Horse Packing Tents and Stoves

Horse Packing in stoves Always place your stove in a pannier or manty so that it will not be hit or damaged if your pannier or manty hits a tree. When horse packing I always put my stove in the back of the pannier with other items in front to “take the hit” if rocks and trees are encountered. Insure you have a stove where stove pipes and a side shelf fit inside the firebox.

Space Heat Blanket You can put a space heat blanket behind the stove to significantly increase the heat in your tent as the space blanket reflects heat back to the inside of tent. You can glue velcro to the space blanket and then secure the excess velcro around the eave tent length frame. Some people put velcro on both sides of the tent side walls to make their tents warmer.

Tents Nylon tents are fine during summer. However, during the fall, winter and spring quality canvas tents and stoves are a must to dry out your gear and to keep you dry and warm. Personally, I only use fire treated tents to reduce the possibility my tent and equipment burning when I am on a hunting trip.

Horse Packing a Tent Frame Insure tent frame pieces are approximately the same length in two bags. I prefer max length of tent frames of no more than 4'. Tie bungee cords tightly around the frame pieces on each side to insure the frame pieces don't rattle and also don’t slide back and forth and change the pack load balance. I secure the frame bags on top of each of my hard panniers.

Tent as a Top Pack. If you plan on putting a tent as a top pack never have it rolled up in a bag. A round object as a top pack is a wreck waiting to happen. Form the tent into a rectangle and tie it on or preferably use a lash cinch. If possible manty or have a special tent bag made to accommodate the rectangle shape tent.

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