Staying cool in the summer is one thing, but not being able to get warm in the winter is another thing entirely. While there are dangers associated with temperatures that are too high, there is usually at least somewhere that we can go to escape danger. In the winter, however, if we are unable to get heat to keep us warm, there is really no escape. Freezing temperatures are one of the cruelest forces that nature has to dish out and can cause fatalities in certain areas. That is why it is so very important to have some type of battery operated heater that is readily accessible, easy to use and easy to carry with you.
There may be times when building a fire is out of the question. It may be that we are needing to be indoors, or at least in a tent of some sort, we may not want to alert anyone nearby with smoke signals or it may be that we have no means to start a fire. That is where a good camping heater can really come in handy.
It is a good idea to keep one of these camping heaters with you at all times in cold and inclement weather, just in case. While you may never actually have to have it, it is better to be safe than sorry, as the old saying goes. Therefore, we are going to go over attributes of five different heaters for tents today. Hopefully the information will be of some use to you and can help you decide which one will be most useful to you in your own personal situation.
Here are our Top Picks
Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy Review
Our first camping tent heater is called the Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy. It is an indoor-safe, portable radiant heater that puts about from 4000 to 9000 BTU’s and heats up to 200 square feet. That is a good amount of heat in camping or emergency situations.
This small propane heater is clean burning and nearly 100% efficient, has an auto shutoff in case it is tipped over and can detect low oxygen levels in the event that the pilot light goes out. It features a swivel-out regulator that attaches to a propane tank and come with a fold down handle for easy and convenient portability.
Mr. Heater is the absolute latest evolution in portable heating. It works inside garages, tents, workshops, cabins, porches, patios as well as hunting blinds. With the ability to switch to either low or high heat settings, it is easy to maintain a comfort level in just about any environment. With the anti-tipping and oxygen level detection safety features, there are no worries with this little gem.
- Dimensions: 9 x 14.2 x 14.4 inches
- Weight: 9.5 pounds
- BTU Output: 4000-9000 BTU
- Square Footage Covered: Up to 200 sq. ft.
Camping Emergency Butane Heater Review
Next, we have the Camping Emergency Butane Heater. This double coherent heat source heater uses standard butane gas cartridges for ease of portability, and it also uses propone. It has a ceramic burner and has a pressure sensitive safety shut off device. Gas usage is 100gm per hour.
This personal heater is not meant to be used inside enclosed or small areas and runs for about 2 hours on a full tank of fuel, putting out between 600-700 BTU’s. It works great for winter camping as well as in a deer stand or hunting blind.
The cartridge is easy to load and light, just be careful not to hold the ignition button down a long time before lighting. The gas can build up and blow back on you pretty quickly. It works especially well in keeping water lines from freezing in the winter.
- Dimensions: 11.6 x 10.9 x 7.9 inches
- Weight: 5.4 pounds
- BTU Output: 600-700 BTU
- Square Footage Covered: About 50 square feet
Texsport Portable Outdoor Propane Heater Review
The Texsport Portable Outdoor Propane Heater features a durable stainless steel burner as well as a large plastic base for better stability. The regulator control knob allows for the burner to be adjusted up to 2,890 BTU’s with the safety feature of an auto shutoff valve that will shut off the fuel if the flame goes out.
This portable propane heater uses disposable propane fuel cylinders and comes with an aluminum reflector with a safety grid and a carrying handle that makes for ease of portability. This company has been putting out great camping and outdoor recreational gear for over 40 years.
The Texsport is a great little heater for camping and hunting or any other cool weather outdoor activity. On a full tank of fuel, the heater will burn for about an hour and a half. With the canister attached, the whole unit weighs about 3-4 pounds. It can be used inside a tent if there if proper ventilation but should not be left to run all night in case it were to run out of fuel or tip over.
- Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 10.5 inches
- Weight: 3 pounds
- BTU Output: 2,890 BTU
- Square Footage Covered: About 100 sq. ft.
Lasko #100 Myheat Personal Ceramic Heater Review
The Lasko #100 Myheat Personal Ceramic Heater is a small, ultra portable, personal electric tent heater that plugs into a regular socket. It has an Energy-Smart feature and only uses 200 watts of power, the same as two bright incandescent light bulbs. It is also self-regulating with automatic overheat protection and the lower watt power usage means no more tripping breakers if more you plug in more than one heater in the office environment. The safe, ceramic element is safe to the touch with its cool-house technology.
This unit is not made to heat rooms or other small spaces, it is for personal heat only. Made to be used for your own personal comfort, there is no need to heat an entire space when all you need is a little extra warmth.
- Dimensions: 3.8 x 4.3 x 6.1 inches
- Weight: 2 pounds
- BTU Output: About 200 BTU
- Square Footage Covered: NA – personal heater only
Mr. Heater F215100 MH4B Little Buddy Review
Finally, we have the Mr. Heater F215100 MH4B Little Buddy. This medium sized, indoor-safe propane heater is portable and heats rooms up to 100 square feet. The Little Buddy puts out continuous odor-free heat for up to five and a half hours with a one-pound disposable propane cylinder.
Safety features include a low oxygen sensory and an accidental tip-over switch with an auto shutoff. Great for a wide variety of indoor uses including tent, RV, camper and more, it is the perfect addition to your camping gear.
Just attach the propane cylinder, light it up and you are ready to go. It is a great addition to a bug out bag as well, just make sure to carry extra propane tanks.
- Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 11 inches
- Weight: 7 pounds
- BTU Output: 3800 BTU
- Square Footage Covered: About 100 sq. ft.
My Vote for Best Camping Heater
My personal pick of these five portable camping heaters is the Mr. Heater Little Buddy. While it is not the biggest or the hottest heating unit on our list, its portability and size make it just right for a variety of situations and settings.
The fact that it uses the smaller propane cylinder is a plus, and makes it a lot easier to transport in small cargo spaces or in a small bug out bag as well as taking up less space in the environment where its use might be needed.
It is also appealing that it can be used inside and is a great tent heater for camping, is odor free and has the great safety features that it does. It is nice to have the peace of mind that you will have with this unit nearby and I think you will enjoy it as well.
If, however, you need something with a little more power, the full size Mr. Heater Buddy will work perfectly for your camping and in-tent situations.