We have tested and examined in detail where the optimal position for the stove would be in a tent. Hence also where the stove jack should be designed on the flysheet. We decided it should be positioned as close as possible to the center of the tent. This is where the flysheet is at its most stable and aerodynamic. In a cabin it is natural to place the stove near a wall to make better use of the living area. This would be a poor solution for a tent where there are other important precautions to take into account.
- First, the obvious. To prevent the pipe or stove from coming into contact with the tent fabric, it is of course vital to keep these as far away from the tent fabric as possible. Placing the stove and pipe near the tent wall that often flickers or moves is not a good idea. Because of this, we have placed the stove-jack as close to the center of the tent as possible so that the stove and pipe are as far away from the tent-wall as possible.
- The stove-jack is placed as close to the center of the tent as possible. Another important reason for this is that this area is the most stable part on a tent. This areas is where the flysheet flickers and moves least and is kept steady by nearby tent poles / center-pole. In addition, the wind moves directly over the flysheet in this area without being hindered in its way. The result is a quiet and stable fabric in the area. This applies to most tents. If, on the other hand, the stove-jack is placed further down the tent wall where much of the energy in the wind is left on the wall itself, the pipe will at times be exposed to a lot of movement by the flysheet as this area flickers a lot more when the tent becomes exposed to wind. In the worst case scenario, the pipe may be pulled out of the stove or the stove will tip over due to large movement caused by the flysheet. This is not the case when placing the stove-jack longer up on the tent-wall, near the center of the tent. We therefore believe it is very appropriate to place the stove-jack as close to the center of the tent as possible, even if this steals a little more space inside the tent when the stove is left in the center of the tent.
- Our third argument for placing the stove-jack near the center of the tent is the distribution of heat from the stove. In a cabin much of the heat will be reflected from the walls back into the room. In a tent, the heat does not reflect back from the walls but rather penetrates the walls and vanishes outside. A stove at the center will more evenly distribute the heat before it escapes through the walls.
SilNylon Material is Flame Retardant
Our flysheet fabric SilNylon (nylon impregnated with silicone) is a flame retardant combination. Silicone requires a relatively high temperature to ignite. Nylon is far less flammable than polyester, which is a popular tent fabric with many other manufacturers. Although our SilNylon fabric is flame retardant it will still cause damage if a spark finds its way to the fabric or if it comes in contact with the hot stove or pipe. It is non-flammable but the affected area will melt and create a hole in the fabric. This can easily be repaired with seam sealer and some extra tent fabric.