Elk Mountain Tents is an Idaho-based company that specializes in providing high-quality canvas tents for camping, hunting, and outdoor activities. One of the most popular accessories that campers opt for is a wood-burning stove to keep warm during colder months. In this article, we will discuss how to safely use a wood-burning stove in your canvas tent.
Why use a wood-burning stove in your canvas tent?
A wood-burning stove is an excellent way to keep your canvas tent warm during cold weather. It also helps to dry out damp clothing and gear, and can be used for cooking. Moreover, using a wood-burning stove is an eco-friendly option since it uses natural fuel instead of gas or propane.
However, it is important to note that using a wood-burning stove in a canvas tent comes with risks. If not used properly, it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning (yes, even for wood stoves), fires, or even death. Therefore, it is crucial to follow the proper safety procedures while using a wood-burning stove in your canvas tent.
What kind of wood-burning stove should you use?
When choosing a wood-burning stove for your canvas tent, it is important to select one that is specifically designed for this purpose. There are always going to be low budget and high budget options, but our best overall pick for a stove is available in our online store. We don’t manufacture it but we do recommend it.
It is cylinder stove made of heavy-duty steel and has a flat top for cooking. It also comes with a damper to control the airflow and a spark arrestor to prevent sparks from escaping the stove.
How to install a wood-burning stove in your canvas tent
Before installing a wood-burning stove in your canvas tent, it is important to ensure that your tent is suitable for this purpose. Elk Mountain Tents’ canvas tents have a stovepipe jack built into the roof to allow for the installation of a stovepipe.
To install a wood-burning stove, follow these steps:
- Choose a suitable location: Arrange your room around the location of the stove jack unless you want to install a second stove jack. Keep all flammable materials such as bedding, curtains, and clothing away from the stove. Although not required we recommend placing the stove on a stove matt.
- Assemble the stove: Follow the instructions that come with the stove to assemble it.
- Install the stovepipe: Attach the stovepipe to the stove and extend it through the stovepipe jack in the roof of your tent. Ensure that the pipe is securely attached to the stove and the roof.
- Place a heat shield: Place a heat shield behind the stove to protect the tent wall from heat damage. Elk Mountain Tents offers a heat shield designed for wood-burning stoves.
- Test the stove: Before lighting the stove, ensure that all the connections are secure and that the stove is stable. Test the stove by lighting a small amount of wood and observing the smoke and flame.
- Is it safe to use a wood-burning stove in a canvas tent?
Using a wood-burning stove in a canvas tent can be safe if you follow the proper safety procedures. Always ensure that the stove is installed correctly, placed in a safe location, and that there is proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. We also recommend a stove matt and heat shield.
- How can you prevent carbon monoxide poisoning while using a wood-burning stove in a canvas tent?
Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur when there is insufficient ventilation, causing the buildup of carbon monoxide gas. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, ensure that there is adequate ventilation. Keep a window or door slightly open to allow fresh air to circulate. Fortunately, all models of tents sold by Elk Mountain Tents come with screened windows and a ventilation flap along the ridge. Additionally, you may want to use a carbon monoxide detector to monitor the levels of carbon monoxide in your tent.
- Can you cook on a wood-burning stove?
Yes, many wood-burning stoves are designed with a flat top that can be used for cooking. You can place a pan or pot on top of the stove to cook your meals.
- What kind of wood should you use in a wood-burning stove?
It is recommended to use dry, seasoned hardwoods such as oak, maple, or hickory. Avoid using softwoods such as pine or cedar as they can produce more creosote, which can cause chimney fires.
- How often should you clean your wood-burning stove?
It is important to regularly clean your wood-burning stove to prevent the buildup of creosote, which can cause chimney fires. Clean the stovepipe and chimney at least once a year or more frequently if you use your stove frequently.
Using a wood-burning stove in your canvas tent can be a great way to keep warm and cook your meals during colder months. However, it is important to follow the proper safety procedures to prevent accidents and injuries. Choose a suitable wood-burning stove, install it correctly, and ensure that there is proper ventilation. By taking these precautions, you can safely enjoy the warmth and comfort of a wood-burning stove in your canvas tent.