Sunday, January 17, 2016

Tent Heater

Ok so there has been a lot of talk about doing a winter kayak camping trip this year.  I haven't been winter camping before so I'm very excited to try this out.  Of course not having been winter camping before there are a few things that I am concerned about, mainly HEAT.
So after thinking about it for a few week I decided to try to make a tent heater by making a housing and using tea lights.  Here is what I came up with...

I started by making a housing and coming up with a way to be able to hang it.

After I found something to use for the main body I welded a bottom on it an added a few posts in the middle to support the roof and to hang the heater from.

Next it was time to come up with a top for my heater and so...

After I got the roof cut out and holes drilled it was time to add some shape, clean it all up, and come up with a good way to hang my heater.

So I added my 3 tea lights and got everything going and it did seem to produce a fair amount of heat.

All Im expecting from this is to warm the tent up a few degrees just to help keep some of the chill away.  I'm not sure how well this will work but I'm excited to try it out and see what happens.

This was a really fun project.  Depending on the weather, I plan on setting up my tent next weekend and using some kind of temperature gauge to see how much the temperature inside the tent actually increases over the span of a few hours.  At the very least Ill have a really nice backup lantern!