How to Prep and Set Up a Wall Tent
This tutorial will show you how to prepare and set up a wall tent from scratch. A wall tent differs from a standard tent in that it provides enough space for you to stand up in one of these tents. As a result, the setup is, to be expected, a little different. You may view the video by clicking here. For your convenience, we have broken the instructional and video into portions so that you can more easily follow the directions. In any case, comprehensive instructions will be provided later on.
Poles ten feet long and one inch in diameterEMT poles fifteen in number2.
The Wilderness Canvas Wall Tent is available for purchase.
A wood-burning stove (for warmth and cooking) Paint, masking tape, and a spray gun 5.
Tools for trimming the poles (saw, metal blade, measuring tape, angle grinder, etc.)
Step 1: Prepthe Poles
After obtaining the poles, they should be prepared in accordance with the size standards. Our tent was made using 15 ten-foot sections of 1 inch EMT that we purchased and had cut to the exact dimensions of our 10×12 tent—although other tents will have varied cut lengths. We’ll need the following items: 5Tent legs are required. 5 Tent Rafters and 5 Ridge Eaves are required. It is necessary to cut the poles to the proper length. Measure the poles twice before cutting them. Among the tools available are a hacksaw, metal angle grinder, and reciprocating saw.
We used a grinder to smooth up the ends of the pipe.
Step 2: Cut and Finish the Poles.
Tools such as a measuring tape, saw, metal cutting blade for cutting the poles, and an angle grinder were utilized to smooth off the rough edges.
Step 3: Paint the Rafters Red.
The rafters are 69 inches in length, while the eaves and ridges are 69 and 7/8th inches in length, respectively. Because there is only a slight variation in length between the two, it is exceedingly simple to become confused between the two. As a result, the rafters are color coded. Masking tape and spray paint were used for this quick work.
Step 4: Check the Contents of Your Tent Package Beforehand.
You should have the following items: 1. The canvas for the tent. We received ours from the It’s a heavy-duty, high-quality tent with a beautiful finish and an extra-large carry bag included. It is highly recommended, and we discuss it in detail in our video! It is much easier to put the tent back into its canvas bag if the bag is larger in size.) It’s a pain to attempt to cram the tent into a small, compact carrying case.) Second, the Fly Cover is utilized to provide additional protection for your tent.
Guylines- These cables are responsible for keeping your tent firmly planted on the ground.
The Angle Kit- These components assist in keeping the poles in position.
Step 5: Set Up and Cure the Stove.
Assemble the stove in accordance with the instructions provided in the user handbook. A couple of hours spent cooking on the stove is a fantastic investment. This will get rid of any paint odors that might otherwise seep into your tent fabric and linger there for a long period of time. Being confined to a tent that is always scented with paint is not a fantastic idea! During the winter, having a burner is incredibly beneficial for keeping the tent warm. This particular stove has enough capacity in it to accommodate larger chunks of wood that will burn for several hours, allowing you to sleep well without having to worry about stoking the fire.
Aside from that, it has safety elements such as a spark arrester and a lock to keep everything under control. Furthermore, the pipes are simply inserted, making the process of putting it together not difficult.
Step 6: Set Up the Tent
First, remove the snow and lay up a tarp to protect the area. Lay out the red poles for the rafters first, and then move the other poles into position so that you can easily raise the entire construction up with one motion. Canvas should be used to cover the structure.
Step 7: Lift the Tent Upwards.
Start with one side of the tent and work your way around to the other poles until the tent is fully assembled. Canvas should be used to cover the sidewalls. Because you have covered the rafters while the tent was still down, you won’t have to battle to cover the roof once the tent is up and ready to be used. If the tarp becomes too slick to walk on, as it did for us, you may simply remove it entirely from the area.
Step 8: Stock Enough Supplies to Get You Through Your Camping Adventure.
The wall tent has a lot of floor space. Aside from two cots, a handful of chairs, a table, and our stove, we have adequate space for everything else. Make sure you have plenty of food and firewood on hand at all times.
Step 9: That’s What Our Tent Finally Looked Like at Night!
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- Remove any pebbles or sticks from the area where your canvas tent will be set up. Determine the orientation of the canvas tent. Create an arrangement for your tent such that the prevailing winds will blow sparks and ashes from your stove pipe away from the structure. As a result of sparks landing on your roof, your roof may become damaged, and ash may cause your tent to become dirty. Lay a canvas tent floor on the ground where the tent will be positioned before setting up the tent. When you choose a floor for your tent, it will be easier to keep it clean during the setup and takedown process. Aside from that, I have an inexpensive indoor outdoor carpet that folds up like canvas that I use to cover the top of the floor. I set the canvas tent on the carpet since the tent might become soiled if it is placed on a dusty or unclean floor. Angles and tent structure should be placed on the floor in an acceptable area for set up. The 3 way angles are placed at the ends of the tent frame, while the 4 way angles are placed in the centre of the tent frame. Poles for walls, rafters, and tents can be color tagged or painted on one end no more than 1-2 inches in length to distinguish them from each other. Once the frame is created, these color-coded ends will be able to fit into the angles and will not be seen. Assemble the tent frame, with the exception of the legs on one side. By adding legs on one side of the tent frame, the ridge will be 5-6′ high, allowing you to drape the canvas over the ridge with relative ease. When installing the legs on one side of the frame, it is advisable not to attach the legs on one side first, since the ridge line will be too high to drape the tent over when the legs are installed on one side
- For example, if you have a Montana canvas tent with a lofty ridge line. Unzip all of the door zippers to avoid putting strain on the zippers. Tent should be draped over frame. Keep sidewalls off the ground by folding them in toward the inner of the roof’s interior. In windy weather, tie tent ridge ropes to tent roof end grommets to keep them from blowing away. Tent roof should be draped with a fly. As contrast to when the canvas tent structure is fully assembled, it is much simpler to place the fly now than it will be later. Legs should be installed. Make sure your tent is properly aligned with the frame. You should avoid pulling too hard on your tent since this can weaken the seams and zipper doors. If your tent is too small, you will need to shorten the length of your frame rafters or tent as necessary. A secure fit for the canvas tent should be achieved on the frame, without the need for any further force to bring the tent into alignment. While using your canvas tent, it is possible that the tent may continue to shrink gradually, requiring you to cut down the frame on an irregular basis. If the zipper on your canvas tent entrance is too tight, you must cut down the rafters to relieve the strain on the zipper. Install sod cloth under the floor to create an air seal and to keep rainwater from accumulating on the surface of the floor. Some campers who do not have a floor use their sod cloth on the outside of their tent to funnel rainwater away from the tent
- I have also seen hunters who place their sod cloth on the outside of their canvas tent and then cover it with soil to create a stronger air seal. THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED. It is due to the dirt that the sod fabric becomes soiled. Furthermore, if it rains or snows, you will have mud on your hands, which will make it very difficult to clean your sodcloth. Recall that if you have a filthy sod cloth when you take down the canvas tent, you will have a dirty tent when you roll it back up. Stakes, man ropes, and tensioners should be installed. Stakes should be pushed in at a 45-degree angle away from the tent to ensure proper alignment. The guy ropes are positioned at an angle that is about equal to that of the tent ceiling. Whenever I’m working in an area with strong winds, I secure the man-ropes to trees, stumps, or logs. The use of two guy ropes or stakes for each eave corner is an alternative option. If rain is forecast, dig a trench around your tent that is 4-6 inches wide and 2-3 inches deep to ensure that water drains away from your tent. The instructions for setting up and taking down your canvas tent should help you maintain your canvas tent clean for years to come.
Taking Down a Canvas Tent (Part 1):
- Clean the inside of your tent by unzipping the zippers on the doors
- Unzip the zippers on the windows. Cleaning the interior and exterior areas of your sod cloth with a towel is a good idea. When you fold your tent with a soiled sod cloth, the interior of our tent will become soiled as well. Fold the tent walls within the canvas tent so that they are flush with the interior of the canvas tent. When taking down the tent or folding the tent for storage, ALWAYS fold the tent such that the interior of the tent touches the inside of the tent of the other portions of the tent. The dirt, dust, tree pitch, and other debris that collects on the exterior of your tent is permanent. It is possible that the exterior of your tent’s canvas may come into contact with its inside canvas, resulting in a dirty interior tent, which you will be forced to stare at while you are inside the tent. It is not recommended to pull out the wall stakes using the canvas wall, since this may cause damage to your canvas tent. It is advised that you use a claw hammer. Take down in the reverse sequence of how it was put together.
How To Set Up Your Wall Tent
Setting up a wall tent might be difficult at first, which is why we at Big Sky Canvas created an easy-to-follow step-by-step instruction booklet to help you get started. Here’s how to put your Big Sky CanvasWall Tent together:
- Remove any pebbles or sticks from the area where your canvas tent will be set up. Determine the orientation of the canvas tent. Create an arrangement for your tent such that the prevailing winds will blow sparks and ashes from your stove pipe away from the structure. As a result of sparks landing on your roof, your roof may become damaged, and ash may cause your tent to become dirty. Angles and tent structure should be placed on the floor in an acceptable area for set up. The 3-way angles are placed at the ends of the tent frame, while the 4-way angles are placed in the centre of the frame. Frame that has been assembled with the exception of legs on one side
- Unzip all of the door zippers to avoid putting strain on the zippers. Tent should be draped over frame. Keep sidewalls off the ground by folding them in toward the inner of the roof’s interior. In windy weather, tie tent ridge ropes to tent roof end grommets to keep them from blowing away. Tent roof should be draped with a fly. As contrast to when the canvas tent structure is fully assembled, it is much simpler to place the fly now than it will be later. Install the tent’s legs and make any necessary adjustments to the structure. You should avoid pulling too hard on your tent since this can weaken the seams and zipper doors. If your tent is too small, you will need to shorten the length of your frame rafters or tent as necessary. In order for the canvas tent to fit properly on the frame, it should be snug but not taut, and it should not take any force to make the tent fit properly on the frame. If your canvas tent door zipper is tight, you should trim down the rafters to minimize stress on the zipper. Placing a sod cloth under the tent will help to create an air seal and prevent any rainwater from accumulating on the floor
- Stakes, ropes, and tensioners should be installed. Stakes should be pushed in at a 45-degree angle away from the tent to ensure proper alignment. The ropes are about at the same angle as the tent’s ceiling, which is convenient. If rain is forecast, dig a trench around your tent that is 4-6 inches wide and 2-3 inches deep to ensure that water drains away from your tent. The instructions for setting up and taking down your canvas tent should help you maintain your canvas tent clean for years to come.
Maintaining the cleanliness of the interior of your wall tent:
- Cleaning the interior and exterior areas of your sod cloth with a towel is a good idea. When you fold your tent with a soiled sod cloth, the interior of our tent will become soiled as well. Fold the tent walls within the canvas tent so that they are flush with the interior of the canvas tent. When taking down the tent or folding the tent for storage, ALWAYS fold the tent such that the interior of the tent touches the inside of the tent of the other portions of the tent. The dirt, dust, tree pitch, and other debris that collects on the exterior of your tent is permanent. It is possible that the exterior of your tent’s canvas may come into contact with its inside canvas, resulting in a dirty interior tent, which you will be forced to stare at while you are inside the tent. It is not recommended to pull out the wall stakes using the canvas wall, since this may cause damage to your canvas tent. It is advised that you use a claw hammer. Take down in the reverse sequence of how it was put together.
How to Set Up Your Canvas Tent – Elk Mountain Tents
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Frames that include pole clips and bags are available for purchase, but you can also create your own out of 3/4-inch EMT (electrical conduit). The outer diameter of a 3/4-inch EMT is.922 inches. EMT is available in 10-foot chunks from most hardware stores and may be ordered online. The internal diameter of the angle pieces is 1 inch on the inside. It is not required to use the floor parts (frontback poles and 6 Common Poles), but they do assist to keep the legs square and aid in the process of laying down a tarp for the floor.
Our frames are equipped with pole clips, which allow them to be quickly and simply snapped into the desired angles.
Rafter System – 13 x 16 Canvas Wall Tent
The illustration below shows an example of a four-rafter system for our 1316 and 1320 canvas tents. The 1313 tent has a three-rafter structure. All of these angle pieces are included in the price of the tent. The twelve 1′′ angle pieces shown below are included with our four rafter wall tents. In addition to the angle pieces, the tent is equipped with a wire truss system that is exclusive to our canvas tents and cannot be found elsewhere. Each of the ridge angle pieces is equipped with a carabiner that allows it to be attached to the wire truss system, making installation a breeze.
Adding trusses or providing vertical support will be required if you plan on having your canvas tent withstand heavy snow loads throughout your event. Angle parts of various sizes are available for purchase.
Base Frame – 13 x 16 Wall Tent
The 1316 and 1320 wall tents are supplied with an additional eight angle pieces for use in constructing a base. Six parts are included with the 13x13wall tent. The foundation is not required, but it will assist you in keeping the tent square and will give you with something to tuck the ground fabric beneath. Having these bottom poles is also highly beneficial when laying down a tarp to serve as a flooring surface. Simply tuck the tarp between the poles and up between the wall and the wall poles to complete the installation.
We are not aware of any other firm that sells canvas tents and also offers these additional accessories.
|Floor (FrontBack)||4||6-feet, 5 1/2-inches|
|Floor Splice *||2||2-feet|
|Common Pole||15||5-feet, 4 1/2-inches|
No Frame Option
In the wilderness, you may put up the wall tent in a variety of configurations without the need of a frame.
- Run a rope through the eave holes and tie the ends to two trees to keep the roof from falling in. Create “A” frames on either end of the eave openings to allow you to run the rope over and stake it down
- Put a rope through the eave holes and create two “A” frames on either end to allow you to run the rope over and stake down
- Run a tree through the eve holes and rest it on the two “A” frames on either side of the house. It is possible that the central strap in the eve opening will need to be removed in order for this option to operate.
Wall Tent Fly
A tent fly is highly recommended. Additionally, you will have an additional layer of protection from the weather and your investment will be better protected. Embers will burn a hole in any wall tent, regardless of the material used or the fire protection applied. There are lightweight, waterproof tent fly options available, but you may instead use a basic tarp instead of the fly. If you plan to cover the stove pipe with a tarp, you will need to make a two-foot hole in the ground around it. Our tents have been treated to keep them waterproof, however every fabric has the potential to leak at some point.
Wall Tent Floor
With the additional angle pieces we supply, installing a floor is a breeze. We provide a heavy-duty rubberized PVC floor that is custom-made to meet your tent’s specifications. They are held in place with a tie. Additionally, you may purchase a tarp that is somewhat larger than the tent’s dimensions. Tuck the tarp between the wall poles or between the base poles, then draw the material up between the wall poles and the canvas to create a shelter. After that, the ground cloth is put behind the tarp and poles.
Canvas Tent Assembly Videos
You’re planning a camping trip in the great outdoors, aren’t you? Don’t forget to bring along the tent as well! Wall tents give a safe haven for sleeping, cooking, and staying out of the weather. Alternatively, they can be set up without the need of an internal frame, however some alternatives do not. Building a wall tent without a frame takes a substantial amount of rope, as well as chopped tree saplings or branches, or a mix of the two. If you intend to camp above the tree line, it is recommended that you utilize the frame system that came with your tent.
We’ve got you covered with this step-by-step instruction.
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Choose an Open, Leveled Area with Nearby Trees
So you’ve horse-packed into the forest or driven as far as you possibly can in your vehicle, and it’s time to pick a campground. As long as you don’t have an inside tent structure on hand, it’s critical that you seek for a leveled location in an open clearing. No matter whether you use ropes or cut saplings to support your tent, you’ll need to situate it near a few trees of varied sizes that you’ll be relying on in one way or another to keep the tent up. Building your tent on level ground gives for a far more comfortable experience in various respects, including the following:
- Water is prevented from running downhill toward and below the tent using this device. As a result, campers in their sleeping bags do not have to struggle against the inclination while sleeping. As a result, it eliminates the discomfort of rolling into another camper while sleeping. Inside the tent, it guarantees the safe functioning of a camp stove
Establish Your Tent’s Orientation and Put Down the Floor
Many wall tents are built to allow you to set up a stove inside and exhaust it out a hole in the side or roof of the tent using a stovepipe. This type of tent must be put up in such a way that any prevailing winds blow smoke and sparks away from the tent if it is to be used in this manner. Check to be that the space beneath the tent is free of rocks, sticks, and other debris before setting up the tent. If you want to sleep on the ground, this will help to protect your tent floor as well as your back.
Additionally, it will aid in keeping the tent’s bottom clean and will give additional protection against moisture seeping in.
Unzip all of the windows and doors to relieve some of the tension on them as you prepare to raise the tent in its final position.
It’s possible for some people to believe that any type of tent would suffice for camping, however this is incorrect.
Set Up a Rain Fly
The rain fly must be installed prior to constructing the support structure and raising the tent in order to provide additional protection from any downpours or snow that may occur, since adding a rain fly once the tent has reached its maximum height can be difficult. Essentially, a rain fly is merely another name for a tarp. It is possible to attach a rain cover to the trees surrounding the campground with a basic plastic tarp and some rope threaded through the grommets at the top.
Create the Tent’s Support Structure
Remember how we told you to seek for a campground with trees nearby? That’s right. Now is the time when they will come in helpful! Because you are not utilizing a premade interior structure to support your tent, you will have to improvise in order to keep it up. The majority of wall tents are constructed in the same manner. The following are the primary structural components that give the tent its shape:
- Aridge pole is a long pole that serves to define the centerline of a roof
- It is made of wood. Eave poles are threaded through sleeves at the top of each side wall where the walls meet the roof slope, and they are attached to the roof by a ridge rod. One of these is on either side of the tent, and there are two of them. Using rafter support, you can keep your tent ceiling from drooping. Wall poles provide support for the side walls.
It is necessary to substitute something for these poles in order to lift and sustain the tent at its maximum height when it is not supported by a frame.
This may be performed in at least five distinct ways, and the manner you pick will be determined by your own tastes as well as the kind of natural materials that are readily available in your local area.
Use Cut Saplings to Replicate a Full Frame
Look around for saplings or long branches that you can cut into pieces that will fit through the sleeves of your poles. If your tent is more than 10 or 12 feet in length, you may need to acquire saplings with a diameter of 1 inch or less, depending on the size of your tent. The number of saplings required is listed below. At the absolute least, you will need to locate and cut the following items to the appropriate lengths for your tent in order to recreate the whole inside frame.
|Tent Component||Number of Saplings|
|Rafter||4 – 6|
|Wall pole||4 – 6|
It might take many hours to choose the correct size and number of trees to chop for a given project. If you decide to use this strategy, make sure you have enough daylight to complete your collection before dark. Using the cut saplings, feed them through the sleeves at each of the pole placements. If they are too large to pass through the sleeves, arrange them in the same approximate location as the rest of the group and drape the tent over them. When you’re going camping, your tent isn’t the only piece of equipment you’ll need to carry with you.
We’ve compiled a list of all the camping equipment you’ll need for a weekend in the great outdoors to assist you in making sure you have everything you’ll need for your camping trip.
Use Saplings and a Rope
If you want to utilize saplings with rope, here’s what you need do:
- Search the surrounding region for three saplings that will serve as the ridge pole and A-frame support
- One sapling should be threaded through the ridge sleeve and tied to a neighboring tree with a piece of rope. As an alternative, if it does not fit into the sleeve, set it on the roof’s midline and drape the tent over it. Make an A-frame out of the remaining two saplings and place it at the door end of the tent to keep the bugs away. The ridge pole will rest in the V-shape formed by the two poles being lashed together at the top of the structure. Sticks should be found or chopped into five-foot lengths in order to be used as wall poles.
Alternatively, you may use six saplings to construct two A-frames, one for each end of the tent, with one at each end. On both ends, the ridge pole will be supported by these frameworks.
Use Rope Only
If you don’t have any useable long saplings or branches, you may always use rope to provide a temporary solution. The rope is used in place of all of the poles in this technique of construction. The walls and ceiling will sag somewhat, but you will still have a fully functional tent as a result of this. To do so, follow these steps:
- Attach the rope to a tree by threading it through the eave sleeves of both walls. Attach two trees to either end of the rope that has been threaded through the ridge sleeve.
Use Rope and A-Frames on Each End
In order to use rope and A-frames on either end of your wall tent, you must follow the instructions outlined below:
- Build an A-frame for the ends of the ropes and run them through the eaves. Using the ropes, run them up and over the tops of the A-frames on either end before dropping them to the ground. Fix the ends of these ropes to the ground using stakes. Pull the tent up firmly and tight with lots of tension to keep it in place.
Use Saplings for Two X-Frames for Each End
Finally, if you wish to utilize saplings to construct two X-frames, you may do it as follows:
- Cut eight saplings in order to construct four X-frames. Each X will have one pole that is approximately one-third longer than the other. For each X, lash the two poles together closer to the ground—approximately two feet above the ground
- Using the longer pole facing toward the ridgeline, make an X at each corner of the room. Ideally, the longer poles should cross each other at the ridgeline and be lashed together. Restrain the ridge by running a rope or sapling through it, or tie long poles to the ridge and use them to hold up the tent’s ceiling. Glue the rope or saplings to the top of the walls at the bottom of the roof and run them along the top of the walls to link to the X’s and keep the walls tight and upright.
It is one of the first problems you will face while going camping that is the process of putting your tent up. You should consider using a pop-up tent if you don’t want to deal with the inconvenience and stress of setting up a tent. Learn more about the operation of a pop-up tent by reading our article.
Stake the Tent
Once the tent has been erected to its full height, it is necessary to anchor it down to protect it from strong winds. Most tents are equipped with grommets along the outside eaves, which are used to tie guy lines to the tent’s walls.
- Tent stakes should be driven into the ground at a 45-degree angle, with the stakes leaning away from the tent. We propose that you place one at each corner as well as at the midpoints of each side of your building. Attach guy ropes through the grommets along the sides at an angle that is approximately the same as the roof’s pitch. These should be staked into the earth. You can consider anchoring the tent’s guy lines to adjacent trees or logs—something with a little weight to keep the tent from blowing away—if you’re in a very windy location.
How Long Does It Take to Set Up a Wall Tent?
When it comes to erecting a wall tent, size does important. The greater the size of the tent, the longer it will take. Furthermore, whether or not a frame is used, it is evident that it will take significantly less time to set up if at least two people are involved in the process.
Certainly, building a wall tent on one’s own is difficult, however it is possible. Remember to give for lots of additional time if you’re doing it on your own timetable!
- In most cases, it takes 15-20 minutes to set up a tent on a prefabricated frame. This process may take you 20 to 25 minutes if you are also setting up the stove and stovepipe. Building a wall tent with external support can take several hours, especially if you have to hunt down and cut your support poles first, which can take several hours. If you live in a rural region, you may have to seek a large radius to obtain the size and length of saplings you require
- Depending on the situation. If you simply require a few chopped saplings and a length of rope, the time required should be reduced to around one hour.
Tools Needed to Set Up a Wall Tent Without a Frame
It normally takes 15-20 minutes to set up a tent on a prefabricated frame. This process may take you 20 to 25 minutes if you are also assembling the stove and stovepipe. Building a wall tent with external support can take many hours, especially if you have to hunt for and trim your support poles first, according to the manufacturer. Based on the location, you may have to explore a large radius to discover the size and length of saplings you want; however, this is not always necessary. You can decrease the time required if you only want a few chopped saplings and a short length of rope—perhaps an hour or so.
- A pair of plastic tarps: one for the ground barrier and another for the rain cover
- The tent’s support rope is made of: Take plenty of rope with you! A sufficient amount will be required to pass through both side eaves and the ridgeline. The type of structure you pick will determine how much rope you’ll need to reach out in numerous directions to tie around adjacent trees. Guy line rope (also known as a guy line): Utilize this rope to fasten the tent to adjacent trees or logs in order to keep it in place
- You’ll need a hatchet or a saw to chop down the saplings that will be used as the ridge pole, eave poles, and sidewall supports for your structure. Stakes for a tent: In order to secure the tent to the ground, metal or plastic tent pegs should be used. The use of a mallet is necessary to drive tent pegs, guy wires, and A- or X-frames into the ground
- Other uses include:
The technique of erecting a wall tent without the aid of a frame is difficult to master. You will almost certainly have a tent that is crooked or misshaped if you don’t know what you are doing. In this instance, your camping excursion may very easily come to a close before it really gets started. Fortunately, there are a few straightforward methods for erecting a wall tent without the use of a frame. We’ve showed you the most likely options above, but with a little imagination and creativity, you might be able to come up with some more options of your own.
Although it may not appear precisely as it should and may droop in some spots due to the lack of a prefabricated structure, what counts is that it keeps you dry and warm while you are outside.
A Canvas Wall Tent – Camping Without Hauling a Trailer
Many years ago, we felt that a wall tent would be an excellent option to sleeping in the back of the vehicle or in our backpacking tents, especially in cold weather and when we were planning on sleeping in close proximity to the truck in any case. Naturally, we like the convenience of sleeping in a beautiful, heated camping trailer, but getting a trailer in and out of some of the rougher Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management roads can be a real challenge, especially later in the hunting season when the snow starts to pile up.
- In the previous ten years, I’ve witnessed two consecutive Elk seasons during which many hunters spent days attempting to get their trailers off the mountain following snow storms.
- I was relieved not to have been a part of that catastrophe.
- Every year, anyone who drives a trailer into the higher elevation mountains between mid-October and mid-November runs the risk of having their trailer stuck on the mountain for the whole winter.
- The weather forecasts should be closely monitored over this time period to avoid being caught out in the rain.
- In reality, when I was writing this, we were making preparations for a hunt that would begin in early October, and it was snowing outdoors outside.
We had been hunting at 9,400 feet on dry terrain just a few days before, but there was at least a foot of snow on the ground by then. After a few days, I was allowed to drive back up to the location, but I didn’t notice any more trailers being transported up to the location that year.
Our First Wall Tent
While researching a wall tent, we didn’t know anybody who had one, so we conducted some research into the pricing and other alternatives to consider before making our final decision and purchasing a wall tent. Based on our research, we’ve put up a shopping guide for wall tents. The tent includes two screened windows that are closed with a canvas flap that is fastened to the tent using velcro. Our tent is 12 x 14 feet in size, with sides that are 5 feet high and a center that is 8 feet high. It includes one door, a sewed in screen door, two windows and a stove jack (a fireproof fiberglass hole for a smoke stack), as well as frame angles for a four-rafter internal frame.
We made the decision to purchase the stove separately.
The tent weights around 60 pounds, and the total weight of the tent, including the 12 internal frame angles, 25 poles, stakes, and rope, is less than 100 pounds.
As a result, the wall tent may be transported everywhere the truck can drive.
Tips for Assembling the Wall Tent Frame
I can set up the entire tent with my wife in about 15-20 minutes without the stove and in about 20-25 minutes with the stove and stove pipe if we are both motivated. The construction of the interior frame is the most time-consuming element of the process. In order to facilitate assembly, the internal frame was marked at the angles and poles (see Figure 2). The frame angles are fastened to poles that link to other frame angles via which they are suspended. They are maintained in place by friction as they are merely slipped into their respective frame corners.
The ridge pole components were all painted blue, while the pieces on one side of the pole were painted white, and the ones on the other side were painted black.
Yes, I created a cheat sheet in the event that I forgot something.
Setting Up the Wall Tent is Fairly Simple
The first stage is to build the interior frame, with the exception of the legs, and then to pull the tent over the frame. Following that, one side of the frame is lifted at a time to allow the legs to be joined to the frame. The tent is then “squared up” and staked down, starting with the corners and working your way along the sides. We have built up the wall tent in less time than I have seen some people level their trailers, which is impressive. Following the setup of the tent, the floor (tarp or ground cloth) is rolled out and the cots and table are placed in their proper locations.
If we don’t want heat, we don’t set up the stove under the stove jack.
Wall Tent Assembly
That’s all there is to it, Home Sweet Home for as long as we require it to serve us. Our wall tent is, without a doubt, far more roomy and comfortable than our hiking tents. We never utilized the bigger family type tents, but the wall tent has an advantage in this situation as well since it can be heated and heated water with a wood stove, which we did not have. Is a wall tent preferable than a trailer in terms of functionality? That is dependent on the situation. Do you want to be more comfortable?
Is it simpler to pull when the roads are terrible or when the weather is bad?
And, even after purchasing the wall tent and stove, we still have money left over in our pockets.
Advantages of Wall Tent over Trailer
- Cost: $1,000 (or less) against $10,000 (or more). There are no charges for tags, insurance, or registration. lightweight (150 lbs as opposed to 2,000 pounds or more)
- It is less difficult to transport on rough roads
- If the truck can travel, so can the wall tent. Storage that is small enough to fit in the trunk of a mid-sized automobile
- It is possible to load by horseback or with a gaming cart. It is less difficult to put up on sloping terrain. In case of an emergency, a wall tent and a wood stove may always be utilized as shelter.
Advantages of Trailer over Wall Tent
- Comfort — there is no doubt that a decent, well-equipped trailer is more comfortable. Occasionally, water may drip down the frame and pool on the floor. Wood stove vs. gas heater: The wood stove requires more maintenance (wood heats you twice as much as propane)
- People, bears, and nasty crawlies pose a greater threat to security. As a precaution, we set up a small electric fence when we are concerned about bears. It is possible that the ground within the tent is not level.
Please let us know if you have any further pros or negatives to add.
A Second Wall Tent
Our Elk Mountain Wall Tent is 13 by 13 feet. Elk Mountain Tents has provided us with a second wall tent. Due to the fact that we have two tents, we can accommodate additional family members or guests without feeling cramped or having to give up our privacy (or theirs). Take a look at how much space is available for our two cots and the wood stove. A handful of photographs shot recently on a late-season hunting trip are shown below: The fact that there was no snow on the ground is astounding, but it was still cold enough at night that we were glad to have the Cylinder stove to keep us warm.
Keep an eye out for a comprehensive review in the near future.
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- Wall Tent Buying Guide
- Canvas 101
- Wall Tent – What Size to Get
- Wall Tent – What Size to Get How Many Rafters Do You Need for a Wall Tent Internal Frame? Choosing the Correct Size for the Internal Frame of a Wall Tent
- Wood burning stoves for use with wall tents
Colorado Wall Tent – Hunting Tents
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- Play How to erect a canvas tent purchased from Davis Tent.
- It turns out to be rather simple!
- Step-by-Step Instructions |
- A Four Dog Stove covers all of the components that are included with the purchase of the Davis Wall Tentas well as the creativity with which everything is put together with a Davis Wall Tent.
- Learn how to fold a Davis Tent in this game (canvas wall tent) I keep forgetting how to roll up our Davis Tent into a neat, tight roll, which is frustrating.
- It may be rolled up neatly and stored in a standard-sized garbage can as a container.
- The tarp arrangement on a 14×16 wall tent is shown.
- If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them; if I have an answer or an opinion, I will share it with you.
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How to Pitch a Canvas Tent like a Pro — A guide for Campers
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to such a beautiful view? So you’ve finally made the decision to give camping a shot. Well, that’s impressive. Now, the trouble is, there are a number of factors that, at first glance, appear to be straightforward, but are actually rather intricate upon closer examination. It may appear like setting up a canvas tent is a simple task, but it can quickly become nerve-wracking if not done correctly. You should not be concerned because where there is a will, there is always a WAY.
- Before you go camping, it is essential that you obtain a high-quality Canvas tent for your use.
- The instructions that come with canvas tents are not particularly interesting to read, but you should still take the time to read them.
- If you make a single mistake, you might end up doing more harm than good.
- Despite the fact that Han Solo relies on Chewbacca to pilot the Millennium Falcon, and because two brains are better than one, you should avoid setting up your canvas tent by yourself.
- Furthermore, the odds of failure will be virtually non-existent.
- In order to properly pitch a canvas tent, you should seek for flat surfaces to work with.
- Place the tent on a slope so that the door faces downward, or in the same direction as the wind, if you are pitching it on a slope.
Once you have located a suitable location for your canvas tent, you must begin cleaning the surrounding area.
If there are shrubs and hedges nearby, try to position your canvas tentas as close to them as possible.
Although it may appear to be a horrible idea, it will shield you from the rain and wind.
It will be difficult to pitch a canvas tent in such conditions, and the likelihood of water leaking in would be higher.
What method do you use to inquire?
The temptation to pitch up camp beside a ditch or stream may be strong, but even doing so is not a good idea.
As you can see, trees, shrubs, and hedges give shelter against Mother Nature, but it does not imply that you will receive better protection if you pitch your canvas tent beneath one of them.
Furthermore, birds may live in a tree, or in any tree for that matter, so you already know where this one is going to end up.
Following your discovery of the ideal location for your campground, follow the directions for erecting your canvas tent that were supplied. Nevertheless, there are a handful of important considerations to bear in mind:
- Consider making use of cotton tent footprints – pound them into the ground prior so you know precisely where your cotton tent will be set up. Additionally, it provides additional protection for your groundsheet. Prior doing anything else, pin the groundsheet in place. Avoid putting too much pressure on the poles, since this might cause them to shatter. Instead of tugging the poles through, push them through to avoid them becoming separated. When assembling your cotton tent, be certain that all of the zips are completely closed. When putting down pegs, strike them with your mallet at a 45-degree angle. Avoid packing things too tightly to ensure that your canvas tent has adequate space to withstand windy conditions.
Congratulations! You have gained a great deal of wisdom and information about how to erect a canvas tent since you began. However, this does not rule out the possibility of a comeback. Recognize that there are several distinct varieties of canvas tents, each of which operates in a slightly different way. As a result, you will need to educate yourself on them as well. While you’re at it, brainstorm ways to better arrange your camping stuff. In this section, you will find a number of handy camping tricks that will make your vacation a whole lot more enjoyable and less stressful.
A Guide to Hunting from a Canvas Wall Tent
The stories and photographs of Jack O’Connor, John Jobson, Clyde Ormond, and Warren Page as well as the pack excursions they wrote about in Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, and Field and Stream magazines when I was a youngster remain clear in my memory. While it was still a faraway dream, the excitement and thrill of one day embarking on a wilderness expedition with a canvas wall tent, horses, and mules was not far away. Despite my longing for the day when I would be able to embark on such a journey, it would remain a pipe dream for over two decades.
- Realizing this longtime desire was not without its difficulties, and I gained a great lot of knowledge ‘along the route’ to that experience.
- I had the opportunity to accompany a buddy into the wilderness of Washington’s Cascade Range, where we were able to “sleep under canvas” and shoot elk.
- Despite the fact that we didn’t have real horses, we were able to construct a memory that sustained me through the Vietnam War and eventually back to the Northwest, where I could once again hunt elk in the wilderness.
- Hunting from a base camp provides the opportunity for the hunter to dry wet clothes and gear, make meals away from the elements, and get a decent night’s sleep, all of which are essential components of having a successful hunting experience.
- Because it is a part of the wilderness hunting experience, it has a history and tradition that is almost as ancient as our nation.
- With today’s technology and sophisticated materials, there are a variety of alternative tent designs that will perform at almost all heights and in nearly all weather situations.
You may also get roomy, four-season tents that are large enough to hold a woodstove and that are sturdy enough to be used by hunters and backpackers. However, when it comes to stocking up on supplies, the canvas wall tent is still the industry standard.
What Makes a Wall Tent so Great?
If you don’t already possess a canvas wall tent, you’re probably wondering what it is about them that is so appealing. It is not my intention to imply that other types of tents are unsuitable for wilderness hunting because I personally know many qualified and successful DIY hunters who do not use canvas wall tents. So, what exactly is it about a wall tent that makes it so special?
In addition to being folded and man-tied as a side pack, canvas wall tents may also be crammed into a rectangular top pack that can be carried on the back of your bike. Almost all nylon tents need the use of an interior pole system of some form. Although it is possible to purchase internal frames for wall tents, they are rarely used in the wilderness because of the weight. In addition to being awkward and difficult to store in stock, tent poles necessary for nylontents of appropriate size and that can be used with a wood fire can also be heavy.
It’s common to observe such poles projecting far above the pack animal’s head, where they’re liable to become entangled in overhanging branches, bushes, or other impediments as the pack animal moves.
When natural materials such as lodgepole or similar poles are used for the frames of the canvas wall tent, it may be set up almost everywhere that such materials are available. In addition to large snow loads, a wall tent with a pole frame will endure practically everything Mother Nature may throw at you. As a rain fly, a basic lightweight plastic tarp may be used to enable snow to roll off the roof and keep the tent dry even though most quality wall tents constructed of double-fill cotton fabric will survive rain and snow.
Using a woodstove while packing your stuff to travel to the trailhead will keep you warm while you’re organizing your loads inside the tent and will also help to dry the tent under its plastic fly if it’s been raining or snowing.
A high-quality canvas wall tent will last you a lifetime if it is properly dried, stored, and maintained. It may even be passed down to your children and perhaps even your grandchildren after that. The most important thing to remember is to thoroughly dry the tent after each use and to store it properly between usage. A tent that is rolled up damp, regardless of the quality of the cotton fabric or the treatment applied to it, will mildew and cause significant damage, including staining, rotting, and collapse.
It is critical to store items in a clean, dry, and rodent-free environment. When exposed to the strong sun, the cotton duck fabric from which the majority of wall tents are produced soon deteriorates. Tents of this type must be stored away from the sun.
A wall tent constructed of cotton cloth may be utilized in both hot and cold weather, depending on the season and the climate. These tents are often white in color and will enable light to pass through the fabric, resulting in a lovely daytime ambience. The white tent is also cooler than a dark tent, and because it has full-zippered doors on both ends, it can be opened up during the day for cooling or zipped up tight during the night for warmth and comfort. Most canvas wall tents do not have floors, which allows you to utilize a woodstove without having to worry about igniting the canvas wall tent floor.
- Mud and snow may easily be kicked off your boots in the front of the tent, near the fire, because there is no floor.
- I use a tarp that is large enough to cover the back seven feet of the tent, which is where our bunks and personal belongings are located.
- If dirt or water collects on the tarp, it may be quickly and easily washed, resulting in a clean sleeping space.
- By placing the tarp on top of the sod cloths, you may prevent drafts created by the wind blowing under the tent’s outer wall from entering.
Easy to Heat
When the weather is cold, damp, and miserable, a wood stove is an absolute must-have in a camp setting. When cooking on a stove, you’ll need something called a stovepipe. I prefer it if the pipe runs straight up through the ceiling instead of through the wall. The stove draws best when the stovepipe is straight up and over the ridgeline of the tent, which I have discovered. Inconsequential amounts of water leak into the tent from around the pipe and via the stove jackhole when the tent is closed.
Although you may like it, I’ve found that stoves that use sidewall jacks are more temperamental in windy circumstances and are more likely to cause smoke to fill the tent.
Important Features for ConsiderationWhen Purchasing a Canvas Wall Tent
Cotton/canvas: Cotton (canvas) fabric is used to construct wall tents. Cotton duck tents, which are composed of marine-grade double-fill cotton, are my preferred choice. “Double fill” tent fabric is constructed from long cotton fibers that have been spun into separate threads. Two of these threads are twisted together to make plied yarns, which are then twisted together to form another plied yarn. All-cotton duck canvas with an unique marine finish known as Otis Permasol, Vivatex, or Sunforger is what this quality of canvas is made out of.
- or 10.10-oz.
- Despite the fact that the fabric has a tight weave, the cotton duck allows for great moisture transfer through the fabric.
- Even if the cotton duck is subjected to a “preshrinking” procedure, some shrinkage will occur over time.
- For those looking to purchase a wall tent, it’s important to ensure that the fabric has been treated with a fire retardant as well as mildew inhibitors before making your purchase.
- Relite: I’ve also had wall tents constructed of a material known as Relite, which is a synthetic fiber.
- Roof seams must be sealed, or a tarp or rainfly must be placed over the seams to prevent water from leaking through.
- In my experience, the annoyance of a little amount of condensation is well worth the weight savings gained by using a decent stove when trying to lessen your entire load.
- Blend: Montana Canvas makes a tent with a cotton duck roof and Relite walls that is used for camping.
- The cotton duck roof does not leak and is more fire resistant than a complete Relite tent, making it an excellent choice for camping.
They’re also far lighter than a duck tent made entirely of cotton. The downside of Relite is that it becomes rigid as it gets cold, and I’ve seen the seams of two such tents pull off of the walls in severe winds on two separate occasions.
Most hunters are familiar with backpack tents, which are available in various sizes such as “1-person,” “2-person,” and so on. However, the real inside area of these tents can vary significantly. For example, I’ve used “2-person” tents that were too small for a single person to sleep comfortably. When it comes to these sorts of tents, I believe 14-18 square feet per person to be enough, depending on how much stuff you intend to store in the tent. Canvas wall tents have the same capacity as regular tents, so you can fit as many people as you want inside.
- Similarly, if you do not intend to cook inside the tent or do not have access to a wood stove, you can increase the number of people in any of my recommended sizes by one.
- Everyone has a favorite way to organize the cots, stove, and cooking area, and they all have their own preferences.
- I prefer to locate the stove and cooking area at the front entrance, and I prefer to use “kitchen” panniers for the cooking area since they are well-suited to the space.
- Using the schematics supplied, you can see the configurations of beds, stoves, and cooking areas that I prefer in my canvas wall tent camps.
When choosing a canvas wall tent, it is essential to have five-foot walls on both sides. Even while some manufacturers claim to have five-foot-tall walls, their walls are really completed at 4’8″ or less in height. Many other companies that claim five-foot walls really complete their walls at five feet in height. The importance of a five-foot wall over a three- or four-foot wall may be explained as follows: On my first backcountry hunt, we slept in a 12’x14′ canvas wall tent with three-foot walls, and we spent the most of our time in the tent bending down on our knees to move about!
We have a 12’x14′ canvas wall tent with completed walls that are 4’8″ high, and with three of us being over six feet tall, we find ourselves smacking our heads on the ceiling when cooking or climbing into our bunks.
My tents all have peaks of 8-12 feet in height, and the lamp is far above my shoulders!
On one end of the tent, it is typical to have zippered doors. Customize the back end by specifying zippered doors on both ends or by having a zipper custom-installed. Because they have zippered doors on both ends, you may open them to allow for air in hot weather. Two tents may be placed end-to-end if you want extra privacy, additional room, or a sleeping spot that is not at the hot end of the tent!
The zippers should be on both ends, with nylon straps and buckle “keepers” to protect the zippers in severe winds and to offer an extra measure of strength to the end closures. This is my personal preference.
A sod cloth is a 10″ wide strip of fabric that is sewed around the interior of a tent at the bottom of the sidewalls and the rear to keep the ground from getting inside the tent. My preferred method of storing it is to fold it inside the tent and throw a tarp on top of it in the back of the tent, near our sleeping quarters. This tightens the seal and creates a barrier against the wind. Another option is to fold the sod cloth outdoors and cover it with soil or snow to keep the drafts at bay. In cold conditions, on the other hand, you may experience problems with the sod fabric being stuck in the snow, ice, or dirt.
A stove jack consisting of two layers of fiberglass fabric will keep your tent safe from the scorching heat of the stove pipe. The stove jack must have a diameter that is at least equal to the diameter of your pipe. Stove jacks in the roof are oval in shape in order to suit the angle of the roof and ensure that the stove jack will fit tightly around the pipe when installed. If your stovepipe’s diameter is greater than your stovejack’s diameter, you can use it, but you can’t use it the other way around.
When you have a “cherry red” fire going in the stove or when your tent fills with smoke while you’re sleeping, this can be a serious concern.
Most people with canvas wall tents have experienced mildew at some point in their lives. I think it’s virtually hard to exaggerate how crucial it is to thoroughly clean and dry your canvas tent before putting it away for the winter. If you see that it’s starting to mildew, leave it out in the sun for a few hours and it should be all better. Also, air dry it well in an enclosed space such as a garage or spare room to ensure that it is completely dry and free of moisture. If you do have patches of mold or mildew, you can treat them with a very light bleach-water solution.
While you’re at it, be sure to clean and treat your ground cloths, among other things.
The use of canvas wall tents is not always a sensible decision, as is the case with any other type of product. They don’t do well in severely windy conditions when you’re unable to find a sheltered location to set up your tent. In addition, they might be difficult to set up in regions where proper tent poles are not readily available. However, for the vast majority of backcountry elk hunting opportunities that a hunting horseman will encounter, a canvas wall tent will serve you well, provide you with a comfortable base camp, and add to your many wonderful memories of the backcountry, big bulls, horses, mules, and friends that you will have.