I recommend using steel stakes like used for concrete forms. They are good when pitching on a rocky surface. It’s thirty pounds well appropriated.
I use the double burner tank top heaters on a 40lb tank and it works great for heating the tent every morning. I also use two 12x16 tarps overlapped as a floor in my 14x16. And when I need to dry clothes, I just use normal hangers hung over the ridge poles. I only use a rain fly when I expect heavy snow.......it slides off easily with the fly.Those propane burners in the corner were awesome. Both burners were too much, we ended up only using the single burner.
We have some 5x15 canvas drop cloths for same reason, really helps with warmth in the tent.We hang cheap harbor freight wool blankets along the walls inside. Fold them along the long edge so they're not touching the floor and add grommets for attaching to the tent frame. It's amazing how much warmer and comfortable it makes the tent.
Question about this:Nothing more satisfying than the snap of a mousetrap in the middle of the night! We leave several traps in the tent bag.
I always get a little smoke for the first couple of minutes until the stove pipe heats up which creates a draft and then there is no more smoke.With the standard stoves most guys use do you get much smoke inside the tent or does the stove pipe take care of all of it?
We generally set up in September for the entire month. We are in and out quite a bit and don't always have a mouse problem but when we do it is hard to sleep. Just as you relax and start to drift off you hear them getting into something.Question about this:
I have a standard canvas 12x14 Davis Wall tent with no floor. I just use a heavy tarp as the floor and put it on top of the 10" sod cloth that is factory sewn to the bottom of the tent wall all the way around. This seems to seal the tent to the ground pretty good.
I also have a Cabelas Alaknak 12x12 tent that has a floor.
In early season hunts when temps are warmer I use the Cabelas tent with the floor and don't keep food in the tent and I have never had any issue with mice. In later season hunts where it gets colder I take the floorless canvas wall tent. It seems like the colder temps puts mice, and other critters in hibernation and I never have had any issues with mice, spiders, scorpions, snakes, etc... Have I just been lucky? Do you have problems with mice even in cold temps?
For me, it's the pitter-patter across my tarp floors as they run around, but then I just wait for the "SNAP" that inevitably comes next.Just as you relax and start to drift off you hear them getting into something.