burning and approved for indoor and outdoor use. It’s one of the best tent heaters we’ve found that’s nearly 100% efficient; no wasted energy here! You can change the BTUs from 4,000 to 9,000, great for when you need just a little heat or a lot. The Buddy uses one-pound propane tanks and they last for four hours on the low setting. The Buddy is a fairly lightweight 10 pounds and is perfect for any small space where you need a little more heat. And, it comes with some great safety features like low-oxygen sensors and tip-over shut offs, too!
2. Mr. Heater Little Buddy Heater
If the Hunting Buddy is just too much heat for your purposes, here is the perfect alternative. The Little Buddy Heater is designed for heating up small spaces up to 100 sq ft, making it ideal for warming up tents while camping. It is super compact yet stable. In the event it is accidently tipped over the heater will automatically shut off.
Getting this heater working is super simple. Install a new 1lb propane cylinder, place in a safe area, then press in and hold the ignition button. The Piezo sparking mechanism will ignite the propane. Be sure the heater has 30″ of space above it, 6″ of space at the sides and 24″ of space in front.
The rear doesn’t need a gap of space but you will probably still need to move the heater away from tent walls unless they are totally vertical for that 30″ overhead. Moving the heater is simple since there is a built in handle.
Just like the Hunting Buddy, the Little Buddy has the crucial ODS sensor which ensures you are kept safe.
3. Coleman BlackCat Catalytic Heater
The BlackCat is similar in style to the Little Buddy, in that the propane canisters screws into the head and it placed in a stand. It has a handle for easy carrying as well. This heater has two settings, which is always beneficial. The 1,500 BTU Low setting is great for cool days or to conserve propane. The High setting, 3,000 BTU, is best for quickly heating up a tent or getting you toasty while changing clothes.
Unfortunately the BlackCat heater doesn’t an ODS sensor but the way it is designed will keep you safe. This style of heater is a catalytic heater. This means it uses a platinum catalyst which the oxygen and propane reacts to. Some users report a slight odor with catalytic heaters but it actually burns at a lower temperature and, therefore, burns cleaner. There are no open flames and no carbon monoxide which is why the BlackCat is safe for inside use.
When researching tent heaters you’ll find a lot of mixed opinions on them. Some love using them and rely on them for warmth during fall or winter camping trips. Others refuse to use them due to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning or an accidental fire.
4. Texsport Portable Propane Heater
The Texsport Portable Propane Heater isn’t kidding around when it says that it is “portable!” At 3 pounds and measuring 6 by 9 by 10.5 inches, this little heater is ready to go wherever you are heading. It looks a little like a little fan sitting on top of a propane fuel tank. It burns at 2,890 BTUs, covering about 100 square feet of space. It has a few great safety features too; the Texsport has a wide base to help prevent falls, and an auto shut-off shuts the propane down if the flame goes out. The whole thing is mostly made of aluminum and stainless steel, making it durable and strong. It’s a great addition to any tent, camper, or other tiny space that needs a little spark.
5. Comfort Zone Personal Heater
Looking for an electric model? If you aren’t interested in propane for safety reasons, then you should stick with the Comfort Zone Personal Heater. It’s an electric heater that is only 3 pounds and measures quite small. It’s a little bigger than the size of a small, square tissue box, but does the work of a much bigger heater. It has adjustable heat and a quiet, fan-only setting. It’s made from durable metals surrounded by a heat-friendly plastic casing. The hot air is spread around by a high-powered fan that makes this model very powerful, yet small. While it does have to be plugged in to work, the Comfort Zone Personal Heater still makes for a great tent heater if your campsite has access to a generator or socket. It’s safe, lightweight, powerful, and our very favorite electric tent heater!