How To Heat Your Tent The Right Way

Camping and its peers have become so popular these days that it is significant to differentiate between them. There is one aspect which uniquely defines camping: at least one night spent outdoors.

Camping may be anywhere: near residential areas or national parks or valleys. Camping may also mean different things to different people: for some, it might be another night out while for some, it may be a test of resilience as in scout camps.

However, it is this distinguishing attribute of camping which makes one query very familiar: How to heat a tent?

Before we go into the more obvious heaters, it will be thoughtful to go through some tips which, when combined, will go a long way in keeping the tent warm.

1. Good Quality Sleeping bags: You really cannot expect to keep warm in a tent without having

sophisticated sleeping bags. They are warm and resistant besides being comfortable.

2. Warm clothes: While heaters may produce heat, warm clothes will help in ensuring that the heat is retained by the campers.

3. Tent carpet: Campers often lose a lot of heat through the ground. A rug helps in preventing such heat loss. Besides, carpets make going about in a tent much more comfortable and cozy.

4. Warm food and plenty of it: Hot meals are not only delicious but also enriching. They are also much easier to digest.

5. Mylar Thermal Blankets: These blankets if tied to the top of tents, help in reflecting heat back to the tent.

Along with tent carpets, they ensure that the heat loss from the tent is minimal.

Now, to the Heat Source.

There are a lot of various heat sources to choose from:

1. Rocks: It is a tried and tested source. It involves heating rocks for some time before going to sleep. Then, after they cool down a bit, they are wrapped in towels and kept in the middle of the tent thus ensuring lasted healing.

2. Catalytic Heaters: Catalytic heaters are said so because they give out controlled fires. A very useful element frequently used in them is propane. However, one must be careful while using them.

3. Electric Space Heaters: Electric heaters are convection based or radiant based. Convection based heaters are meant to heat a particular surface and suitable for heating rooms. On the other hand, radiant based heaters take the help of a glowing metal and focus their heat on a particular section. As such, their heat needs to be reflected to get results.

As such, heaters may be chosen based on preference, but the tips remain as evergreen companions, applicable everywhere.

Another common question: How hot is a camp fire?

It has been argued that small range fires (less than 1m in diameter) have a temperature of 900 degrees at the flame point while larger fires go to 1100-1200.

Though, to be honest, there can be no one answer to this. It rests on some factors like the material used, the amount of fuel used, the environment (whether oxygen-friendly or not), the magnitude of fire etc.

However, it is believed that even small fires are enough to complete camping chores. They are also controllable and hence, safe. Therefore, it is always advisable to light minor controllable fires.

Having learned about one of the most important parts of camping, I assume there cannot be a lot holding you back from making a plan soon.

In anticipation, Happy Camping!


Awais Ahmed is a student, blogger and digital marketer who helps small entrepreneurs to improve their online presence. He has a range of interests including technology, apps and small business.

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