If you’re going camping during the cold season or during a fire ban then a camping heater is an excellent option to pack with you. There are a number of different models to choose from and you can be sure you’ll never have to go to bed freezing.
A camping heater is great for those chilly Australian nights- winter nights in the desert and outback, and when you’re unable to get a fire going. Nothing beats a lovely campfire, but camping heaters are essential if you’re out during a fire ban or camping in the winter. Most are safe to keep in a room with you, though always check the specifics and safety information first.
There are different types of camping heaters you can buy. Some are larger and can have a fire lit inside them like a stove while some just sit on the ground and radiate heat. Have a look into what you need yours for and go from there.
Camping heaters are also great to have as part of your home emergency kit for power outages. Using gas canisters they’ll heat a room if needed.
From portable cook stoves to simple gas heaters there are many models out there that will do just the trick. Check out our recommended manufacturers models , all quite different, and choose for yourself what works for your camp setup.
Ozpig—this adorable camping heater, fireplace and cook stove does it all. Weighing 16 kilograms, the chimney and legs fit right inside the main chamber for easy storage and carrying. Once you’ve set it up make a fire inside and then use it as a contained campfire and cook stove. The Ozpig comes with a diffuser and has the possibility of having two warm plates going as well as the main cooktop for frying, boiling or whatever pleases you. After you’re done camping you can set it up in your backyard or patio. They run at $295 from the website.
Gasmate—the camping heater from Gasmate is much more compact than the Ozpig, and is only a heater. The heater screws onto a 3/8 inch SBP-LH cylinder and radiates heat from a ceramic burner with safety guard. It’s easy to light and can be carried around. It has a 5,000 BTU output and is AGA approved. The Gasmate is a perfect on the go camping heater to pack along just in case of poor weather.
Coleman ProCat Perfectemp Catalytic Propane Heater with Instastart Technology—this is another small camping heater that is portable and attaches to a 16.4 ounce propane cylinder. The heater also requires two ‘D’ batteries to power the fan. You get better air circulation with this portable heater and it has a 3,000 BTU output. It’s quick, easy and safe to light and will heat your space for up to eight hours.
Camping heaters are great to have for camping, and even for home. You can go big, like the Ozpig (which isn’t really that big) or compact like the latter two models and be warm and cozy for your Australian holiday.