Like to camp all year round? Live in or like to explore places that get cold at night? Want to include a little luxury in your camping without going overboard?
If you answered yes to any of those, you should consider a hot tent.
Hot tents are ideal for camping in the cold or exploring the wilderness at any time of year.
What is a hot tent?
Hot tents are like standard tents but with a stove jack in one panel of the wall or roof. This enables you to use a wood burning stove safely within the tent to help keep you warm.
Hot tents with a stove can help you stay warm, dry damp clothes and keep the damp, wet and cold at bay.
It’s a logical evolution of camping. Use the latest tents that provide essential shelter and portability with a wood burner for warmth.
As long as you have access to dry wood, you can keep yourself warm and your clothes dry in all but the worst conditions!
What is a stove jack?
We mentioned a hot tent is a standard tent with a stove jack, but what is that exactly?
A stove jack is an opening within the tent that you can pass a stovepipe through. It will be lined with fireproof material that doesn’t melt in the heat.
Use the right dimension stovepipe with the jack and you have the means to safely use a wood burner without melting your tent.
What’s the best hot tent for winter camping?
It’s not up to us to decide which is the best hot tent for winter camping as we all look for different things.
Instead, we have curated a list of 10 tried and tested hot tents with great reviews from names we trust.
We have tried to include as many types, shapes and sizes of tent possible within this list. If you’re in the market for a hot tent, you’re sure to find something here!
Top 10 Hot Tent Picks
The KingCamp Torino Hot Tent is a very popular option for all-season campers and comes very highly recommended.
It’s a double layer tent with tough polyurethane on the exterior waterproof. The inside layer is an inner layer for extra insulation that’s also waterproof rated.
There’s also an integrated floor to prevent the cold coming up from the ground and secures into place for full enclosure. There are also skirts to help secure the tent in blustery conditions.
A door and vents are also included and come with secure covers to keep the warmth in once you’re up to temperature.
Best of all, the KingCamp Torino Hot Tent can be set up quickly by one person and comes in different sizes for those who don’t camp alone.
Pros of KingCamp Torino Hot Tent:
- Double lined tent with 300mm waterproofing
- Includes a floor that secures into place
- Can be set up by one person
- Fireproof stove jack keeps things safe
- Light and portable
Cons of KingCamp Torino Hot Tent:
- Simple design might not be for everyone
The OneTigris Rock Fortress Hot Tent with Stove Jack is a traditional hot tent design that mimics the tepee. It’s a simple tent available in 2 colors.
It’s another double layer tent with 4 season waterproof outer layer and insulating inner. This tent also vents for if things get too warm inside or to allow smoke to escape.
It has a stove jack that’s completely fireproof with a fully temperature resistant square and a fully insulated floor to help keep the cold out.
There’s also a double door, a tent skirt for extra security and guy lines.
Pros of the OneTigris Rock Fortress Hot Tent with Stove Jack:
- Simple and light tepee tent
- Waterproof outer good for winter and rain
- Double door and vents around the tent
- Skirt for extra security
- Easy to assemble
Cons of the OneTigris Rock Fortress Hot Tent with Stove Jack:
- A little on the expensive side for what it is
The Whiteduck Canvas Bell Tent is exactly what it says on the tin. A white canvas bell tent but with a stove jack built in.
This is a single layer tent capable of sleeping up to 8. It comes in a range of different sizes, both with and without stove jacks. We obviously recommend the one with stove jack as a hot tent.
This is a tall tent made of army duck cotton canvas that’s water repellent and finished to a very high standard. It’s a heavy material that offers plenty of protection but isn’t the most portable you’ll ever use.
The tent has windows and a large door, roof vents and bug mesh covering all openings.
Pros of the Whiteduck Canvas Bell Tent:
- Manufactured to a very high standard
- Heavy canvas fabric has UV and mold protection
- All openings have bug mesh
- Stove jack included in some models
- Can sleep up to 8
Cons of the Whiteduck Canvas Bell Tent:
- Heavy and not the most portable
- Difficult for one person to construct
Stout Bell Tents are one of the most recognized names in camping and for good reason. The owner used to sew parachutes for the military before making tents.
Now, the company manufactures a range of bell tents, many with stove jacks.
Tents come as single or double skin and we would recommend double for winter camping. Each includes one or two doors, bug netting, waterproof groundsheet that zips in and lots of interior space.
They are at the expensive end of the scale but you really do get what you pay for.
Pros of Stout Bell Tents:
- Great pedigree and build quality
- Single or double wall construction
- Zip groundsheet for full coverage
- Option for power chord passthrough
- Single or double doors
Cons of Stout Bell Tents:
- On the heavy side for larger tents
- Quality costs
The STOVEHUT 70 Hot Tent is a shelter-style tend with one side that lifts up to provide easy access to the inside. There’s also a small side area for storing kit where the stove would go.
The STOVEHUT 70 Hot Tent uses 70D ripstop fabric that’s good for 2500mm of rain and comes with a pair of tent poles and the poles, guys and pegs to quickly assemble the tent when out in the wild.
The side curtain is an excellent addition. It secures down to keep the wind and cold out and lifts up to provide easy access and a little more shelter from the rain.
It’s a great option if you’re looking for a little more space in your tent.
Pros of the STOVEHUT 70 Hot Tent:
- Innovative design with fold out flap
- Spacious inside with a side section for the stove
- 2500mm waterproofing
- Double layered for maximum insulation
- Vents all around
Cons of the STOVEHUT 70 Hot Tent:
- May require more than one person to assemble
The MC Canvas Tent Bell Tent Yurt with Stove Jack is along similar lines to the Whiteduck. It’s a traditional round canvas tent with vents around the side and a groundsheet to keep the inside warm.
The design is reassuringly traditional and should be recognizable to everyone. It has vents all around, a 6-6” height and plenty of interior space. The door is double lined, as is the tent itself.
There’s also a stove jack option to make this a true hot tent. The canvas cover rolls up to expose the jack, leaving the fireproof material around the stove.
The MC Canvas Tent Bell Tent Yurt with Stove Jack isn’t quite a yurt but has similar appeal and is well worth checking out.
Pros of MC Canvas Tent Bell Tent Yurt with Stove Jack:
- Nice design with traditional bell tent appeal
- Vents and areas can be rolled and folded for ventilation
- Separate ground sheet for extra warmth
- Built-in stove jack
- Simple to assemble
Cons of MC Canvas Tent Bell Tent Yurt with Stove Jack:
- Ground sheet is separate so will need to be secured into place
The PRESELF 3 Person Lightweight Tipi Hot Tent is a low-slung tipi design available in four colors. It’s a great little tent that looks small but can sleep 3 in relative comfort.
Made from waterproof material and is impressively light. While that material isn’t as waterproof as some here, the 3.5lb weight means this is a very portable tent!
Portability is the name of the game here, with aluminum poles, thin but warm material and aluminum stakes. There are compromises in heat retention and you do have to cut your own stove jack, but otherwise, this is a solid tent.
The PRESELF 3 Person Lightweight Tipi Hot Tent is for those who need to carry their own loads over long distances rather than the coldest of hikes.
Pros of the PRESELF 3 Person Lightweight Tipi Hot Tent:
- Lightweight and waterproof
- Very easy to carry on longer hikes
- Optional stove jack can also have other uses
- Can sleep 2 in comfort, 3 at a push
- 5lb weight
Cons of the PRESELF 3 Person Lightweight Tipi Hot Tent:
- Not as warm or as waterproof as heavier-duty tents
- You have to cut your own stove jack
The Preself Freestanding Hot Tent is another very lightweight tent from the same manufacturer. It’s another tent designed for longer hikes but has a little more robustness for colder climates.
This is a dome tent and sits relatively low to the ground. It can sleep 2 in comfort and 3 at a squeeze and has a low stove jack to help keep everyone warm.
The advantage with this tent is that it’s freestanding and comes with one piece poles secured by elastic. That means it can be assembled quickly, by one person in all kinds of conditions.
The Preself Freestanding Hot Tent is a light-duty hot tent that delivers the goods. Not ideal for the coldest camps but plenty enough for the cool or cold.
Pros of the Preself Freestanding Hot Tent:
- Lightweight design and easy to carry
- One piece poles make it easy to assemble
- Light but warm fabric offers decent protection in the cold
- Vents with mesh coverings
Cons of the Preself Freestanding Hot Tent:
- Another tent for medium-cold conditions
The Tipi Hot Tent with Mesh and Fire Retardant Stove Jack is a single person tent for lone campers. It’s a lightweight tent with single pole that has a low profile and windproof and waterproof construction.
It’s another option better suited for cold rather than freezing conditions but comes with integrated stove jack and vents to keep the temperature just right. The stove jack has flame retardant material to keep you safe and warm.
The tent also has a separate inner mesh you can optionally use to keep bugs out in better weather and can come with a skirt and groundsheet to keep the cold out and the tent secure.
If you like being self-sufficient, this single person tent is great for all but the coldest conditions.
Pros of the Tipi Hot Tent with Mesh and Fire Retardant Stove Jack:
- Light and easy to carry
- Efficient tipi style with single pole
- Separate inner mesh for god weather camping
- Flame retardant material around the stove jack
- One person tent ideal for lone campers
Cons of the Tipi Hot Tent with Mesh and Fire Retardant Stove Jack:
- Lighter material not ideal for the coldest conditions
The OneTigris TEGIMEN Hammock Hot Tent is something a little different. Where other hot tents use groundsheets to keep the worst of the cold out, this tent is designed to work with a hammock to keep you off the ground altogether.
It does mean the tent has a higher profile but also means it can be strung between trees along with the hammock and be set up in minutes.
It also has the option of 10 guy lines and has 2 stove jacks so you can configure the tent as a traditional tent or use with a hammock.
This tent is larger than standard but can sleep up to 3 if you use as a conventional tent.
Pros of the OneTigris TEGIMEN Hammock Hot Tent:
- Flexible tent with a couple of configurations
- Hammock mode ideal for keeping you off the ground
- Multiple guy lines and two stove jacks
- Waterproof ripstop nylon construction to keep the wind and rain out
- Weighs just 6.8lb
Cons of the OneTigris TEGIMEN Hammock Hot Tent:
- Higher profile when in hammock mode
Choosing a stove for your hot tent
Now you have a good idea of what tent to buy for winter camping, let’s take a quick look at what to look for in a stove.
A hot tent without a stove jack is just a tent, but without a stove to put in the jack, it isn’t exactly ‘hot’.
The size of stove you need depends on the size of the tent. It’s not about dimensions but about generating enough heat to keep you and the tent warm but not so much that you need to open the door and let some heat out.
Then there’s the material the stove is made of.
The cheapest stoves are made from stainless steel. They are cheaper to buy but heavier to carry. There are also titanium stoves. They are more expensive to buy but much lighter.
We recommend titanium. We have a titanium stove and a 6’ stovepipe and it weighs just 2.2 lbs.
Ease of use
You should also consider how easy your stove is to put together and get ready to burn. Most stoves will fold flat, or mostly flat, and will need assembling before use.
Remember, you’re going to be assembling it when you’re cold and tired, so the easier it is to put together and light, the better.
If your stove has a controllable intake and chimney damper all the better. The intake will be a vent somewhere that controls how much air goes in. The chimney damper will work in a similar way on the chimney.
These two components can slow down the burn and make wood last longer. This means using less wood and can also mean a still-warm stove in the morning when you wake up!
Top hot tents for winter camping
So, there you have it, 10 great options if you’re in the market for a hot tent. We have tried to cover as much ground as possible, with options for multiple people, single hikers and 2-3 people.
We include canvas, ripstop and other materials too. All have stove jacks and have been designed to cope with all but the coldest of weather.
If you’re looking for a new tent to see you through fall or winter, one of these is sure to fit the bill!