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April 26, 2022Best In Tents

how to heat a party tent in winter

Sometimes it feels like winter drags on forever. If you’ve got cabin fever, maybe it’s time to think about hosting a party! That’s right, you don’t need an excuse to gather family and friends; in fact, your guests will likely be excited to get out of the house and enjoy a change of scenery. But how do you host an outdoor party when the temperatures are frigid? A tent is an excellent option. Winter tents are perfect for outdoor get-togethers during the colder months. Just because the weather outside is frightful, you don’t need to be afraid to throw a winter wonderland party. If you’re wondering how to keep a party tent warm in winter, we have the answers!

Consider the Area of the Tent

Warming a tent in winter is a breeze as long as you consult with an expert. Our experienced customer care is happy to help answer your questions. To get started, you’ll need to decide how many guests you plan to invite to your winter tent party. You’ll also have to determine seating arrangements, if you’ll have a buffet or bar, DJ, dance floor, etc. That will help you choose the right size tent. Once you know what size tent you’ll need, then you can start thinking about how to heat a party tent in winter so that your guests will stay warm and toasty. For example, a 30 x 30-foot tent might only need one heat source, while a 40 x 60 tent might need two or more. Be sure to ask an expert and follow safety guidelines for worry-free heat.

Select a Heater

Obviously, your guests won’t have much fun if they are shivering throughout the party. The good news is that you can definitely keep a tent warm in the winter. Each option has its pros and cons, so be sure to consult with an expert before making your final decision. Propane heaters are the most popular choice. Read on to learn more about heating a party tent in winter.

  • Propane Heaters: Propane heaters are not only the most cost-effective and dependable, but they also give you options at different price points. They don’t take up too much space and are efficient and quiet. More importantly, they are safe as long you follow safety guidelines, especially choosing the right size heater for your space. Some other propane safety considerations include:
    • Look for the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label.
    • Make sure your heater has a functional oxygen sensor, overheat protection, and automatic shut-off if it tips over.
    • Make sure the propane heater is never left unattended. 
    • Never put anything on top of or too close to the heater.
  • Tent Flooring: Cold temperatures mean the ground will likely be frozen - not the friendliest for a party floor. Your guests will be more comfortable if you go the extra mile and install event tent flooring. It will not only be softer underfoot, but it also will increase the efficiency of your tent heating unit by helping seal in the warmth. Taking advantage of party tent flooring will ensure your guests are toasty from head to toe.
  • Sidewalls: Your winter party tent would not be complete without sidewalls. They help regulate the temperature inside your tent while allowing your guests to enjoy the outdoors, especially if you choose clear sidewalls or sidewalls with windows. Be sure to choose a quality product to ensure that your heat stays inside the tent and doesn’t leak out the seams. 

how to keep a party tent warm in winter

Use a Diffuser

You want guests to spread out and enjoy the winter tent party! That’s pretty hard to do if they are huddled around the heater to stay warm. That’s where the diffuser comes into play. When heating a party tent with a propane heater, a diffuser will help increase efficiency and reduce fuel costs. They are easy to install; they simply attach to the output of your propane heater and will direct and distribute heat evenly. Even better, they don’t take up much space. You can tuck a diffuser under the sidewall and attach it to the heater which can then remain outside of the tent. Making an Investment in a diffuser on the front end will save you money in the long run. 

Make Sure the Tent Is Sealed

Even the best heater won’t be able to efficiently heat your tent when it’s cold out. That’s why you want to make sure your tent is made from high-quality materials that can withstand harsh weather. Make your tent features include: 

  • Fire-resistant vinyl that is compatible with any heater.
  • 100% waterproof vinyl.
  • Vinyl and framing that can withstand harsh weather.
  • Weather-resistant coated buckles and framing.


American Tent is confident in the quality of our tents. Even in the winter, we can help make your gathering a success! If you’re planning an outdoor winter event, contact us today!

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