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IcePaddler
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07/01/2016 09:20AM
Does anyone on here use a 3 season tent for winter camping? Hot tenting? I wanna make a ammo can stove and use it in my buddies big tent this winter. We would add a stove jack. Just wondering if anybody does this? Does it hold any heat? Was also thinking about buying a old canvas tent on Craigslist and using that but I know they are a lot heavier.
 
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billconner
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07/01/2016 10:15AM
Every year with a whole troop of Scouts but not with a stove. Serious fire hazard issues with typical the syntehtic materials. Look for Dan Cook's post or maybe check his website. He has a sil-nylon tent for winter camping but cautions about tending the fire so no embers leave the stack.
OldFingers57
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07/01/2016 11:49AM
If you are looking for any others opinions or ideas for winter camping come on over to Wintertrekking.com and join up the forums. Wintertrekking
billconner
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07/01/2016 11:52AM
Here is Dan's warning from his web site (that now has 2 winter tents):

IcePaddler
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07/01/2016 12:43PM
I'm just looking for a cheaper and lighter alternative to the canvas wall tents that are usually used winter camping. We both took our pop up fish houses and little buddy heaters last winter but our sleds ended up being so heavy that we only trekked in about half as far as we wanted to go.
DanCooke
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07/01/2016 05:11PM
define what price point is cheap.

The problem is there is no volume to get economy's of scale. Most camping tents are made by the thousands overseas. Winter tents are very nitch orientated and the volume is quite small- BWCA Winter camping is extremely small compared to the hunting heated tents used out west.

People want to have sparks coming out the stack with no effect on the fabric. There are no fabrics I am aware of that are both light (subjective with no qualification) and will not get holes or potentially burn.

I have seen Ammo can stoves put into a 4 person Timberline, and a Northface VE25. You better know how to manage a stove, and be aware of properties of the fabrics you will be surrounded with.

A light weight heated winter tent has advantages, but with all designs there also are limitations- and problems inherent in the design.
07/03/2016 09:05AM
With a bit of work, a three season tent can be modified in order to become a decent winter tent.

IcePaddler
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07/03/2016 08:17PM
quote awbrown: "With a bit of work, a three season tent can be modified in order to become a decent winter tent.


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That's what I'm talking about! Is that some kinda insulated rain fly or something? Have you tested it out in the winter?
07/04/2016 09:44AM
That tent belongs to one of the Maruska brothers. He has shown it at the Winter Camping Symposium a few times. It is based off of a sierra designs nylon tent. From the inner body he ripped seems and replaced the nylon body panels with canvas. He did an awesome job! He had it posted for sale at Wintertrekking.com. I believe it sold though. His screename is lifeintheround. He has a website producing new tents called winterworks.com (sorry if this comes across as commercial-I truly have no vested interest in his business but he's a nice guy and innovative so I do want to see him succeed) One of the other Maruska brothers modified a timberline to accept a stove.
Pinetree
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07/04/2016 10:19AM
Some of the new pop up winter fish houses look like a way to have a hot stove in the winter?
At present many of the wood stove winter tents seem to add up to a lot of weight,unless your not going in to far.
A all nylon 3 season tent with no modifications sounds like instant fire problems with tent burning?
07/10/2016 10:23AM
I camped in a 3 season tent last winter. Granted, it was one of those glorious strange weekends where the day temps were in the 30s with lots of sun, so it felt much warmer than it was... and it was in the low teens at night.

I put down a wool blanket, my closed cell thermarest, and my exped on top with a zero degree bag and was plenty warm.

Either way - have fun!
Pinetree
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07/10/2016 11:28AM
quote MNLindsey80: "I camped in a 3 season tent last winter. Granted, it was one of those glorious strange weekends where the day temps were in the 30s with lots of sun, so it felt much warmer than it was... and it was in the low teens at night.


I put down a wool blanket, my closed cell thermarest, and my exped on top with a zero degree bag and was plenty warm.


Either way - have fun!"


Been doing it in a three season tent for 30 years of cold camping. A lot has to do where your camping area. If you were high in the wind swept mountains or secure in the woods of the BWCA. There also many tents I call a 3 season plus tent and most will do find in the BWCA. Only thing maybe in a heavy snowstorm you might have to brush the snow off.
07/17/2016 03:44PM
Plus you can always build up some snow walls around your tent to block the wind. Kind of like 1/2 a Quinzee. (with no roof).
 
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