What should I pay attention to when using the stove in a tent?
- Keep sleeping bags, clothing, etc. away from a burning stove.
- Make sure there is no tripping hazard around the stove.
- Clean the pipe regularly; soot and/or creosote can form.
- Use a fire-resistant mat under the stove.
- Make sure you have some form of fire extinguisher nearby.
- It is better not to leave the stove burning unattended. The chance that something will happen is small, but you do so at your own risk.
Is ventilation necessary?
Yes, ventilation is always necessary. Tents made of (technical) cotton already have a ventilating capacity through the fabric, but otherwise provide a different form of ventilation.
Is a CO detector necessary?
A carbon monoxide detector is strongly recommended. Better safe than sorry.
Is a smoke detector necessary?
A smoke detector is less necessary than a CO detector, but here too we say: better safe than sorry. Especially when the stove is left unattended, or when the stove must continue to burn during the night, it is wise to also install a smoke detector.
Can the stove continue to burn in strong winds?
That depends on several factors, but the most important thing is that the tent is firmly anchored. If the tent blows over, there is a good chance that the heater will also fall over. So make sure that any storm lines are out, pegs are firmly in the ground and there are no 'wind catchers' on your tent. Also be sure that pegs are difficult to pull out of the ground (grasslands are sensitive to this). When in doubt: turn off the stove!
Is there a chance of sparking?
Yes, there is always a chance that sparks will rise through the pipe and damage the canvas. However, this chance is fairly easy to minimize. Always use a spark arrester on the end of the pipe. This will stop most sparks. Extra gauze around the spark arrester could reduce the risk of sparks on the fabric, but the chance that the spark arrester soots is high. This will greatly reduce the draft of the stove and cause smoke to form in the tent.
Rather, we advise to avoid coniferous wood with firing. Softwoods, especially larch and Scots pine, are known for the amount of sparks they give off during firing. In addition, burning coniferous wood will cause much more deposits on the stove (pipe), which means that maintenance is required more often.
**Be extremely careful when using a heater in combination with a polyester/nylon canvas tent and also when using an inner tent.**
**Leaving a wood stove burning in a tent, yurt or otherwise always involves a certain risk. ARCSTORE disclaims any liability in this regard.**