Cool idea! I love a vid ......
Try a longer tarp and hang it like a diamond. You may gain more coverage on the ends.
Today I made a slight tweak to the shelter, I pulled the 2 tent halves closer to the single tree side in order to cover the gap. Unfortunately this left me with a new problem. Before only a small amount of the hammock stuck out the end, small enough that I wouldn't mind putting a tarp around it and calling it a day. Now about 18" of the hammock stick out, enough that I cannot feasibly put a tarp around it. Its left me with such an odd shape that I fear I may need to make a custom tarp for it (though I'm looking for other suggestions).
Second video added to initial post.
I added more pictures to my picture directory, link is in the OP.
I used a carabiner to attach the 2 sides of the pop tent to my tree huger rather then the sides of the tree. With a 10x8 tarp (or 12x10 maybe) I shouldn't have any trouble covering the entire shelter. With this modification the space in the front seems narrow enough to make this shelter effective w/o a door.
Additionally I moved the stove to the side with the opening to ensure good ventilation (but I suppose this will mean I'll need a real ripping fire to heat the shelter... darn )
Good job with all the videos. I would make the suggestion of setting this all up on a different set of trees. Since you won't have these trees out on the trail you want to test it out to make sure it is flexible to slightly different tree arrangements.
Good job of keeping your setup on the cheap end.
Turk has an early JRB Hammock Hut with a stove jack built in.
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I'm also a bit wary of any tent that's too closed in with a stove. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to down on those that use them, I'm just one of those people that would be too paranoid about carbon monoxide poisoning to sleep at night.
I like the video posts. Two comments:
One; three (or four) tarps? It's an interesting idea, but isn't it going to take a long time to setup each night? A large single tarp would seem to be easier - maybe a 12X12 or so. The ends can be closed off fairly easy. I admit, two layers of tarps would be warmer, but I've always been amazed at how much warmer I am in my JRB 10X11 when I go outside for a pee break.
Two; you should use straps instead of rope for the hammocks - at least some tree saver straps. These don't have to be costly. The rope will kill trees a lot quicker and may get the rest of us banned from hanging.
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2 - You may notice that one side of my hammock is indeed strapped. I use rope on the other end because I feel it makes tightening the hammock much easier. Admittedly the rope in this instance was on the thinner side (couldn't find my good rope and wasn't planning on sleeping in it), typically I use a much thicker style made for boat tethering. There are entire threads about the +/-'s of using tree huggers and the like; my personal opinion is that a rope with a sizable diameter won't damage the tree. My usual testing trees for example have stood up to ropes many times without any noticeable damage. Its also about how you tie the rope; multiple raps around the tree (as I do) disperses the wait much better than a choke does. But either way let's not get into that discussion, as I'm sure it will never end.
Thanks for your interest and comments!
If you used 2 longer tarps rather than 1 large and 1 smaller you could possibly have them overlap on the top and at the end where you have the end cap the ends of the 2 larger tarps could form a door that could be left open or staked shut. Just an idea to consider. I admire you for making the best use of the materials you have at a low cost. Good job.