In response to Review of the JRB prototype hammock tent http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=2244
Okay so this is a companion thread to discuss anything about the JRB tent, wood stoves, hot-tent concepts and safety and of course to get some of your expert thoughts and opinions and pick your brains on this topic.
I will thank all of you in advance for the help you have already given me with
general hammock hanging, and this new and sort of un-touched realm of hammocking.
As Far as I know, there is only one other person I have ever heard of using a stove inside a tent designed for hammocks. I tried hard to get in touch with this person, but never got any response. It would be great if more people were into this kind of thing. There are so many new variables that come into this type of a system. Woodstoves are very easy to build, and I would be happy to share some resources if someone wanted to whip up a DIY one to help me co-explore the uncharted lands of this concept.
Anyways I wanted to share a bit more about the first 2 easy mods I did to the JRB prototype.
1. The stove-jack is sold as an all-in-one kit, from titanium goat's website.
www.titaniumgoat.com The outer cover is a patch of 1.1oz sil that keeps out rain and storm proofs the shelter for nights when you don't want to use the stove and chimney.
2. the sil-cover is velcro on 4 sides and peels back to reveal the rubberized fireproof fabric that contacts the stove pipe directly. In the titanium goat instructions, there are details on permanently attaching the storm flap. But... call it my own paranoia, or whatever. I just thought it would be easier to keep anything, and everything flamable, away from the scorching hot chimney pipe. In practice it has been very easy to just remove the storm flap and keep it inside the tent with my other gear, when I am setting up the stove.
3. There are 2 layers to the fireproof rubber-like material under the storm flap.
The top layer flap serves 2 purposes. It keeps the chimney hole covered to give you extra protection when you aren't using a stove, and it also flips up to maintain a fireproof barrier between your chimney and tent fabric when you push the chimney through the hole.
4. There is an upper tab of velcro sewn separately to seal the storm flap from both sides.
5. You have to cut your own hole for the stove pipe. I have done this twice now with Ti-goat stove jacks, and this is the best one yet. I found that making the hole 1/8" larger in dia. than your stove pipe, lets it slide though easily, (but still carefully) and still supports the chimney in winds. Okay go ahead and laugh at my hand stitching. The circle of stitches around the hole for the chimney was just to secure the tent fabric with a couple inches of clearance from the stove pipe, and make sure that if anything did touch the chimney, it was only the fireproof, stove jack material.
6. A better picture of how the flap protects the tent fabric from touching the
7. here is the underside of the stove jack. I struggled and struggled trying to sew the jack myself. i broke 2 needles my cheap borrowed walmart sewing machine, before finally throwing up the white flag. Trying to sew through the velcro, and the tough rubberized fireproof material was really hard. The thread kept shredding, and I couldnt get the right tension on the bottom of the lock stitch. I took it into an upholstery shop, and the guy had it done for me ready for pickup in a couple of hours, for a mere 10 bucks. Wow... that was easy!
8. I added a ridgeline across the roof of the whole tent to serve a coupe of purposes. I will demonstrate this idea I have about hanging up all your wet winter clothes for drying in a future post. There is a little slot in the very top of the JRB tent where the 2 sides of omnitape meet the peak. This was a great place to slip in some small cordage to serve as a ridgeline.
9. On the other end I added a micro biner to make the ridgeline removeable.
and adjustable for tension if I want to hang heavier items.
10. works great, just like the Hennessey ridgeline we all love, but mine is
integrated with the shelter rather than the hammock, and 11ft long.