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Old 02-04-2011, 12:58 PM   #1
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Cool2 Winter Camping with a Stove - An Experiment That Worked!

So a few years ago I bought my wife a Kifaru 8 man tipi/tent with a medium stove. It was expensive! I mean really expensive!


But they're so friggin awesome! Floors are for houses. Floorless means you don't have to take your boots off before you come inside and you can have fire! We have had a real tipi for years, but this lightweight (7.5 lbs,) version and the medium stove were just about perfect for her and a couple horseback riding buddies on their weekend rides.

But I had tent envy.

I wanted a smaller one for just one or two people. But this time out I wanted to save a few bucks and make one.
With some research I found that a Go-Lite SL4, (now discontinued) would make a perfect candidate for a simple structure. It's a 9'6" square pyramid floorless tent. About 5' tall in the center. Lots of space and packs very small and only 3.5 lbs.


With some more digging around I found some stove jack material from another maker called TiGoat. They make stoves, bags and lots of other things and were willing to sell me some fireproof material for my stove jack.
So, I got the material, found a deal on an SL4 and broke out the sewing machine...


Next thing you know, I've sewn in a new stove jack to my otherwise normal tent.

Of course at that point there was nothing to do but try it out so I broke out the new Kifaru small stove. It's tiny! (malt beverage included for scale and minutes later consumed for pleasure.)

Packs down small and light and assembles in minutes.

A quick and dirty 4 corner and post pitch and the stove is in place.

Burns like a charm and all the fire stays in the stove !


This was a fun and easy project to do. Big props to Evan Hill of HillPeopleGear for helping me with some of the details.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:04 PM   #2
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NICE job. Bet that sucker is warm in really cold weather. Neat.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:11 PM   #3
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I know you have been talking about this for a while. Great execution and a numba'9 to boot good sir
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:14 PM   #4
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Looks great nice job.
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Thanks. I have been planning this for a while.

The Kifaru equivalent tent was like $800 and my version cost me about $240 plus a little head scratching.
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:53 PM   #6
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I've been meaning to do the same. I have an Velo tent that has a gigantic vestibule and can be pitched with just the ground cloth and fly. Maybe a big X shaped nylon webbing in place of the ground cloth and one of these would do the trick.

Any idea how close this can be to a tent wall?

Does that $240 price not include the stove? There is a very similar stove available from sportsmans guide for cheap, but it does not pack down as small.
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:58 PM   #7
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Now all you need to do is make a ring of chicken wire type material. Place the stove in the middle and you won't roll into it a burning hot stove while your sleeping...
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I've been meaning to do the same. I have an Velo tent that has a gigantic vestibule and can be pitched with just the ground cloth and fly. Maybe a big X shaped nylon webbing in place of the ground cloth and one of these would do the trick.

Any idea how close this can be to a tent wall?

Does that $240 price not include the stove? There is a very similar stove available from sportsmans guide for cheap, but it does not pack down as small.
No, man I wish. The Kifaru stove was like $250. I splurged a lot on the stove but they are worth it IMHO.

No I paid $200 for the tent and the fireproof material was about $40, although I could have bought a lot less material. But now I can do more tents too if I need to.

I think you would want a couple of feet of clearance in any direction for a stove like this. They get red hot if you crank 'em up.

If you wanted to use one in a floored tent you'd want to put it on something. Maybe a piece of welding blanket would be safe. I prefer no floor though.

But don't take my word for any of this.
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NICE job. Bet that sucker is warm in really cold weather. Neat.
Bet that sucker is really warm in warm weather.

I had enough of floorless tents in the army.
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Old 02-04-2011, 04:30 PM   #10
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The packed size of that stove is shockingly small. Great job.
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Man that is incredible! I need to look into one of these stoves or maybe making one.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:58 PM   #12
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hppyfngy,

I hope you don't mind me posting this. Not a bike packable stove, suitable only for car camping but only $69.

http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Milit.../dp/B002XNWC8A







Heck I don't winter camp but for some reason I want a little stove now.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:12 PM   #13
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No man, I don't mind at all. Everybody has different needs. I've seen a bunch of camp stoves on the market and that may be the cheapest besides a homemade.

For the bike or for hiking in though, you can't beat a 3.5# stove with a 30# one... Especially when it folds up to a small netbook size.

I would like to come up with a nice metal bending brake though and try to make one myself. You could do it out of SS flashing material if you were handy at bending.
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Heck I don't winter camp but for some reason I want a little stove now.
Are your socks wet or something?...
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:33 PM   #15
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quick question, what type of material is that you're using? Is the second piece, the square part, just a flap? IE will it cover the hole if you're not using the stove?

I see you have the exhaust straight up, wouldn't heavy rain pretty much put out the stove or at the least cause a lot of smoke once it hits the burning wood?
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