Whether you are walking up above the cloud line, ski-touring, or backpacking – camping in winter can be a wonderful experience with the right gear.
The last thing you want to be when camping outside in the winter months is cold and wet. So invest in a winter tent with a stove jack to give you a warm and dry place to lay your head.
This guide will provide you with the information you need to select the best backpacking tent with a stove jack.
- OneTigris Smokey HUT Ultralight Hot Tent
- Preself 3 Person Lightweight Tipi Tent
- OneTigris Wild Haven Ultralight Backpacking Hot Tent
- OneTigris Iron Wall Stove Tent with Inner Mesh
- PlayDo 4-Season Waterproof Cotton Canvas Bell Tent
Can you use a stove in a tent? What is hot tenting?
Yes, you can use a stove in your tent. This is known as ‘hot tenting’. And believe me – from personal experience, a good stove can keep you nice and warm! But, you can’t put a stove in any tent. You will need a canvas or poly-cotton tent that has an opening for the hot flue pipe (the chimney).
What are the benefits of having a winter tent with a stove jack?
Stay warm in winter
In rain, snow, hail, and strong winds a shelter is a lifesaver. And if you can have a warm stove in your tent then even better.
You can survive the long, dark nights of winter outdoors. A modern four-season mountain tent might be tolerable in sub-zero temperatures. But, when it comes to being outdoors for an extended period in winter, nothing will beat a tent with a stove in it.
A lightweight canvas tent with a wood stove can create a comfortable atmosphere. You can achieve a temperature of 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keeping your body warm will save calories, which you would otherwise be used to keep warm.
You also have a comfortable space to cook, eat, and relax. It’s horrible not to be comfortable while winter camping!
—> If you are looking for a stove too, you can find our review of the best tent stoves here.
Keep clothes and items dry in your winter tent with a stove
A heated tent has a lot of benefits. You can keep your clothing and footwear dry and moisture-free on a regular basis. This means your clothing will perform up to its greatest potential. No worries freezing from damp clothing while you are out and about hiking in the day.
The warm space will also allow you to air out your sleeping bag on a daily basis. Moisture in your clothing and sleeping kit will reduce their performance. Especially in cold temperatures.
—> You might also be interested in an electric tent heater to stay warm. Find our reviews of electric tent heaters here.
Cook food on the stove
Your stove will give you a place to cook. It is a more efficient way to cook than an open fire outside. You will burn much less fuel and this means gathering less firewood.
What to look for when buying the best winter backpacking tent with a stove hole?
The best type of fabric
Cotton and poly-cotton
Since you will be using a stove within your tent, you should look for a tent with cotton or poly-cotton fabric. This is because cotton is a breathable fabric.
In comparison to man-made tent fabrics, cotton insulate very well. It doesn’t get hot on a warm day or cold when it’s chilly outside. Cotton is breathable and also absorbs water. This means you are less likely to have issues with condensation. These fabrics last a long time and are more resistant to UV rays.
Keep in mind, cotton tents can also be heavy. This means transporting them can take some effort. You will also need to weather these tents before using them. This means leaving them out in the rain (or under a hose) so the canvas expands and fills in the holes. Without doing this, your new tent could leak.
Nylon and polyester
Most tents are made of man-made fabrics like polyester and nylon. For family tents, polyester is very common. For lightweight backpacking tents nylon is often used.
Nylon and polyester are affordable tent fabrics that are lighter and quick to dry out. But, compared to cotton they are not good insulators. This means they can get very hot when it is warm and also chilly when it’s cold. The material is also not very breathable. This means that condensation can build up on the inside.
These fabrics are often covered with coatings to increase water and UV resistance. The quality of the coating will vary depending on the manufacturer.
Season rating of your winter tent with stove jack
Is a 4 season tent necessary for winter camping? Yes, a good winter tent with stove jack should be a four-season tent. You should be looking for this rating in your new tent. This rating makes it tougher than three-season tents. They are appropriate for spring, summer, and autumn. A four-season tent is able to withstand the worst conditions.
–> If you are camping in more severe conditions, then you might enjoy our reviews of extreme weather tents here.
–> Also, find reviews of the best-insulated tents here.
The shape of your winter tent with stove
It’s also important to look for a tent with a rigid exoskeleton. If you are camping in winter, then a dome-shape will help to shake off snow dumps. In the best-case scenario you have a small leak but in the worst instance can cause a cave in to happen. This is why dome or tipi shape is ideal to allow the snow to fall off.
Ventilation of your hot tent
A good winter tent needs to be breathable to help prevent condensation from building up. Imagine waking up to snow falling on you. This has formed from your own breath which has condensed and frozen overnight. Look for features such as openings, vents, and fabric that will help ventilate the tent well.
Space in your hot tent
This is a big factor when winter camping. Winter activities tend to involve more gear. So a decent, dry space to store your pack is essential. If you are going to be tending a stove, then you will need more space for the setup.
The OneTigris Smokey HUT Tent is a double backpacking tent with enough space for 2 people and a top opening for burning stove and hot flue pipe (the ‘chimney). It is made with 20D silicon-coated nylon fabric. The tent also has waterproof zippers, seams, and a 3000mm waterproof rating to keep you dry.
This tent offers a quick setup in the cold. It also has good ventilation with two windows for airflow and one zippered side entrance. Ideal for backpacking as it only ways 2.6 lbs and is a super light double shelter.
- 4 season tent
- Waterproof rating 3000mm
- Teepee shaped tent with silicon-coated nylon fabric
- 10.4ft (D) *5.2ft (H)/ 3.2m *1.6m
- Capacity for two people and a burning stove and hot flue pipe
- Vents for good airflow
- Chimney opening for the hot flue pipe
- Setup may take longer than advertised
- Light material is less durable
The Preself Tipi Tent is a three-person tent with two big air vents, a stovepipe, and a double door. This is a nice option for a family or group that is camping at any time of year.
The tent is made of anti-tear 210T patterned polyester (which is known to perform better than nylon). It has a waterproof rating of PU2000mm and can resist strong wind and rain.
The tent is also ultralight and compact with a weight of 3.4 lbs. The package is small enough to bind to your backpack. It also has a quick setup in 10 minutes. The tent comes with 15 pegs, 8 ropes, one storage bag, one accessories bag, and one pole. There is no stovepipe included.
- 4 season tipi tent
- Enough space for 3 people
- Can resist strong wind and rain
- The waterproof rating is PU2000mm
- Anti-tear polyester fabric
- Ultralight and compact (3.4 lbs)
- Quick setup
- No stovepipe included
The OneTigris Wild Haven Tent is a spacious wood stove tent that sleeps, two people. It has two doors and is also highly windproof. The tipi/pyramid shape means it is lightweight and easy to set up. You only need a single-pole without the complicated tent frame. It also has a stovepipe vent for you to stay warm and cook while in the wild.
Made from 20D silicon-coated nylon with a bathtub bottom. It is lightweight, durable, and highly versatile. This tent has snag-free zippers as well as a waterproof treated bottom to keep the dew away.
The mesh design keeps insects out and also allows for great ventilation. It is tee-pee shaped and compatible with the Wild Haven Stove Tent. It also offers a quick setup – with your own pole and 4 tent pegs that are included. It is only 2.4 lbs and folds up small. It’s very easy to carry around.
Keep in mind this tent does not come with a burning stove or hot flue pipe. It’s recommended to purchase a stove jack to keep yourself and your campsite site from fire hazards. You should set the tent up with a pole and leave a gap on all sides to allow airflow and prevent dew from forming on the tent walls.
- Square tent 9.8ft (3m) side *4, 5.2ft (1.6m) height
- Fits two people
- Top opening for a burning stove and hot flue pipe
- Reinforced stress points
- High wind resistance
- Waterproof treated seams
- 2000mm waterproof rating
- 2 YK zippered side entrances
- 2 windows at the top for ventilation
- Weights 3.2
- The product does not come with a burning stove or hot flue pipe
- May require extra heat reflecting tape around chimney flap
The OneTigris Iron Wall Stove tent has a heptagon shape (7 sides) with a chimney opening and inner mesh. Perfect for the lone adventurer who would like to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy it to the max.
This tent has a classic pyramid shape and is also extra lightweight and easy to setup. All you need is a single walking pole without the complicated tent-frame.
It offers a solid build with a shape that has high wind resistance. There are reinforced stress points for an extra solid, high wind resistance. It also has a double-chamber design. There is space to sleep one with a single mesh inner tent and a front room for a ‘fireplace’. The top opening for a hot flue pipe and two windows at the top for good airflow.
This tent is made of 20D silicon-coated nylon fabric. It is light, durable, and versatile. Also with a 2000mm waterproof rating and snag-free zippers. It weighs 3.4 lbs and comes with an f.2 ft (1.65m) tent pole, 10 tent pegs, and 4 guy-lines.
It’s recommended to purchase a stove jack to prevent fire hazards. Also, to keep gaps on all sides of the tent to allow airflow and prevent condensation from forming on the walls.
- 20D silicone coated nylon fabric
- Snag-free YKK zippers
- Lightweight and durable material
- Separated space. A single inner mesh tent to keep bugs out and a front chamber for the ‘fireplace’
- Heptagon shape. Waterproof and high wind resistant.
- Good ventilation. A top opening for a hot flue pipe, 2 windows at the top for good airflow.
- This product does not come with a burning stove or hot flue pipe
- Does not come with setup instructions
The PlayDo Canvas Bell Tent is a glamping tent. It is made from 300gsm cotton fabric with waterproof treatment. It is heavy-duty to withstand wind, rain, and even snowy conditions.
It is a 4 season tent that has a 5-inch diameter wood burning stove vent. This is located on the top instead of on the sidewall. The hole can be covered by long-lasting straps when it’s not needed anymore.
The tent’s fabric has been waterproof treated and has taped stitch seams to keep moisture out. It is also breathable with top air vents, zippable windows, complete with nets. You can roll the walls of the tent allowing a cool breeze to flow through in the summer months.
The PlayDo tent offers a great amount of space as it is a large teepee tent. It could fit a camping bed, small table, and still have room to move around within the tent. A good option for camping, hunting, hiking, or weekend camping trips.
- Tough cotton fabric with waterproof treatment
- Withstands wind, rain, and snowy weather
- Breathable with air vents and zippable windows
- 4 season tent
- 5-inch diameter vent for a wood-burning stove
- The stove vent can be covered by straps when not needed
- Spacious. Can fit families and camping furniture.
- May require some extra silicon spray
- Could have a better quality zipper
What are the dangers of using a stove in a tent?
There are major risk factors inherent in heating a tent with a stove. You have a fire in a metal box, which becomes very hot. This is also in a confined space in which you are living and surrounded by materials that are flammable.
Risk of burns
There is the danger of severe burns for anyone who comes into contact with the stove when it is high heat. Even a touch can be enough to injure yourself or burn clothes.
The threat of carbon monoxide poisoning
There is also a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. The exhaust gases from the stove should go up the chimney. But, fumes can sometimes backup and even flow in the opposite direction. They could come out of the vents at the front of the stove and enter the tent interior. This can sometimes happen if there is a strong wind blowing towards the output of the chimney.
Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless. With a wood-burning stove, it will also produce a good amount of smoke. So if you have a fire burning overnight, then you should always have someone on duty to watch it. They will be able to detect smoke as soon as it enters the tent.
You can find more carbon monoxide safety information here.
Risk of fire
Finally, there is a real risk of a tent fire. Avoid this by making sure the chimney pipe does not get too hot. Also, the design of your tent has protection or isolation of the tent from the hot stove chimney. This might be a panel or flame-proof material or even a physical structure like a fireguard or grill material. Some chimneys also have spark-arresters in the end. You can also check that the tent material has a treatment to make it flame retardant.
How do you safely heat a hot tent with a stove?
Here are some fire precautions you can take when using a stove in your tent:
– Protect around the stove with a flame retardant mat. This is in case hot embers escape. Many manufacturers recommend that you roll back the tent’s groundsheet. Place the stove directly on the ground.
– Have a spark arrester on the top of the flue. This will prevent hot sparks from landing on the tent.
– Keep combustible items away from the stove. This will stop them from getting too hot.
– Keep water at hand in case you need to extinguish a fire.
– Keep little hands away from the hot stove surface as well as yourself.
How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your tent?
Most of the fumes should be directly out of the tent up the flue. Consider taking the following precautions to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning:
– Keep your tent well ventilated. This means making sure the design of your tent allows for airflow. You need to have a continuous supply of fresh air.
– Don’t leave your stove on through the night. Some campers may do this without any problems, but if you can avoid it then it’s safer not to.
The winter tent with stove jack you choose will depend on the conditions you are camping in. Also, the number of people and space you require.
If I had to go with my favorite of the tents reviewed, I would go with the OneTigris Smokey HUT Ultralight Hot Tent. The quality material made from 20D silicone-coated nylon fabric is lightweight, durable, and highly versatile. Also, the waterproof rating of 3000 will help keep you dry in winter conditions.
For a tent with a stove, it has good ventilation to keep the air moving through. There are two windows at the top and also a zippered side entrance. I also like how it is ultralight. If you are going backpacking then this is easy to put in a backpack and carry.
As mentioned, it is possible to have a stove in your tent. This can keep you warm and comfortable. Be sure to use necessary precautions so that you warm yourself safely.