I’d say there’s a difference between cooking in the tent porch and cooking in the tent, which was what the original posting implied. Personally I’d be reluctant to do either, regardless of what Eric Langmuir or any ML course says. I know plenty of folk do, so I may be in the wrong, but I’ve no intention of changing. Don’t think there’s any need for calling folks “idiots” or anything like that, from either side of the debate. Like many things, it comes down to personal choice.Posted 9 years agobeamersSubscriber
I saw one go up in flames at the Kimm in 2006
Smee – I am assuming that you were competing in the KIMM in 2006? What cooker did you use outside of your tent on the saturday night which was able to handle the howling gale that was blowing?
I took my life in my hands and cooked inside my tent, as I have always done, in the warm and dry, in my warm kit.Posted 9 years agoanagallis_arvensisMember
Anyway backpacking tents, as said above Mac Pac Mineret is a great tent which combines being robust, spacious and pretty light, great for a two person backpacking trip. However if going off on your own (which I love) lighter options are available.. and yes I know I am taking a risk by going off on me own, but I accept the risk in the same way I accept the risk of making my coffee when lay in my tent. I’m a reckless ****!!!Posted 9 years agoaracerSubscriber
FWIW I camped opposite Sir Ranulph Fiennes at KIMM 2002 (he was running with a mate of mine), and they, like us were cooking in the porch of their tent. I’ve always done that – you just have to take care. How dangerous it is does also of course depend on the type of stove – I suspect we were both using hex blocks which don’t have the same tendency to flare up.
Not sure how useful my tent advice would be – currently have a Polaris Shelter for use in MMs/Polaris, but that’s a silly minimalist single skin thing and no longer available anyway. Used to have a Saunders Jetpacker+ (lost it at some point) which I liked a lot – that or the Spacepacker are still decent tents and good value. I think if I was buying a more normal tent now though I’d go for some variety of TN Laser.Posted 9 years ago
Very stable tents. Very robust too. For best effectiveness, pitch it so that the pole is parallel to the wind.
To reduce pegging, I fitted some shock-cord loops to the pegging point on the inners, then just hooked them over the pegs for the outer. As long as they’re long enough, you’ll still have enough separation.Posted 9 years ago
A tent could obviously catch fire if, saythe stove flared up for some reason, if the stove was accidentally knocked over or if a loose tent flap was blown into the flame. Modern tent materials are quite flammable! The suffocation issue is also present, though not as much of a problem in a well-ventilatd porch.Posted 9 years agoCapt. KronosSubscriber
Don’t like the spacepacker myself – I had one a while back and if you are over 6ft you tend to sleep with a face full of inner tent fabric (you are inline with the pole).
My suggestion – Lightwave. They do an excellent range of tents which are light, spacious and damn robust. Got a T2 XT myself which gives a massive porch for storeage and cooking (if that is your bag) – you can even get mountain bikes in there, yet it weighs and packs smaller than my old Vaude MkIII by about 1/3. The non-XT version is smaller and lighter again.
They also do a semi-geodesic version for folk that way inclined, and the sister company Crux do a full on geodesic that weighs bolloxall.Posted 9 years agocoffeekingMember
Stability and lack of flaring tendency are the reasons I use my trangia with meths still, I have always cooked in the porch of my tent, though I’d never advise new campers to do so. But then I wouldnt expect new campers to be out in a gale, and anything less just requires a raincoat and getting chilly. I have seen a fire with an old tent and sleeping bag (young, evenings drinking round an open camp fire while mate was in a sleeping bag). He was quite lucky in that he managed to escape quickly but the bag self-extinguished with only a 6″ burn hole and the tent only melted the whole panel and stopped at the seams. I think fabric tents (old cotton type) might actually be worse as they tend to go up like a bonfire!Posted 8 years ago
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