Hmmmm, I have yet to go camping as I am waiting on my EHU so that I can run a hearter if needs be......because I have a 4 year old son with a heart condition, he feels the cold badly. So, does this mean camping is not for us?? I have to admit to being quite shocked at some of the replies on here, what I wouldn't give to be able to just "put a coat on him".
For those of you who have used heaters, what kind would you suggest? I have on oil filled portable rad, but it is very heavy. Should I get a fan heater or gas (I think I would be worried about gas.) Any other HELPFUL suggestions?
FF pushes head tentaviely out of tent door. We have a gas heater, quite small. think it is a camping gaz one, not sure. It cuts out apparently if knocked over. We used ours for short bursts at night earlier this year. And it did make the tent surprisingly warm. FF scurries back in tent and snuggles inside sleeping bag.
HeartmumtoJamie - I asked some very helpful camping friends on Facebook and their recommendation was one of these - a CampingGaz Blue Cat. I may well get one and stuff those who don't think I'm a proper camper. I hope it's of some use to you and your son.
Our gas heater is from B&M (12.99), just takes a basic small gas cannister but gives out loads of heat. We just run it for 15 mins while the DC are getting ready for bed and again for 5 mins before we go.
We have one of these: http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/5039150201291. THey use a single gas canister and seem to work well - kept us warm in a bell tent which is no mean feat given the amount of air to be heated. Obviously you need to make sure you don't put anything that might melt or burn too close to the grill but they don't knock over easily as you can see from the shape.
We also have an electric heater (looks a bit like this one - maybe ours is an earlier version http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4159074/c1/1%7Ccategoryroot%7CHome+and+furniture% 7C10197552/c2/2%7Ccat_10197552%7CHeaters+and+coolers%7C10197884/c_3/3%7Ccat10197884%7CFan+heaters% 7C10197898.htm) which we got from Argos and use on the occasions we have EHU. It is thermostatically controlled and warms up better then the gas one but obviously if you are not allowed to use electric heaters where you are going, the gas one would be better.
Can't say I have ever felt much shame about using them but I do appreciate you have to be aware of the environmental costs of doing so. In that way, a gas heater is probably better as there is less temptation to leave it on all night as I, at least, wouldn't feel safe doing so.
Thanks FF, LilRedWG, MM & Surfette, I appreciate the advice. I will look into each of these idea's. I certainly wouldn't want to run heat all night, but would want something that gave pretty much instant heat so I can warm him quickly if he wakes up cold. I perhaps should have mentioned we would be looking at heating a wynnster eagle 6 tunnel tent if need be.