Tent Care and Use
Arctic Oven tents are the ultimate all-season caming tent. The superior design and craftsmanship creates a truly no-compromise camping experience that has redefined the standard of quality, durability and functionality. You are now part of an exclusive group of people who have decided to change the way they camp and experience how good it can be... in an Arctic Oven tent! Here are a few things to know about your Arctic Oven tent:
- Keep all flame and heat sources away from this tent fabric. This tent meets the flammability requirements of CPAI-84. The fabric may burn if left in continuous contact with any flame source. The application of any foreign substance to the tent fabric may render the flame-resistant properties ineffective.
- Maintain adequate ventilation inside your tent at all times. DO NOT block the vents located in the front and rear of the tent.
- When setting up your stove, it is imperative that you place a stove pan or flame resistant canvas underneath the stove, between the base and floor of the tent. Keep any and all flammable materials a safe distance from any heat source.
- Always keep your stove, stove pipe and spark arrestor clean and in good condition to ensure safe use.
- Keep clear of overhead power lines when you are setting up camp.
- Select a site for the tent set-up that is large enough for the tent, is level, and is clear of rocks, branches and sharp objects.
- NEVER use a detergent, bleach or a washing machine to clean your tent as they will damage the nylon coating and the seams. Hand wash with a sponge, using mild soap, such as Woolite or Ivory Snow.
- If zippers are sticking, lubricate them with silicone. Never force a zipper which has material caught in it as this will result in a bent slider. When zipping closed any tent, be sure that the zipper operates freely. If the fabric is tight and zipper closing becomes difficult, pull on the frame to relieve the tension. Continued use in a sandy environment can cause the slider to erode and fail to close the zipper. Keep the zipper clean.
- Make sure the tent and fly are completely dry before storing to prevent mildew.
- Acids and caustic solutions can damage tent fabrics. This includes leaking flashlight batteries, ascorbic acid in fruit juices, etc.
- Do not spray insect repellents or hair sprays in or on the tent as damage may occur to the tent fabric.
- Store stakes and poles in their respective bags to prevent damage to the tent body and fly.
- Stakes should be removed by pulling on the stake itself. NEVER PULL ON THE TENT TO REMOVE STAKES AS PROPERTY DAMAGE OR PERSONAL INJURY COULD RESULT.
- Ultraviolet light degrades lightweight tent fabric (and almost any synthetic material).
- UV light will cause the fabric to fade, lose strength, and eventually disintegrate. The best way to prolong the life of your tent is to avoid long-term exposure to the sun.
SEAM SEAL YOUR TENT
- The tent floor and fly are made from a coated nylon that is water resistant; however, the stitching is not waterproof. We use an anti-wicking thread throughout the tent and water repellant basting tape on top-stitched seams, which increases the tents performance in wet scenarios. If you are interested in further waterproofing your tent, we have included some Seam Sealer in the stake bag to seal the sewed seams.
- Before using your Arctic Oven, lay the outer and inner tents out flat.
- Apply the Seam Sealer to all seams of the coated nylon portions that may be exposed to water. Draw the tube of sealer along the seam, spreading the sealer evenly and liberally into all needle holes.
- Apply sealer to the interior seams on the outer tent and inner tent floor. Allow to dry at least 30 minutes.
TIE OUT YOUR TENT
- Tie-out points on the tent can be used for high wind areas and to tighten up the tension on the fly material.
- For maximum effectiveness, use two cords per tie-out point and secure them in opposite directions to prevent the tent from twisting in the wind.
- Guy-out lines are not included with the purchase of a tent. To purchase a tie-out package for your tent, check out our high wind tie-out package.
Note: If you are assembling the tent in windy conditions, be sure to stake it out as soon as possible to avoid damage.