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I was wondering if it was safe to sleep over night in a eight by eight tent with one of those small gas heaters running.
 

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I would say NO.:(

I would not use any heat source that is not vented to the outside. Even when using our Yukon Stove on hunting trips I still put a CO detector next to my cot.
 

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The little buddy heaters website says they are safe for a tent. I’ve used one in a 6 or 8 person tent before with no issues. The tent was pretty well ventilated though it was a typical tent, mesh top with a rain fly over the top.
 

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As one stated get you a CO detector and put it near you. I’ve used this method a few times and have always woke up in the morning...
 

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As one stated get you a CO detector and put it near you. I’ve used this method a few times and have always woke up in the morning...
... as long as your CO detector works. I've been bass fishing in a couple thunderstorms, didn't get hit by lightning. Doesn't mean it's safe or smart to do. :whistling:
 

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During my stint as a scoutmaster in Oklahoma, I had the boys wear longjohns, socks and a knit cap or facemask, and sleep in a 40 degree sleeping bag with a big fuzzy blanket and a pillow. With that gear they were good down into the teens.
 

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You can do it as long as to have ventilation . I made the mistake not having enough so was lucky the first night. We spent 4 days in the woods.
After more opening of the window flap all was good. I only realize it when I went to lite a cigarette lighter wouldn't work.

Emergency light Gas Cylinder Automotive lighting Security lighting


This is what we used in a 10x12
 

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I've taken heaters into a tent to warm them up and then shut them off and it's nice in the morning when you're getting dressed but never slept with one on. I had a buddy lose his son carbon monoxide poisoning. Wall tents and wood stoves are a whole different thing.
 
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Thanks

Thanks for the reply’s. Going to hunt oakmulgee mgt area in Alabama. Really didn’t want to take the rv. But after reading your reply’s I think I will.
 

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If you use the catalytic heaters it's okay, they're carbon monoxide free (re-burns it I think?).

However, it's not really the problem I'd be worried about as much as I would be by rolling on it, it falling over and burning yourself and others with serious burns about the body or worse, death.

I use the propane catalytic heaters in my shooting house, but make damn sure you've killed ALL the wasps in it, or else they will warm up and be all over you fast. Jokers come out of the smallest cracks where 2x4's are sandwiched and from behind panels.

I'd do like Catchemall said, heat it up 1st, but do it with a catalytic heater to ensure no carbon monoxide in the tent. Put the heater outside, bundle up, and you should be good to go.
 

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One of those foil faced ground cloths help a lot, reducing heat loss to the cold ground. One that's sleeping bag size is (or was) cheap, easy, and a small, light pack. I also had a foam roll up pad for a while that worked well (especially on rough ground). I used to have two identical sleeping bags that would zip together to make a double. With a willing female camping buddy, you can make your own heat!
 
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