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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Cots in a hot tent
« Last post by kinguq on Today at 04:23:20 pm »
Carbon fiber tubing would make a great frame for a cot: it is incredibly strong and very, very stiff. The tubing is not exorbitantly expensive but getting joints for the tubes is very pricey, so a carbon fiber cot would end up being very expensive. That said if someone starts to manufacture them (i.e. contract a firm in China to churn them out) the cost should not be too high for those who really want one.

Kinguq.
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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Wood fire clean burn
« Last post by chimpac on Today at 04:14:28 pm »
When I clean out the ashes in the morning in this house stove there is to much unburned charcoal in them. This stove did have a cast grate when I brought it. The grate got burned out because when I was building the house I loaded it with wood and with draft wide open it got to hot.
This morning I found an old charcoal barbecue grate that just fit. I think I will have only white ash from now on. All wood fires need a grate that allows the white ash to separate and not get in the way of oxygen supply to unburned wood.
I use a grate in my tent stoves and just white ash drops into my ash catcher.
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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Cots in a hot tent
« Last post by Moondog55 on Today at 03:13:57 pm »
Not yet rbinhood but perhaps before I die they might
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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Cots in a hot tent
« Last post by rbinhood on Today at 12:47:43 pm »
MoonDog---Does such a hitech cot exist?
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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Cots in a hot tent
« Last post by genzer on Today at 10:10:50 am »
I think I'm gonna try the plywood setup and see how it goes, but no way am I going to sleep on the ground unless I'm lost in the woods or dead, or both. :(i
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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Mean cold
« Last post by kinguq on Today at 09:33:24 am »
Yes, the nice thing about your little stoves is that you can basically sit with it between your knees if you want. Get really close. I have had mine out in the -30's a few times and while the tent certainly didn't get hot I kept warm by sitting close and feeding it frequently.

Kinguq.
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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Cots in a hot tent
« Last post by Moondog55 on Today at 01:23:09 am »
Something I would happily spend money on is a modern high tech cot, everything currently available is far too heavy for real back county use or if light enough is too fragile or too low to the ground for my needs. I am thinking carbon fibre, Titanium and Robic polyamide fabric here not steel and canvas.
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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Cots in a hot tent
« Last post by Undersky on January 18, 2020, 11:27:11 pm »
Like so many other aspects of hot tenting, to cot or not to cot comes down, perhaps, to personal preferences, goals, and perceptions.

The instant uniformity of the sleeping surface, the superb place to sit during the day, the added storage space, the added organizing surface, the generally warmer elevation, and the fact that two people's feet can occupy exactly the same part of the tent footprint are all real or potential benefits of a cot.

For some, these aspects make a cot the obvious choice.

For others, the added cost, weight, and required toboggan space of a cot quickly eliminate it from the trip gear list.

It is great that we have the luxury of these effective options.
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General Winter Camping Discussion / Mean cold
« Last post by chimpac on January 18, 2020, 10:58:54 pm »
I set up a 15’ x15’ tarp in the yard with an improved hotter front coffee can stove. It is so dammed cold I did not want to take any warm clothes off while firing the stove. I got a thermos full of water hot for tea in just a few minutes but if I wanted any rise in temperature under the tarp I would be moving to a five gallon size stove.
The radiant heat I feel with the little stove is nice right under the stove on my feet out of my boots, and on my hands and face.
It all depends on how much stove you want to carry and the amount of wood you want to gather and cut.
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Classifieds / Re: Ski Package for Sale
« Last post by Trip Douglas on January 18, 2020, 10:14:23 pm »
Sold.
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