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Adding a camping heater to your camping gear is a great idea if you often find you're chilly at night or if you love cold weather camping but not necessarily the idea of being freezing at night in your tent.
If you're someone who loves winter camping or spending time in your RV or camper van during the winter months, you probably realize the value of a tent heater. A sleeping bag can only do so much, and facing cold weather on your camping trip (especially at night) can really be a bummer if you aren't properly prepared.
These tent heaters from Amazon are all moderately priced and offer something different depending on what your needs are, whether you're going backpacking and have a small tent you want to keep warm through the night or whether you want an electric heater to keep your car, camper, or RV warm at night.
Best Portable Heaters for Camping Tents
Best Tent Heater for Small Tents
This is a great indoor-safe portable propane heater for a small space up to 95 square feet. It's super portable and features several safety features, including a low-oxygen sensor and accidental tip-over switch with auto shut-off. This propane tent heater will keep you toasty warm throughout the night, all you need is a few small propane tanks as a power source, and your Mr. Heater Buddy is good to go.
Consider this for your 2-4 person tent. It'll keep your tent warm for several hours. This is a great gas heater for transporting on the go or backpacking. This butane heater delivers up to 3,800 BTUs (British thermal unit) per hour.
Best Tent Heater for High Altitude & Cold Weather Camping
This gas tent heater features a durable stainless steel burner, and the control knob adjusts the burner up to 2,890 BTUs, so you'll really be toasty with this one. Amazon reviews say this is a great option for winter camping as it can run for almost the full night (reviews said 7-8 hours) on a medium heat output setting on one propane tank and say it's a great radiant heater for a large tent.
The gas heater's safety features include an auto shut-off valve that shuts off fuel if the flame goes out. This is a better option than Mr. Heater if you camp in high altitudes, as the Mr. Heater Little Buddy has an oxygen depletion sensor that would go off when oxygen levels dip at over 7,000 feet.
Best Electric Tent Heater
This Honeywell ceramic heater is a great space heater option if you have an available outlet. It features two heat settings and an adjustable thermostat, so you can choose the amount of heat you want it to put out. With a heat timer and a three-year manufacturer warranty, this is a good option for personal use if you aren't backpacking or out in the middle of nowhere.
This heater also has the option to purchase a remote control for it, so if you wake up in the middle of your night feeling chilly, all you have to do is turn it on with the remote, no need to get out of bed! Choose between a 1-8 hour run time.
The camping tent heater is designed for indoor use, not outdoor use.
This post was originally published on July 1, 2021.