Glamping pods are a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and all the perks of camping without any of the discomforts or drawbacks. Gorgeous pods can also be used as accommodation in extreme weather because they protect you from the elements.
There’s nothing quite like spending the night in a transparent dome where you can see the stars or watch the snow fall while remaining warm and cozy inside. But how do you stay warm when glamping in the wintertime? Do you need to bring a lot of coats and blankets?
So, are all glamping pods heated? Not all glamping pods are heated. While some will have luxury heating like heated floors, others will have more a traditional method for heating or no heating at all. Fortunately, most glamping pods have electricity, and this means you can bring your own heating.
It is always your best bet to check ahead of time where-ever you will be renting or buying a glamping pod from to find out if heating will be available with the pod or if you need to bring your own heater for your trip.
Here are some of the ways to heat a glamping pod, from portable stoves and heaters to technologically advanced systems that are inherent in the design of the pod.
While glamping you’ll never have to do without power to run appliances or electronic devices because many pods have outlets built right in. Not only does this allow you to have all the amenities of a five-star hotel, but it gives you the chance to stay extra warm.
Plug in an electric space heater and the entire pod will be toasty in a short amount of time. A built-in electric radiator is another way to regulate the temperature inside and keep glampers from becoming uncomfortable or chilled.
Access to electricity also allows you to plug in other heating devices such as an electric blanket or mattress pad to be used on the bed. Glamping pods often feature comfortable, full-size beds instead of tents, and can be accessorized for extra warmth which will make for a high-end camping experience.
Some of the most luxurious glamping pods actually feature heated floors, either in one specific area or throughout the entire pod. You can easily control the temperature from a thermostat on the wall, and some even have advanced panels with programmable options.
That way you can set a timer and have the floors heat up in the morning, just in time for you to step out of bed on a cold wintery morning. Or you can set it to start warming up for your arrival back home after a day of skiing or snowshoeing.
Another method of heating a glamping pod is to use a heat lamp. Portable heat lamps can be placed at various intervals around the room, providing warmth and a direct source of heat.
Although heat lamps are commonly used to keep baby animals warm who can’t regulate their body heat yet, they are also a great solution for outdoor warmth at restaurants when the seasons are changing.
These are a wonderful way to warm up after being outdoors in the cold and can also be used to dry coats, hats, gloves, and other clothing. A heat lamp also feels wonderful after stepping out of the shower and adds a luxury element to any pod.
Invest in a larger heat lamp that will warm a bigger area or simply swap out light bulbs for incandescent ones that can produce heat. A heat lamp is also effective at helping keep pets warm and may be worth investing in if you plan to bring your dog along too.
Stoves and Fireplaces
Many pods also feature alternatives to electricity and will incorporate a wood-burning stove or fireplace into the interior. Complete with a chimney to ventilate the pod, these make for an excellent source of heating.
They also add a cozy element to the pod and are interactive, making it feel more like camping because you can build your own fire. In addition to heating, you can also cook on them or simply enjoy the atmosphere and ambiance of the crackling wood.
Portable stoves can be used safely indoors or conveniently relocated outside to provide warmth on cool evenings. Many also have sideways pipe systems for easy venting out of the pod through a small opening.
Heating with the Sun
Glamping pods that feature a geodesic dome design and have glass or plastic exteriors will heat up quickly on a sunny day. Although sunshine is not the most reliable method of heating a pod, it can be a good source of heat and help save energy during the day.
Good insulation will help to retain the heat within the walls of the pod after a certain temperature is reached. Heaters and other devices can then be used to maintain a comfortable temperature once the sun goes down.
Although not specifically designed for glamping, there are pods which are used as a sauna and feature a heater and chimney. These pods are usually made from wood and are very well insulated to maintain a high temperature inside.
If they have windows, they will be made from tempered glass to keep heat inside. Double doors may also be utilized to prevent a loss of heat. Pods like this just go to show the possibilities of heating up a small space and innovations in sauna pods can be used in glamping ones too.
Kitchen Stoves and Cooking
Because glamping pods are just like cabins or hotels, they may feature a small kitchen, allowing you to prepare your own meals. This means there may be a stove or oven which can double as a heat source.
Although it may not be big enough to heat the entire pod, depending on the size of both the appliance and the pod, it can certainly add heat. Simply by cooking or baking, the temperature inside the pod will increase.
Keep the oven door open a crack to allow some heat to escape and warm the surrounding areas. When you finish cooking, open the door to let the heat dissipate into the living area and get used instead of going to waste.
Other Heating Solutions
Companies that specialize in building glamping pods are constantly innovating and coming up with new technology to improve the experience. One company has even pioneered an infrared film that can be installed in the floor or walls of a pod.
It runs on very low voltage, making it a very cost-effective way to heat your pod. Because it’s hidden in the walls or under the floors, it doesn’t clutter up the space. Instead, you’re left with clean lines and more wall space for decorative items.
Another heating solution for glamping is radiant heating which is quickly gaining popularity. This innovative technology can be used in canvas or stainless steel panels to quickly heat up a space.
It emits 60% far-infrared radiation that flows outward and is absorbed when it reaches a solid object, becoming convective heat. This source of heating is safe to be used in tents, yurts, domes, and other glamping structures.
Some glamping pods may also be outfitted with solar panels as a source of heat and electricity. Although this may not be ideal on transparent or dome pods because it will obstruct the view or hinder the shape, it is a viable option for other designs.
Developments in solar panels mean that there are many rounded or curved panels which could be used on a pod or dome type of dwelling.
Even if the panels are not directly attached to the pod, they can be placed further away and have the energy feed into the pod. This can then be used to generate heat or power appliances and other electronics.
Retaining Heat with Insulation
Once heating is produced inside the glamping pod, it’s important to have good insulation within the walls to retain it. Many pods feature insulated cotton to improve thermal insulation and make heating them more affordable and energy efficient.
Domes and glass pods may be slightly more difficult to insulate because they have a lot of windows and glass panes. However, double glazing glass is one way that manufacturers are working to improve the design of their glamping pods.
Making sure the connections between windows is secure is also important to retain heat inside the pod. All the windows and doors should securely close and have covers around any cracks to prevent heat from escaping.