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Broken rubber band

I got it a bit wrong….

I was camping in the Lakes last weekend (post to follow soon) and if you thought it a good idea to follow my guide on adding guys to the Frontier Stove Flue, don’t. One of the rubber lumps I used to insulate the guy line from the wire that is connected to the flue broke. (more…)
The finished article

The Frontier Stove – Adding Guys to the Flue

  UPDATE: Don’t follow this guide (see later post). As mentioned in my earlier post one of the things that the Frontier Stove Flue is seriously lacking is a way to guy it down. I put the guys described here on our flue and used it (the stove/ flue) for a week in North Wales during good-ish summer [...]
Image of the tent showing extra space the pole adds

Adding a pole to the Bell tent door

Another mod we’ve done to our 10 Man Army Arctic Bell Tent is a pole for the main door. On our last few trips we have noticed that the main door doesn’t close properly, and looks like it should sit higher off the ground. All we can assume is that either there should be a pole for the door that we [...]
Our tent, resplendent with chimney

The Frontier Stove – using it for real!

  Ok so I have written a few posts about setting up the Frontier Stove, finally we come to using it on a real camping trip with a real group of people, including young children (toddlers and babies).   In short there is a bit of a knack to using it and it could do with a few more mods, but it [...]
The finished article

Putting a weather-vane on our tent

Why have a dull pole sticking out of the top of your tent when you can have something a little more interesting? Here I describe how we put a Gardman metal weather-vane (squirrel design) on the top of a main bell tent pole. (more…)
Extra guy-points (click to enlarge) in place

10 Man Arctic Bell Tent – Adding guy points

One of the biggest problems with the British Army 10 man Arctic Bell tent is the lack of guy-points around the side walls (the only guy points are in the corners), which can lead to the side walls being pushed all the way up in even a slight breeze unless you weigh down the snow valance (which can [...]
A roaring fire inside your tent

10 Man Arctic Bell Tent – Fitting the Frontier Stove

Catching up on the comments of others (OK, the one guy who actually reads my blog) and following on from my last Frontier Stove post here is how to fit a Frontier Stove by Camping Solutions to a British Army 10 Man Arctic Bell Tent. To start with in earlier comments I said to buy the 10 to 90mm [...]
Image of the flue/ stovepipe opening when closed

The British Army 10 Man Arctic Bell tent

As mentioned in my earlier post in a bid to save money rather than buying a brand new canvas bell tent we decided to buy an old British Army tent. In the process of working with this tent we have learnt a great deal about it, so this blog posting contains what I know of the history, where to get [...]
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