How To Heat A Tent Without Electricity.

It has come across my mind lately about heating tents. What I have found annoying in the past is that there seems to be a lack of alternatives to heating tents. That’s because tents do not have a power source and quite often one has to use their own body heat and the clothes they are wearing to keep themselves warm inside the tent.

Since I have explored this problem and come up with great solutions, here are the ways how to heat a tent without electricity. Knowing how to do this will make your life inside a tent easier, especially in those long winters where you can freeze to death.


1. Rock Radiators

​If you thought that you would need a campfire in order to keep warm, think again. With this method, you get a rock and place it on the camp fire for several hours. After that, you have to shift the rock away from the fire and let it cool down until it is safe to handle. Then, you can wrap the rock in a towel and take it into your tent where the rock will radiate heat all around the tent.

The great thing about this method is its simplicity. You don’t have to be a genius to heat a rock up and then place it in a towel to get it into your tent: truck tent, cabin tent, 10 person tent,... . All it requires is a bit of patience and a bit of knowledge of how to heat rocks.

A general rule for using this technique is that you should use a 15 pound rock to ensure that enough heat is trapped into the rock for as long as possible.

2. Insulated pads

Think of insulated pads like floor insulators inside your home. These pads trap heat and help preserve heat without the use of electricity and gas.

As a person who has used these pads in the past, can I say that these pads are very comfortable and fit right into the tent. All I have to do is put the pads on the floor and then place my sleeping pad on top. Once that this is done, I can sleep well at night without worrying about getting cold.

One great tip on getting insulated pads is that you want to get pads that cover the whole of your tent. The greater the area, the more heat will radiate throughout the tent. However, if you are on a tight budget, then you should choose a insulated pad that can provide the most warmth per budget.

3. Gas heaters

Here’s the great thing about gas heaters – they are incredibly easy to use. Anyone who has used a gas heater before knows that all you need is a gas bottle and a gas heater to achieve as maximum heat as possible.

The downside is that if you leave the gas heater on all night, then you might end up poisoning everyone inside the tent because of the carbon monoxide that is created from the heater. It is generally recommended that you should leave it for a few minutes before switching it off for the night.

The other downside is that these gas heaters are not as portable as insulated pads. The gas bottle and the heater itself can weigh lots in gas and metal. However, considering that they are effective at heating a tent with no electricity, this is a fair trade off.

4. Catalytic heaters

​These are similar to gas heaters, instead they are portable. The reason for this is that they are small and compact. Unlike gas heaters, you can store them inside your luggage with ease and they are just as effective as gas heaters themselves.

The best part of using these catalytic heaters is that there is no fire that is produced from these heaters. That means that there is a less likelihood of your tent being set on fire.

The downside is that, like gas heaters, the gas will produce poison fumes such as carbon monoxide, which can kill you if you are in an isolated environment. That means that it is better if you leave it on for a few minutes each night before bed.

5. Campfire stoves

Believe it or not, there are camp stoves that are designed for keeping your tent warm. Apart from the fact that campfire stoves are designed for cooking food, these stoves are great for keeping the tent as toasty as possible.

However, not many people that I know are inclined to use a stove because many want to save the gas fuel for actual cooking. That doesn’t mean that campfire stoves are great heat generators. It depends though on how often you want to utilize your campfire stove and whether you care about functionality or not. If you do, then the campfire stoves will make a huge difference in keeping you warm.

The way that this works is that these campfire stoves can be placed inside the tent and as you are cooking food, the stove will send warmth all around the tent. Plus, many types of these campfire stoves can transport nasty chemical toxins from the fire. That way, your family is as safe as possible.​


So there you have it. Five ideas that you can try right now to heat your tent to perfection. This has been a great list to prepare because I truly believe that people who read this article will come away with a belief that they have options on how to heat up their tent without electricity. It can be a daunting task without knowing your options for heating up your tent.

If you have any more enquiries about the ideas that have been presented in this article or you would like to ask more questions about my ideas, then feel free to comment below this article. All customers are welcome and we will answer your enquiries as soon as possible.​

Lucy Gomez

Hi there, I'm Lucy Gomez, camp editor at Getcampingwild.com. I grew up in a suburb of Oklahoma and I have been camping my entire life. Camping in the wild is a way of life for me.

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[…] The best way of making yourself warm in the winter without having to use gas heaters or any stoves that generate carbon dioxide emissions into the air is to use insulated pads. All you have to do is put the pads underneath you and then put your blanket or something else on top. This allows you to keep warm without emitting bad carbon emissions into the environment. It’s one of the best ways of warming your room or heat a tent without electricity. […]


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