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Message posted by chambersclan on 10/5/2011 at 4:19pm
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I am looking for an electric heater for my tent to take the chill off in the evening. Can anybody recommend a good heater please? I have 2 young children which needs to be considered.   

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Although i dont like them a fan heater is probably best in a tent,thermostatic are good but if you turn the thermostat down on some remember they still consume there maximum wattage they just dont stay on as long.

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I live about 5 miles from Waltham (if that!) I'm just the other side of Grimsby!

Welcome to the forum

As for heaters - I would just buy a cheap one from Argos, as long as it's got a thermostat it should be fine

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Thank You for the warm welcome and the advice. I kind of was leaning towards the fan heater rather than a ceramic. It just seems safer with the little ones.We just cant wait to get back out there, work has hindered our plans up to now but we are certainly planning on making up for it!

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Hi,

We have a halogen heater and had it last year when our wee one was just 3. Got it in Argos, think it was pretty cheap, and it gives off a lovely warm glow in the tent, as well as a decent heat,and now we don't use the light. It turns off automatically if it falls over.

 


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I was just thinking about this, as last year we got a little cold in the evening.

so thanks for the help also x


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Hi, we now use a fan heater with thermastat, its perfect.   We had at one stage used the kind Nermo mentioned above, it had a lovely glow to sit around in the evening, nearly like being in front of a fireplace it looked so cosy.  However, it meant that once we went to bed, we had to turn it off completely because otherwise the tent would be lit up inside and I couldn't sleep with the glow.  So I got rid of it, and back with the fan heater which comes on periodically in the night. 


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We use this and find it works really well, the fan is quiet and takes the chill off the tent in no time at all, lovely to get ready for bed in a warm sleeping pod.

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We've used a halogen heater and liked the glow but if it was on oscillate mode you felt the chill when it moved to someone else!!!

Then we tried a fan heater - which did NOTHING in the Indie.

This year we've gone for a 2kw thermostatic convector heater from Focus DIY that has 3 heat settings AND a fan feature that chucks out the heat big style (although that's not mentioned in the blurb about it).

Wish I could get the linky things to work - I'll try again but if not use the old-fashioned address of   http://www.focusdiy.co.uk/dispatcher?quickLiveProductCode=265965PRD

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We like a small oil filled radiator ...

Message posted by richibeno on 12/5/2011 at 9:42pm
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yea safest bet is a small oil filled rad ,leave on low all night ,but iv just got a tesco ceramic fan heater with knock over safty swich which pumps out some serious heat

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We bought a halogen type of heater when we went away at Easter, and found it didn't warm the tent enough. So we had to find an Argos and bought their cheapo 13.49 fan heater which has a safety switch in case it gets knocked over - that did the job fine.

The problem we found was that a lot of fan heaters are now over 2kw which meant they are pushing the limit on full power so you have to use them on half power which is perhaps less heat than you need.


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I was really concerned about the power usage on a heater which is why I wanted some advice.Thanks so much for all the ideas, I wish I could go back to how we camped when I was a child. No electric, no lights, as soon as it was dark we were getting ready to crash out. All that fresh air! I have made a rod for my own back with portable dvd players to keep little ones amused. I suppose the cool box is useful though for milk etc. Cant wait to get back out there!

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Hi Chambersclan. On our last trip at Easter, we borrowed a friend's 'Royal' 2kw fan heater for the chilly evenings. It worked a treat and I have a 6yr old son, so much so that I have got to go and get me one of these before my next trip in 2 weeks! 

If you're interested, outdoormegastore.co.uk have it on offer for 18.99 at the moment, or there's Camperlands.co.uk who have it also on offer for 20.99.

Also you may wish to note, we left this heater on ALL night on the lowest setting (probably wouldn't advise this really!!) and in the morning, it was lovely and toasty! The bonus was that the tent flysheet was bone dry, so we could pack it away without having to wait for the sun to dry out the condensation!! I also had an electric coolbox plugged into my EHU too!!

I think we were on a 10amp EHU, so a 2kw heater would only probably draw about 8/9amp.

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The problem with halogen heaters is they heat up you not the air, thats why they have them outside pubs as wind does not blow the heat away hope this makes sense


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