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Stoves in Tents

Stoves in Tents

Whether you are a family who sometimes like to go away for a few days camping in the wild or a traveller living in a bunker and in need of constant heat for your whole family a wood burning stove will make any tent more suitable for use for a longer period of time. The stove will also make the camping experience a lot more enjoyable in a climate where we can't always predict the temperature. Some people use their stove for a few hours in the evening, others run them twenty-four hours a day.

What stove

The stove needs to be strong, relatively small so that it can be easily transported (at least if the tent is not permanently stationary) and not too heavy. The Greenheart workshop stoves, the Oakfire stoves, Aarrow Acorn View or Firefox 5 models are all suitable for use in tents as they are light, relatively inexpensive but efficient and have a flat top for putting a kettle or cooking pot on.

Installing a stove in a tent

To put a stove in a tent is relatively simple. It requires you to think about positioning and safety as distances to combustible material need to be adhered to.

Flue pipe

All stoves, including those sited inside a tent, require a flue for the smoke to go up. We can help you work out the flue pipe that is required from the stove and the extra flashing that will be necessary to take the pipe up through the canvas. The canvas should be cut back to maintain a distance to combustible material. A small section of canvas is replaced with an aluminium panel, sealed to which is a silicon flashing cone. The stove flue pipe is simply slid through this when the tent is assembled and forms a safe watertight seal. The flue pipe, often a combination of single skin and twin wall insulated, should ideally run up to just above the height of the tent to ensure a good draw and a rain cap stops rain entry at the top.

Apart from the safety aspects, you might also consider how often you will be moving the tent before you decide if you are using single skin flue only or double skin on the outside, or all the way. The single skin flue is lighter and therefore easier to transport, but you would need to leave a circle three times the diameter of the flue to anything combustible. However, if you are permanently living in one situation you would probably choose twin-wall flue as the distance from the flue to the canvas material is reduced.

Safety

Standard Camping Hearth with stove In order to make installation of the stove sturdier, safer and easier to manage we suggest using a Camping Hearth and guard.

The Standard Camping Hearth with backplate gives you a sturdy footing for the stove to stand on. It provides a firm, level base, and incorporates a bracket to stabilise the flue. It also defines the area you place the stove in and gives you a non combustible area in front of stove. The backplate provides extra safety, allowing you to site the stove in front of a tent wall and prevents children or pets running into the back of the stove.

A stove Guard is a vital necessity if there are going to be children or pets visiting or living in the tent.



Prices for camping items for stoves

Standard Camping Hearth Standard camping hearth with backplate and flue stay ring - 294 inc VAT
Stove Guard Guard - 45 inc VAT

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