How to heat a tent without electricity?

Wondering how to heat a tent without electricity? We got you!

When you are camping, your tent is your home and shelter: you need it to be comfortable and clean, and – of course – you need it to be warm.

Who says that camping is only suitable for Summer vacation? You can go camping on the top of the mountains… as long as you know how to keep yourself and your tent warm.


The easiest way of heating your tent is using some electrical device, but electricity is not always available.

On the contrary, if you go camping in one of those places where you need to heat your tent (like the top of a mountain, as we’ve said), it is very likely that you won’t have any electricity source at your disposal.

You can always have solar power banks, but these won’t be enough to power a heating device (heating devices are among those that require the highest amount of energy to function).

That said, knowing how to heat a tent without electricity can be useful when electricity is not available and when it is available, and you want to optimize your resources. Are you ready to find out how to feat a tent without electricity?

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Top tips on how to heat a tent without electricity

1. Pick the tent carefully

It all starts before you go camping: when you purchase your tent. Because you won’t be using electricity, the most common heat sources would function with some sort of combustion.

It is essential for your health and safety that you purchase a tent with proper ventilation!

2. Isolate your tent

The same principle that applies to your house stands for your tent: if you want to warm it efficiently, you need to isolate it well. How can you do it?

You can purchase a good quality tent (double walled tent would be ideal, for example), and you can be careful to keep the “doors and windows” closed when the tent is warm enough.

3. Use a non-electrical heating device

Now that you know how to be safe and how to optimize your resources let’s move on to discover what kind of devices you can use to heat your tent. 

The most common ones would be:

  • Candle lanterns: They are glass and aluminum lanterns with a candle inside. The frame and glass become warm, and they are capable of heating small tents other than providing light.
  • Heating Packs: Any camping store can provide heating packs. However, one pack can provide heat for 5 to 12 hours. If you’re camping for days, this isn’t ideal.
  • Propane heaters: If it’s pretty cold and your tent isn’t small, propane heaters are the best option, even though you need to know how to use them safely. They are very efficient heaters, but your tent needs to be properly ventilated. Furthermore, even if your tent is properly ventilated, always avoid going to sleep with the propane heater still working. Heat your tent, turn the heater off, and then go to sleep!

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