Outwell Fuji Electric Tent Heater – Keeping the family tent warm

Outwell Fuji Electric Tent Heater - Keeping the family tent warm
Our Review

Review Summary
The Outwell Fuji heater is a great option for warming your tent or caravan awning.
The Good Stuff
A lightweight heater that can help warm up your tent or caravan awning.
The Not So Great
Obviously, it won't fold down flat, so you'll need space to store it when transporting to the campsite.
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Last Updated: July 21, 2018

Now normally when camping in cooler weather your choices are limited to a Fan Heater, or if you can transport it, a small oil fired radiator to heat your tent.

Sure, there are gas heaters, but personally I wouldn’t use them with my family due to the risk from carbon monoxide poisoning – yes, I know, modern gas heaters are safer, but there’s still a risk.

And then there’s halogen heaters.  These are electric but can get very hot – hot enough to cause fires or melt tents (some campsites have banned them), and heaven forbid a child falling on one. So generally, we recommend caution when family camping and avoid halogen heaters.

However, Outwell have come up with a very cleaver design where the halogen heater can be suspended from your tent’s lantern hook.  This drastically reduces the risk of fire and means no kids are going to fall on it.

The Outwell Fuji heater comes in two settings, either at 600W or 1500W.  You won’t be able to use it on the full 1500W if the campsite only has a 5A supply, but you’ll be fine on full heat at campsites with a 10A or 16A supply (with obvious care not to run too many power hungry appliances that cause the power to trip – see our guide to Electric Hookups).

1500W is a lot of heat output for halogen, and so you’ll probably only use that setting to take the initial chill off and then switch to the 600W mode.

Outwell Fuji Electric Tent Heater hanging in the tent
It comes with a 5M cord, which should be plenty long enough to run down the cord-tidy from your lantern holder to where your electric hook-up unit is.

You don’t loose all the light with the heater in the lantern’s slot either since the halogen heating element gives off a soft warm glow to create a bit of ‘mood lighting’.

Most importantly, it doesn’t give off carbon monoxide and so it’s safe to use in your tent.

If you have a strong enough awning you could even use it semi-outside (it’s rated for patio use as well) to take the chill off when sitting out in the evening.

Things to Note on Safety

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The Outwell Fuji Electric Tent Heater weighs 1.6kg (so about 3 small bags of sugar).  If you have a small tent with fibre glass tent polls this may be a bit heavy, causing your tent to sag in the middle (or worse, collapse).  A sagging middle is not what you want if it rains as water could pool, making the problem worse, or even causing a leak on a poorly sealed tent.

A steel framed tent (and probably most air beamed tents) should be OK.

Make sure your lantern hook is strong enough for it.  A small velcro loop will not be safe enough, and you do not want a hot halogen lantern falling down.

It should also be positioned at least 60cm from the tent ceiling to avoid causing damage to the tent.  It will therefore hang down, so to avoid walking into it, place a table of furniture underneath as in the photo (though watch what you put on that table is it will get warm).

You should also only ever user a proper electric hook up unit when connecting up to the campsite power supply.

Finally, the diameter is 42.5cm, which will help distribute the heat to a wider area, but take those dimensions into account when packing as you don’t want to squash or damage it (and of course, only take down and pack away when it is absolutely cool).

Also for Caravan Awnings

We’ve been using the Outwell Fuji heater to warm our caravan awning. Here’s it hanging in our Outwell Tide caravan awning.

Heater light

The heater provides a warm light too

Warming up the caravan awning

The warm glow of the Outwell heater in the awning

You can see a video of our Outwell Fuji heater here:

Alternative Tent Heater

An alternative also comes from Outwell.  They produce the Etna Camping Heater, which is slightly cheaper, but only has one setting at 800W, so not as flexible as this Fuji model.

Reviews & Resources

“very powerful on its highest heat setting”, Mick, CampingWorld customer.

Outwell product web page.

Conclusion

The Outwell tent heater is at the upper end of the market and is considerably more expensive than a cheap fan heater.  However, with halogen you get considerably more heat for the power, and this design is a better choice for families than other floor standing halogen heaters.

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Gav Grayston
Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.
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