Camping space heaters – good or bad??

I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve been camping at times when the weather takes a turn for worse!! I’m not just talking about thunderstorms, although this can be really scary!

I’m talking about when it turns cold all of a sudden & now you’re trying to stay warm & freezing your toes, feet & body!!!

Now if I’m camping & it does that I’m still not going to want to call it quits & pack up the campsite & go home. So how about investing in the space heaters to keep you warm inside the tent!!

That totally sounds like a fire hazard but the space heaters that are on the market today are amazing with all kinds of safety features and are very safe to use in a tent!

Propane Tent Heaters:

These heaters are portable & just hooks up to a small propane bottle. They give off a radiant heat that will warm up the tent & keep the chill off until morning!!

All the heaters I have read about have safety features like shutting off if they tip over. Please read all instructions & safety features on any heater before you buy it to be sure it will be safe to use inside a tent! Not sure if this is true with a propane heater because you usually have a valve that you open to let the gas flow to the heat source.

Recommended for emergency heat, tents, campers, workshops, job sites, porches, patios, decks, garages, storage buildings, picnics, tailgate parties, construction trailers, sporting events, barns, sheds, hunting blinds, shelters and ice fishing shanties

Propane heaters will also automatically shut off at higher elevations if the oxygen levels become too thin & will shut off if they get overheated.

Radiant Portable Electric Heaters:

If you’re fortunate to camp where there are electric hook ups available, then an electric space heater will do a very nice job of heating your tent to keep you warm

They also have safety features built in so if they tip over, they will shut off. And if in higher elevations, they shut off automatically if the oxygen level is too thin!

A lot of them have thermostats on them so that you can set the temperature you want & it will automatically keep a constant temperature.

There are recommended uses on all the heaters I have looked at and a lot specifically say for heating tents, ice shacks, hunting blinds, etc.

Comparison Shopping

By all means, please comparison shop when looking for any equipment for you camping fun!

Most of us want to have fun, enjoy family & friends, unwind from our every day hectic lives & enjoy the outdoors. Please make sure whatever you are buying is the correct product for what you are going to be using it for.

Not all portable heaters are created for heating tents so please read all the information available & if you are shopping in the store, ask as many questions as you need to ask to be satisfied you have gotten a good product that will last.

Propane or Electric – You be the Judge!

Personally, if there are electric hooks up sites available I would definitely feel more comfortable with an electric space heater rather than a propane space heater.

This is just simply because I feel like all the safety features in the world can’t plan for everything. I am super cautious when it comes to sleeping in a tent with a heater even if the material in the tent has been treated with a flame retardant.

Better to be safe then sorry.

Most of the sleeping bags made today will help you survive some pretty cold temperatures. If it gets that cold, you can always leave & come back the next day to pack the camp up & vacate to warmer climates!! You also can try to tear it down at night & toss it all in the vehicles to be sorted out at home.


Whether you decide on Propane or Electric or none at all, the choice is of course yours! Having options for such equipment isn’t a bad idea & I have successfully used a tent heater without any ill effects. The idea is to camp & have fun & if you’re freezing, it’s not much fun as far as I’m concerned!!!

In conclusion, please follow your head on this one & buy a heater if you feel you need one or not if you don’t!

If you would like to leave a comment, have a question or any feedback on this post, please feel free to comment below & I will answer you as soon as possible.

If you choose to do some comparison shopping online, click here to go to to look at some great prices!!

Happy camping to all!


6 thoughts on “Camping space heaters – good or bad??”

  1. hello, i really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. i have used the propane tent heater before and it actually is effective but then i think that its effect is reduced when it gets to larger spaces. is this your experience too?

    1. Hi Benny yes it is my experience that you definitely have to fit the size of the space heater with the space you want to heat!!  I did notice when researching these heaters that the company does tell you how many square feet that particular heat will heat. 
      Feelfree to follow the link!
      Thank you for the feedback on my post & feel free to check out the other posts on my website! 


  2. Hello Sharon, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I was actually looking for this type of article because  I enjoy camping with my family and we are doing it quite often. You presented some very quality heaters, I will definitely choose one and even get one as a gift for my friends.

    1. Hi Danijel!  Thank you for the feedback & I’m so happy you found it helpful & informative!  It really does make a difference when camping with the family to help keep them warm in climates where the temp can drop at night. 
      For more information, please follow this link!
      So Happy you like my post!  Please feel free to check out any of the other posts on my website!  


  3. Hello Sharon. Thank you for taking your time to put together this article on whether camping heaters are good or not base on your research, personal experiences and opinions. Going on camping is fun but can be ruined as a result of the cold weather. Getting a camping heater is an excellent idea. However one needs to be careful too. My favourite is the Radiant Portable Electric Heater due to its smart features. What if there isn’t power supply? Well, a Propane Tent Heater will do just fine but should be used with caution just as you have said.


    1. Hi Mr Biizy you are absolutely correct!!  Any kind of heater needs to be used with caution, especially in a tent or small enclosed space!  Thank you for reading my post & giving me feedback on it!

      Thanks for the recommendation on the Radiant Portable Electric Heater and the smart features it has.  Now most of them have these same features, even Propane Heaters so they have come a long way.  It is still advisable to use them with caution because it’s better to be safe than sorry.  

      Please feel free to check out any of the posts on my website & thanks again!


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