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The Best Tent Heater

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.

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 Mr. Heater F215100 Little Buddy Heater


Price Range
$$$
Professional Camping Rating
8.8 / 10
Heating Element Thermostat Dimensions Weight
Propane Two heating settings 11 x 11 x 11 5.9lbs

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.

#2 Mr. Heater MH9BX

Price Range
$$$$
Professional Camping Rating
8.3 / 10
Heating Element Thermostat Dimensions Weight
Propane One setting 9 x 14.4 x 14.2 9.5lbs

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.