Best Camping Heaters for Winter

Based on our assessment of best-camping heaters for winter recommend the following outdoor gas heaters;

Heater Name Output Range
Mr Heater Portable Radiant Buddy Heater 4k/9k 225 sq ft
Honeywell HHF360V 360-Degree Heater NA 25 sq ft
Mr Heater Portable Buddy Heater 4k/9k 18 sq ft
Texsport Portable Outdoor Propane Heater 2.9k 15 sq ft
Dura Heat TT-360 Propane(LP) 360 Degree Tank Top Heater 30K/35K/40K 1k sq ft

The most obvious way to heat your tent is to place an electric heater plugged into an electrical sourced.

For this to happen you require electricity, this may not be an option in the outdoors. Another heating option is using heaters that burn gas.

Some gas heaters are not designed to be used indoors, including tents.

There is some heater designed to be used indoors and automatically switches off when tipped over or switches off when carbon monoxide reaches a certain level.  

Most heaters intended for camping use either Propane or Butane canisters. 

What’s the difference between Propane and Butane?

Both propane and butane are gases that are byproducts of petroleum and used for the purpose of fuel but have different properties and pros and cons.

Butane is cheaper and has a higher energy coefficient than propane. It is also lighter than propane (less weight to carry, especially if backpacking) 

Propane has a lower boiling point making it more suitable for use in harsh, colder climates

Among other differences, butane and propane don’t burn the same. Butane burns cleaner than propane and thus doesn’t produce as much carbon monoxide.

However, the both produce carbon monoxide. So what does this mean? In a closed space like a tent, oxygen levels will reduce (burnt by heater) and carbon monoxide levels rising. 

Best Camping Heaters for Winter

To help you make an informed decision we reviewed and researched hundreds of testimonials.

When then shortlisted them for heating, weight and safety.

We hope our review aids your decision in choosing the best tent heaters for winter.

Mr Heater Portable Radiant Buddy Heater

Portable, lightweight that provides immense heat

Price; $80

BTU; 4k/9k

Effective Area; 225 sq feet

Weight; 9.5 pounds

Features

Mr Heater Portable Radiant Buddy is a robust portable lightweight solution to instant heat.

With immense heating power, this little beauty will keep you and your fellow campers warm for many hours.

In case it tips over, there is an automatic switch-off so less chance it will cause a fire and preserving your safety. The heavy wire guard adds additional safety!

Mr Heater Portable Buddy Heater runs for approximately 5 hours and has a simple push-button startup!

Running from disposable propane cartridges or a 9kg cylinder. Mr Heater comes with a hose that can be attached to an LPG bottle.

Overall, Mr Heater Portable Buddy Heater is a great buy, its portable, lightweight, and provides an outstanding level of heat.

Honeywell HHF360V 360-Degree Heater

Perfect for RVs or caravans providing 360-degree heat

Price; $33

BTU; NA

Effective Area; 25 sq ft

Weight; 3 pounds

Features

Requiring an electrical plugin, and providing 360-degree heat with this Honeywell heater is perfect for RVs parked at a campsite or has its own power supply.

What I like about this unit is its fan-forced pushing out the heat 360 degrees, friends can sit around the heater, rather than crowding around the front of a 180 degree heater.

Honeywell has built safety features into this unit. Such as auto turn off if tips over and overheat switch off.

Overall, the Honeywell HHF360V 360-Degree Heater is a fantastic heater, ideal for RV or caravans. I should mention it has a timer to turn it off and a thermostat to maintain your ideal temperature?

Mr Heater Portable Buddy Heater

An impressive heater that distributes the serious amount of heat

Price; $54

BTU; 4k or 9k

Effective Area; 18 sq

Weight; 5.9 pounds

Features

Similar to its colleague, the Heater Portable Buddy Heater distributed amount of heat of 400 square metres. That’s impressive!

The 45-degree angle allows you to move the heat, while the heavy wire guard adds additional safety.

Mr Heater Portable Buddy Heater runs for approximately 5 hours and has a simple push-button startup!

Running from disposable propane cartridges or a 9kg cylinder. Mr Heater comes with a hose that can be attached to an LPG bottle.

The run time is impressive at 5 hours with a simple click of the button. Comes with low-oxygen sensor and accidental tip-over switch with auto shut-off for safety.

Texsport Portable Outdoor Propane Heater

Rugged, portable heater than can withstand most hostile weather conditions

Price; $55

BTU; 2.9k

Effective Area;

Weight; 1.1 pounds

Features

Texsport Portable Outdoor Propane Heater is a very powerful and durable steel burner with large fold-away paddle for stability.

The benefit of the stainless steel concave reflector it projects the heat.

This tough unit weighs only 1.1 pounds and easily be unassembled and packed into a backpack for overnight hiking.

It works with 16.4 oz. or 14.1 oz. disposable propane fuel cylinders (not included) and safety features include an auto shut-off fuel valve if the flame goes out,

Overall, the Texsport Portable Outdoor Propane Heater is a rugged high output portable air heater can withstand most hostile weather conditions.

Mr. Heater F242300 MH15C 10,000-15,000 BTU Cooker

A beast of a heater than can heat up the whole campsite and more!

Best Camping Heaters for Winter

Price; $55

BTU; 10k to 15k

Effective Area; 375 sq ft

Weight; 1.12 ounces

Features

The Mr. Heater F242300 MH15C 10,000-15,000 BTU Cooker is a beast of a heater, pumping out more heat than your home heater and possibly your neighbours.

You have the choice of heating your own campsite or the whole campsite then you will soon make friends.

Mr Heater’s design is pretty straight forward, comes with three heating settings, comes fully assembled, and automatic safety shut-off for peace of mind.

Dura Heat TT-360 Propane(LP) 360 Degree Tank Top Heater

Distributes immense amount of heat in 360 radius

Best Camping Heaters for Winter

Price; $82

BTU; 30K/35K/40K

Effective Area; 1k sq feet

Weight; 4.87 pounds

Features

No more crowding around a narrow stream of heat, the DuraHeat tank top heater provides 360º of heat across a range of 1000 square feet! Wow, that’s going to impress your fellow campers.

With variable heat output (30K/35K/40K), this versatile tank top heater is a good low-cost solution for extra heat in most outdoor situations.

The tank top heater easily attaches to the propane tank operating up to 14 hours on a 20 lb. propane (LP) tank

Other ways to keep warm

Thermal Clothing

Wearing thermal clothing will help you warm. If comfortable wear layers of clothing. Recommend wearing a beanie to prevent body heat escaping and also woollen socks. 

Hot Water Bottle

Hot water bottles are an inexpensive way to keep yourself warm. If you don’t have a hot water bottle fill up a normal water bottle with hot water.

Test the bottle for any leaks before going to bed. If the bottle is too hot, wrap layers of clothing around it. Hot water bottles should keep you warm for many hours.  

Disposable heat warmers

Place disposable heat warmers in your pockets or at your feet. These little packets can keep your warm and cosy for many hours. 

Get the right sleeping bag

Sleeping bags are rated for different temperatures. The ratings are confusing and we have found they cannot be relied upon to keep warm. 

However, choosing a sleeping bag to protect you from cold weather is very important.

For further information check out our blog on how to choose the perfect sleeping bag

Get off the ground

Cold ground can transfer its cold to yourself. Placing a sleeping mat between you and the cold ground will prevent the transfer. If you sleep on a stretcher, place the mat on the top of the stretcher.

If you sleep on an inflatable mattress, place a mat under the mattress. This should provide additional protection from the cold. 

Take extra blankets

Once you’re tucked away in your sleeping bag, place an extra blanket or two over your body.

This will provide your extra protection from the cold air whilst retaining body heat.

Blankets also provide a sense of comfort and protection, which is good especially for kids.

The great thing about blankets is they can be partially or fully taken off depending on how warm you become throughout the night.

Blankets also take up minimal space in your vehicle and can be stuff in between gear if necessary.

Insulate tent with carpet or blankets

Before you place your gear down, throw out a rug or two on the floor of the tent. Floor rugs provide insulation from the cold earth.

If you have a light rug or blanket try and hang down from ceiling down to the floor. This will add additional insulation and retain the heat within the tent.

Final Thoughts

While there are many many outdoor gas heaters on the marketplace it’s a matter of whittling down to a list of heaters that suits your heating needs.

Like me, you’ve probably learned the hard way and purchased a heater that didn’t really provide the heat required and froze.

Choosing an outdoor gas heater comes down to how warm you want to be, the range, space you want heated, electric vs gas and the activities you’re performing,

We hope our review on the Best Camping Heaters for Winter has assisted you in making a decision on the best winter heater.

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