Camping can be enjoyed at almost any time of year in many parts of the country, but early mornings and late evenings can get cold enough to make it difficult. Camping gas heaters are the best solution for camping when the weather turns cold, and they are widely available both online and in brick and mortar stores. They work well at heating up patios too, allowing you to enjoy the fresh outside evening air until late in the year. With such a variety of choice comes a wide array of different features. However, when purchasing a camping gas heater you need to consider three features more than any other: weight, size, and fuel capacity. If you are taking one of these heaters camping, then you very well might be carrying it at some point. Even if you are driving to your camping spot then you still need a heater that fits into a crowded camping space. You want it to be as small and light as possible while still doing its job.
The Gelert camping gas heater is both compact and lightweight. Measuring just under 12 inches on each side, it takes up less than one cubic foot of space. Weighing just 5 1/2 pounds, it is very easy to carry. It is designed to take fuel canisters that give 2 to 3 hours of heat each, which is more than enough to get a tent heated up on a chilly evening. It takes less than an hour to warm up even the largest patio. The adjustable angle is a nice feature, it lets you easily deliver a lot of warmth to a specific spot in the tent.
The Topflame portable heater is even more compact, coming in at just 7 1/2 inches tall with an 11 inch square base. Weighing 6.6 pounds, it’s easy to carry to even distant camping sites. This model is the most versatile of the top models, as it comes with a stovetop burner. It not only serves as a camp or patio heater but also as a miniature kitchen stove. The gas canisters give it approximately 2 1/2 hours of heating time.
If you are in the market for the ultimate in portability, then you should look into purchasing the SunnGas heater. This is a camping gas heater stripped down to its bare essentials. A simple small burner a few inches across, it screws directly onto the top of a gas canister. The parabolic dish in back focuses the heat for maximum efficiency. A cage protects the burner from damage. Though meant solely as a heater you can toast simple foods on sticks directly in front of it, just like in a campfire. Weighing under a pound, it is very easy to transport anywhere.
Of a similar size to the Gelert is the Quick Heat model. Weighing slightly more than 4 1/2 pounds it is very portable. The angle of the heater is adjustable, though not quite as adjustable as the Gelert. It comes with a convenient carrying handle and takes gas cylinders that last about 2 hours each.
The Lichfield butane camping heater is a simple, no-frills model. It weighs a little over 4 pounds, and takes up very little space. The butane canisters last a few hours each.
Most of these camping gas heaters last at least 2 hours per cylinder. If you turn the heater off after the camp or patio has been warmed up then a single canister could last through two or three days. As always, when using any kind of gas heater, make sure you have adequate ventilation before turning the unit on.