January 28, 2022: Mike's Hot Tent Shakedown (13 Photos)


With my new hot tent and related equipment ready to go, I was eager to get it set up for a shakedown run before venturing far back in the country later this winter. This weekend I had a short weather window, Friday night would be my last chance before high winds, high temperatures and rain pummelled the North East Avalon once again Saturday afternoon.


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I set up the tent in my backyard as everything I would undoubtedly forget on the maiden voyage would be close by. Also I wasn't sure how much firewood I would go through so having an ample supply close by would certainly help.



With the tent set up I realized it would be real handy to have a table inside so I quickly threw together a decently sturdy folding table approximately 24" long.





I set the wood stove on a piece of 3/4" plywood in practice for actual usage on ice to help prevent ice from melting directly below the stove. A welding blanket creates a fireproof air gap that protects the fabric of the shelter directly behind the stove. I also had a battery operated Carbon Monoxide detector in the tent as well.



With everything set up I tested cooking on the Princess Auto stove which although not ideal due to the shape of the stovetop, it got the job done. On the menu tonight was fried mushrooms & onions with a bottle of moose mixed with white rice (cooked separately on my MSR backpack stove).





Later I put the kettle on to make a fresh cup of coffee.





My Princess Auto LED strip lights are absolutely epic for interior illumination. They ran all evening no problem on my dual 12v 7ah alarm batteries providing perfect lighting for all inside activities and picture taking. I also strung up Gear line organizer to hang items up out of the way.



I arose at a decent hour and got the shelter taken down and stowed in my garage to air out before the weather changed. I was very pleased to find no frost or condensation built up inside the shelter, mostly due to its insulated construction and excellent ventilation.



I kept the fire going all night, the wood stove needs a little fine tuning as the door leaked a little smoke and needed to be re-stoked every hour - hour and a half. All in all I burned approximately 1.5 fish pans of firewood in 14 hours.



All in all it was a successful adventure, even if close at home. Outside temperatures were approximately -10c all night while it stayed between 25 to 30 inside! I can't wait for this winter's ice fishing and camping adventures!


Cheers, MIKE

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