It's that time of year again when having a fire inside of your tepee or tent can make all the difference when camping in the wilderness… not just as far as comfort goes, but quite literally for survival in harsher climates.
Unless you are one of those rare polar bear types that just love negative temperatures, a toasty warm tent is a joy!
Now there are plenty of common sense safety tips for having a fire inside your shelter and I'm not going to cover them in this article. This time we are going to talk about SMOKE and how to keep it out! It's a tepee in this example, but the method would work just as well for a large tent.
The trick is to provide consistent air flow… in such a way as to direct the smoke out the top of the enclosure.
The video below by Survival Lily shows how to use an underground air tunnel to keep the smoke from the fire flowing directly out of the hole at the top of a tepee.
Fair warning… the video is also a promotional pitch and demonstration for the FiveJoy Military Folding Shovel. (I didn't mind so much since it's one of my favorite tools)
You can click here if you want to grab one of these shovels for yourself.
I admit that this method takes a bit of hard labor and would not be the best choice for an overnight or weekend camping trip with the wife and kids. But it would definitely be a great addition to any more permanent shelter you keep set up at your hunting, fishing or bugout camp.
Of course, a simple piece of pvc pipe buried underground can get similar results.
Until next time…
Take care and God bless
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