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31/10/2010 at 12:51pm
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Me and my wife have only recently started camping properly in the last couple of years and are having a brilliant time and now look forward to our next adventures , but unfortunately she finds it a bit off putting at night due to the cold. We have see various heaters to use but are unsure which one to get or the best set up etc and wondered if anyone could perhaps give us a bit of advice , thanks guys rich

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31/10/2010 at 1:02pm
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Hi
Presumably, electic heating. You need to think about the maximum power you can use on the campsites you use, they will be able to tell you. Oil filled rads are quiet and very safe but heavy, fan heaters are quick but noisy. Some have thermostats which switch heater off and on, many people find these annoying

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31/10/2010 at 1:52pm
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hi and welcome

first place to start is what you sleep on and in if you are talking about night time.good three season bags then think about what you sleep on is it an airbed?if so best to insulate yourselfs from it as they pull body heat away.you can insulate under them aswell to stop them pulling cold from the ground but at the end of the day they are full of cold air so best to cover them.

as to heaters do you use ehu?if so look above if not your looking at gas which for night use a big no no.

please leave some more details about what you sleep in and on and i'm sure your get some good advise. 



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31/10/2010 at 2:59pm
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A 2.4KW fan heater works well. The fan noise has never bothered any of us. We have one that rotates, so we don't get any cold areas in the tent. And at 10A you shouldn't have any trouble with tripping the electrics, as long as you don't use any other high powered equipment simultaneously.

I wouldn't recommend halogen heaters due to safety, I've read many horror stories about them, & some sites ban them anyway.



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Convector heaters struggle to heat large masses of cold air although a convector with a fan booster gives the best of both forms of heating. 

I have never used a halogen heater so can't comment but they give out light as well as heat so not good for overnight heating. 

Oil heaters are, as stated, heavy and I would imagine struggle to heat large areas also, unless left on permanently which is wasteful.

Fan heaters do the job but some can be noisy although I think they are the most popular.

Gas heating is fine for short periods under constant supervision but not advisable if kids or dogs are present and certainly not left on overnight. Plenty of ventilation is required for safety from carbon monoxide poisoning, and gas creates condensation whereas electrical heat is dry.



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Quote: Originally posted by rodderstrotter on 31/10/2010

I wouldn't recommend halogen heaters due to safety, I've read many horror stories about them, & some sites ban them anyway.


 

Never heard of this before!

We have used halogen heaters for years.

We always use one suitable for camping. They are designed to cut-out if knocked. We leave it on all night if necessary.

And ... no noise! ....... I would recommend one without hesitation!



31/10/2010 at 4:08pm
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We use this - does the job nicely for £14

Fan Heater


31/10/2010 at 7:18pm
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I have just bought a 2.4KW oscillating Upright Fan Heater from Argos, it was on sale.  It's warm and has various options.  It's not noisy. Also has cool blow facility and has safety feature that if it is knocked over it cuts out. 

http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-1428744-10294381?url=http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4151986.htm

 



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31/10/2010 at 8:11pm
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we sleep on airbeds and both have decent sleeping bags , its not so much when we sleep that its cold, more so when we`re just sat around like evening timeish just chilling talking etc just as the temperature dips. Ive seen lots of gas and butane heaters for example but im a bit sceptical as to using them inside the tent as obviously you need a well ventilated area, which a tent is not. And also as we`re fairly new to camping we just need sound advice really and stearing in the right direction, thanks



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31/10/2010 at 8:56pm
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We use a fan heater and find it really effective.

We tried a halogen but left it in the bin of the first site we used it at. It didn't radiate any heat at all and also took up quite alot of room in the car.



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31/10/2010 at 9:51pm
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Does anyone bother about electric heaters for tents having an IP21 rating? I'm on the lookout for one but none of the cheaper household ones I have found have it. I don't want it to go bang if there is any condensation about.


31/10/2010 at 10:27pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Green Pesto on 31/10/2010
Quote: Originally posted by rodderstrotter on 31/10/2010

I wouldn't recommend halogen heaters due to safety, I've read many horror stories about them, & some sites ban them anyway.


 

Never heard of this before!

We have used halogen heaters for years.

We always use one suitable for camping. They are designed to cut-out if knocked. We leave it on all night if necessary.

And ... no noise! ....... I would recommend one without hesitation!


Took only a couple of minutes to google these, they're loads more cases

http://www.ciao.co.uk/Challenge_1_6KW_Halogen__Review_5605568

http://www.health-and-safety-management.co.uk/news/details/halogen_heater_found_to_be_the_cause_of_shopping_parade_blaze_6

http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/news/Brief/article-2766379-detail/article.html

http://www.thestar.co.uk/doncaster/Man-died-after-blaze-trapped.3838757.jp

 

To be honest I wasn't aware they were dangerous until I visted this camp site that banned them. No heater's 100% safe, but I'd use a fan heater over a halogen anyday.

http://www.lakeside-leisure.co.uk/camping.php

 



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31/10/2010 at 10:44pm
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Quote: Originally posted by rjgukc on 31/10/2010
Does anyone bother about electric heaters for tents having an IP21 rating? I'm on the lookout for one but none of the cheaper household ones I have found have it. I don't want it to go bang if there is any condensation about.

 

Greenhouse fan heaters are cheap enough & they should be ip21 rated. They were £9.99 in my local garden centre, & about £20 in B&Q.



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Quote: Originally posted by rodderstrotter on 31/10/2010
Quote: Originally posted by rjgukc on 31/10/2010
Does anyone bother about electric heaters for tents having an IP21 rating? I'm on the lookout for one but none of the cheaper household ones I have found have it. I don't want it to go bang if there is any condensation about.

 

Greenhouse fan heaters are cheap enough & they should be ip21 rated. They were £9.99 in my local garden centre, & about £20 in B&Q.




Thanks for the tip - I'll try the garden centre first!


01/11/2010 at 11:37am
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 Hi . I use a small electric rotating heater which cuts out when it gets to a  certain temp i. I keep it on a small table off the ground which seems to stop too much condensation and the kids don't trip over it ! The only thing is they can be expensive to run which is ok where you pay for a fixed rate electric per night but can be pretty hefty if not. But it does make a difference to our comfort for not much extra space in car. We also use it in the caravan awning as well as the tent.Our electric hook up  for the tent has a trip switch on it in case it overheats

 



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500w delonghi oil filled rad sorts me out! And only small and not too heavy.

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