HEATING A TENT
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Amen hipshot. Good bags with insulation under them and a heater (like Huntress uses) that you can fire up in the morning (while awake) to take the chill off while ya'll get dressed.
There has been plenty of good advice here, as a fireman I can say it's not a smart idea to put a heater in a tent or closed in space with little venting. As someone stated here for the cost of a couple of nights in a motel ...invest in good sleeping bags and mats and your problem goes away. I have slept out in the snow with a good mummy bag and been warm and toasty. It pays to invest in good sleeping bags and mats. The hardest part is always getting up in the morning, you can always use your tent heater for that or stand by a good fire. Don't take chances with your family, it's not worth the cost as Braz and others stated. Cabelas and others have very good sleeping bags at reasonable prices.
Posted 06 January 2010 - 12:11 PM
I would suggest getting rid of the air mattress all together. I have a double height queen airmattress that I use in summer. Its just not effecient in winter. The large volume of air that you sleep on seems to sap the heat out of your body, or at least it does to mine. I found that getting rid of the mattress and using a pad helps a ton. The problem is that you loose the bedheight when you go to the 1-2 inch pads so sitting up might be a little harder if you have a belly like me The pads are a little harder than I prefer as well, but its a good trade for body heat. Maybe 2 pads would be perfect. If your issue is one of height you can always get some bricks and a 3/4" plywood and make a raised bed section in the back you can lay your pad on.The other alternatives is to use a battery converter and bring a electric heating unit, probably one of the smaller ones, Im not sure how long you can do it but there are many people who have build little battery generators to run small things out in the field. You might be able to get a few hours of runtime on a heater off maybe a large Boat Marine Deep cell battery. (ive always wanted to try this but never have) Just hook up the converter to the battery and plug in your heater. Or maybe try using a heating blanket instead since those probably use alot less electricity than a heater having to power a fan, You might actually be able to power a heating blanket for a couple days off of a marine battery.
I've tried to find some truckbed sized closed-cell pads but nothing yet. Apparently i need to place this ABOVE the air matteress and/or on both sides of it? Is that what I'm reading here? For mornings I figure I can stand by a fire or just hop in the cab and run the heater awhile. It seemed like a heater would be a good idea if the unit was placed well away from the tent...I didn't think gas would be an issue then but dying would ruin the outing for sure so I guess I will consider alternatives. I've got a couple 4lb & 5lb sleeping bags (Coleman Autumn Trails http://www.coleman.c.../...020&brand=) but really dislike mummy bags. I get claustrophobic in those. Is there a truckbed sized self inflating mattress?
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Exactly.I don't run the one in my camper all night cause it tends to drain the battery. If it's really cold and I want a heat source throughout the night I usually run the one in the link setup next to a open window. True, there are/can be dangers in running a propane heater in a non-ventilated tent and it's wise to understand the dangers associated with using one...same as being aware of the dangers with driving on the freeway... or truthfully, just about anything. If propane heaters were that dangerous MFG's wouldn't be able to advertise them as "tent safe".If someone is really worried about using one they probably shouldn't use it.
You say you used a built in heater in your trailer. That has exhaust vents built into it and also it uses air from outside for the flame. That is different than the one you show in the link.
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