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1/30/2017 11:09 am  #1

Hot tenting - pool in tent

  Hey AAer's! Question for all of the hot tenter's out there. Is there a way to cut down on the water accumulating around the stove? I had the most this past week-end. I had to shovel out the water 3-4 times. I see heat shields on the market. Is this what they are for? How would you rig it up? I don't personally know any other hot tent campers so any info would be greatly appreciated.

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1/30/2017 12:10 pm  #2

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

Was expecting to see pics of a wading pool inside a hot tent. Ha!


1/30/2017 5:51 pm  #3

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

Hi there! 

The heat shields should reflect the heat back into the tent, it may make melting even worse. It will help if you put your stove on a platform (green logs +/- a fireproof pad). I generally dig a 3x4 pit for the stove (a foot is nice; have  Kni-co with a 5-man Atuk tent), and sit the stove on a couple of green logs. The edges of the pit are lined with logs, so that you don't get erosion from the snow melt caused by the stove. Haven't had a water pooling issue. 

The Winter Trekking forum is great for advice:


Last edited by Marko_Mrko (1/30/2017 5:52 pm)


1/30/2017 6:01 pm  #4

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

I do a fair bit of hot tenting and my stove comes with a roll up reflector that sits underneath it (attaches to the legs).  I also put the stove on top of a large tin cookie sheet.  I've never had any major issues with melting so maybe you could try something like that?  A lighter weight option that you could try is the lids from the disposable cooking can get them at the Dollar Store for a buck or so.  I use them inside the tent as well as they are light, cheap, flexible and seem to do the trick!

Last edited by Steve E (1/30/2017 6:02 pm)


1/31/2017 7:22 am  #5

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

Click bait..... "pool in tent".....I thought you had a pool in a tent! Ahahah.

I don't hot tent, but could you try digging out under the stove before you setup?


1/31/2017 10:27 am  #6

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

  Thanks for the info guys! Marko, makes sense stacking the logs beside your stove. The only 2 spots where I had any snow/ice left was from underneath my 2 piles of wood. Might have to try that out. Steve, now that you mention the cookie sheets I think I remember you posting pics in Dec 2015. If I remember correctly you had like 10 days off or something. Gonna give that a try too. Something has to work because man oh man I had a lot of water. Give both a shot in 2 weeks when I'm back in the park.

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1/31/2017 11:01 am  #7

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

I highly recommend raising your stove. I incorporated legs into my DIY stove so I could raise it roughly 1.5ft off the ground (I did the same with another sheet metal stove that I built). I place a heat-shield on the ground and stack a few logs below the stove. This set-up is great for the following reasons:
- Significantly reduces melting the ground. You won't stop it 100% but def no issues of pooling. I usually need to repack new snow in the tent every other day depending how hard we work the stove.
- Lots of space below the stove to dry wood or keep things warm.
- Loading the stove is much more comfortable at this height.
- Best benefit of all, the radiant heat disperses at a much more useful/practical level. 

As for around the stove, def consider using foil trays all around the stove (ie walls).


1/31/2017 12:52 pm  #8

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

  Awesome! Thanks for sharing info and pic Jakr. I'll keep that in mind,

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1/31/2017 1:05 pm  #9

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

Another thing you can do is make skids for the stove to "float" on.  Helps keep it level and gets it a bit more up off the snow


2/03/2017 10:57 am  #10

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

i just picked up a five person bell tent and i am thinking of using propane heat.
 because it is more of a  even, constant heat and i could direct it any where in the tent by pointing the element(s) , thus reducing the ponding of wood stove use. now, i just have to figure out b.t.u. to square footage for the tent .  and one or two burner elements. may not be as portable as i like but i will get by.
     does any one else have this heating set up?  thanks


2/03/2017 4:03 pm  #11

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

My understanding is that a propane heating still requires venting to be safe. And it is not dry heat like a wood stove. Condensation issues ...


2/23/2017 7:57 am  #12

Re: Hot tenting - pool in tent

Hey Swede, you dont do much ice fishing I bet! At least not in a pop up hut or anything....because the propane has A LOT of moisture in it. So you will get much more moisture in your tent. Many times in an ice fishing pop up it is literally raining in the hut with all the moisture....granted most hot tents are much more breatheable than ice fishing pop ups, but you get what I mean.




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