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high winds

WHAT PROCEDURES ARE NECESSARY TO PREVENT WALL TENT WOOD STOVE DANGERS DURING VERY HIGH WINDS

Certain precautions are required if you plan on using a wall tent wood stove in a high wind area or if there is a possibility of high wind gusts.

I always wire the first stove pipe damper to a stove side shelf hole in the event of high winds.  This wiring prevents the first stove pipe from becoming detached from the wood stove.

Based on my personal experience, high winds will cause stove pipe to become detached from the top of the stove or the higher stove pipe become detached.

When I was on a hunting trip there were mild winds one night when I was in my wall tent. I was just getting into bed when a sudden high wind blast started that continued for 5-10 minutes. My cooking table against the back wall almost blew over.  After I got the table with all four legs back on the ground I turned around. On my stove the second stove pipe had become loose.  Flames were shooting out the top of the first pipe.  Fortunately, I keep heavy leather gloves near my stove. I reconnected the first stove pipe back together.  Shortly thereafter the second and third stove pipe became disconnected.  I reconnected these pipes. I went back inside the wall tent and had to reconnect the first and second pipes 2 more times until the high wind gusts stopped. 

Fortunately, I had wired the first stove pipe damper to my stove side shelf holes or the first pipe would have become detached during this debacle. 

The pipes coming loose inside the tent was very dangerous with flames shooting out the pipes. Remember, a fire treated tent is not fire proof.  A continual flame will cause canvas to burn or a synthetic wall tent to melt. I was very fortunate I had secured the first pipe to the stove and had thick leather gloves available to reconnect stove pipes. This high wind gust situation could have destroyed my tent and ended my hunting trip.

To prevent wall tent stove pipes from coming loose tie a wire on both sides of your damper and secure wire to a side shelf hole on your stove.  Use metal screws to attach all pipes together. Secure pipes 2, 3 and 4 together with metal screws and slide pipes from the outside through the stove jack hole. Use metal screws to secure stove pipes 1 and 2 together.  Recommend you set your stove up at home initially to insure there are no problems at the campsite.