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bumabu
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01/09/2014 06:05PM
I sewed a canvas tent but am not sure what size stove it will require. The tent is 10X10 with 3 foot sidewalls, and a 6.5 foot peak height. I am looking at some stoves at Bass Pro, because I have a large gift card to burn but am unsure of how big I need to go. My gut tells me to get the biggest one the have, the Alaskan . But I guess I don't want it to be WAY too big. Looking for a little guidance here.
 
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Doughboy12
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01/09/2014 07:20PM
01/09/2014 07:48PM
I'd say it's a bit large. I purchased a Snowtrekker Tent 10' x 13'. The other measurements are about the same as your tent. Duane recommended his medium size stove (Kni-Co same as you are looking at) which is the next size down from the one you are looking at.

Obviously, you don't want to under size your stove, but over sizing isn't good either.
Minnesotian
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01/09/2014 10:08PM
Bumabu,
I own an older style Snowtrekker. It measures out to be 12'x12' roughly. I got the Snowtrekker Medium stove, also known as the Alaskan Jr. Kni-Co stove, for it and it is a perfect size.

There is a slight difference between what BassPro sells and what Snowtrekker sells. The legs on the Snowtrekker stove are set up in a way that can provide a float for the stove in really deep snow. Makes the stove a tad heavier, but it is a nice option to have for deep snow.

I also like to support independent, small operation guys, and Duane at Snowtrekker is one of those guys. Also, if you have any questions about wintertents and stoves, he has heard them all and can answer anything you got.

I should also say, I would really like to see some pictures of your tent when you get a chance.

Oh, and also make sure you get the shelf with the stove. I have found that extra piece of gear to be really handy come cooking time in the tent. However I passed on the water tank. A pan on the stove works well.
Cedarboy
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01/09/2014 10:44PM
12 x 12 x 18 is the Snotrekker Medium, the same as the Knico Alaskan Jr.
not the Alaskan.
We have the Alaskan for a 12 x 12 tent,PLENTY big.
I would opt for the Alaskan Jr.
CB
Soledad
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01/09/2014 10:46PM
Make sure you check out Muskrat Metal Works
Cedarboy
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01/09/2014 10:49PM
Or as pointed out by Soledad, Muskrat Shortbox model gets my vote.
CB
Doughboy12
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01/10/2014 08:14AM
Some of you must have missed THIS part...?
quote bumabu: "... Bass Pro, because I have a large gift card to burn ..."
01/10/2014 11:47AM
Some info from Wall Tent about Kni-Co stoves.

butthead
bobbernumber3
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01/10/2014 04:31PM
not mine. good price. buy big and run a smaller fire if needed.
e-bay item for sale
SteveElms73
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01/11/2014 10:21AM
I have the Kni-Co Alaskan for my 5 man Arctic bell tent and it is great. It's a bit on the large size but I can get a bit more wood in there and it heats up really nice. I've come to the conclusion that my winter gear is big and bulky and for the type of tripping I do it is fine. I end up doing 2 trips from my truck to the campsite with my gear so I don't camp that far from where I park.
bumabu
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01/15/2014 10:09AM
Wow, Thanks for all the feedback guys! I will probably step down to the packer/alaskan Jr. model and if it gets cold, I will just invite a few more ladies on the next trip. I will try to get some pictures up whenever I can, I need to make a couple poles for it and sew on the tie outs still at this point.
Doughboy12
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01/15/2014 12:26PM
To me the packer "looks" to be the better option...
The Alaskan Jr. can fit bigger wood in it but the Packer can fit longer pieces...just an observation.
Alaskan Jr. Fire box size: 11 1/2" x 10 3/4" x 17 1/4"
Packer Fire box size: 9 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 21"
I guess it would also depend on the "foot print" you desire.
01/15/2014 03:34PM
quote Doughboy12: "To me the packer "looks" to be the better option...
The Alaskan Jr. can fit bigger wood in it but the Packer can fit longer pieces...just an observation.
Alaskan Jr. Fire box size: 11 1/2" x 10 3/4" x 17 1/4"
Packer Fire box size: 9 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 21"
I guess it would also depend on the "foot print" you desire."


The Alaskan Junior is a bit easier to cook on. More surface area on top plus it fits a kettle next to the stove pipe (the warmest spot on the stove) a little better. It's also sized to fit toboggans, but it's a little heavier.
 
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