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Wrongside

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LW Tipis/Stoves
« on: June 16, 2011, 10:42:04 AM »

I've been looking at getting a largish tipi/stove combo for a while now. Mainly for backpack/horse back hunting (2-3 guys usually) and family trips (family of four) into the foothills.

Kifaru, Go-Lite, TiGoat, Seek Outside... any others I should be checking out? I've been looking real hard at the 6 man Versashelter/Ti stove combo and it is on special right now. Seems to be a good balance of weight, features, and price?

Who is using or has used what? Any input, experiences would be great...

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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2011, 01:54:39 PM »
I have slept a few nights in a go-lite teepee.

Great light weight design.

The only bad part was the condensation on the inside in late sheep season (-20).

Sheep Reaper just bought one too - you could fire him a PM


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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2011, 02:29:47 PM »
I used a borrowed Kifaru Paratipi  for Canmore in 2010, it worked well but was a bit on the small side for hanging out in at night (Light at 8 am and dark at 5 pm makes for a long evening), but even when it was -14 we only had long sleave T-shirts on in there and actually had to open the door a few times to let heat out.

I got a Golite Shangi La 5 this spring and am just in the process of getting a stove jack put in and then either building or buying a stove for it.  Used it for camping with the wife and 2 kids this summer and it worked great for that so far, we are headed out backpakcking next week for 5 days and will see how it fairs.

As Lurch said the condensation is an issue because of the single wall desings but thats only and issue if you dont have a stove...that cures that problem in about 5 minutes of firing it up :)

If a guys has the funds the Kifaru is the bomb and Ti Goat is a close second.  If money is a factor then the Golite is a great option if you or someone you know can run a regular sewing machine and you add a stove jack in (can get them for $40 from Ti Goat).

I havent had any experience with the Seek outside but they look like a good tent as well.

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Reaper
Cheers,

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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 07:40:59 PM »
Thank you for the input guys! I just missed out on a very lightly used SL5 w/ stove jack and stove last year. Woulda been a good deal on a nice set-up... Alas, same old story, too slow to pull the trigger on it...

Kifaru has, over time, through research and friends experiences with their product, become a non-starter for me. Currently I'm leaning heavily toward the 6 or 8 man VersaShelter with their Ti stove. Though a fairly new company the building feedback is very positive so far and they offer some great features for the asking price. I think I'll just keep watching his site for the right deal to come up.

Though, cause I move so slow on stuff like this, your feedback on the SL5, after a season of use w/ a stove, may be appreciated too. ::)

Thanks again fellas.

PS. Nice meeting and chatting with you and yours at the "crazy_one's" place the other day Lurch.


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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2011, 10:05:23 AM »
Nice to meet you too Wrongside....

I know my one friend picked his go-lite tent out of the US for about half of what he would pay here

Have you looked at the Vertex tents from Titanium Goat?

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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2011, 10:32:36 AM »
I've looked at the Ti-Goat stuff on their site and VIA Google. That's it. Definitely appealing. They come in a little bit lighter than the Versashelters, but, do not have some of the features. IE, sod skirt, screen door. Longer track record though... :-\

I liked that down quilt they had for a while too.

Definitely will/have been keeping an eye Stateside as well. Crazy, the price differences on some stuff.

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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2012, 03:36:21 PM »
Thought I'd update this. I still don't have a big tipi. It is still in the plans, but, since most of my trips are solo, with one other, or my two boys, 8 & 9. I decided I'd get more use out of a smaller shelter and went that direction first. Ended up getting a SeekOutside Back Country Shelter w/ a roll up stove. Pretty happy with it so far. Tons of space for one and gear, good for two and some gear and will work OK for the three of us with an additional tarp outside for gear. It runs around 3pounds w/ optional door panel, pole and pegs. Add ~2 more for the stove. The wood heat sure is nice on a cold, damp night. :)


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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2012, 03:53:05 PM »
Very nice.  How often do you have to keep loading the stove?  Looks like a great back country program.

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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2012, 04:54:02 PM »
The stove definitely requires regular, gentle attention. Takes a bit of getting the knack, it's fairly fussy compared to a regular wood burner. At least burning poplar, all I've used in it so far. Totally worth it though, IMO.

Things cool off pretty quick once you start tending it, but it warms things up right quick too. Nothing like stoking up the fire before rolling out of your sleeping bag.:)

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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2012, 10:30:00 PM »
Do you have any better pics of that stove?
You can get a good look at a steak by sticking your head up a cows ass or you could just take the butchers word for it

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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2012, 06:00:02 PM »
This the only one I have.

First burn


I like all right and it works well. Dont think I'd pay full price for one of these tho. The TiGoat roll up is nicer for the money.

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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2012, 09:30:29 PM »
Cool , Thanks
You can get a good look at a steak by sticking your head up a cows ass or you could just take the butchers word for it

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Re: LW Tipis/Stoves
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2012, 10:17:13 PM »
Cool pics, I got a chuckle out of the stove...Keep er stoked....lol