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Message posted by Meguinnes on 26/7/2017 at 11:29am
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Hi guys,so how do u keep the family warm inside the tent during miserable cold days like today lol?
Gas heater... electric heater ....any inventions using a 12v battery....?
Please tell me

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Go to the pub??*

But more seriously, layers of clothes works well for me - and I seriously feel the cold! On one occasion, I snuggled into my sleeping bag and read a book with a mug of hot chocolate - so cosy :) Send kids for a run around in waterproofs in the rain, or let them snuggle with a book/gadget in their sleeping bags too . . . We don't have ehu, and I would worry about the safety of a gas heater.

I know this sounds a little counter-intuitive, but keep air vents open. It may seem more drafty, but helps prevent condensation. Condensation will just make the tent feel damp and even colder.

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*Actually, we have been known to save money for meals out on wet, cold days, so perhaps not such a silly idea after all!!

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As above - insulation (clothing, sleeping bags, carpet possibly) and ventilation.

And definitely no gas heaters as you've probably realised from the C&CC page I've linked to on your other thread.

Quite apart from the carbon monoxide risk, gas appliances produce moisture which would condense on the inside of the tent, causing dampness which of course would make you feel even colder!

If you have EHU you could use a halogen or fan heater, for example, but any 12v heater (like those used for windscreen clearing) would soon flatten a battery.



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Layers! Layers! Layers!

From pure silk frillies to polar fleece, with the odd Heat-Holders sock and wind-chill balaclava thrown in for good measure!

... and maybe a small electric fan heater from October to March, but don't expect it to warm the tent up. It will take the chill off at best.

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We have a fan heater that works quite well - layers and blankets to snuggle under too.

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If you're on EHU, either a halogen heater or a fan heater for the body o' the kirk and an oil-filled radiator in the bedroom pod. Halogen heaters work very well if it's draughty (for example in a polyester tent when you have to keep the vents open to avoid condensation).

Other than that, layers as per previous comments, hot drinks and hot water bottles.

You can get electrically heated blankets and throws, and Outwell did a heated carpet last year. All of these are great in the winter - particularly the heated carpet - but probably a bit OTT in peak season.

In summary, a fan heater is tops, followed by a 1kw electric kettle: it means it's a trivial amount of effort to produce a hot drink (or indeed a cup-a-soup, if that's your bag) or fill a hot water bottle, and quicker than any stove-top kettle.

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Halogen heater warms up the Alaska quite well. Layers and if very cold, sleeping bag on.

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I use a small electric green house heater. Keeps the tent nice and warm and more important if it gets knocked over it automatically cuts out so no fire risk if the dog knocks it

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Quote: Originally posted by Mucker1884 on 26/7/2017


... and maybe a small electric fan heater from October to March, but don't expect it to warm the tent up. It will take the chill off at best.

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When we use our smaller weekend tent it gets too hot!!!

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Layers and staying dry on wet days.. pack waterproofs and wellies for going out in. Last week on two wet days we used our National Trust membership for excursions to historical homes on a couple of wet days.

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Hot Water bottles as well as the above suggestions. If you're sitting in the tent, just put one on your lap or on your feet. We find if your feet get cold then you've lost half the battle.
THEN go to the pub!

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We have a small electric fan heater which we use and are never cold. We have a sewn in ground sheet which helps massively. Also lots of layers of clothing too.

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Thanx for the input guys ...no main electricity ...so sleeping bag and thermals then
I then realized that I need some more space for all the gear unless I wanna leave the kids and dog at home ,so I got this ..


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Yes wondering if it can be squeezed in lol

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Fleece / wool hat plus gloves plus socks. You lose heat from your extremities. Add a hot drink if the body core is chilled.

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