Stove Care and Use
All Arctic Oven™ tents come equipped with a stove jack, allowing customers to use a stove inside for warmth. As with all items you may use with the Arctic Oven tent, it is your responsibility to read and review all instructions and warnings provided to you regarding safe usage of the Arctic Oven tent, as well as any additional equipment you may have brought into the tent. It is your responsibility to know how to safely operate your camp.
Using a stove in a confined area, such as a tent, requires not just common sense, but research to safely set-up and operate the stove. Refer to any manufacturer literature and warnings for the stove you are using in order to operate it correctly and safely. Alaska Tent & Tarp is not the manufacturer of the stoves it resells.
To make things a little easier, we have provided some general guidelines to review regarding safe operation of stoves in the Arctic Oven tent. By no means is this a comprehensive list. There are many factors to be considered in a scenario, including: tent model, stove, fuel, wind, precipitation, cleanliness and many others that can contribute to the functional and safe operation of your tent and stove combination.
- Burn off your stove outside of the tent before attempting to use it in your tent. Stove manufactures typically coat their stoves for shipping or storage with a chemical such as a rust inhibitor. These can be very smoky and noxious during burn off the first time. Do not burn a new stove off in your Arctic Oven tent - you could damage the tent, as well as put yourself in danger of inhaling noxious smoke.
In a wood stove scenario, always use dry seasoned wood. If dry seasoned wood is not available, be aware that the stove's operation will be negatively affected. Stoves that burn wood are designed around a dry, seasoned fuel source. Dangerous creosote buildup in the stove pipe can combust into a “chimney fire”.
- In a propane stove scenario, always keep your propane tank on the outside of the tent. Ensure all connections and fittings are tight to avoid a propane leak. Check with your stove manufacturer for instructions on safe use of propane stoves.
- Your stove pipe must be assembled properly. Main stove pipes are made to be packable. The nesting stove pipe is an excellent way to save space in you stove kit. However, many users improperly assemble these pipes. Nesting pipes are made to be stacked one on top of another.
- THESE PIECES ARE NEVER MEANT TO BE TELESCOPED! Please read and follow directions provided by the manufacture to avoid having a stove pipe collapse while the stove is burning.
- Many stove pipes require a spark arrestor. These mesh screens or vented plugs often get clogged with creosote. You need to check your spark arrestor daily. If you are using unseasoned wood or a small diameter stove pipe, it will be very susceptible to clogging. Simply scrape off the buildup and the stoves venting will improve. This can be a very unpleasant and dangerous event in the middle of a cold night. The clogged spark arrestor will cause smoke to pour out of your stove, into your tent. CLEAN IT OFTEN!
- Many stove manufactures suggest using sand, gravel, dirt or a grate in the bottom of the stove while it is in operation. Follow the stove manufacture's guidelines for your make and model of stove.
- This helps to insulate the bottom of the stove, while providing insulation to the floor of the tent from heat off the stove.
- Arctic Oven tents have floors in them. Use these guidelines above as well as a stove pan or canvas stove mat to protect your Arctic Oven floor.
- This will also prevent damage to your stove, such as warping.
- Use a stove mat. Canvas or a metal sheet that is used to insulate and protect the floor from hot embers coming out of the stove while adding fuel to the fire.
- In some cases, an additional section of pipe may be needed to ensure clearance of the top of the stove pipe above the tent. Check your tent's peak height or measure it yourself. Measure your stove's height with the pipe to determine if you have proper clearance.
- An Arctic Oven tent typically requires 18” of clearance above the stove jack.
- High wind areas require extra vigilance when using a stove and tent combination.
- Proper tent tie out and stove pipe assembly are key. Stove pipes will need to be attached together, usually with a small “tech” screw at each section junction. Check with the stove manufacturer to ensure proper usage in high wind situations.
- Dampers can be very helpful in providing optimal stove operation and temperature control. These dampers can be difficult to adjust, especially while the stove is heating up. Follow the stove manufacture's guidelines in adjusting a damper. If you are experiencing smoke coming out of the stove, either the damper is not adjusted correctly or you have a clogged spark arrestor. Damp wood will also smoke. Open your damper and stove vent to provide maximum air flow if you have to use damp wood.
- There are many types of stoves that can be used in an Arctic Oven tent. Please be cautious. Make sure that the vent tubes on your Arctic Oven remain open at all times. These vent tubes provide fresh air circulation and prevent carbon monoxide buildup. LEAVE THE VENT TUBES OPEN!
- In some cases, an extra straight piece of pipe may be used to get high above the tent in order to not use a spark arrestor. The pipe needs to be attached together with a “tech” screw. A rain cap is always a good idea to prevent rain from getting down your stove pipe. Check with the stove manufacturer for advice when making any modification to your stove or pipe.
- Finally, there are many types of stoves or heating devices that can be used in Arctic Oven tents. Wood stoves, propane stoves, and diesel stoves all have been proven to provide reliable heat in even the most extreme temperatures. If you do not know how to use your stove, do not use it. Improper use of a stove can be FATAL!!
The bullet points listed above are suggested ways to overcome issues that arise when using a stove in a tent. This list is not all-inclusive. Do the research required to use a stove properly. Contact your stove manufacturer. Ask questions. Learn from others who know and have used tents with stoves.
But most of all, safely enjoy being warm and dry in your Arctic Oven tent for MANY years to come!