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Is There a Reliable and Safe Tent Heater?

Since I have normally been hiking in deep on foot for all of my Colorado Elk hunting I have been using a light weight 4-seasons tent along with a great sleeping bag and groundpad.  I would love to be able to afford an outfitter tent complete with wood-burning stove and the horses/mules to go with it... but that's not happening (at least not yet).  So I ask - is there a reliable and safe tent heater that will work flawlessly at 10,000+ feet?  Everthing that I have read is that the run-of-the-mill heaters don't work in the thin air due to their low oxygen sensors.  My real next step is to buy some hunting land and build a cabin on it... but that's not happening yet either so until then I would like to be warmer in my tent.  Does anyone have a tent heater solution?

 

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Yes

How about a roommate ;)

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Funny!

Funny!  But it is actually my roommate (spouse) that really needs something more than my body heat!  lol

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One of my hunting buddies

One of my hunting buddies uses a Mr. Heater propane heater in his tent without any issues at altitude.  He doesn't run it all night, only right before he goes to bed and then about 15 minutes before he climbs out of the sack in the morning.  It works pretty well and heats us a 6 person tent pretty quickly.  

I'd be afraid to use a propane heater in a non-breathable tent overnight.  They have low oxygen sensors but I wouldn't sleep thinking about carbon monoxide poisoning all night.

Maybe checkout some of the iron oxide hand and foot warmers.  If you throw a few of those into the foot of the sleeping bag you might get some extra warmth for 6-8 hours.

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Mr. Heater

I've slept under the topper in the bed of my truck with one of those...I cracked the window a bit and it worked great.  If I got cold I'd just reach over and turn it up for a bit, and turn it back down when things got warm.  But I did keep a battery operated carbon monoxide detector in there, too.  You can still get carbon monoxide poisoning with plenty of oxygen because that's how carbon monoxide works -- your blood cells draw that in instead of oxygen.

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Thanks!

Thanks for the information guys!  That is actually what I was looking to do - small mr heater to run before going to bed and again in the morning as well as the iron oxide body warmers.  I too don't think I could sleep the night thinking of CO poisoning.  The detector is a good idea.  Thanks!

 

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best tent heater i ever yes

best tent heater i ever yes was years ago, i was younger and in good shape, she loved the out doors, best elk hunt i ever had

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Heater

For my wall Tent I use a Propane Convection Heater, that I bought from Northern Tool, it works great for me, I have been using it for over 10 years now. but not something you would want to back pack in. What about just a few large cans of Sterno ?. it would be easy to pack and would take the chill off.

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Well...

A flame from a sterno is probably just as much a concern as dying from carbon monoxide... but I  would do it if it was just me... but the wife is going this year.  I would love to do the wall tent with a wood burning stove for heat and cooking... but I really don't want to drop $1500 to $1800 on a drop camp for me and another $750+ for the wife... and I'm not in the market for a drop tent to buy... so we went with a small Mr. Heater and if that doesn't do it then the wife may be in a hotel room and I call her later to help haul out my elk!   

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My wife uses the St. Bernard for winter warmth. Just an idea for your wife from mine.

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I Laughed Hard at That One!

From My wife to yours - That is a pretty darn good idea.  We used to have a chocolate Lab and a yellow Lab but now we have too small a yard so no dogs now... but I think I can "rent" one from the neighbor!  Issue is I will have to sleep somewhere else now as I only have a two-man (1 person/1 big dog) 4 seasons tent.  If I can come into some "extra" money (working on that lottery) I plan on doing a drop camp then the wood burning stove in the wall tent will do perfectly!  Thumbs up

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