Camping in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the summer is a great and very popular activity. Sitting by a warm campfire with family and friends is good for the soul. However, when the leaves start to fall and the temperatures drop, most people put their camping gear away. Even though the scenery and stars are incredible and there are no bugs, the thought of shivering through a miserably cold night doesn't sound enjoyable. Believe me. It's not. There is a better way.
Let me introduce you to the hot tent. A hot tent (aka wall tent) is a canvas tent with an internal wood burning stove. These tents are ideal for cold weather and winter camping for the following reasons:
They truly are amazing and will allow you to camp in the coldest of days in comfort and style. They are perfect for family camping, hunting, or as a warming house for a cold day event.
In order to hot tent there are a few items you'll most likely need/want:
You may be asking yourself if hot tenting is so great, why don't more people do it. The two main reasons are lack of knowledge and cost. Most people I talk to have no idea that you can get a tent with a wood burning stove and thus don't consider it. Those that are familiar with hot tenting are dissuaded by the initial cost of the tent, stove, and cold weather sleeping bags which can cost $1500-$3000. For many, spending this amount on something you use infrequently halts them in their tracks.
Renting a hot tent and gear is a great way try out cold weather or winter camping to determine if it's for you. It's also perfect for those that will only do it occasionally and don't want to invest in and store the gear. You may have to look around to find an outfitter with a tent that meets your needs as there are not many south of Lake Superior.
If you're local, DIRO Outdoors has a hot tent, bunkable cots, and all you need for rent to give it a try. We also have packages where we'll setup everything for you at a local park, get the stove pumping out heat, and take it down when you're done. It doesn't get easier than that! Call 651-233-6059 or visit https://dirooutdoors.com/pages/rental-gear to learn more.
Winter camping is a great experience everyone should try. The early nights provide ample time to sit by the bonfire and watch the stars, the landscapes are incredible, and the peace and quiet from being away from people lets the stress melt away. Pair it with a hot tent where you can stay warm and dry even in the coldest of nights and it creates memories that will last a lifetime.