The Best Tent Heaters

The Best Tent Heaters

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If you are heading out on a camping trip at the end of Autumn, or heading into the colder months then you will be needed the help of a tent heater to keep you and your family warm and toasty through the night.

The great thing about investing in these is we’re sure you’ll find yourself reaching for them more and more as you get used to having it, for example if you are having friends round and it’s a cooler evening, many double up as great patio heaters.

Or if you want to warm your house up without forking out a fortune in energy and heating costs, these are great if you are looking to heat just one room in your house for a short amount of time, for example your garage or cabin or shed. So check out out my guide to the best tent heaters.

How to Choose the Best Tent Heater

Heat Source

Think about whether you want to power your heater with propane or with electricity, there are pros and cons to both, as propane heaters will need a tank which you will need to cart around with you however they will tend to last longer than the electric heaters. These tend to be more lightweight but could be less reliable than other heaters.

Weight

This one is an important one as you’ll be carrying a tank of gas potentially on your back which will undoubtedly be pretty heavy if you’re going on a full day of hiking. However if you are heading for a week camping by a lake and you’ll be using your car to carry it around then you can go for the more powerful, propane heaters with a bigger tank to last a bit longer.

#1 Texsport Portable Heater

Price Range
$$
Professional Camping Rating
9.6 / 10
Heating ElementThermostatDimensionsWeight
PropaneAdjustable5.5 x 10.5 x 13.61lb

This heater is extremely durable as it is made from quality stainless steel so will be sure to stand the test of time. It is adjustable all the way up to 2,890BTUs and has an auto shut-off valve if the flame goes out.

There is a large paddlefoot base to ensure increased stability no matter what your terrain. It works with two different propane cylinders, but you’ll have to purchase these separately.

As bonuses, there’s a carry handle as part of the design along with an aluminium reflector safety grid so you can sleep rest assured that your heater is safe.

#2 Lasko #300 MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater

Price Range
$
Professional Camping Rating
9.4 / 10
Heating ElementThermostatDimensionsWeight
ElectricOne setting3.8 x 4.3 x 6.13.55lbs

This dinky little heater is great for you if you’re always on the go. It’s designed to only heat one person at a time so if there’s a bunch of you heading out, look for something a little bigger or even get one each!

For the energy-conscious among us, there’s a lower power usage which means you’ll be able to save energy or make it last longer if you’re going on a longer trip and have longer times in-between being able to charge it.

It only uses 200 watts and it has a safe ceramic element to prevent any overheating along with a cool-touch exterior so there aren’t any accidents – brilliant if you have younger kids in tow.

#3 Mr. Heater F215100 Little Buddy Heater

Price Range
$$$
Professional Camping Rating
8.8 / 10
Heating ElementThermostatDimensionsWeight
PropaneTwo heating settings11 x 11 x 115.9lbs

This is ideal if you are looking to heat a smaller, indoor room safely, for example a garage, tents, cabins, porches or patios. If your space is under 100 square feet you’ll be fine with this one. It has a low oxygen shut off pilot system along with an accidental tip over shut off for any accidents or trips.

You can control the level of heat that you would like with this one as it has two settings, so depending on the weather outside, you can adapt accordingly. It’s very lightweight and easy to carry so great if you’re on the go or heading out on a camping trip which includes a few different locations.

#4 Mr. Heater MH9BX

Price Range
$$$$
Professional Camping Rating
8.3 / 10
Heating ElementThermostatDimensionsWeight
PropaneOne setting9 x 14.4 x 14.29.5lbs

This heater claims to be one of the most popular heaters out there and we put it to the test. It directly connects to a 1lb cylinder so it’s the ideal solution for heating any enclosed spaces such as larger tents, a small garage or a small group of people outside on the patio.

It has an accidental tip-over safety shut-off to ensure that you’re safe no matter where you are and everyone knows that accidents happen so this helps you to minimise any risk while staying warm throughout the colder days and nights. This also goes off when there is limited oxygen levels so higher altitudes may cause it to turn off.

There’s a fold-down handle which makes it easy to carry around and move location and it needs to be connected to a propane tank which isn’t usually included with the purchase so you’ll have to invest in one before you head out on your trip.

Also note that this heater may shut off in higher altitudes so if you are planning a trip up a hefty mountain this probably isn’t the best option for you.

#5 Dyna-glo TT15CDGP

Price Range
$$
Professional Camping Rating
8.1 / 10
Heating ElementThermostatDimensionsWeight
PropaneThree settings18.2 x 15.6 x 133.4ls

There’s a few different options to buy with this heater depending on how much propane you want to be able to fill it up with and depending on the space you are trying to heat, the smallest option is 15 foot radius and goes up to 600 square feet.

This also gives you a range of different run times and weights so have a look at what you are thinking of using this heater for before your purchase it.

It has an adjustable heat angle feature meaning that you can disperse your heat in various directions at any one time, for example away from the wind! You’ll need to purchase the propane tank separately from the main heater to make sure that it’s ready to go for you use whether it’s on a spontaneous camping trip with the family or a gathering of friends on a cooler evening outside.

#6 Honeywell HCE100R

Price Range
$
Professional Camping Rating
7.7 / 10
Heating ElementThermostatDimensionsWeight
ElectricTwo settings5 x 4 x 7.81.05lbs

This heater is great if you are looking for something portable that you can also use inside your home along with when you are out and about in your tent. It’s an energy efficient solution that provides just the amount of heat that one person requires, keeping you at the ideal temperature all day and all night.

There’s a few colour options too, so if you’re wanting a matching set of accessories this is a great choice. It only uses 250 watts so it’s quick and easy to charge and won’t drain all your batteries on the first night.

It’s controlled with one button so its simple for anyone to use, offering a great solution to keeping your tent cosy and warm all through the winter nights.

#7 Honeywell 360 Degree Surround Fan

Price Range
$$
Professional Camping Rating
7.2 / 10
Heating ElementThermostatDimensionsWeight
1500 watt outputAdjustable8 x 8 x 11.53lbs

Available in two colours, grey and white, this fan-forced heater with a surround heat output will turn into your lifesaver on those cold, winter camping trips. If you ever find yourself on the wrong end of the weather then fear not, this heater’s got your back

.It has adjustable settings, which is great as you can use it throughout all the seasons depending on the specific weather conditions. Then, it’s a very safe option so if you’ve put off getting one in the past as you’re worried about the safety of putting a heater in a tent with your family and kids then don’t worry, this one exceeds industry standards with a 360 degree tip over switch and protection against overheating built in.

Then as an added bonus there’s a cool grip handle so if you find you’d rather have heater in a different section of the tent you can move it quickly and easily without having to wait for it to cool down.


Those will keep you toasty on a cold winter’s night. Need a sleeping bag for the winter weather? Check out my guide to the best cold weather sleeping bags.

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