The most dedicated campers don't let a little snow stop them, but the right gear is essential. The Coleman SportCat catalytic heater is a safe, portable propane tent heater that is ideal for cold weather camping. The 1,500 BTU output operates up to 14 hours from one 16.4-ounce propane cylinder (not included), and a portable integrated handle makes the heater easy to carry. Its stable, detachable base provides a strong stand for the heater.
The flameless catalytic process is what differentiates catalytic heaters from other propane appliances. Don't be confused in thinking that it's the fuel that burns clean because it's actually the platinum in the heating unit reacting with the burning propane that results in little, if any, harmful gas emissions.
The ProCat model is an option; it has a built-in fan, but it requires batteries. The ProCat produces 3,000 BTU and burns for eight hours on a canister of fuel. For safety's sake, follow the manufacturer's guidelines for using this heater in your tent, and be sure to always allow for adequate ventilation to compensate for the oxygen being used by the heater.
Coleman Heater Features
This heater is not only super easy to use but it can also be adapted to your camping needs. It has an adjustable heat control knob, and can come with or without electronic ignition. One of the reasons this product is so beloved is because it's a safe heater for tents, it heats up to 14 hours straight on one fuel cylinder, and it's easy to carry with its built-in handle and stable, detachable stand. You can also add onto your order the Soft Carry Case which holds the heater and two propane cylinders.
You might be thinking, "Why would anyone want to camp in a tent on a freezing winter night?" The answer: Cold weather camping is a completely different experience, and it's a lot less crowded than summer, the high season for camping. Without all those other people around, it's much easier to have a "Walden" moment and really commune with nature. Gathering around the campfire is a pleasurable must. Plus the winter scenery is beautiful in its minimalist glory, with evergreens against a muted or snowy background, the stars sparkling through crisp, clear air and the sky a startling blue.
The importance of having the right gear, including the right heater, cannot be overstated. This also includes bringing lots of layers, such as thermal undergarments, socks, waterproof boots, and more.
With tips and advice on cold weather camping, camping gear reviews including the best winter camping tents, and how to get your RV ready for the cold, we've got you covered. Now all you need to do is pack up and go.