The Complete Guide to Installing a Tent Stove Jack
Wood burning tent stoves are a safe and efficient way to heat up a tent when camping in cold weather. Stove jacks, or flashings, are heat safe exit points that allow the flue pipe of a tent stove to extend through the roof or side wall of a tent. Smoke from the camp stove can safely escape through the flue pipe while the stove jack keeps heat inside your tent and rain and snow outside. Before you curl up and get cozy next to your tent stove, you will need to install a stove jack in your tent. This is how you do it…
Before You Start
Assemble all of your tools and materials. You will need a quality canvas tent, sharp knife, 2 adjustable wrenches, pencil, tent stove and flue pipe system, and a tent stove jack or flashing. Having a second pair of hands to help is useful but you can DIY if you need to! Brand new tent stoves should be seasoned before use by assembling it completely and letting it burn for several hours outside to remove off any oils or chemicals left over from the manufacture process. Seasoning is also called off-gassing and it can be stinky depending on the stove material.
Choose Your Stove Placement
Proper tent stove placement is dependent on your environment, your stove, and your desired temperature differential. Placing your stove closer to the center of the tent will maximize heat transfer by keeping a larger portion of the hot flue pipe inside the tent. Center placement is ideal for extremely cold temperatures, large tents, and small fireboxes. Tent stoves that are placed closer to the side wall of the tent will capture less heat but are easier to work around and refuel while keeping your tent clean.
Cut and Disassemble the Stove Jack
Make sure you use a modular stove jack like the Exit 1 so you can choose the perfect location for your stove and get a nice tight fit around your flue pipe. Tents with pre-installed stove jacks may sound convenient but they do not fit most stoves and do not allow you to customize your stove placement. Use a knife to cut the galvanized rubber flashing to fit snuggly around your flue pipe section. Next disassemble your stove jack completely - you will use the rings as a stencil in the next step.
Install the Stove Jack
From the outside of the tent line up the outer metal ring and stove jack with your bolt holes. Press the bolts through the holes in the canvas. Now from the inside of the tent add the second metal ring and screw the nuts onto the bolts. The canvas should be sandwiched tightly between the two rings. Use your wrenches to hold the bolt still while tightening the nuts. The seal between the two rings should be as tight as possible – this will keep rain and mold from leaking through the jack. For long term use you can use silicone, wax, or hot glue to add an extra layer of protection around the outside of the rings.