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Ever since ‘Nomadic’ was born, we’ve been testing brands to find the best of the best for our customers.


And 6 years later, we can say with confidence that we have found them! All items on our website are from the brands that we’ve personally chosen with care because we know that they provide high-quality products every time.


Let us introduce you to our favorite brands…


CanvasCamp

Where it all began! These tents are what we used to develop our fleet of glamping rentals - which means that they have been well and truly tested with repetitive use through all four seasons. These tents are built to last! CanvasCamp quality means 100% Cotton, being the ONLY tent manufacturer to bear ‘The Seal of Cotton’. Cotton is a sustainable and renewable material, meaning that it’s good for the environment, and you’ll notice the difference compared to plastic-based tents!


Why do we choose CanvasCamp? Cotton provides the advantage of being breathable, allowing moisture particles to escape directly through the canvas. This prevents dampness and humidity from developing inside the tent, keeping it nice and dry inside. Cotton canvas still keeps rain out too though! Cotton fibers swell in the rain, preventing the droplets from passing through the canvas.


With CanvasCamp, you can be guaranteed quality products at affordable prices.


Whiteduck

Our newest affiliate! Boy, are we excited to have these tents on board.


Their canvas is made from ‘duck army’ - 100% cotton canvas which has a higher thread count than regular Canvas, making it extra heavy-duty while still being smooth to the touch. Think of it like sheets - you know you’re getting the good stuff when you splash out on a higher thread count!


These guys back their tents, to the extent that they offer a lifetime guarantee. We also like supporting these guys because they are a new brand on the market - but that hasn’t held them back from making 5,000% growth year on year since they started in 2017! We reckon it must be for a reason! We are proud to be behind them.


Winnerwell

Winnerwell is our go-to brand for all things hot tenting and camp cooking! Offering camping stoves (for inside and outside of the tent), flat-pack fire pits, and all the trimmings. Here in Taupo, winter camping can be a challenge… But not with these bad boys to keep you warm!


A hot Milo made without leaving the warmth of the tent? An ambient fire crackling away through the night? That’s a yes for ‘hot tenting’ from us! Thank you Winnerwell for making it possible.


Barebones

These guys have allowed us to expand our range of products to include all things camping - from lighting to cutlery, to cooking accessories and outdoor knives. These beautifully crafted products are designed to be desired. Stylish and functional, they make the perfect gift for any outdoor enthusiast!


In Barebones' own words, they help "connect people to food, nature, and the primal pull of the fire."


There you have it, our favorite brands. Keep an eye out for more coming soon!

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Hot tenting… Sounds interesting? No, it’s not about getting steamy in a tent with your festival fling, or lighting up with all the doors shut… Hot tenting is the latest craze when it comes to tent living and winter camping.


Hot tenting involves having heating inside the tent - usually in the form of a wood burner stove. Why should camping adventures be restricted to the warmer months?


How Does Hot Tenting Work?


The wood burner stove sits inside the tent, with a chimney pipe that leads outside the tent through the ceiling canvas. The heat resistant flashing kit is fixed into the canvas to ensure that the chimney flue can leave the tent safely, without heat escaping. Stock up the firebox with firewood and you’re good to go!

Canvas tents breathe easily compared to plastic or other Nylon tent materials, and don’t carry those same fire risks (*Note: Please use wood burner stoves responsibly!!*). This means that you are much less likely to have moisture building up inside the tent, and you stay both warm and dry inside.


When you’re ready to go home, the stove and chimney pipe can be packed back down to the size of the firebox for easy portability.


Why Try Hot Tenting?


No more need to store the tent away through the winter months - you can enjoy camping all year round!


Just think - A warm place for shelter, regardless of the temperature outside. You can do all of your cooking straight from the stovetop, without having to brave the elements. No more cooking in the cold or rain! Late night Milo’s made without leaving the comfort of the tent…


You can dry out any wet clothes and shoes next to the wood burner, and enjoy watching the logs burning on the fireplace at the end of the day... Talk about ambiance!


We’ve tried and tested this ourselves. The Nomadic hub is based in Taupo, NZ - known in the North Island for its near arctic temperatures and those southerly winds off Mt Ruapehu!! We get the occasional winter night of temperatures in the negatives.


The team here at Nomadic put the Winnerwell Medium Nomad Woodburner Stove in a Canvascamp patrol Pro tent to the test in the middle of winter this year. It was a fantastic experience, nestled in the native bush, able to cook and keep our tent warm. Temperatures outside in the car were coming up at -2 degrees, while inside a comfy 20 degrees.


Nomadic offers a range of wood burner stoves, flue pipes, and fixing kits, as well as many tents to go with.


Give hot tenting a go for yourself and send us through your cosy hot tenting pics!

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If you’ve just purchased a high-quality canvas tent from our website, you can be rest assured that you’ve made the right choice. These tents are built to last! We select only the highest quality fabrics that are guaranteed to be durable against the elements (and we would know - we’ve been around the block a few times to test these tents!).


But as with all tents, especially full cotton canvas, they do need just a little bit of care and nurturing… Consider this your comprehensive guide on all things tent-care!




What you need to know


1. First things first, the golden rule for ALL tents, is that you don’t want to store these bad boys away while they’re wet. If you’re packing it up because you’ve been rained out and it’s time to go home (we know the struggles!), no sweat. Just open it up again when you get home and lay it out to dry (the sooner the better). You want all of the tent - including the groundsheet, poles, pegs and guy lines - to be completely dry before you pack away for long-term storage.


While these fabrics are durable, they are 100% cotton, which is mold heaven. The fabric has been treated for water, mold and UV resistance, but natural fibers don’t contain the synthetic nasties that plastic tents do - so that means that you have to play your part to protect them!


2. Remove dirt and leaves from your tent before packing away. These can also promote mold growth, so give it a quick sweep or wipe, inside and out, before packing away. (Hint: This is much easier to do with a dry tent, while it’s pitched!)




3. Store your tent in a cool, dry place, ideally off the floor. If you’re storing it long-term in a garage or storage unit, you might want to consider putting it inside a plastic box or bin to prevent any mice or bug friends from making themselves at home.


4. Deal with any mold patches ASAP! If you find that patches of mold have slipped through the cracks of your care, these need to be dealt with immediately to prevent it from spreading. To get rid of the mold, you can use diluted vinegar (4 part water, 1 part vinegar) or an alternative canvas-specific cleaning product (WET&FORGET is an affordable option). Spray the vinegar solution onto the spot to first kill the mold, allow it to dry, and then scrub it gently with a solution of salt, lemon and hot water to clean.


5. Clean and retreat your tent from time to time. The CanvasCamp manufacturers recommend this as part of standard tent maintenance after 12-25 weeks of use.


Mild

To clean the whole tent, tent, lay it out flat, peg it down, and remove any loose dirt or leaves with a brush or vacuum cleaner. Hose down the tent and use a soft brush or sponge with your cleaning product to address any areas of dirt or mold growth. Once you’ve cleaned the hard-to-reach areas at the top of the tent, you may wish to pitch the tent to get to the sides of the tent more easily. Rinse as you go, then rinse again at the end. Never use a pressure washer, washing machine, bleach, all-purpose cleaners, laundry detergent, or dish soap.


Extreme

If your tent has succumbed to the power of nature, and you have a mold takeover, we suggest the following. Find a barrel or container that could fit the whole canvas fly. Make a Napisan soak, and leave overnight. Rinse the tent thoroughly, then pitch the fly only to dry. You should see major improvements, but if there are still some signs of mold, you can repeat this process.


You must retreat your tent after cleaning it - we recommend Dynaproof.








With the right care, these tents will serve you for years to come. A few extra measures taken while packing and storing your tent will pay off in the long term!



References:

https://www.canvascamp.com/en/blog/how-to-clean-mold-from-canvas-tents

https://www.canvascamp.com/en/blog/canvas-tent-maintenance


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