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I am going to start buying camping gear. I'll be camping in the summer months with my wife and three kids and my friend and I will also be using the same things in the fall and early winter for hunting. In the later part of hunting season in Central and Northern New York State it can be anywhere from 60 degrees and sunny to 10 degrees a foot and a half of snow. I don't have much experience buying camping gear. So I'll take all the opinions I can get !!!

I really like this Cabeles Deluxe Alaknak II 12'x12' Tent I'll also get the floor liner and roof protector and maybe the Vestibule, but that will be down the road. I was thinking about the Cabeles Cylinder Stove, I think i would be better off with the larger "Outfitter Stove". My way of thinking is I'd be better off having a larger stove then I need. I would hate to go with the smaller stove and end up needing the larger stove.
 

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be careful with stoves in a tent. Firehazard is one thing but don't forget about the silent killer carbon monoxide.
 

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victorcharlie said:
be careful with stoves in a tent. Firehazard is one thing but don't forget about the silent killer carbon monoxide.
Good point. I'll have to get a carbon monoxide detector, they don't cost that much. Thanks!
 

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As an Eagle Scout, Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, and wood badge trained scout leader, I've done a lot of tent camping over the years. My son is grown and gone now, I've been out of it for a while and I'm not familiar with the latest fabrics etc, but, I think, the most important thing about comfort is to get off the ground if at all possible. I would recommend a good cot.

One of the problems with tents, is a tent sweats, or tend to collect moisture, especially on a cold night, with warm breath and the flaps down. Moisture will collect in the low points, i.e usually on the ground and where you will likely wind up when you toss and turn when sleeping in a large tent on the ground. The ground cloth and "fly" is a great idea and will help quite a bit with moisture. If your off the ground you will stay much drier and much more comfortable. Remember the scene on Jerimiha Johnson where they bury hot coals and sleep on them? You will stay much warmer off the ground.

I've gotten old and soft, and usually take a kerosene heater with me, when I go, but I leave the flaps open in my 12 X 12 dome tent. In areas that have electric hook ups, an electric heater is a better choice as you don't have to worry about the Carbon Monoxide.

For backpacking, the smaller the tent the better, light weight, and body heat keeps a smaller tent warmer.

I love to camp and have camped all my life. My wife isn't as keen on it as she used to be, and her idea of roughing it is a holiday inn without carpet on the floor!
 

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I'm definitely going to use cots, especially in the colder weather. I'm not to worried about using the wood stove. I will get a carbon monoxide detector though. Thanks! :D
 
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