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Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« on: March 29, 2015, 02:46:44 PM »
10x14 flex bow deluxe
Three dog stove by fourdog stoves
Woodstove hearth for the stove to sit on by snowtrekker tents
Heat shield with velcro stitched on by snowtrekker tents
Stove jack and cover flap by Yakima tent and awning
Heavy duty tent stakes by Monk Industries
Solar inflatable lanterns by luminAID
Adjustable brush pole to hold up awning by Lowes
Metal tray hearth and stove sit in is an oil drip catch pan by Oreillys Auto
Outside stove support by myself

I wanted a canvas tent for all my camping needs, from hunting in the fall and winter to spring and summer family trips.  I am always prepared to do any of my outings alone and go solo so I wanted something that I could put up as quickly as possible by myself.  This is the reason I went with the Kodiak Canvas.  It's a five minute process that is stupid easy to set up.

I knew I wanted a wood stove at some point and researched as much as possible and concluded the fourdog's are about the best that you can get for the price range so I ordered one up.  Then the fun part of setting the tent up in the yard, marking the exhaust by drawing a circle and then driving to Yakima Tent and Awning and explaining exactly what I wanted.  They nailed it with exactly what I wanted, high quality work and great customer service.

I thought with the slanted walls that the wall would get too close for comfort to the stove pipe before exiting the tent.  I called snowtrekker and asked what they thought and they recommended the heat shield and said he could sew in velcro that I could then glue on the other side of the velcro with Bish's tear mender.  That stuff is amazing.  I installed the heat shield and fired up the stove,  The shield never got hot at all and I would feel safe without it, but I like the insurance.

The following pictures show everything how I have it set up for family camping.  Two adults with 4 dogs all over 70 pounds.  We all fit great in the tent.  We have a double stack queen air mattress for us and 3 large dog beds for the dogs.  The last dog sleeps on the carpet we have for when we walk into the tent. 

Hopefully these pictures explain everything I have listed above and answer some questions a lot of people have been asking me.  Please continue to ask any questions you'd like and I will answer them the best I can.







« Last Edit: June 25, 2015, 09:44:59 PM by 92xj »
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2015, 02:47:07 PM »








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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2015, 03:28:22 PM »
Nice set up, I like the up grades.  :tup:
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2015, 03:29:12 PM »
Been looking forward to your post. Excellent pics and write up! I've seriously considering a wood stove for my 10x14 Kodiak as well. After seeing this, I'm fully sold! Really appreciate all the details you included.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2015, 03:36:52 PM »
Are you able to shorten the exterior part of the stovepipe and still be comfortable with how far it exits from the tent's stovejack?It looks like it might be susceptible to high winds.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2015, 03:39:41 PM »
Yeah, I can end it at whatever distance I need. Its a nesting pipe I believe is what they call it. It's 5 or so pieces that fit together. If you need it shorter just leave the last piece or two off.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2015, 03:41:44 PM »
We had 30 mph winds and rain all Friday night and had zero issues with pipe movement.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2015, 05:12:20 PM »
Nice setup. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2015, 06:12:43 PM »
Great set up.  How do you rate/review the Luminaids?

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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2015, 06:25:55 PM »
Good pictures and write up. Those are always nice to read around here.  :tup:

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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2015, 07:21:04 PM »
Love the set up Ben :tup:
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2015, 07:24:00 PM »
Great set up.  How do you rate/review the Luminaids?

They are pretty sweet.  Enough light to light the inside of the tent at night. We kept them on the poles to help us and the pups not hit the poles and lines at night. The solar charger is awesome. I never saw a decrease in light like the battery was going down after hours of being on. The inflatable part is awesome and needed for the lantern effect. They stayed in the rain all night and had no issues. I received these as a gift but depending on price I would like to pick up a few for the boat. I would recommend them for sure.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2015, 08:07:28 PM »
Nice upgrade but I still can't believe that stove doesn't drive you right out of there seems like you'd almost have to leave the doors unzipped to just screens.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2015, 08:22:45 PM »
I burn the stove hot with split wood a few hours before bed with the top of the windows unzipped about a foot down to build a good coal bed. When we get into the tent for bed it is very warm, I turn the stove down as low as it goes, load up two north Idaho logs on the coal bed and zip the windows closed and go to sleep. It was in the low 30s this weekend and we were very comfortable. In the morning, the Idaho logs were still producing heat that kept the morning chill off while getting out of the sleeping bag and getting dressed.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2015, 08:29:50 PM »
Also was really nice when two shirts got soaking wet, hung them up while I was cooking dinner over the fire and they were dry in under an hour with no moisture, humidity, condensate inside the tent.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2015, 12:13:16 AM »
Looks like a sweet setup!
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2015, 08:06:02 AM »
That is awesome.  Im going to have to make this upgrade.  Thanks for the pics!

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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2015, 08:10:56 AM »
How did you like the stove in that location?  Was it in your way entering and exiting the tent?

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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2015, 08:30:14 AM »
How did you like the stove in that location?  Was it in your way entering and exiting the tent?

I was at a battle with myself on stove location but eventually concluded that was the best location.  Once all set up I realized it was not in my way at all.  I knew I wanted it by a door incase anything happened I could grab and throw, kick, etc the stove out a door.  That gave me two location options.  If I went with the back door I was then forced to place the queen air mattress in front of the front door which the width completely covers, so that wouldn't work.  I could have gone to the back corner on the same side of the tent but that was not close to a door and if I did that the dog beds would be right at the front door and during hunting season, the second cot would have had to cover the front door and we would have to use the back door which would be limited by half a cot width in front of it.  After configuring the tent in all my hunting and family setup ways, this location was the best.  We had no issues walking into the tent and bumping it or having to make an awkward movement to avoid it.  The dogs also never bumped it and I figured they would be the ultimate test of location.  All in all, I think it is placed in the best location for us and the use of a queen mattress inside the tent. 
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2015, 09:09:32 AM »
I'm curious why you had snow trekker do the heat shield instead of Yakima doing both the jack and the shield?
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2015, 11:19:39 AM »
I'm curious why you had snow trekker do the heat shield instead of Yakima doing both the jack and the shield?

The reason was it was an after thought and I didn't feel like driving the hour back up to Yakima tent to purchase a heat shield(if they had one, I never asked so I don't know).
I did know that I didn't want a permanent heat shield.  So a Velcro option was what I wanted.  I know Yakima tent could have sewn in the Velcro strips but while talking on the phone with snowtrekker they mentioned bishs tear mender and said it was the cats meow, and they were correct.

So, how it went was this....
I had Yakima tent install stove jack.
I got tent back from Yakima tent and set it up in the yard.
Put together the wood stove and with out having any experience from a wood stove before I wasn't sure how much heat would be thrown from the bottom and damage the floor in the tent.
I started research fire mats and found snowtrekker had the perfect size fire hearth to fit inside the metal pan I got at the auto parts store.
While talking with them I questioned how close a wall can be to the stove pipe and talked with them.  He said he would feel safer with a heat shield installed.  He explained what it was, I sent him some pictures of the tent and he said he could cut and sew the Velcro on. 
Being that I had spent a few phone calls, emails and picture sharing with snowtrekker, I wanted to give them the business because of their customer service and support.  Even though I got great service and support with Yakima tent, they weren't in the initial conversation about the heat shield.

Hopefully that makes sense and allowed you into my thoughts.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2015, 11:33:44 AM »
Now that I have it installed and got experience with it, I wouldn't of needed to install one.  I fired up the stove as hot as I could get it for an hour and kept feeling the hearth, heat shield and the door.  The hearth underneath got a little warm but never even close to hot, the door and its wall was room temperature and the heat shield never got hot,  Could touch it and hold my hand as long as I please.  Do I think it's needed, not at all. But, I will keep it on there because in my uneducated heat transfer head I feel that in the morning after a 9 hour burn with the Idaho logs, the little heat they are producing the heat shield is throwing back my way over the stove.  Whether that happens or not, I don't know, but I felt like it helped in the mornings.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2015, 12:55:50 PM »
If you don't mind sharing, what was the cost for the work done to the tent/

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« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2015, 01:00:43 PM »
I would recommend budgeting between $95 and $150 depending on the size, flap, clips, etc for the stove jack. I did all my initial contacting and asking of quotes via email with Yakima tent and had responses very quickly. Once I figured exactly what I wanted and had the spare funds I called and did the phone thing with great response.
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Re: Upgraded Kodiak Canvas
« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2015, 01:11:10 PM »
I will taje that dog off your hands!!  :chuckle:
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