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01/03/2014 10:11AM
If you've hot tented you've propbably worried about stovepipe separation or at least stability. Some of those pipes get pretty heavy and will unbalance an unweighted stove. In years past I have been using a bipod system to support the stovepipe outside the tent. Rather than cut poles (because I would rather be fishing than cutting extra wood) I have been hauling in a couple 1x2s held together by a single bolt hinge that scissor to form a nice steady support. I would typically use some wire to stabilize/suspend the pipe between the supports. Well I got tired of hauling in those wood supports and started thinking about other options for supporting the stovepipe. And this is what I came up with...

I riveted 3 small angled brackets to the last piece of the stovepipe at 4 oclock, 8 oclock and 12 oclock positions. Attached to these I used some small nite ize s biners. Tied to the biners I used reflective 1/8" ish cordage (doesn't need to be heavy duty at all). One length of the cordage is then tied to the loop on the front top of my snowtrekker, the other two extend down to the ice screws/stakes I use to guy out the tent. I tried this up at the cabin last week and it worked awesome. No issue with the biners heating up to any appreciable degree so I don't think I am going to burn through my guylines. And it was super lightweight and visible in the dark. Hopefully the picture explains it better than my words. And I filed down the backs of the rivets so the stovepipes still nest together nicely for storage.

Maybe this will help someone else out.

tg

 
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Soledad
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01/03/2014 10:59AM
Sounds like a good solution! I will give it a try...when it warms up and I can work in my garage again. Thanks for the pics
01/03/2014 11:05AM
Matt-I was just looking at pictures last night of wannigans and saw the one you and your dad built-I still gotta build something like that! Always tweaking the kit.
Soledad
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01/03/2014 11:16AM
btw Happy Birthday!

I made a lighter one out of 1x2's and some black canvas. Works well for smaller trips. insulated top for sitting on while on the trail or in the tent.
01/03/2014 11:50AM
thanks man! that box looks awesome! i saw one of the maruskas had done that weave top and it seamed like a great idea!
Soledad
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01/03/2014 11:53AM
Those Maruska bros also put back rests on top too (great idea), and one of them (I won't say which one) even cut a hole for his dog to RIDE inside of when they travel. ;) silly dog probably even has a hand knit sweater to wear!!!

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01/03/2014 05:25PM
Good idea. Simple solutions are always the best!


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01/03/2014 06:52PM

Rich, that is a great idea. I usually always have to find two long branches and lash them to the pipe. I may try this in the future.

I can possibly see adding a fourth rope, one that is tied to the rear of the tent. Reason being for high gusty winds. Without actually putting a hand on yer setup, I feel that winds blowing against the pipe from the rear of the tent could cause the front rope to slack and the whole setup to sway a bit. What do you think?

Excellent, excellent idea though. Thanks for posting it.
01/04/2014 12:32PM
Hey Craig-
The fourth point probably wouldn't hurt and would be easy to do. I thought about the guyout idea for awhile but didn't want to have to use extra ice screws or stakes. Sadly it took me awhile to realize that all the anchors I needed were already in place. Fumbling with tying knots in the cold/with mittens on was another obstacle and that's when the nite ize caribiners and figure 9 biners came into play.

Rich
 
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