Stoves for tents
Stoves are ideal for canvas tents, yurts and other temporary dwellings, particularly as camping in England can sometimes involve a certain amount of rain and cold! And there will almost certainly to be an easy source of suitable firewood about.
Greenheart workshop stoves, particularly the Greenheart 2 stove, are well suited for use in tents. They give out enough heat for most tent sizes, are easily taken down and transported and you can cook on top of them. These tent stoves will burn wood, sawdust, brushwood, cardboard, in fact almost anything burnable you care to put in them. Greenheart stoves also have an integral wire guard around the stove body which makes them much safer in confined spaces.
These tent stoves are transported in one piece, so are clean and quick to put up and take down, and they can easily be carried by one person. Because of the cylindrical shape of the stove they are very tough, both while in use and when being transported.
To set up your stove we recommend using single skin flue pipe as this again is nice and light, easy to carry about, and affordable. The length of flue pipe required will depend on where you want to site your stove. It is important to put your stove a sufficient distance away from the canvas, or put a shield between the tent wall and the stove. The stove can go in the centre of the tent, which gives an equal amount of heat to the whole area, but this may not always be most convenient. The flue should terminate about a metre above the canvas (less if it comes up near the apex of the tent) so that the stove has a good draw and so that any sparks are kept away from the canvas. Remember to keep combustible materials away from the stove and flue pipe.
You connect the flue to the stove with a 90* elbow, which is secured to the stove to ensure stability of the stove and flue. The flue will normally support itself but in some cases it can be a good idea to use guy wires or a stake support. The next part you need to consider is the flashing. This is the part that stops any rain entering at the point where the flue exits the tent. It also holds the flue safely to the tent. We recommend using a Dektite high temperature silicone flashing, which can tolerate high temperatures. The flue is simply pushed up through it each time, and it automatically makes a watertight seal.
Use a 350mm square sheet of light aluminium, which you can buy from most hardware shops, and bolt the flashing on to the aluminium plate, cutting out a round hole in the plate. Glue the aluminium to the tent to form a water tight seal. (It is best fixed to the outside of the tent with the top edge of the plate cut in a slight curve so that it can't trap any water above it). When this has set you will be able to push the single skin flue pipe up through the flashing and all there is left to do is put on the rain cowl.
The stove should be put on a heatproof plate of some sort (metal, stone etc) on the tent floor so that the stove is stable. This should extend in front of the stove by at least 300mm and 150mm to the sides to protect the floor. The Greenheart stoves are loaded from the top which, as well as letting you fit in longer pieces of wood, also ensures that there less possibility of hot embers escaping out of the stove.