How to Heat a Tent Without Electricity

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If you’re planning to glamp in your backyard or go far away and you’re wondering how you can heat your tent without electricity, I’ve got you covered. Today I’ll teach you simple ways to keep warm even without electricity.

You don’t have to shake in cold at night or spend the whole glamping trip time in blankets when you could be doing other fun things inside your tent like playing glamping games, catching up with your friends or simply watching something fun on the TV.

Now, you may wonder are there really real ways to heat a tent a tent without electricity and are they effective. Well, while heating your tent without electricity can be much of an effort, it’s really worth it and especially if you don’t have other means to heat your tent.

With that said here are 20 ways to heat your tent without electricity.

How to Heat a Tent Without Electricity

The picture shows a tent in the night. How to heat a tent without electricity.


Heat Your Tent with Hot Water

This may not be your first thought to heating a tent but it’s an effective method. Heated water in a bottle has the capability to reduce cold air inside the tent and keep you warm.

To get started, you’ll need a water bottle. The bigger the bottle better. The bottle should also be of high quality. If you use low quality bottle, the water will burn the bottle and that’s something you don’t want.

After you have secured a bottle, go ahead and heat water and bring it to boiling. Fill the bottle with the hot water and seal the bottle.

Next, place the bottle somewhere within the tent preferably close to you. If you have more bottles, use as many as you can.

Use Heated Stones to Keep the Tent Warm

Using heated stones is another safe idea you would want to try out. Heated stones produce heat faster than heated bottled water but they also turn cold faster.

To use this method, look for stones around the glamping ground or if you’re glamping at home look for stones around your homestead.

Heat the stones before going to bed and wrap them in a cloth. Be careful not to burn yourself. Also choose a cloth that can’t burn easily.

Take the wrapped stones inside your tent and spread them. Choose corners where you won’t accidentally touch. The stones will warm your tent for a couple of hours, say 3-4 hours.

If you’ve wrapped the clothes well, you can place them on your bed for a few minutes to warm your bed before you sleep.

Insulate Your Tent

You can use the idea of using a material to prevent heat loss. That is insulating your tent.

There are several ways you can go about it. Here are a few of them.

Cover the Ground

Place a foam mat underneath your tent. This will help prevent cold air transferring from the ground up.

Cover Your Tent

Use a tarp or any other water proof material to cover your tent. During cold seasons, it’s very likely for  precipitation to gather on top of your tent and could potentially leak.

Line the Inside of the Tent

Now that the ground and outside is insulate, move on to insulate the inside. Pile a few layers of air bubble reflective foil. A reflective insulation is used because it help reflect escaping heat back into the tent. It can actually block 95% of radiant heat

Use Heaters for Tent

gas tent heater: how to heat a tent without electricity

Consider using gas and propane heaters to keep your tent warm.

The best part about using heaters is they will not only emit heat, but they are also lightweight and portable meaning you can place them wherever you want. You can also turn them on and off conveniently unlike heated stones or water bottles.

Tent heaters are safe to use inside a tent. They come with an overheating protection and some will even shut off automatically if left untended.

Check out our review of the best tent heaters in the market.


  1. Underfloor heating carpets to use with your tent
  2. Use a winter rated sleeping bag
  3. Wear plenty of layers
  4. Use a wood or tent stove
  5. Choose the right tent
  6. Choose the right camping location
  7. Bring candle lanterns
  8. Bring heating packs
  9. Set up your tent on top of a campfire
  10. Build a campfire
  11. Use leftover coals
  12. Make a DIY candle

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