The arrival of winter with its sub-zero temperatures, piercing wind and thorny snowstorms, does not mean that the exits to nature should be postponed until next summer. Of course, most people prefer to peacefully sit in warm apartments, but there are those who are not at all afraid of -20 on the thermometer. They are engaged in the preparation of winter fishing gear, pick up warm clothes and shoes and make the most ingenuity in the matter of warming tents. In their experience, this completely solvable problem should be considered.
- Correct location
- 2 Ways of warming
- 3 Forced heating
Any more or less experienced angler will tell you that putting up a tent on a pond in a convenient place for you, where the coast or trees can protect from the wind is not fishing – it’s just a tourist trip. Fish gathers in places that are comfortable to her. Of course, it takes into account climatic and relief features, but they are often radically different from our preferences. Therefore, lovers of winter fishing, developed some rules for the installation of a tent, which can be applied under other conditions.
The main source of cold in open space is not the frost, but the wind. You can protect yourself from frost with high-quality clothing. It is much harder to hide from the wind. That is why the tent should be installed so that the entrance was on the leeward side, and in order not to blow, it is recommended to cover the bottom perimeter with snow.
Ways of warming
There can be several ways to warm the tent with your own hands. Some of them can be used in the complex, some exclude the rest. You can only try a few times, but we will try to carefully consider the most popular ones to make your choice easier.
- Warming of the winter tent with polyethylene. The most affordable way to help protect against rain and snow. However, he cannot save for a long time. Condensate will accumulate on the inside, and the material itself is fairly light and will need to be carefully fixed, at least with the help of clothespins, and this will greatly increase the installation time of the tent.
- Double tent. Or an additional tent, which can be easily made from an old tent or sewed a special cover, for example from a tarpaulin. This method is much more effective than insulation with polyethylene, but requires additional preparation at home.
- Internal insulation. In specialized stores you can find a wide selection of isothermal insulation based on padding polyester, silicone, and the like. They are sheathed with a two-sided breathable fabric and perfectly protect against moisture. The cost of them, of course, is pretty decent, but they give a solid guarantee of heat. There is also a more budgetary option: a heat reflector on a foil, fixed on the inner walls with clamps. It will be necessary to tinker with him in the cold, but the heat from the heater will linger inside the tent much longer.
- Heated floors. The main source of cold inside the tent is frozen ground, snow or ice, if you are fishing. The easiest way to cut off this source is to use travel mats. They are made from a special porous material and are intended for this purpose. But it should be borne in mind that after some time they will start to let the heat down, which can lead to the melting of ice or snow and the formation of an elementary puddle right in the middle of the tent.
The listed methods, singly or in combination, will help to keep warm in a tent for a while and they are used everywhere, especially if they are planned to be in nature for only a few hours. However, to spend the night on the pond or in the winter forest this is often not enough.
The most effective way to insulate a winter tent is to use simple or complex heating appliances or objects.
- The most affordable in this regard can be called ordinary paraffin candles. If the temperature is not too big, they will cope with this task, especially if you put a candle in a flask from a thermos. This achieves two goals at once. Firstly, safety increases significantly, because even through carelessness knocking over such a heat source, you will not set fire to anything. Secondly, the bulb itself warms up from the fire of a candle and begins to radiate intense heat.
- In the second place is the old, proven method of heating the tent with a hot stone. It is necessary, however, to find this very stone, which is somewhat difficult to do in winter. Then make a fire, warm a stone on a living flame and bring it to the tent. So that he does not burn the floor and melt the ice on the floor, you can put it in a metal pot, which, by the way, will increase the operating time of such a “heater”, or wrap with several layers of foil.
- Gas heater. Special compact device operating on liquefied gas, invented as a purpose for tourists, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts. It can be of two types depending on the nozzle:
- With metal cap.
- With a ceramic nozzle.
Very easy to use, do not take up much space, but their work is limited by the size of the stationary cylinder, so it is better to take a spare one with you.
- Gasoline heater. There are compact and inexpensive models. In contrast, gas is even more unpretentious, but the fire risk increases significantly. Requires increased attention and caution.
- And, of course, a wood-burning stove. Not very convenient for transportation. Of all the above options, heating the winter tent with a compact stove can be called the most ideal.
Do not be afraid of frost and hide your noses behind a double glazed window and a warmed safe door. Winter hike in the bosom of nature, if you are well prepared for it, will give you an indescribable pleasure, give a huge charge of vigor and lift your spirits not for a day or two.