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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2015, 10:22:18 AM »
If space is a premium--mine usually is--then getting stuff off the floor has helped.  The first and last photos are a simple system for hanging stuff (packs, bows, etc.).  The second 2 photos are a clothes rack that lets clothes dry by the stove and gets them out of the way.  I also use bright colored line/rope for staking out the walls to help avoid tripping/collisions.

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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2015, 10:38:21 AM »
I used scrap wood to make a nice looking gun rack that attaches with bolts to the end of one cot.  The other cot received a drying rack made from PVC.  Both projects were $0 out of pocket.

Bring/cut about 3x the amount of wood you think you need.

Bring good food to cook, with daylight during the winter months in the north you will have plenty of time after dark.  Also bring games to play.

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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2015, 10:43:38 AM »
Anyone know where I can get a stove jack retro-installed in a tent and tarp?  I already own the tent and tarp, would be willing to send it out if needed but prefer in state.
Bravo, site sponsor, from Camas Washington works on all makes of tents to do repairs and modifications.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #28 on: July 08, 2015, 11:07:16 AM »
Anyone know where I can get a stove jack retro-installed in a tent and tarp?  I already own the tent and tarp, would be willing to send it out if needed but prefer in state.
Bravo, site sponsor, from Camas Washington works on all makes of tents to do repairs and modifications.

Called them last week for stove jack install. Said he is pretty well booked up and busy thru October or somewhere close to there.

Beckel Canvas co in portland also does em. I'll b taking mine there tomorrow. They said 3-4 week turn around.

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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #29 on: July 08, 2015, 12:12:14 PM »
Anyone know where I can get a stove jack retro-installed in a tent and tarp?  I already own the tent and tarp, would be willing to send it out if needed but prefer in state.

I ordered a stove jack on line and took it to my local upholstery guy for our cook shack.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #30 on: July 08, 2015, 12:16:40 PM »
Anyone know where I can get a stove jack retro-installed in a tent and tarp?  I already own the tent and tarp, would be willing to send it out if needed but prefer in state.

I ordered a stove jack on line and took it to my local upholstery guy for our cook shack.
Good idea there, maybe a guy that does boat tops or something like that could get it done and be closer to you.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #31 on: July 08, 2015, 12:42:58 PM »
I use snap hooks on the end of my guy lines, tie a good permanent knot to the snap hook and then use the snap hook to attach to the grommet or in my case D ring on the eaves,  saves time setting up and is much easier than untying wet or frozen rope.

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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #32 on: July 08, 2015, 12:48:33 PM »
I use ratcheting motorcycle straps as tie down ropes.  They get it really tight and if they loosen just a couple of clicks and you are tight again, no need to untie and retie the ropes.  I just bought 5 four packs at Big Lots for $7 or $8 a four pack.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #33 on: July 08, 2015, 01:12:17 PM »
I use snap hooks on the end of my guy lines, tie a good permanent knot to the snap hook and then use the snap hook to attach to the grommet or in my case D ring on the eaves,  saves time setting up and is much easier than untying wet or frozen rope.

Or just leave the lines tied (permanently) to the D ring/eve end with a bowline hitch and put a taught line hitch on the stake end that can be adjusted when things loosen up.

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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #34 on: July 08, 2015, 06:29:24 PM »
My tent came with eve grommets and reinforced plastic eve loops.

I tied a bowline loop on end of each guy rope than snapped in a carabiner.
At set up or take Dow I just snap the guy lines on and off as needed.
The other end has the loop created by the tensioner. I just slip that over my metal stakes.

Things loosen up I just adjust the tensioner.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #36 on: July 10, 2015, 11:42:27 PM »
Who uses a propane lantern in their wall tent?
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #37 on: July 11, 2015, 08:32:42 PM »
Who uses a propane lantern in their wall tent?
I have a row of construction lights down the center of my tent that I run off of a generator.  I also hang two battery powered fluorescent lanterns for temporary use. The construction lights are what I use at night for dinner, the lanterns are for first thing in the morning and stoking the fire in the middle of the night.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #38 on: July 11, 2015, 08:42:15 PM »
I have never used a propane lantern in my. Tents. I have used a big buddy.

Our cook shack which is a Costco canopy we use two lanterns on trees in there.

But in my sleep tents I have only used battery lights.

I often put a lantern on a tree about 5 ft in front of the tent. And the glow from that lights up the tent some.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #39 on: July 11, 2015, 08:47:26 PM »
I use a homemade gravity feed pellet stove.  No cutting or splitting wood in my camp!  I have to admit though sometimes its hard to beat a good woodstove.

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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #40 on: July 11, 2015, 08:54:20 PM »
Wow
What's that baby weigh?
How many pellets you go through in a week.?
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #41 on: July 11, 2015, 09:02:15 PM »
Weighs about 40lbs maybe and goes thru about a bag every 2 days.  I probably buy 5 to 6 bags for a 2week period.  Clarry made the first generation but didnt do well in higher elevations.  I nearly have it perfected.

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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #42 on: July 11, 2015, 10:06:49 PM »
Who uses a propane lantern in their wall tent?
The new LED lanterns are my new fav for inside the tent.
Propane in the cook shack.

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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #43 on: July 12, 2015, 08:02:12 AM »
I use that green astroturf found in hardware stores. Two side by side strips. One shorter so there will be bare ground under the stove.
I put sand and gravel at the bottom of the stove so the bottom does not get hot. Also adds weight so it does not tip. My water heater does not steam. I cook on the stove. I guess the items I cook are not very smelly and there is plenty of ventilation. I set out a bucket with a wire and empty roll of toilet paper covered in peanut butter and filled with a few inches of water. It cuts down the mouse problem. I put tarps on the roof with a cutout for the stove jack.
I have 5 foot high sidewalls so all of the space is utilized. Folding camp bed works great. My personal preference is a rope along the ridge tied to trees. The tent poles are at the entrance and back of the tent. The rope is used to hang clothes to dry and works great in high winds.
And I bring a garden rake along to rake the ground where the tent is to go. When I expect rain or snow, I bring a welcome mat at the entrance.
Kindling is stored behind the stove as is some larger stuff. I use a double bladed axe that is real sharp and I tape one blade. When the other blade dulls, I take off the tape and use that blade. The tent poles are long dowels found in lumber stores. The side poles are from the lumber yard and are cut to length. I put a nail at one end and put it in the grommets.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #44 on: July 12, 2015, 09:28:43 PM »
I lay down a tarp over top of sod cloth. Than snap in floor. 2x4 floor mats up the center to catch any dirt. And those locking foam pads next to the cots for your feet.

Straw out side the door. For those bare foot calls at night.

I also have a motion sensing light near the door. If you get up at night it comes on and lights the door up.

One out side too.

Use solar lawn lights around camp to mark hazards and the path to the out house.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #45 on: July 12, 2015, 09:40:54 PM »
I remember some hunters who thought straw was a great idea and put it on the floor. They put their sleeping bags on the straw and
thought it was great until the mice discovered the straw. There were dozens that ran over the straw, their sleeping bags and their faces.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #46 on: July 13, 2015, 10:11:35 PM »
Most of my 25+ years in wall tents are late season, or high altitude where rodents are not normally an issue.  Several things we do have already been mentioned.

1.) Straw, around the base of the outside of the tent, is a huge insulator.  The colder it is the more it matters.  About 1 1/2 bails for a 12x14' tent.

2.) Tarp over the tent.  Cut a hole for the stove pipe.  It really helps keep heat in the tent, and snow does not build up/slides off easily.

3.) We run a 5 gallon propane bottle outside the tent with hose up to the rafter to two lanterns inside.  The fittings will start to freeze up in cold weather without a little assistance.  A lighter to the outside of them for 30 seconds cures the problem.

4.) In tents with internal frames, parachute cord can be tied at multiple heights across the tent to hang things from.

5.) Astroturf is the best flooring I've found for a wall tent.  It used to be completely waterproof, and we've set the tent up on 1'+ of compact snow before and had dry feet the whole week.  On newer versions the coating on the bottom isn't as thick and often isn't sealed/waterproof.  Nothing a can or two of FlexSeal can't cure!  At the end of the season, hang it up, hose it off, let it dry.  It also handily stores all of our tent poles, we roll them up like burritos.

6.) A $20 set of plastic shelves(4' tall, 3/4 shelves) gives you tons of storage space for all your kitchen stuff.

7.) Supplement your wood stove with charcoal when it gets really cold.  It's cheap, and burns extremely well and warm through those long November nights.




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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #47 on: July 14, 2015, 07:24:58 AM »

7.) Supplement your wood stove with charcoal when it gets really cold.  It's cheap, and burns extremely well and warm through those long November nights.
I have never heard of this, I will have to give it a try and see how it works.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #48 on: July 14, 2015, 08:04:18 AM »
This is the next idea I was toying around with doing.  I found this on the good ol' google last night.  The owner used a dimmer switch and a deep cycle battery.
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Re: Wall Tents Tips and Tricks
« Reply #49 on: July 14, 2015, 07:47:23 PM »
I also spray paint my fittings which makes it easier to set up especially if I have "help"
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