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DIY winter wall tent under $7 + wood stove under $4

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Published on Sep 26, 2012

I made a wall tent for winter camping for under $7 with 4 mil plastic with about 70 sq. ft. of floor space. You can see pictures of it in this video. You can also see the walker ground stove (explanation in the comments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8FQWx...)

For the wall tent started with a piece of 4 mil plastic (available at building supply or paint store) 14' by 14'. I put squares of duct tape on the center line 2' from the ends and in the center. Then I put squares of duct tape in two lines 5 1/2' from the center line as reference points for the wall attachments. To make an attachment, I put a small pebble underneath the plastic, grabbed it from the outside and twisted it so I could tie a loop around it. You can also tie a short piece of paracord into a loop and put the loop with the pebble; that way you have a loop on the inside of the tent to hang a lantern, clothesline or wallpaper to (which in my case will be a heat blanket when it gets cold).

So I just tied two attachment points to the outside points of the center line and tied them to trees. Then I tied attachment points for the top of the walls and staked them to the ground (later I changed them to 2' because it worked better. One nice thing about this is it is highly adaptable.) For the doors, I cut plastic to fit over the opening and retied the attachment points with two layers of plastic on the inside.

Maybe next time I go camping I'll make a better video of the tent and attachment points with the loop inside.

I'm sure this design can be improved on. I probably wouldn't use less than 3 mil because it would lack strength. And I probably wouldn't use more than 4 mil because of weight but I am interested in others experiences. Please keep me informed. Of course for winter camping you could use 6 mil black for improved solar gain on the north facing side or even three or all sides.and not more than 4 mil

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