I am looking for some ideas or actual plans of a home brew tent heater. ###I have not investigated the commercial built ones yet, thought I would start here. ###I have a one year old daughter who has been camping with the wife and I since 10 weeks old and seems to love the outdoors just like us. ###Looking to help her enjoy the outdoors even when it is chilly at night. ###To cheap to buy a camper, and have not watched enough Red Green Show to know how to build a home brew RV. ###Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Buy a coleman blackcat ( I believe that's what it's called for 45.00. I use one in my camper and it works great.
Bean have always worked good for me.
Baked beans seem to produce more heat.
Heat in a tent is a dangerous afair at best. ###I have used the little bottled gas radiant heaters with success. I usually plumb them up so I can use a refillable 5 gallon bottle.
Be mighty careful of flamible items near them and allow a little extra ventelation. Never leave them unattended.
I got the Coleman that Drake Slayer mentions. ###It works great. ###I use it in the back of the Bronco, in the travel trailer and in a tent. ###It's a little small for the travel trailer (23') but still takes the edge off in the morning. ###Best part is it doesn't use the squirrel cage fan/blower which kills your batteries so quickly. ###Two of them would be plenty for my trailer in temps above 20F
I like the sound of this Coleman Unit. ###Prices are just right too. ###But what about Carbon Monoxide? ###Does this have any by-product like this since it is burning? ###Thanks for all the help!
It's made to use indoors. I leave a 1/4" crack in the nonwindy side of my camper. If you put it on high it will use a disposable bottle of propane in 4 hours and sweat you out of a camper. At 1/2 it burns all night and you can sleep under 1 light blanket. This is in a popup camper in 30 degree weather. I bought it because my forced air heater ate my camper battery up so quick.In a tent you would get pleny of air.
It's catalytic so no carbon monoxide. ###Still needs oxygen but doesn't give off the bad stuff.
songdog - are you sure there is NO carbon monoxide generated? ###Just out of curiosity I studied the box carefully in BassPro one day and there is no mention of toxic fumes but I'm always skeptical.
If you have the room, one of the small Kerosun kerosene heaters will work great and the put off virtually no carbon monoxide.
A warm tent is a cozy thing on a frosty night.
Sometimes I do this:
First - Me: in sleeping bag
Next - Dog: lays next to me.
Finally - Me+dog: under wool blanket.
I guess if you used 3 dogs it would be a 3 dog night.