The space a bell tent provides means you can incorporate
You may find bell tents are bigger and heavier to carry than a regular polyester tent, 5 meter tents weigh around 32kg.
Something to consider if you'll be carrying your tent to your pitch, this is especially true if the rent is wet during take down.
|GUY ROPES AND TENSIONERS
Guy Ropes come in two varieties- man made fibre or traditional sisal rope. On wet pack ups sisal can stay damp for longer and create mould if packed away damp. However, as sisal guys and ash sliders do look nice , you could opt for the best worlds by opting for a set of each.
Tent pegs come inmany variety's and can be the subject of many debates. What pegs are suitable can depend on the condisitions at the time. Whilst some people will prefer the tradiiotnal ash wood tent peg others may choose to upgrade to delta pegs when the wind gets up. Most typically with new bell tents you'll get a set of 'rock pegs' for the guide ropes and another set of pegs for the groundsheet. Ribbed pegs offer a better grip for the ground sheet and whilst some suppliers recommend hooking the zip apron onto the groundsheet pegs others will supply a second set of pegs specifically for pegging down the apron around the groundsheet.
It's well worth paying attention to the zips by trying to choose a bell tent with good quality, heavy duty zips, cheaper tents can have poor quality zips which can snap on the first use. Some bell tents have front doors that are tied or laced shut instead of zipped, whilst laced up doors can create an authentic look for your tent , practicality, these can be a bit frustrating, particularly when trying to shut the doors in wind and rain.
Some bell tents do not have fly sheets covering the air vents or doors, annoying if midges are around, so our advice is to simply chose a bell tent that does.
CHOOSING YOUR COLOUR
Whilst traditional bell tents are biege or cream coloured in 100% cotton canvas, you can now also find colourful and patterned alternatives if you fancy something a little brighter
PIMPING OUT YOUR BELL TENT
Once you've decided on the right size, groundsheet and colour of your tent it's time to think about how you want it to look and feel inside. The whole idea of glamping is to bring glamour and comfort to camping and the bell tent is the perfect place to do this.
It doesn't matter whether you're using your bell tent for weekned breaks , summer holidays, parties, festivals or weddings, you can get a whole host of essential accessories (and some less essential, but nice) to create the perfect atmosphere.
If you're planning on embarking on all-season campin or just don't like the idea of feeling the chill on a cool evening, then investing in some decent heating for you bell tent will do wonders.
A very effective way to do this is with a wood burning stove and custom built chimney flue, so you can have the warmth and grow of a real fire, and with some models the ability to cook indoors too. If you do opt for a wood burning heating system, be sure that the tent you're buying is properly equipped to house the chimney flue for complete fire safety.
For this you'll need an outlet in the tent for the flue pipe to extract the smoke. These are not always standard and for most tents they will require either a flashing kit of a stove flue flap or both fitting. Some suppliers will offer a retro fit service to put these in.
Other heating alternatives include electric fan heaters or electric oil filled radiators, but rememebr you'll need to be close to an EHU to use it and have special EHU plug fittings for appliances and in some cases be limited to 5 amps of electricity, so be sure to check the campsite has EHU's and your appliances are compatible before you go.
You can also keep the heat in through extra insulation , this can be done through floor mats and rugs that sit on top of the ground sheet and will help to keep the cold from rising up. Also, investing in tent inners will give additional insulation during colder periods, as well as allowing you to create separate quarters inside.
BEDDING AND FURNISHINGS
With the extra space in larger bell tents, you'll have plenty of room
to play with in terms of bedding , furnishings and decor, so why not make it a truly glamorous camping experience with a decent bed to sleep in and places to relax.
Do away with foam mats and get creative with airbeds, cushions or even a sturdy camping bed, smothered in sumptuous throws and pillows for a guaranteed good night's sleep.
Also don't forget to include some money in your budget for furniture and decorations too, as these will only go towards enhancing the feel and functionality of your bell tent and make it a wonderful place to spend time on your own, as a family or with friends. The size and amount of but there should be room for tables, chairs, cushions, as well as lanterns, bunting and so much more.
Buying a bell tent, isn't simply about buying a big tent. You'll soon find you're creating a whole lifestyle. Those who own bell tents and the freedom that these beautiful tents have to offer. The key to successfully buying a bell tent is about recognising your needs to make sure you get the most out of owning one now and for the future.