Personal comfort while camping is something that both occasional campers and die-hard outdoor adventurers think about when preparing for any camping trip. And a key component to your comfort is staying warm and toasty when you retire to your tent to get some shut-eye after a day of fun and exploration.
But before you head to your local sporting goods store to purchase a tent heater to maximize your personal comfort during your next camping trip, there are several factors you should consider:
The Size of Your Tent
The size of tent you use when you venture into the great outdoors is a key factor in what type of tent heater is the best option for you. If you are using a one-person tent, then you can purchase a heater option with lower BTUs. BTUs tell you how much heat the unit gives off, and a heater with fewer BTUs is better suited to a smaller tent. So, generally speaking, the greater the size of your tent the more BTUs you would need to easily maintain a desired warm temperature.
There are a few key features that you should consider when purchasing a tent heater. Auto-shut off is an option you will find on many tent heaters, and it is important to the safety of you and your fellow campers. Some tent heaters also have a thermostat and/or the ability to oscillate, for more precise temperature control than simply on and off. Also, a blower is found on many heaters to allow the hot air to be directed in whatever way you prefer.
Type of Power Required
Many tent heaters on the market are electric, requiring access to a power outlet for their operation. But there are a few non-electric types available, if you are heading to a more remote location for your camping trip or do not have access to a power supply source. Heater varieties that do not require power include gas-powered choices that can run on propane, and wood-burning options that are designed for use in a large outfitters tent that also serve as cooking stoves.
If you are focused on finding a tent heater that will be durable for several years of use in a wide range of locations, you should consider how the product is made. A heater made of steel will be resilient for use anywhere and will last through accidental drops and dings. Also, many tent heaters include a handle for convenient transport. If the heater does not have a handle, it makes it more difficult and more dangerous to relocate while it is still hot.
There are several things to keep in mind as you shop for a tent heater, but above all your primary focus should be on safety. Whatever heater you decide to purchase, make sure it appears stable to prevent potential injury or fires. After all, who wants to ruin an enjoyable camping trip with a ruined tent or emergency medical care?