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    one little candle lantern

    I will have a completely closed in hammock setup with my 10X11 tarp and doors shut tight. 20* tonight..was wondering if a carefully positioned candle lantern will make much of a dif warming the inside?

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    Depending on weather conditions i could raise the temp of my tent by about 5-7 degrees per candle lit. Not sure how this same idea would work for a hammock, but as long as you're carefull and are prepared to have candle wax on the interior of your hammock you should be fine. And warm. Not sure if this really helps. Give it a go and let us know what happens. Happy hangin.

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    As long as you have some oxygen coming in as well... might get a little stuffy otherwise. I'd sure be careful about it.


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    I have done this a couple times in a tarp / hammock set up. Unless you really weather proof the tarp, meaning absolutley no cracks, or breaks near the ground, a candle lantern will not do much good, especially if the wind is blowing.

    Just my 2 cents....

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    There is a cost to benefit ratio here from my perspective. If it were me, I would not sleep soundly due to concern over fire, oxygen, etc. etc. Sil or any material as far as that goes and flame are not good combinations. I sometimes hang a lantern from the ridge line of my tarp outside of my tarp for a coziness effect, but never for warmth. The concern and restless sleep would offset any potential gain for me.

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    I like to keep fire away from my tarp as much as possible so I personally would not put a candle lantern underneath my tarp and would def not leave it burning once I went to sleep. IMHO that seems a bit risky. I dont know if that's what you were eluding to doing or not so sorry if I misunderstood you. As for heat retention, I would imagine any heat from the candle would be lost pretty quickly unless the tarp was pitched all the way to the ground and their were not air gaps at all.
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    I prefer the cheap tea candle lantern. The one with the spring loaded candle gets jammed with wax.

    A hanging candle lantern will provide some warmth, but mostly will just dry out your gear. The hammock straps are great peak vents. It starts an airflow that exits out the peak vents and solves the condensation problem.

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    You can warm your hands over the candle. Theres plenty of heat given off by a candle. Trapping that heat inside the tarp is the trick.
    If anything, a candle gives ambience.

    Try placing an object (piece of metal or ceramic) over the candle to absorb the heat. Maybe a stainless steel water bottle.
    Trust me, it will warm up the object.

    I used a small soup can with holes punched in it in the hunting shack. Placed a lit candle inside the can and it would warm the can. Placing your hands near the can was enough to take the chill off them. I imagine the same trick would add some heat in the tarp.

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    You'd be a lot safer putting a bottle of hot water wrapped in a sock in the hammock with you. Be careful with that candle, neighbor! I worry about you!!

    P.S. Ahhhh!!! Just found this sticky on the subject: hot water bottle
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    I'm all for additional warmth; heck if need be I'll crawl in my neighbors hammock, or even gather up everyone else's under quilts ...but a candle closed in with me is pushing the limits JMO

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