Iron Wall Chimney Tent by Black Orca
Editor: Johnny LeMaster
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Just the Facts:
Why Choose the IRON WALL Chimney Tent?
A heptagon-shaped (7-sided) single tent with a chimney opening for the lone roamer who knows how to immerse in nature and enjoy it to the max. Featuring a classic tipi/pyramid shape so that it’s extra lightweight and easy to setup, requiring only a single tent pole without the complicated tent-frame, and offers a solid build via its shape to stand against windy and rainy weather. Want a light and efficient way to camp out in the wild? Teepee tents are the way to do it.
IRON WALL Chimney Tent by OneTigris
l 20D silicon coated nylon fabric that’s light, durable and highly versatile
l 2000mm waterproof rating with quality snag-free YKK® zippers
l Double-chamber design with space to sleep one and a front room for a “fireplace”
l A top opening (8.6″ by 8.6″) for a burning stove and hot flue pipe (the “chimney”)
l OD-green shade for you to merge with the background and disengage completely from the city
l Reinforced stress points for an extra solid build with high wind resistance
l Two windows at the top for good airflow
l Comes with a complete setup kit of a 5.2ft tent pole, 10 tent pegs and 4 guy-lines
- This product does NOT come with a burning stove or hot flue pipe.
- Please purchase a stove jack to keep yourself and the campsite safe from fire hazards!
- Set up with tent pole and leave a gap on all sides for airflow to prevent dew from forming on tent walls.
Material: 20D Silicon-coated Nylon Fabric, YKK® Zippers
Waterproof Rating: 2000mm
Setup – 9.8ft/3m in Diameter, 5.2ft/1.6m in Height
Folded – 17.7”(L)*5.5”(W)*5.5”(D)/45cm*14cm*14cm
Color: OD Green
IRON WALL Chimney Tent *1
Tent Peg *10
Tent Pole * 1
Stuff Sack *1
I have spent a little time staying in tipis when camping. I love them. The simplicity, ease of set up, lightweight, ability to use a wood stove and roominess are just a few of the features that make them so ideal for camping. They are a great shelter for use year round, and as we are getting into the start of what most consider camping season I want to introduce you to a great lightweight option that you will enjoy during these warmer months and continue to use as the temperatures start to drop again, the OneTigris Iron Wall Chimney Tent. You will find yourself taking this tipi whether car camping or making a trip into the back country carrying your essentials on your back. The OneTigris Iron Wall Tent is the ideal shelter no matter what your adventure brings.
When I received the Iron Wall Chimney Tent I pulled it out of the package in a hurry and went straight to my backyard to set it up. It took no time at all to get set up. At least the outer shell portion of the tent. The sleeping chamber area was fairly straight forward to set up as well but took a little longer. With only one mistake on where to hook the floor elastic cordage I had the shelter put together. I could not wait to get it out for use in the wilds. The Iron Wall has a double chamber design. They have a separate compartment that hangs from the outer tipi shell that is made up of a zippered bug netting area with a nylon floor that is designed to take up one half of the tipi away from the door opening, and out of the way. This leaves the front area with the stove jack opening for usage of a wood stove and storage of gear and extra firewood.
The tipi has a heptagonal shape (7 sides) and a signal center pole design. This makes for a straightforward for set up. With a few minor adjustments of the outer staking after the center pole was placed, the snug sides of the shelter work well to resist the elements. The shape of the tipi makes the shelter more aerodynamic than typical tent and shelter structures. This makes the shelter much sturdier and more comfortable in higher wind applications. The tipis outer wall is made up of a waterproof 20D Silicon-coated Nylon fabric that gives it excellent waterproofing to keep you dry when nature the weather turns. It was time to test it out and make sure it performs as advertised.
I was able to talk a close friend into going shed hunting with me up in the mountains the following weekend. We made plans to head out as soon as we got off work on Friday to make as full a weekend of searching for the coveted elk sheds as possible. Spring weather was starting to warm everything up and thaw out the higher country. The snow looked like it had cleared enough that the roads would be passible, so we grabbed our Labrador hunting companions, packed up our gear, to include the Iron Wall, and headed out. As we gained altitude the temperatures started dropping and soon we hit the snow line. The night before our trip nature decided it would be funny to drop 3 inches of snow on our camping and shed hunting grounds. This would create more difficulty in picking fresh elk sheds out of the hill sides to say the least. I was excited to camp in the snow and try out the Iron Wall in some less then ideal conditions. I had planned ahead and brought the WinnerWell Fast Fold Titanium Camping stove with me to try out with the Iron Wall. What better weather to see how the 20D silicon coated nylon fabric tipi would work than to try it out in the snow.
I staked out the edges of the tipi, spreading the footprint out, leaving a small amount of slack as I had learned in the back yard. Once the center pole was in place and I started to reset the edge stakes I noticed that the tipi is built to not be “airtight” at the ground. When staked out there is typically a 1-2 inch gap between the ground and the start of the nylon. This was a little concerning. The winds were blowing around 15 to 20 mph, temperatures were below freezing. This gap would not do in these conditions. I started shoveling snow and piling it up around the perimeter to create a seal around the ground. By the time I finished the only breeze that entered the tent was through the two vent windows near the apex of the tipi that allowed ventilation. I decided with the cold weather creating a lack of active bugs and having my dog I would forgo the netted sleeping compartment and instead layed out a ground cloth to put my sleeping pad and dogs’ bed on. With the two of us taking up the back half of the tipi I was able to store our gear, install the wood stove and stockpile firewood to keep us warm and comfortable through the night in the front half with room to spare for easy access.
I spent the first little bit of the night constantly trying to get the wood stove adjusted just right to where I wouldn’t roast or get smoked out by trying to choke the flue too much. I finally found the happy point. With the stove glowing a nice red/purple I slept like a baby for the next few hours until I woke to restoke the stove. The Iron Wall was the ideal shelter for the winter weather. Adequate room for my sidekick and I and a warm place to rest. The aerodynamic shape of the structure kept the wind from affecting the tent. Other than hearing the wind in the trees and hearing my friends tent flapping with the gusts I all but forgot about the cold nasty weather outside our comfortable little space. After a cozy night I had a hard time wanting to leave the tipi the following morning. Honestly, if I had planned correctly and brought my percolator into the tipi to get my coffee fix I might have stayed in there much longer. But there where sheds out there somewhere that needed to be found, coffee and food that needed to be made, and beautiful country to enjoy. So in a nice warm shelter I unzipped my sleeping bag, put on clean cloths, laced up my boots and but on my coat ready to face the freezing temperatures. Having had the luxury of starting my morning warm and toasty I started a fire in the fire pit outside for my buddy to enjoy when he had to drag himself out of his bag into the 20°F weather.
At the end of the day after an incredible hike, finding a 100 foot waterfall at the bottom of a canyon not often visited by people or even known, and sadly no sheds weighing down our packs we headed back to our camp worn out from the miles and elevation gains we had put behind us. I couldn’t be more thankful for how simple the teardown and pack up of the Iron Wall was. I pulled the stakes and rolled the tipi up stuffing it into its stuff sack not being too careful about how it was packed, knowing I would hang it to dry out in my garage after getting home before packing it up for storage. It was a successful trip. Not because of the sheds we dreamt of finding but because I was able to get out and spend some much needed time in nature with a good friend. We got away from the chaos of life and successfully tryout some gear that will be a staple in my camping packing from here out. The Iron Wall lived up to the expectations of a shelter that is lightweight, durable, and can withstand inclement weather that nature threw at it.
This was not the only adventure that I took the Iron Wall on. It just happened to be the one that put the tipi through the most thorough testing to sell me on it. A few weeks later I was able to get out on a small backpack trip along the river. The lightweight, 3-1/3lbs and small pack size made the Iron Wall Tent the shelter of choice for the trip. We were in full spring at this point. The flowers were starting to bloom, the trees were getting their leaves and the bugs were coming out in force. This was the trip I would use the previously unused sleeping chamber that the Iron Wall came with.
I set camp with some friends near the river with a great overview. I chose a spot and set up the Iron Wall for myself. After getting the shell adjusted, I started to set up the sleeping chamber. I loved how simple it was to attach to the shelter. Within a few minutes and one restake of the chamber floor I was ready to set up my sleeping gear. I spent a night free from mosquitos buzzing around my head, in a rather roomy chamber impressed with just how much room there was, the trapezoidal shape gave enough room for a myself, and some gear without feeling claustrophobic. I had enough room on the bulb out portion if I had brought my dog, she would have had a spot as well.
After a few trips with the Iron Wall Tent I feel that I have had the opportunity to throw almost everything that this shelter is designed to handle and then some at it. I am sold on this quality piece of gear. OneTigris hit a home run with it. The tipi is made out of quality nylon making the tipi lightweight and waterproof, the single center pole and heptagonal shape make for a quick set up and resists the elements well. It is simple yet efficient. I can’t wait to take the Iron Wall on many more adventures. This is one piece of gear I am confident I can depend on when I need it to work.
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What Could Be Done Better:
There are a few items that I would like to see be done a little different. The biggest thing that I wish this product had was a sod skirt. When camping in the high wind I was lucky that here was snow I was able to create a seal and keep the wind out. To truly make this a good 4 season shelter it would be nice to have the little extra protection around the bottom from the elements that a sod skirt provides.
The other item that could be done different is completely nitpicky. The stove jack has a precut hole for the stove pipe. Stove pipes are all a little different sized when they are put together. To accommodate this Black Orca precut a little larger hole in the stove jack. I would prefer to have a blank stove jack that I can then just to the size I need for my specific stove to seal up the hot air loss from this area.
The other thing that I think would help to take the Iron wall over the top would be to have the center pole be adjustable in length. There were a few times were I either did not have the stakes tight enough or I had them too tight. Although it is typical to readjust your stakes after placing the center pole, having the pole be adjustable would make set up just a little bit easier.