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Message posted by lisat200316/1/2018 at 7:04pm
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Does anyone have an idea of where i could visit to see a 4m and 5m bell tent fully pitched to get an idea of size please? I can travel and am based in lincoln. Thank you

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Message posted by reuben17/1/2018 at 1:26pm
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Hi Lisa, there won’t be many still up at this time of year. Your best bet would be googling or searching on here for glamping sites open all year & seeing if there’s one near you that you can have look at. You’ll have a much larger choice come Spring. Cheers

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Message posted by lisat200317/1/2018 at 1:32pm
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Hi thanks will do. Theres no hurry to buy one i can wait until spring. Do i just go and hope that someone has that size tent pitched? (Sorry im new to this). Thanks Lisa

Message posted by reuben17/1/2018 at 1:39pm
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The glamping sites will probably have 4 & 5mtr bell tents already erected for rental if they’re open in Winter. You could go to look on the premise that you’re thinking of booking one for later in the year......

What I can confirm is that they’re big beasts & weigh a ton as nearly all are made of a poly cotton material. I seen a few & they look magnificent. You can put a wood burning stove in them too.

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Message posted by reuben17/1/2018 at 1:47pm
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Have a look at ‘Bell Tent Boutique’ in Newark

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Message posted by lisat200317/1/2018 at 1:58pm
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Thank you thats sweet. It must be safe to put a wood burner in then, where does the smoke go please. Ill look at Newark thanks ))

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You’re welcome. There are wood burners made for bell tents. You need a flashing kit that enables the flu/chimney of the burner to go through the sidewall or roof of the tent for the smoke.. If you’re buying a tent new then the retailer will advise you on a model & fix the flashing kit for you - probably do you a decent deal too. They’re a bugger to fit yourself & potentially dangerous from a fire or CO2 risk if you get it slightly wrong. However you do it, make sure you fit a CO2 monitor/alarm for peace of mind. If you go down the DIY route look at the Frontier Stove, they do specific flashing & flu kits for bell tents - pretty cheap too but do the job & don’t weigh a ton. Cheers

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Message posted by quilly10117/1/2018 at 4:31pm
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Give Soulpad a call in Norfolk, I think they usually have them on display indoors at their showroom.

Message posted by Caligula18/1/2018 at 4:44pm
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SoulPad are a bit selective on their opening times although they have (as quilly101 says) an indoor showroom. Pukka tents also display some outdoors in the summer.(Suffolk)

Looking at the title of your post, do bear in mind that not all bell tents, for a given diameter, are the same size!

Some have a slightly taller wall and entrance and this can give a significant improvement in useable floorspace.

SoulPad...Thetford
Pukka.....nr Bury St Edmunds

I bought a Blacks Solace (so am biased, as it's brilliant!!) partially because of this.

Message posted by lisat200318/1/2018 at 4:45pm
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Thank you so much thats really helpful

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Message posted by lisat200318/1/2018 at 4:55pm
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Ah ok thanks, so your Blacks Solice has a taller wall, where would you recommend buying from then? I really appreciate your help thank you

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Message posted by Caligula18/1/2018 at 7:39pm
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Go to the Blacks of Greenock website: www.blacksofgreenock.co.uk
-or by phone and ask for Anne Turner..VERY helpful.
Tell her that you have ben recommended to contact her by Laurence Milton if you wish.
Also, on this site, go to tent reviews, scroll down left hand column to "other tents". Click and then scroll to Blacks Solace 1........

I'm nothing to do with Blacks of Greenock, just one hugely impressed customer, both with the product and their attitude to customers (me!)

Message posted by Caligula18/1/2018 at 7:42pm
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-also Blacks of G have a "seconds" outlet (same office) and I believe? they have a 4metre Solace 1 at a significantly reduced price?
(I think it had been used for a photo shoot)

Message posted by lidds022/1/2018 at 8:49am
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Just be aware that some bell tents have a sewn-in groundsheet (SIG), some a zip-in (ZIG) and some have a separate, loose or clip in groundsheet (as per the Solace).

We once had a Belltent 5m. If we were ever to have another, it'd have to be the Cabanon Indiana. Whilst I'd prefer some of the detail from other makes (windows and insect mesh to the doorway, plus a ZIG), the canvas and workmanship from Cabanon far exceeds that of other bell tents currently available in the UK.

The Indiana was available direct from Cabanon last year, at around 850 euros. I hesitated, then found within days that the price had increased significantly. Now, they seem only to be available through Cabanon retailers in the UK and I dread to think what the price is. I'd still check it out though, if I was in the market for a 5m bell.


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