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We always set up directly on the ice and start by trampling down the snow with snow shoes. Once the tent is set up we do shovel out some of the snow but its important to make sure there is snow between the tent and ice. As far as the stove we bring a couple sections of 1/8" plywood wrapped in tin foil and it does wonders for preventing melt. We also find a good dead tree where we can easily remove the bark and we lay the dead bark in the area of the tent where we will be stacking out firewood. This has been a nearly flawless system for us as we have greatly minimized any ice melt and it keeps all of our firewood dry.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Titanium vs Steel Stoves
« on: November 19, 2019, 01:27:32 pm »
I have owned a SS box stove, ti barrel stove and a ti box stove. I haven't really noticed a difference in performance as far as heating the tent between any of them. I feel like the quality of wood I have used has been more important than the stove. Although I use the top of the stove to warm up already cooked foods I don't really use it to do the cooking or boil water so I can't really speak to that. I will say I would not go back to SS as I have definitely noticed a difference in the weight on the sled. Ti stoves will also last longer.

Classifieds / Re: For Sale Four Dog Stove
« on: February 26, 2019, 03:16:31 pm »
Dash would you be able to let me know if it has a baffle and possibly post a picture? I may still be interested even without the shelf.

Classifieds / Re: For Sale Four Dog Stove
« on: February 26, 2019, 02:56:51 pm »
Do they not come standard with the side shelf and baffle?

Classifieds / Re: For Sale Four Dog Stove
« on: February 26, 2019, 11:34:07 am »
If it doesn't work out with Gnatwest I would be interested.

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: The Ptarmigan with a CCS cover
« on: January 10, 2019, 11:40:26 am »
That looks really nice. I like the high sides although it does look a tad short to hold the gear I typically bring. Would be very curious to see a pic of it fully loaded.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Pushing my -20 F. down bag to lower temps
« on: December 12, 2018, 05:05:48 pm »
I have an REI bag rated to 10 above and I sleep with wool socks, sweat pants and a sweatshirt on a exped downmat 7 (R5.9 I believe). Last year we spent nights in temps that reached -42 and I slept fine. I don't typically wear my balaclava to sleep but I am pretty sure I did those nights.

Tents and Shelters / Re: Snowtrekker Shrink?
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:46:14 pm »
I have had this same issue happen to me with my snow trekker and pop up fish house. I have learned to make sure and dry the tent out in between each use to make sure this doesn't happen while on a trip.

Classifieds / Re: light hot tent set up wanted
« on: November 14, 2018, 11:40:49 am »
Just a quick comment on the stove.  I have both a Kni-Co stove and a collapsible titanium stove and use the one most appropriate to the shelter I'm in.  That being said, I always read comments to the effect about the collapsible one having to be broken down and set up each time you want to use it.  My question is why?  While the broken down stove is easier to transport, which is one of its pluses, it doesn't have to be collapsed for travel.  You'll need to be more careful with it, in my opinion, than one of the rigid stoves but you can still keep it "set-up" if you'd like.  There's nothing that demands you break it apart for travel. 

Just my thoughts.  Take them for what they're worth.

That's all for now.  Take care and until next well.


I completely agree. I also have a collapsible titanium stove and I no longer take apart mostly because it can be difficult to put back together after years of use. I pack it in a bag that is cinched on top of my sled to prevent any damage to it. It saves time and frustration and I wish I would have been doing this from day 1.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Hot Tent Sleeping Setup
« on: October 30, 2018, 03:17:54 pm »
Does that go for the whole superior national forest or just BWCA?


I have the inflator but I prefer a pump bag, quieter and one less electronic doodad. For the Exped get the Schnozzel bag.
The bag looks virtually weightless which is a huge plus, I'll have to give it a try this year.

I have had the x-ped downmat 7 for roughly 8 years using it 25-30 nights a year and never had an issue. I just wish there was a better way to air it up than doing CPR for 5 minutes.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Hot Tent Sleeping Setup
« on: August 27, 2018, 01:26:40 pm »
Our group has used cots in the past and they work fine however I don't like the added weight to my sled. We are also not allowed to cut live trees where we camp so boughs are not an option. Unless slush is unavoidable we set up camp on the lake. We stomp down all the snow with our snowshoes and then setup the tent on the snow rather than the ice to prevent the house freezing to the ice. We do not use a floor of any kind however we to spread small sticks and twigs on the floor to help with slipping once the snow has melted and turned into ice. We do use a tarp under our sleeping area along with foam pads and exped downmats which work great for winter.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: wood
« on: February 15, 2018, 12:48:57 pm »
We are rarely picky. On our last trip we mostly found blown over birch that was still a bit wet. We just split it very small and it burned well enough to keep our tent warm even in temps of -30F.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Snowmobile winter camping
« on: January 16, 2018, 12:38:31 pm »
I feel lucky being close to an area where I could use a snowmobile if I wanted to or I can go to an area where they are not allowed. I have never used a snowmobile to winter camp but at some point I may want to. As for now I prefer to have the silence and seclusion and I enjoy the physical challenge of getting to an area that isn't easy to get to. I do agree that sites with easier access tend to get trashed more often and take more abuse which is really sad.

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