hey folks welcome back in this video
we’re gonna continue with tent maintenance I’m gonna show you how I put
this rain fly up and we’re also gonna put a stove jack in it and any other
little small tasks that need to be accomplished so stick around so a friend
of mine gave me this ancient stove jack so one of the first things I’m gonna
have to do is take a ball-peen hammer and kind of straighten out all the bends
and get it back to as good of a condition as I can get it to this stove
Jack right here cost me 75 bucks with the silicone ring and whatnot so I’m
gonna try and save a few bucks and use that old ancient one on the fly because
it will likely have to come off and get put back on a different fly as time
develops so if I’m gonna be moving metal around one of the first things that I
want to do is set up my workstation and for this I’m gonna use my Stumpf anvil
so if you don’t know what a Stumpf anvil is it’s this one is just a chunk of
railroad track that’s been ground down to a spike on that main beam so I just
drive it into a stump and then I have a nice solid surface that I can do any
light metal smithing on so what I’ve done already before this
point was a guide out all the corners and then let the tarp hang on the tent
for a couple of days so it kind of stretches to where it wants to you see
here I drew those two lines together knotted it and then ran it out to its
own single stake in the center and that keeps the peak from sliding backwards
and I did the same thing on the back side so those two come down into a knot
and they all go to this one a single stake now the tarp I got was 12 feet
wide by 18 feet long I would have liked to had a 14 foot wide so I’d get a
little overhang on the edges but that didn’t happen they didn’t have it but
you can see what I did was I when I tied these ends up I tied them both in the
tent and the tarp so I can get the full stretch on the tarp from corner to
corner the way it’s gonna set so that when I draw my stokehole it’s in the
most perfect position all I have to do to line it back in is to line up all
those four corner holes and everything should fall into place perfectly even if
the tarp gets a little stretched one way or another now that one corner bracket
on the tent had that extra piece sticking out so I made another
two-by-four it was the right length for this tarp and used my one spare corner
bracket that I had and that once it’s out front and those beams they can be
cut on site and then stored for years at a time
what I did with mine was I just lean him up against a tree in the last four years
in fact these two poles are from my parachute tepee shelter video that I did
a few years ago so they’ll give you an idea how long these will last if you
take care of them and prop them up against the trees so if you do have to
cut them at your hunting camp or some place where you go yearly you’re liable
to get three or four years worthy use out of them if you take care
of them when you leave camp so now since I know that the tarp is squared up to
all the corners and it’s going to stretch it it’s gonna flex a little bit
but it’s essentially in a real easy repeatable spot all I have to do is
match up each of those corner holes with the with the tarp and the tent and
everything will line up the way it’s supposed to so I can go ahead and draw
my circle where I’m going to cut it out and then I have to peel that tarp off
the top and take it off to the side and put the stove hole in it so now if you’re wondering why all the
effort to set up this tent in my yard it’s been set up multiple times into the
season and I have different lines for it I have different ways to set it up I
have one that’s just a big wide come along that I could run the tent up on
and then just guy it out and it doesn’t need a frame at all one of the other
options I can make a frame out of just timbers in the forest and all of that
comes with different different pickets and different ropes and all that kind of
stuff and by the end of the year everything just kind of gets thrown into
one bag so starting out the new year I usually set it up on the frame go
through all of my equipment do any repairs that need to get done my stove
needs to be painted again and in various other little things that have to be done
but I do that right here in the yard because I have my shop and I have quick
access to tools and once I get everything done then I can pack it down
into its portable mode and that’s how I’ll take it out most of the time but
that way I can see how much space it takes up it gives me time to organize it
according to what I like and what I think is usable and what I want to be
accessible to me and then I can build once I get all the repairs for
everything done I can build a tool kit based on what I expect might fail in the
future and the next thing I have to do is I do have to sell up that hole in the
back and there’s a couple of worn-out little tiny holes on the door that I’m
gonna go ahead and sew up as well but I have to get some canvas to repair it and
you think it’d be easy to come by but I don’t want to buy a hundred dollar
canvas tarp just to cut it up for patches so right now my wife is actually
out thrift store shopping and I told her to keep an eye out for an old pair of
light colored like Carhartt pants or Duluth pants or something something
along those lines that’s it’s real heavy duty canvas so that I can cut them up
and use them for repairs and I think she found a pair so we might get to that in
the next video but in this one I really wanted to get that stove Jack put up set
my stove up to make sure the holes and everything line up it’s a little too
late to do anything about it but you know kind of start over the course of
the next couple days just laying it out the way I want to and then I’ll
eliminate all the chat and I’ll set those into
little kits like I’ll have my gas stove in one kit and they don’t have my wood
stove in another and I’ll have my kitchen in another so I’ll decide what
components I want to bring with me depending on how I’m going so if I’m
going out and I’m gonna take the frame the frames gonna contain all the corner
brackets all the lines all the pickets everything I need for just the frame if
I decide I don’t want the frame I could leave that entire bag and I don’t have
to worry about it camp kitchen tables cots chairs everything is its own little
individual kit then I will grab whatever necessary kits go with the tent to make
it liveable it’s one thing to go out and experiment in the forest and do some
survival training and have a little bit of fun but suffering gets old
it really does well when you’ve done it enough and you slept out in the rain and
froze your feet off and when you do that stuff enough it just gets old so there’s
there’s a certain comfort in having something like this but if you really
want to go out and spend some serious time out in the woods weeks or two weeks
or three weeks or indefinitely then you have the equipment to go set up an
actual little homestead and and just enjoy being out in the woods for a while
this is what makes that possible and makes it comfortable so you can sleep
when it’s warm you can cook good food don’t get me wrong I like tent camping I
like survival camping I like a ninja camping I like all forms of outdoor
activities but there’s just a time when you just want to go back there kick it
enjoy the nature and not have to stress too much about anything and in that case
that’s when you bring a wall tent and you really lay it out like if my mission
is to go hunting I don’t want to have to mess around with trying to start but
campfire to cook my dinner I want to just fire up the stove and cook my
dinner and have a good dinner and have a few laughs having powers a real nice
thing to and you could run run a little string of Lights and charge your phone
and charge your camera batteries and do all those sort of things out in the
woods it makes it real comfortable to just kind of enjoy being there because
you’ll have to stress over any of the comforts and comforts you know they have
their place anybody that says they don’t like to be comfortable that they want to
suffer if you live in a house you’re a liar
unless you’re living in a lean-to and I know people that do that essentially
just bum around and live in the woods and that’s cool
but even they can appreciate comfort so I guess my next step is to set up the
stove line it up with the stove hole figure out how that’s going to do and
then I can go through and steak and guy out the rest of this tent well as you
can see the stove lines up to the hole perfectly that’s awesome I’m really glad
that I didn’t have to buy another tarp the beauty of this setup is if I decide
I don’t want to take the stove all I have to do is flip the tarp around to
the other side it puts the hole over there and then this hole is covered up
by the tarp no harm no foul so if I don’t want to bring it out in the
summertime I don’t have to bring it once again I want to thank you for sticking
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