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Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Bringing or collecting wood?
« on: November 21, 2016, 11:58:02 am »
Packing in wood is out of the question for us because of the added weight. It can be a struggle sometimes in the BWCA as we are not allowed to cut and standing trees. Most of the time we are able to find enough downed semi dry wood near camp but there are times where we need to travel a bit to find some. Having quality tools is so important. We have invested in better tools over the years and it makes our wood processing much easier.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter Camping on Ice
« on: November 18, 2016, 01:18:08 pm »
I have to make a run to the hardware store tonight so I will definitely look into putting something like that together. I recognize that picture from your trip report. I have made a few trips up the gunflint but never out of Round. I hope to make it to Gillis one of these years, I will admit I am always nervous about portages I have not attempted before. It once took two of us nearly an entire day to cross a portage up to wine lake, we had our broken trail on the way back it took right around an hour to cross.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter Camping on Ice
« on: November 18, 2016, 12:05:04 pm »
Thanks for all the great info Jawax. I'm curious to know what you used to make the heat shields. As of now my plan is to make a floor in that corner of the tent with the little foam squares that connect since they are very light weight. I will then Use a welders blanket or some other protection to keep the stove from melting the foam squares. I am hoping this will help reduce the melt. It there are any slush issues we will probable set up on ground somewhere. I will also drill a couple of test holes to see how much water is coming out of them as well to see if we want to try and fish in the tent or not. Thanks again for all of your input!

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: New stove....
« on: November 17, 2016, 09:40:54 am »
Very jealous here as well, I went from a kni-co to a ti stove a few years ago however it is a barrel stove so I can't use it for cooking or set anything on it. The quality is also just ok. I would love to find a used Four Dog but you just don't see many for sale so I may have to invest in a new one when the budget allows for it. I look forward to hearing your report

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Snow Yet?
« on: November 16, 2016, 01:44:07 pm »
It sounds like we will get our first snow on Friday here. Temps are finally going to start to drop as well Hopefully the snow will help cool the water and we can get started making ice. Some areas are projected to get a foot or so.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Snow Yet?
« on: November 15, 2016, 10:52:10 am »
Nothing here in the Duluth area as of yet although they are talking we could see some this weekend. I would prefer a solid 6" of Ice first but at least the snow should help cool the waters. Sadly it looks like the temps will rise after the weekend meaning it could be mid December before we have good ice as we have been averaging 15 F above average this fall.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Summer Preparation for Solo Winter Camping
« on: November 11, 2016, 12:22:19 pm »
I have never done this before but I do find it interesting. Most of our camping is done in the BWCA and on an average 4 or 5 night trip it takes us about an hour a day to put together a solid stash of wood that will last us while we are there. Although we typically do our wood gathering mid day part of me feels the same way as Hutchy. Don't get me wrong having the wood already cut up and ready to go sounds great but I still enjoy doing the work and the sense of accomplishment when it is done.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Digging out Stove area
« on: November 08, 2016, 01:44:16 pm »
So as I have been reading through all of the good information on this site one thing that caught my eye was in the hot tent section under the equipment tab where the stove area was dug out and the sleeping area was filled with snow and had a log separating the two areas. I am curious how many people do this and how well it works. As I am planning on camping on the ice this year I am wondering if I might want to try it on the lake to keep a little more insulation between myself and the ice. I think my only concern would be the amount of space taken up as typically during the day we basically lean our entire sleeping area up against the back of the tent to add to our space during the day.

Winter Trekking Ice Fishing / Re: Wind Block
« on: November 04, 2016, 10:46:14 am »
Thanks for all of the replies! I think I will give the open sided tipi a try.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter Camping on Ice
« on: November 04, 2016, 10:25:48 am »
Thanks Snowshoe,
That is very helpful, I will probably look at getting a welders blanket. Do you put something underneath it to keep it from freezing to the ice or is that not a problem.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Daily Travel
« on: November 02, 2016, 09:50:48 am »
A couple of years ago we took an 8 mile trip which consisted of the first 5 miles being all lake with a couple tiny portages and then 3 miles of mostly portages with a couple small lakes to cross. We were braking trail on the way in and there was maybe 4 inches of snow on the lakes and 2 feet of snow it the bush. We flew across the lakes and the portages were miserable. On the way back it had started snowing and created the exact opposite. The trails we had broken in through the portages had hardened and there was very little of the new snow on them because of the trees. The trails on the lakes had filled in and there was closer to a foot of snow on them making travel much slower than the way in.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter Camping on Ice
« on: November 02, 2016, 09:40:26 am »
Thanks for the response!
In the BWCA they recommend you set up on the ice or in a natural forest opening. They mostly don't want us using the summer campsites and we rarely have trouble finding a place away from them. Also in the BW we cannot use any live boughs so I wonder if some dead sticks and twigs laid down in the walking area would help with traction. When fishing out of the portable if we have had flooding problems we have always just built up the snow around the edges to keep the hut from direct contact with the ice and water. This would be a little more work with my snow trekker as it is 9x11' instead of 6x6' like my fishing hut.

Winter Trekking Ice Fishing / Re: Wind Block
« on: November 02, 2016, 09:23:01 am »
That sounds like something I had in mind. my only concern is securing it to the ice. Is a guy line to an ice anchor with snow built up around the base enough to hold in strong winds? Thanks for your responses!

Winter Trekking Ice Fishing / Wind Block
« on: October 31, 2016, 04:49:41 pm »
The location of the trips we take are 50% based on fishing and 50% based on difficulty. When we take trips of 4 miles or less we have often brought a pop up fish house along but once we go any further than that we don't bring any with to help block the wind. I have thought of using a very small tarp with some sticks or PVC pipe or even trying to pile up some snow. Does anyone make or bring wind blocks for fishing?

General Winter Camping Discussion / Winter Camping on Ice
« on: October 31, 2016, 04:34:05 pm »
Although I have spent many nights in my snow trekker I have never had it on the ice. There are two main concerns I have with this, ice melt and wind. We always let the stove go out at night but typically have it going a decent portion of the day until we go to sleep and I am wondering what people do about the ice melt and how much of a problem does it actually cause? I am thinking some kind of heat shield or flooring under the stove would help but I also don't want to have anything freezing to the ice.
My second concern is the wind as the tent only has 1 guy out on each of the sides and back and 2 on the front. I know I can pile snow on the sod cloth but do you think that's enough to keep it stable? Our plan is to fish out of the tent but of course if there is slush on the lake we will be camping on ground.

Thanks for any feedback you have!

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