How To Heat a Hunting Blind

Updated By HuntBlind Experts on January 20, 2021


A common issue that always comes up in conversation when talking about hunting is this cold and the conditions. Everyone has there own methods of staying warm on there hunt and they all think its the best method as well, we are all guilty of this.

However, I’m here today to put the methods to test and find out what really is the best way of keeping you warm whilst hunting.

First things First

The wind is the killer when hunting in the cold. There a few necessities you need before we start talking about coal in coffee cans.

Good suitable clothing – I know this may sound like the most simplistic answer. But we all know its the most effective. However, I know we all have our preferred brands and comfortable clobber. So although it deserves a mention we are going to simply leave that there. (But for those that were wondering I wear a full Raven Wear suit. Coat, vest, bibs, and hat.)

Hunting Blind – Aswell as acting as a camouflage base for hunting. A hunting blind also offers as a windbreak. Getting a sturdy hunt blind will remove the wind allowing you to hunt from a warmer base.

In regards to the best hunting blinds for cold conditions, I always recommend Banks Blinds. Although Elevated blinds are not for everyone Banks Blinds are as stable as they come.

Methods I would not Recommend

The classic coal in the coffee can – This method will always spring to mind when talking about heating your blind. But its also a method that your uncle might have told you, and in my personal experience I prefer to not take their word for it. 

There’s a fair few issues with this method. The safety of having a lump of burning coal in a can is very much an incident waiting to happen. Especially if you are in a hunting blind.

Additionally, you don’t want to draw attention to yourself when hunting. And the fumes produced by this method will deter a deer off instantly (or whatever else you are hunting)

I have heard some adaptation to the traditional method and that is Coffee can and a roll of toilet paper soaked in alcohol puts out a lot less smell than charcoal. However yet again for safety reasons, I would not advise either of these methods. 

Things I look for in heating your Blind

Safety – This is obvious, all though staying warm whilst hunting is nice. It’s not worth putting yourself at risk. For any heating source, you want to make sure is stable and your blind is well ventilated. 

Noise & Smell – As mentioned, in most cases any source of heat will produce a smell or noise. We want to keep this as minimal as possible. So what ever you are hunting doesn’t spot you. 

New Technology that works

There is no need for dodgy DIY jobs when there is such good products on the market at reasonable prices. I used to stay away from propane heaters. The word its self sounded dangerous but I was soo wrong. Yes there is still plenty of issues with propane heaters but when Mr Heater is producing heaters with: 

  • 4000-9000 BTU powerful operation
  • Large 225 square feet area of coverage
  • Fold-down handle for compact storage
  • Tip-over, pilot light-out, and low oxygen automatic shut-off for safety

For under $100 the safety risk has been massively minimised and pump out some serious heat. I have personally purchased 2 propane heaters by Mr Heater.  The Mr Heater F232000 & the Mr Heater F215100. And would recommend them both. Hands down worth the money, over coal and coffee.

To Conclude

I have been hunting for a long time. I have tried all the methods, some work better than others. However, with technology advancing, we have much better and safer option now than we have ever had.

With that being said a lot of us are stuck in our own mindset of what is best. But i urge you to check out my guide on The Best Hunting Blind Heaters. Not only as I have done all the research for you. But an upgrade might just save your life.

I hope this article has helped in staying warm on your next hunt.