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Guide to Caring for Your Ellis Canvas Tent


Light weight  medium weight either weight in the right bag makes our tent easily transportable but not human packable.


Durability  is dependent on reparability. and strength. too much strength increases with weight “unless tension design and infrastructure is built into the tent.

Water Repellant

Naturally water repellant is the  is the  reason why cotton is ” considered ” the canvas is treated for other feathers, but the breathable-water repellent property will never leave you wishing you should have taped your tent.


In the heat of the summer or the heated tent “comfort” of winter camping. The breathable (moisture transferring)  nature of canvas is the key  demand of quality time in the great outdoors. It will always be appreciated.


Retro.” These tents are perfect for the classic camping enthusiast. Period. You can get all “Dommy”, and I do sometimes, for special expeditions. but when camping demands a depth of dignity,  the stand up walk around  comfort is expected.

When first setting up your tent, think of it as a new motor, or, let’s say a baby, straight from its Mother’s womb.  It is the first time the fibers of your tent have seen weather since it was a  baby cotton ball, in a field in a far off land. It has been  plucked from its original habitat, shredded, spun, washed, woven, stretched, rolled, shipped, unrolled, shrunk sprayed and sewn. Now it’s out under the  sun again. in its new conformity. The rain will sprinkle that old familial life giving water onto it and it will readapt to its new form. Be kind and let do so in its own time. We have seen this before. That’s why we chose  cotton. It’s not my freakin’ idea.

What is a large foot print tent? Is a tent that cannot be erected next to another tent. Because of its guy lines. We make a large, medium, and small footprint tent. The Shack, Torrent, and truck tent are considered our large footprint tents. The Prairie is a medium footprint tent because it’s 2 guy lines, and a Range Tent is a small  because it has no guy lines. They can be set up side by side with no  space required in front or behind the tent.

But wait. the large foot print has its redeeming qualities. When the wind start blowing all tents need to be guyed down. In stormy conditions the guy lines give a tent performance that a dome tent couldn’t handle. Have you ever set up a tent in the wind? Our tents always get staked out first before a single pole is put into a tent. This is the way a tent has been set up for a long time. To first secure the tent and 2nd. raise it allows you to minimize any Colorado damage. Also a secure tent make for a happy camper. If you plan on leaving the tent unattended for any length of time our tents are the one. Go ahead tie the  guy line to a fence post and tighten it as much as you can.

Cleaning Your Canvas Tent

I like to pitch the tent on a lawn preferably on a slight slop with the door pointing downhill. Oh, with a hose nearby. hose it as much as you want inside and out fee free to use a  sponge but stay away from harmful detergents.  Except the floor, it can handle detergent. The bottom of the floor should be cleaned first before you set up the tent. Lay it bottom up with all the canvas tucked under. as soon as the detergent is hosed off, turn the tent over  and set it up.  And don’t forget the door zipper. The number one killer of a zipper is dirt. Clean it every time you clean the tent.  Don’t use lubricants on the zipper that may attract dirt. Spray silicon “maybe”.

Dry Storage

There’s a reason why I make a canvas storage bag. It breaths. Dont wrap the tent in plastic. Moth balls? I haven’t researched that, Mice? good luck.

There is a technique where you lasso the A-frame from front and back and tighten the ropes. But if it’s that kind of wind  you’re talking about I’d say  it’s too windy for a tent.

About Our Stoves

The preferable placement of a stove in any kind of tepee tent, is top center. It allows all 4 walls free to laying a sleeping bag on the floor. On a Prairie or Range Tent it does use up valuable standing room because there is no center pole. on a Shackleton there is a pole in the center of the tent but the stove sits nicely up next to the pole. I think the  front right corner location is for those who want a kitchen aria, or want the more open space for a cot or table. Whereas the center location is the safest stove location because there’s no tent to get over heated the front right, and center right have more potential to scorch the tent wall. So be mindful how hot you get your stove. the stove jack for these locations have been beefed up for this reason. They also have loops on the  stove jack itself. Please feel free to use them for any injunity concerning a reflective or heat resistant sheeting. The top center stove jack takes a lot less heat, for this reason alone I  like it. Also it is more secure in the wind and  you get heat off the long stove pipe that stays inside the tent. With all that said there are  3 tents that make sense to have a stove in the front right corner and they are the 12′ Prairie, 8 X 11, and the 11X14 Torrent. Why? Because the Torrent tents are rectangle and has room for a cooking area, and the 12′ Prairie because it is also so big and it’s nice not to intrude on the free space in the middle of the tent.   Here are some Kni-Co stove recommendations.

Stove Type and Placement?

8′ Range              Trekker                               right side middle

10′ range             Packer                                 right side middle/center

12′ Range            Alaskan JR.                        right side middle/center

8′ Prairie              Packer                                right side middle/ center

10′ Prairie            Alaskan JR.                       right side /middle

12′ Prairie            Alaskan                               front right corner/right side middle/ center

Truck Tent          Alaskan JR./ Alaskan       center/ right side

8 X 11 Torrent    Alaskan                                front right/ center

11X14 Torrent    Tundra                                 front right/ center

8′ shackelton      Alaskan JR./ Alaskan       center

11′ shakelton      Alaskan / Tundra               center

14′ shackelton    Tundra                                 center

Stove on a Vinyl Floor?

With a stove mat only. We make two stove mats using a  heat resistant cloth. Not only are you protecting the  cols from coming out of the stove but also the heat generated directly under the stove. You don’t have to buy my mat but do put something under your stove, like a sheet of plywood, tile, or even  a couple 2 x 10s.

This is a real thing. You will notice our interior loops are small. “There’s a reason for that. No hangers please. The design is to pass pera-cord through the loops and divert the  hanging weight onto several loops. Or hang your sunglasses on them. Let’s just say 5 Lbs is max for a single hang on an individual loop. Outside the tent, I like merging a rope on the webbing loop. This is an old outfitter trick that always made sense to me. sometimes you may have a time getting a stake out of the ground, and you have to go. cut the rope. don’t damage the loop.

The Floor Materials We Use

We have 2 solid materials and an additional woven material we use  for floors . We have 3 types of floor material. We chose 3 different materials for floors.

8.5 oz. PVC coated polyester, and 11 oz. laminated polyester vinyl

All sewn in floors on Prairie, and Range tents come with laminated polyester vinyl. The removable floor on the Prairie and Range Tent is offered in two products. laminated polyester vinyl, or Woven Texteleen Vinyl. All Shackleton, Torrent, and Truck Tents are PVC coated polyester.

The Aluminum Military Floor Stakes

Need a good heavy hammer or mallet. So get a  tool  you will be  proud of, a  2 to 6 pounder Ah? With that said the stakes will bend if driven into a rock, so don’t do that. An extra set of stakes is nice, may I suggest some steel log spikes you can perches at a hardware store. a common size is  3/8″ X 12″.  These stakes you pound into a rock. They cost only $.50 and you can straighten them. There also stronger, just in case of  very hard or frozen ground.

Description of Our Removable Floor

Most of our customers in the north and southwest are interested in is the  sod cloth version of  the removable floor design. The inter locking design is unique and is offered only in a textileen material. Be aware! Water and dirt  goes through this material. This is good and bad depending on the conditions. And what you are trying to accomplish. The answer  is a ground tarp. The ground tarp will be placed under the textileen floor. The interlocking feature of the floor allows the loops in the floor to be threaded through a grommet in the tent and staked down outside the tent. This  staples the floor on top of the  sod cloth. Keeps the tent square, and simplifies the tent set-up.

Flooring Needs for Winter Camping

A quick note on heating your tent. When heating a tent in the winter the ground will dry out. If you chose not to camp on the snow, digging out the snow is an option, as long as the snow is not too deep just clear out a tent spot pitch the tent on the ground and start heating up the tent, the ground will dry out.

Pros and Cons of the Removable Floor

A removable floor will make your tent more versatile. But less bug free.

Many times  a person wanting a removable floor is camping in the  fall and winter months, heating the tent with wood stove, and wants to enter the tent  with muddy shoes, wants to use cots and  a table, and just have a more durable living attitude inside the tent. When  taking down the tent the top can be stored in the tent bag without the dirty floor.  The textileen “woven vinyl” floor shakes off the dirt easily and gets folded up and stored in its own bag. This make carrying the tent lighter because it is in two bags.

A sewn in floor has its comforts but at a price.  The inside of the tent stays clean and bug free.  The dirty boots thing can be remedied using a drop cloth. Some customers even have a ground tarp made the size of the tent, for inside the tent. Now dirty bots are not a problem, just fold the  tarp up take it outside and shake it off. In any case you should always sweep out the tent before you take it down. It will keep the top clean. Setting up and taking down a tent with a sewn in floor levees out one step. and takes less time but makes the tent bundle weigh more.  A wood stove can be used in a sewn in floor tent but you must use caution.

Well that’s all I’ve got to say about tent floors.

The flat compression bag a specially designed bag that enables you to take out and put away the tent easily. In our opinion, there are two mandates that direct proper tent storage and portably. The package should be able to be tight and handle ability, and it has to come out and in to its bag easily. If you are a horse packer. there are other ways to pack a tent but that is a different verbiage.