A well-functioning wood stove relies on these three things:
- Proper installation
- Proper operation
- Proper maintenance
Seasoning your Stove for Camping
Before setting up your stove in your tent, we always recommend using your stove outside first.
Seasoning helps to cure the stove to limit any potential off-gassing inside your tent and to set the material in place to prevent smoke from seeping out.
Seasoning also allows you to nail your fire-starting technique and optimize burning temperatures and burn rates using the airflow control.
This outdoor practice round will also ensure that you are using your stove safely.
Stove Jack Installation
Check out our blog post here to guide you when installing your stove jack.
Check out our blog post here for tips and tricks when operating your tent stove.
Proper maintenance of your stove is just as important—if not more important—as proper operation of your stove. Wood stove maintenance and safety go hand in hand.
Here are three quick ways to maintain your stove after each and every fire:
- Scrape any remaining ash out of the firebox.
- Using a pipe brush, remove all creosote (you know, that black, sticky by-product from burning plant-based materials) from the pipes, as carbon monoxide could start building up in the tent.
- Clean the spark arrestor to avoid clogging it and smoking up your tent.
Gear for Safe and Effective Stove Operation
- A carbon monoxide monitor to keep you and your family safe
- A fire extinguisher (just in case)
- Heat resistant gloves
- A pipe brush to clean the pipes post fire
- A fiberglass fireproof mat to protect the base of your tent
- A stove thermometer to keep heat output consistent and to monitor overheating
- A stove fan to distribute the heat throughout your tent.
- A non-toxic fire retardant such as Fire Block. This treatment forms a thermal insulation barrier that prevents dangerous flames from spreading, while inhibiting the development of toxic hydrocarbon smoke.
Tent Stove Safety
Canvas tents are not for use with open fires. Fire safety is the responsibility of the user.
We encourage you to educate yourself and practice vigilant fire safety. Always check provincial fire restrictions before heading out.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at any time.
CitizenCanvas and our manufacturing partner CanvasCamp cannot be held liable for any damage or injury to persons or property resulting from the use or misuse of fire or flammable material.
For other tips and tricks, check out our FAQ page. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at any time.
Have fun and stay safe, Citizens.