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Message posted by Caligula on 13/10/2018 at 7:58pm
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Polycotton is not nylon, but a mixture of cotton and polyesters usually 65% cotton and 35% polyester, and then with differing weave weights being available. (nuts really as polycotton really defines as "many cottons") Stoves with appropriate flashing is used in many, including some of the bells we've mentioned, also Safir tipis are often used with stoves. Some tents vary the ratio of cotton to polyester, such as 10T (Spreen) tents.
I have seen flues in nylon/polyester tents but stray sparks and the thing is ruined, built in flue or no.
Just sit next to an open fire with polyester hiking trousers on and see! Mind you, many tents are now treated with a flame retardant irrespective of cloth
Some tents are pure cotton of various weights, Pukka bell tents are pure cotton for example, and have chimney flue holes built in.
The Robens is a polycotton at 65/35%, my Blacks Solace bell also but with a far heavier cloth, whereas my lavvu -very stovable but one man- is pure cotton as are various B of G I have.
The Gelert is like the 10T, with a higher polyester content.