I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (UP) where we usually get plenty of snow and cold in the winter. Although I'm an avid 3 season outdoorsman, I have never spent any time winter camping in a tent. As I get older I am intrigued with the idea of spending time in the winter woods in a tent; preferably a hot tent. In any case, I have a couple of questions for the experts regarding winter tenting using a 3 season canvas/poly blend tent I recently purchased.
Last summer I bought a new Kelty Frontier 6 person single wall canvas/poly blend 3 season tent for $300. The reason for this post is to determine whether or not this tent would work for winter camping in Northern Michigan. Although it's marketed as a 3 season tent, I'm looking into the options of using this tent with recommended modifications to support a small woodstove for hot tent winter and/or late fall/early spring camping. Please note that I have not yet purchased a wood stove and I have never hot tented before, so I'm looking for your expertise to steer me in the right direction.
The tent is a single-wall poly/cotton blend canvas free standing tent with the specs illustrated below. I'll also include a link which shows pics of the tent so you can get an idea of what it looks like and specific features.
Kelty Frontier 6
- Weight: 40.31 lbs/18.28 kg
- Living Area with Floor: 10'x10' (100 Sq. Ft.)
- Vestibule Area without Floor: 78.5 Sq. Ft.
- Total Area: 178.5 Sq. Ft.
- Peak Height: 7 Ft
- Construction: Single-wall Poly/Cotton Canvas
- Floor Fabric: 210D Polyester, 3000 mm
- Poles: 6 DAC Aluminum
- Packed Dimensions: 14" dia x 28" L
- Free standing design
- Continuous pole-sleeve construction
- Clip and pole sleeve constructionhttps://www.amazon.com/Kelty-Frontier-10x10-Foot-Canvas-6-Person/dp/B009R9H8AK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489252124&sr=8-1&keywords=kelty+frontier+6
The tent is composed of two areas; a 10'x10' living/sleeping area that has a 210D polyester (3000mm) thick floor and a floor-less 78.5 sq. ft. vestibule area. The vestibule area has two side doors and an oversized frot door for access. My initial thoughts are to utilize the floor-less vestibule area for the wood stove placement and piping the stove pipe out the side of the tent via some sort of modification to ensure fire safety.
My questions are as follows:
How practical would it be to use this tent, with any proposed modifications, for hot winter camping?
Although it's marketed as a 3 season tent, any recommendations for adding supports or perhaps a "snow tarp" to ensure it would support additional snow load.
The 10'x10' living area does have a 210D Polyester 3000mm thick floor. Is there any major issues in having a floor in a winter tent in the living area? Please note that the wood stove would be placed in the floor-less vestibule area.
The tent weighs approximately 40lbs and I would be using a toboggan to haul in the tent and any supplies.
Should I consider using this tent with modifications for hot tenting, or am I completely wasting my time even considering it.
Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing your recommendations.