Are Tent Stoves Safe?
No, It is quite dangerous being confined in a tent heated by a roaring wood stove.
Why would you want to put a stove in your tent?
A Good Tent Wood Stove can bring you warmth, comfortable, cooking, enough boiling water, and make your tent a refuge in storm.
If you still want to enjoy the Hot Tenting to survive the cold night and escape from the freezing temperatures, you should take some steps.
Two main danger you need to concern, which are quite rare, but both can happen.
- Ten burning down
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
How to prevent the ten burning down during Hot Tenting?
Tip 1: Make sure the pipe sections are properly secured.
Tip 2: Setting the tent up out of the wind.
Tip 3: Using a flame retardant mat under and around the stove
If possible, rolling back the tent’s groundsheet and placing the stove directly on the ground.
Tip 4: Using A spark arrestor on the top of chimney
This works great for arresting sparks to prevent hot sparks or ash landing on the tent.
Tip 5: Keeping combustible items away from the tent stove as they do get very hot
Tip 6: Keeping at hand a way of extinguishing any fire
How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning using stove in tent?
Carbon monoxide poisoning and tent’s nose carbon monoxide poisoning happens when you have a fuel source that is using up all the oxygen and an enclosed space oxygen that we all need to breathe. It is an odorless, colorless gas that you know usually kills people in their sleep.
With tent stoves it's less of an issue and less of a concern than if you're cooking on like a propane fired cook stove, but it's still something to be aware of.
Tip 1: Using a carbon monoxide detector on the floor somewhere in their hot tent.
This as a backup method is always great to have.
Tip 2: Keeping your tent wood stove clean and clear of ash and creosote, and that's going to ensure that your stove is drafting properly.
A properly drafting stove will have a combustion in the chamber that's the burning wood and the airflow is going to come through the front of the tent and the air baffle. If you close the door all the way there still would be drafts that's coming through the unsealed door.
It is that air is going to bring oxygen in combust and then the unburnt portions of the wood and which is ash and spark will draft out through the pipe.
Tip 3: Cleaning out your flue pipe at least every two days.
You're going to know when your tent woos stove needs the cleaning because it's going to be really difficult to light. So the ash and unburnt wood inside the tent stove cylinder that gets scraped out after every fire. So you have a night fire you scrape it out in the morning, the morning fire you should wipe it out before it get later in the evening.
In your home your chimney gets swept out by a chimney sweep you can also use to refrain creosote blocks and that you burn in there and the chemical runs up and cleans out the creosote inside your flue pipe.
In a tent - this is a lot easier you don't need to do any of that simply wait till the thing is cold and then take the flue pipe sections out.
Start with the top couple the ones closest to the top are going to have the most creosote buildup because as the hot smoke and unburnt material moves up most of it is going to get reburn because this section of flue pipe is extremely hot as you move up to the outer layers the temperature decreases and so less of that smoke and ash is being combusted.
Tip 4: Don't sleep with the wood stove on and wait till it's out before you go to bed and just bundle up.
People often ask that how long does a stove burn? A small portable tent stove is not going to burn all night, it's simply not that efficient. It's not built for that, it's built for being light and portable. It's not going to burn all night otherwise you add tiny pieces of wood to it throughout the entire evening.