How To Heat A Tent Without Electricity?

Do you want to know how to heat a tent without electricity? With my tips, you can sleep and relax in a warm tent without a struggle. If you will go camping in the cold period of the year, you will need to warm yourself.

Tent heating ideas without electricity

What are the best methods to heat a camping tent which don’t need an electricity source?

Heating tent with hot rocks

One of the most common methods is to heat it with the help of a well-heated fire cobblestone. This method has one important trick. If the stone is simply heated in the fire and then placed in the tent, after an hour the stone will gradually cool down and the tent will be cold again.

But you can place the stone in a pot with a lid; this will increase the time up to three hours. However, this is still not enough for the whole night comfort, so what to do?

heating rocks

It is necessary to increase the thermal inertia of the stone so it will be warm for 8-10 hours,  and gradually cooling down. For this purpose, use non-combustible, lightweight and compact thermal insulator – simple aluminum foil.

Wrapped in several layers of foil, a stone will be cooling down more slowly. It will not cause stuffiness in the tent in the first few hours. When the stone starts to cool, it is best to remove the foil layer by layer, and the tent will be warmer. The heat is retained due to the air between the foil layers.

In order not to burn the bottom of the tent with hot rock, it should be placed in the pan (it is the best if the stone has the size of a human head, and is firmly placed in the pan). Put an inverted pan or a wooden board under the pan.

An important note

You need to heat the stone gradually to prevent its destruction because of the extreme temperatures on its surface and inside of it.

If possible, heat a 4-5 gallon canister with water and place it in a tent. Such canister will grant the effect of the battery for 3-4 hours.

Use Burned-out Campfire Place

Burned-out campfire place is another way to heat a tent without using electricity. It is a valuable tip for all campers and outdoor enthusiasts. Another no less widespread variant is to install a tent on the spot where the campfire was burning. Ideally, the campfire should have a size of the tent and it should be placed in a small deepening. The campfire should burn for several hours.


When the large coals are burned, put a layer of earth on the fireplace. Put spruce branches or dry grass on the top of the earth where the tent will stand. With this method, the tent will be warm until morning.

Duralumin collapsible tube

The more advanced method of heating a tent with the help of campfire is to use of duralumin collapsible tube.

For such a natural heater you need a 20-foot long dural tube with a small diameter of 2 inches and a small sheet of asbestos. A fire should be placed 15 feet from the tent. 

The place where the pipe is contacted to the fire is being wrapped in asbestos. One end of the tube is directed to the tent, and the second one to the outside fire, so that the smoke couldn’t get inside. The incoming fresh air near the tube is heated and then passed through the tube into the tent.

The distance between the lower and the upper pipe end should not be less than 6 feet. The steeper slope – the better air circulation. Entering air temperature depends on the level of pipe heat. If it is too hot, you can close the deducing end in the tent or decrease the fire.

There are a few more methods that can help you to warm the tent, but some of them are quite complicated. It is often advised to clear the snow and make a campfire to warm the earth under the tent.

If you have a kerosene stove, candles or dry alcohol, then it is possible to heat the tent with them. At the same time, you need to be very careful; because the tent can burn in seconds.

Warming Your Tent with Heater

All the mentioned methods are time-consuming and not very convenient when you go camping with children or move from one place to another. Sometimes you don’t have enough time to make a large fireplace. Special tourist heaters can help you here. They can be of gasoline, kerosene or gas type.

The heaters are very popular in recent years, as everyone can choose what he wants from a wide range of specimens on the market. It is especially convenient for beginner campers.

tourist heater stove

Such a stove can combine not only a heater but also a tile for cooking, and illumination of the tent.

Such burners are usually compact, reliable and quiet. However, when using such heaters in the tent, you need to take care of the fresh air inside. It is best to have an oxygen sensor in the heater. And of course, your heater must be certified for residential use.

Additional tips

In order not to freeze in a tent, you need to choose an outfit correctly. If you want a comfortable winter overnight stay, use high-quality gear with a sleeping bag.

Of course, an important role for comfortable sleep is choosing the right sleeping bag and mattress. Also, take care of the nose and ears that are most exposed.

Children usually toss and turn during sleeping. It is best to heat the whole tent to be calm and not to worry that children may catch a cold.

Which Heating Method will You use?

Now you know how to heat a tent without electricity and it is your choice which method will you try. If you are more adventurous then you can go for natural choices and have fun during preparation. However, you can also bring a heater with you and just enjoy your stay.

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