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FAQ

  1. Is the Arctic Oven tent an ‘All Season’ tent?  Backed by over 60 years of experience in the heart of Alaska’s wilderness, Alaska Tent & Tarp has put tremendous effort into developing and manufacturing the best all-season, “no compromise” tent available. Arctic Oven tents come with windows installed in the door and the back wall, which allow adequate ventilation during the warmer months.  We use specialized materials that create a condensation-free interior in the tent, keeping you dry even during heavy rainfall.  What really sets the Arctic Oven apart is its superior performance in the cold months. Equipped with the option of having a stove inside the tent for warmth, Arctic Oven tents can stay around 75° F when it is -50° F outside.
  2. What material is used in the manufacture of an Arctic Oven tent?  The body of the Arctic Oven tent is made from Vapex™, a polypropylene fabric, made specifically for Alaska Tent & Tarp. It is a multi-ply, spun-bound composite with a huge water vapor transmission rate. Highly water repellant and extremely breathable, Vapex™ is the engine behind the Arctic Oven’s condensation-free interior. The fly of the Arctic Oven tent is made from heavy duty 4oz coated oxford nylon.
  3. Is the Arctic Oven tent frame strong enough to hold heavy snowfall?  The Arctic Oven tent has been tested in some of the most extreme conditions. We utilize rugged, thick-walled, drawn aluminum tubing and durable hub fittings for all of our Arctic Oven tent frames. The poles are shock corded with a sturdy Arctic grade bungee. We also have the option of upgrading your tent poles to the heavy duty pole set, which provides increased resistance to snow loads and high winds.
  4. What kinds of heating devices can you use in an Arctic Oven tent?  We recommend using a sheet metal stove that can burn wood or charcoal, or a propane stove.  Alaska Tent & Tarp carries several models of both the sheet metal stove and the propane stove. If these options do not work for your application, another common stove is an oil drip stove.
  5. Is the Arctic Oven tent difficult to setup and take down?  The Arctic Oven tent line has been designed to be intuitively simple and quick to set up. Even in adverse conditions, one person can handle the task for the smaller sized tents. Please refer to the Tent Set-Up Instructions page on this website for more information on how to set up your Arctic Oven tent.  You can also view our YouTube video demonstrating how to set up an Arctic Oven tent.
  6. How do I stake out my Arctic Oven Tent?  Arctic Oven tents need to be staked down to keep them from blowing away. All Arctic Oven tents come standard with Durapegs, which are light-weight, automotive-grade ABS plastic that is great for many ground conditions.  Please note that certain ground conditions require different types of stakes.  We offer heavy-duty stake options for an additional charge on our Tent Accessories page.  To stake down your tent body, erect the tent body and square it out to prepare it for the tent fly. Use stakes to stake down each webbing loop around the base of the tent. The number of webbing loops differs on the model, but there will be at least one loop on each side of the tent. Position the stakes so that the “J” hook catches the webbing and secures the loop so that it is tight to the ground. Once the tent body is staked down, drape the fly over the body and complete the same procedures of staking out the tent fly using the webbing loops on the fly.
  7. Do I need to use guy lines on my Arctic Oven tent? How do I guy out my Arctic Oven Tent?  If you expect to be in a high wind or storm situation, you will want to guy out your tent. Staking out the tent alone will not be adequate in these scenarios. All of our Arctic Oven tents have guy-out points along the upper corners of the tent frame.  Please note: guy-out lines do not come with your tent purchase.  We offer a high wind tie-out package as an accessory to your tent on our Tent Accessories page.  It is important that you guy out your tent at these points in severe weather. To guy out the tent, attach parachute cord to the guy-out points located at each corner. Stake the end of the parachute cord in the ground three or four feet from the edge of the tent. If staked too close, the wind can get under the tent and could cause an upward lift, causing the stakes to dislodge. It is recommended that you use two parachute cords on each guy-out point. Stake them out in opposite directions so that they are working together through opposition.
  8. What is the best way to clean my Arctic Oven tent?  Clean your Arctic Oven tent by setting it up and wiping it down with a mild soap and lukewarm water solution. Liquid hand soap is adequate for the cleaning process. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely. Never use detergent, washing machines or dryers because they can damage the tent’s protective urethane coating and seams. After cleaning, allow the tent to completely dry, especially the seam areas, before storing or mold and mildew are likely to grow. Clean the zippers by dipping them in water and drying them off. It is important that you clean your zippers after camping in areas with sand and dirt. If you don’t clean your zippers, the slider will wear out and eventually, the teeth will become inoperable.
  9. Do I need to seam seal my Arctic Oven tent?  Yes, we recommend that you seam seal your Arctic Oven tent before using it in wet areas. We include Kenyon Seam Sealer 3 with all of our Arctic Oven tent purchases. Read the instructions on the bottle before you begin the seam sealing process. Seam sealing should be done in a fully ventilated area. Set up your tent or lay it out flat. Make sure the seams are straight and taut to allow for even application of the sealer. Now, decide which seams need to be sealed. It is best to seal the seams that are exposed to rain, runoff, or ground level water. Apply the sealant to the inside of all exposed seams. Apply the sealant in a straight line, evenly and liberally, into all needle holes. Several thin layers will work better than one thick layer. Allow one hour or more for the sealant to completely dry before storing the tent.
  10. How do I store my Arctic Oven tent?  After you use your Arctic Oven tent, it is important that you hang out your tent to dry completely before you store it. If you do not allow your tent to dry completely, it will allow mold and mildew to form on your tent. It is recommended that you store your tent loosely rolled up and in a dry place.