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    snowdevil Guest

    Default Frequently Asked Questions

    Many questions can be answered quickly with this link: https://kifaru.net/tipifaqs.html

    Also, check out this informative Question & Answer Session regarding our Tipi construction

    Tipi Design Dialog

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    Join Date
    Jan 2003

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    Tip Design Dialog link does not work for me...
    “We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home, in towns and cities.” -Nessmuk

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    snowdevil Guest

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    Try again, if you don't mind. It came up for me just now... Thanks! Maggie

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    I'm new on this forum and I can't remember where I read it. It was a guy asking if the stoves will stay warm all night. Here's a couple of tips from an old timer.

    One, if you are gonna be camped in the same place for a few days near a stream, pile river rock up around the stove's sides and and some big flat ones for th etop so you can move them off to cook. The stones will sore some extra heat. The only problem herre is that theycan't be just any old rock. When some rocks get to hot the stressed areas in the rock will let go and the darn things frag the inside of the tent. General, flat smoth stones with rounded edges are best. I like ones that already have some visible cracks. That way if they do "go off" they just crack some more.

    Two, take yer belt axe and hack the knots out of yer fire wood. When you get ready to bank the fire for the night throw some in there and get them going then separate them a little, shut the air vents down and hit the rack. The dense wood around the knots will burn for a very long time. Just don't pile them up and go to sleep. They also burn reallly hot. I had a hunter and his tent mate burn a hole in a stove right at the joint for the stack.

    Three, being stainless, the Kifaru stove isn't going to oxidize and burn thru like a typical sheet steel stove, Regardless, if there is some to be found I always throw an inch of DRY sand or gravel in the bottom of the stove.

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    Can't find it now but I was left a reply about packs and horses. BE nice to have some kind of day pack that was just a minimal bag with "frame" and straps then have five pouches that have a quick attachment. The five pouches would correlate to two saddle bags, one cantle bag and two pommel bags. They could have an attachment system that fastens to the saddle so a guy could put them on the saddle for riding and then pop them off the saddle onto the "frame" and go hunting afoot.

    From looking at the product line it looks like you have all the right sized and shaped pouches and one of the small day packs or something with a small fold down meat shelf would work so all you'd really need is a setup for the saddle.

    A lot of outfitters don't let clients ride with packs on because they have a tendency to lean back in the saddle like it was a LazyBoy and it sores the horse. Having a pack on increases the weight and the amount of leaning on the cantle.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2008

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    Found this while cleaning out my emails. Might be of use to a new ParaHootch owner. Takes a bit more practice than GI poncho to set up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick
    This is Patrick. I'll chip in here on pitching your
    ParaHootch. Yes, it takes a bit of practice to make
    perfect. Here we go:

    ---First, stretch the rear pegs out quite snugly, side to
    side between themselves. Peg with the loops stretched.
    Again, side to side.

    ---Go to the front. Measure your front pole according to
    the longest little webbing "marks" on the side of the Tarp.
    That's the optimum height for a good pitch.

    ---Lift up the front of the canopy by the cord, then insert
    the pole into it's cup (PUT A ROCK, PIECE OF BARK OR A
    CROSSED PEG UNDER IT). Then, holding onto the cord walk
    away 'til you get to the end of the cord. You'll be holding
    the whole she-bang up with the tension on the cord.

    ---Line up the cord with the center line back thru the tarp,
    then peg the cord tight! The whole thing will most likely
    still stay upright if you're centered with that cord, and
    you've stretched it tight enough.

    ---Now go over to one side or the other of the lower front
    of the tarp, with a peg in hand. Pull the flap sideways AND
    FORWARD. Do this only until you have a slight sideways tilt
    to the center pole. Then go over to the other side and do
    the same thing to it. Once you gage this near perfectly you
    will always have the pole back straight upright once you do
    the other side. You're looking for a straight, centered
    line from the front cord back thru the middle of the Tarp.
    No excessive wrinkles on one side vs. the other. If
    everthing looks snug on both sides it's OK to move the front
    cord pegged location sideways to get it perfectly centered.

    ---Now measure the rear pole height (shoter span on
    the "marks" along the side of the Tarp) and crawl inside and
    set that one. IMPORTANT: you will need to place a flat
    rock, sturdy bark or an extra peg beneath each pole.
    Otherwise, the poles are going to auger into the earth,
    which will bugger your pitch.

    ---You can now place as many more pegs as you need for
    security. I don't typically do them all...just a couple on
    each side. The thing is amazingly windproof, as you already
    know. I also seldom do the rear center peg; it's not
    necessary for sturdiness, and I can prop a rock or somesuch
    under it for ventilation if I don't peg it.

    That should give you the pitch you want. It will address
    all your questions about the pitch you got on the first time
    out. See what you think. And by all means holler if
    something still goes wrong! Thanks what we're here for.
    Many things thought to be impossible ultimately have been done by those who knew no better.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2009

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    Hi All!
    I'm really getting hooked on the idea of owning and using a 4 man tipi...
    Always looking for more information, I noticed the link for "Shelters & Stoves-Frequently Asked Questions" doesn't work.
    The other one does, "Tipi Design".
    Ricklesssssss in Oregon

    Quote Originally Posted by snowdevil View Post
    Many questions can be answered quickly with this link: Shelters & Stoves - Frequently Asked Questions

    Also, check out this informative Question & Answer Session regarding our Tipi construction

    Tipi Design Dialog

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    snowdevil Guest

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    Thanks for the heads up on those links. They are fixed now. Maggie

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    Join Date
    Sep 2009

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    thanks for the info

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    The True North Strong and Free.

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    The link to the FAQ's work, but the links on the FAQ page do not.

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