FAQs – Tent heaters buying guide
Q. What heaters are safe for tent?
The heaters these days offer a lot of safety features to enhance your experience. For example, Mr. Heater Corporation MH18B (and other choices from Mr. Heater) provides users with OSD system to automatically turn off in case of low oxygen level.
Besides the problem of CO poisoning, if your group has children or pets, they should be taken care of seriously around the heater in order not to be burnt.
Q. What is the best heater for a tent?
All in all, as we recommend 10 options for you, they are 10 best tent heaters for camping at the moment. But we would narrow down to 3 for you. For small size tent, Stansport Portable Outdoor is a good choice. Gasland MHA18BN and Mr. Heater Corporation MH18B are two good tent heaters for medium tent owners who also want to use them for some outdoor activities.
Q. Can heaters be used in tents?
Yes, they can. As you need to maintain good temperature when sleeping, tent heaters are so helpful in winter camping. But as mentioned above, don’t forget to check for the safety features.
Q. Is it safe to use a propane heater in a tent?
Yes, it is. With the ODS system, propane ones are a lot safer. The products from Mr. Heater is reliable not only for ODS system but also for the no gas leakage insurance.
Q. Which to consider when choosing tent heater?
First thing first, you need to set the budget for the tent heaters prepared for this winter camping. It doesn’t need to be a specific amount, but you should have a range from the lowest to highest acceptable price. By setting the budget in advance, you will not over-spend your money on heater and have to cut some other parts of camping essentials.
TENT HEATER TYPE:
On the market today, there are many options with different heater types. They often divide by it power sources such as electric, natural gas, propane gas, wood, charcoal, to name but a few. They do have pros and cons to be considered for the tent heater safety.
GAS (natural and propane gas): This type has such great amount of advantages (handy, portable, …). There are some threats of this type that you have to note down. First, as they burn the gas with Oxygen to create heat, the product of this is carbon monoxide (CO) – a really poisoning air you need to make sure to use the heaters in well-ventilated areas. Secondly, check carefully the gas connection to eliminate the threat of gas leakages. This is the reason you should not leave this heater type unattended. On the other hand, some heaters in our recommended list offer you the automatic shut-off safety features to protect you from these problems to use inside a tent.
ELECTRIC: This type is a new clean energy source but they are dangerous to use at wet places which is a common condition for camping. You should look for shut-off timer feature for enhance the safety system if you want to use in your tent.
HALOGEN: In definition, halogen heater creates heat by integrate halogen element with the heating lamp and bulb. Halogen is eco-friendly (it doesn’t release carbon monoxide), but they are costly when running for long time, and ineffective for large space heating requirement.
WOOD-BURNING STOVES: The problem of this is similar to the gas one – ventilation. Moreover, adjusting the level of heat requires some skills and experiences to deal with the wood and fire. This cannot be use inside a tent for sure.
The location is an important factor as each place may offer different conditions such as available power source, humidity, altitude, area, available footprint for your tent.
For example, if you plan to camp in an area that have no eletricity, there would be no chance for you to use your electric heater; or your tent size would affect the level of heater power you choose.
The noise could become something irritates you the most, especially at night time. If you are going for the electric type, then there would be radiators and fans present, which would generate some amount of noise. Some brands are good at reducing the noise to make sure you have all your focus on your sleeping or camping activities.
As we mention above the pros and cons of each type of tent heater, you can see none of them are completely safe. That is the reason why you should use the heater with safety features (automatic shut-off, tip-over proof, turn-off timer…)
Size can affect the portability of a heater. Take in to consideration if you would like to fix your heater at almost the same place or you would have to move it around.