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jmhat98  [Team Member]
10/24/2011 10:19:58 PM
I have heard a few people mention this. How do you do it? Hang it somehow? What is a safe way to heat your tent a little this time of year?
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BillofRights  [Team Member]
10/24/2011 11:00:49 PM
I haven't done it yet, but I would put it inside of a metal Coffee can either on top of something non-flammable, or suspended by a wire.

I slept in my Suburban a couple nights and used a Little Buddy Heater with a Carbon Monoxide detector. Be careful with those. Noticeable buildup was detected after only 10 minutes.
Nozzelnut  [Team Member]
10/24/2011 11:03:11 PM
I've used the Uco version and it works well. It comes with a short length of chain to hang it from.

I've found it doesn't really heat the tent as much as it doesn't let it cool down to ambient temperature.

REI candle lamp
Recon_by_Fire  [Member]
10/24/2011 11:17:43 PM
Just use a single burner liquid fuel stove for a quick heat up when going to bed and getting up. Obviously don't leave it on.
Hugo_Stiglitz  [Team Member]
10/25/2011 12:20:04 PM
I have a propane lantern that I've used to heat the tent when undressing for bedtime and getting up while dressing.

It heats up the tent to a comfortable temp fairly quick, I'm sure that CO would build up quickly, but for 5 minutes before bed and 5-6 minutes waking up it works well. I've done this several times at below freezing temps.

My sleeping bag keeps me toasty once I've zipped up.
VaFish  [Member]
10/25/2011 6:28:02 PM
Kerosene heater in a four man tent keeps things too warm even at eleven degrees.

SteelonSteel  [Team Member]
10/25/2011 7:00:49 PM
UCO's rock for that.

I'll always remember one time in the Marine reserves doing cold weather training and a few guys had their UCO's and hung them inside the 10 man tent. In about 10 minutes it had noticeably warmed up inside and stopped the bone chill. Admittedly there were 13 guys also in said 10 man tent so that also was supplying 98 degree heat to the air. We were arranged like spokes on a wheel with everyone's feet going toward the center tent pole. Was kind of commically tight but it was warm.

My current tent isn't meant for late season and has way too much mesh at the top covered by a rain fly. Wouldn't do shit for me. Frankly for late deer hunting I'd rather have a GP small or a wall tent. Not worth it for one weekend of course. One buddy brought one of those tent garages for a wall tent. That worked F'ing perfectly with a Kerosene tower heater.
sharky30  [Team Member]
10/26/2011 8:11:57 PM
I've used a candle lantern. I made a tripod from replacement tent poles to hang it from. the times I've used it i waited until i was in my bag and not going to be moving around much and made sure it was out before trying to fall asleep. in tje morning if i used it agsin i would put it out before getting out of my bag. I guess i was a bit paranoid of having an accident with it

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pita45  [Member]
10/26/2011 10:54:22 PM
Originally Posted By jmhat98:
I have heard a few people mention this. How do you do it? Hang it somehow? What is a safe way to heat your tent a little this time of year?


Friends of mine, who ice fish, did use paraffin to help keep
the cold at bay. I also remember a long time ago that someone
survived in a cabin with no heat. with a "CANDLE" under
a chair rapped in a blanket.
You do know that paraffin does explodes!


PITA45
protus  [Team Member]
10/28/2011 6:53:54 AM

Originally Posted By jmhat98:
I have heard a few people mention this. How do you do it? Hang it somehow? What is a safe way to heat your tent a little this time of year?

1- good sleeping bag
2- good dry base layers
3- watch cap
4- good sleep pad


ive never heated a tent, candles etc will only add a few degrees at best. Get godo qaulity sleep gear and you'll be g2g.
jsflyer  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 9:23:49 AM
We've used the 3 wick candles in the past...they have a big base and wont tip over...worked pretty good.

This was in a canvas tent though.
Mach  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 9:57:04 AM
I have used a small candle lantern hung from the top of a 2 person mountaineering tent ( Northface Westwind )in extreme cold ( -30 F and below ) it does work well in raising the temp with 2 people inside the tent about 20 degrees.

I only have it lit when I'm in the tent for the night and am awake.

I make sure it's out before going to sleep.
Ranchhand365  [Member]
11/1/2011 11:14:45 AM
Originally Posted By Mach:
I have used a small candle lantern hung from the top of a 2 person mountaineering tent ( Northface Westwind )in extreme cold ( -30 F and below ) it does work well in raising the temp with 2 people inside the tent about 20 degrees.

I only have it lit when I'm in the tent for the night and am awake.

I make sure it's out before going to sleep.


This.....

2 man mountaineering tent - UCO single candle lantern (only when awake) - easy 20° warmer.
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