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Can you heat a marquee?

How to heat a marquee:

During spring and summer months heating is generally only required to take the chill off later in the evening. During autumn and especially winter you should heat the marquee for a reasonable time before guests arrive to ensure a successful event.


Use a heater with a powerful fan

Test the heating several days before the event (at the same time of day) to make sure it works and is sufficient for the space

In the winter have the heating on for at least an hour before people arrive. On arrival guests should walk in to a wall of warmth, if they walk in to a cold marquee they will not warm up for the whole function

If possible use several smaller heaters rather than one large one to create a consistent temperature in your marquee

Aim one heater towards the entrance, think of a high street shop – they have a heater above the door to ensure the temperature inside stays at a constant level


Use a halogen heater, cabinet heater or any other kind of infra-red heater without a fan. They are not powerful enough for larger marquees

Have anything close to or touching a heater (sounds obvious but still worth mentioning)

LPG Blower/Space Heaters (photograph c/o HSS Hire) space heater

space heater

Blower or Space heaters require gas bottles and will heat large areas very quickly. They can be purchased or hired for very reasonable prices. Even though there is a grill at the front of the heaters we wouldn’t recommend using them at a function where small children are present.

Ducted Heaters (photograph c/o HSS Hire) space heater

space heater

Ducted heaters also require gas bottles and sit outside the marquee with the warm air ducted in to the side of the marquee. These heaters generally include thermostats for ease of use, simply set the desired temperature and the heater will maintain the temperature in the marquee.

Ducted heaters can be prohibitively expensive to buy so hiring is usually recommended.

Indirect Heaters (photograph c/o HSS Hire) space heater

Indirect heaters are usually powered by oil/diesel and are similar to ducted heaters in that they sit outside the marquee and the warm air is ducted in to the side of the marquee.

Indirect heaters can also be prohibitively expensive so again hiring is usually recommended.

space heater

We are always happy to offer more customised advice for your event, please contact us giving a few details of the event you are planning (type of event, space available, number of guests and diagrams/photographs of the site if possible) and we will be more than happy to advise on your options.

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