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! 


  1. Nice one Bailer! is it heavy> WOuldn;t want it bringing down your tent and then you are the heat source for us all! :)
    ... but if its light, you might market it! :)

  2. Haha I made it out of aluminum so it's fairly light. One of the bys at work said " if you end up getting rich from that stupid candle holder I'm gonna be pissed" lol

  3. That's an incredibly unique design. I'm going to have to try to design my own take on your design. I'll put the link up here if I do, but I'm glad to see that you found a do it yourself way to heat up your tent without having to break the bank.

    Melinda Rose @ Phoenix South HVAC

  4. Wow, what a intuitive design you came up with! Not only does it look promising in its functionality, but it also looks pretty stylish as well. I know that we always want to travel light on trips like this, and this really looks like the perfect solution on all counts. I hope that you continue to share your future ideas with us as well, for I am intrigued!

    Ambrose @ Brown & Reaves Services, Inc.

  5. Yes I would be interested to see what you come up with for your version of a tent heater.