Best Canvas Wall Tents for in the Woods

What is the Best Canvas Wall Tent for Spending Time in the Woods?

The woods are a fun and exciting place to spend your time. But, whether you are planning to stay there for one night, a week, a month, or longer, then you are going to want to make sure you have the right kind of gear to keep you safe and comfortable. In this article, we will talk about the different trials, if you will, that your tent will need to withstand as well as a few different suggestions for different types of tents we think would serve you well in the woods.

Struggles to consider when living in the woods

The woods can be a dangerous place, and we are not just talking about the wild animals you may encounter. No, in fact, the most dangerous part of spending time out in the woods would have to be the weather. It doesn’t matter what environment the forest you choose to stay in is like, exposure can be a devastating side effect which is why you need to have proper shelter. Here are a few of the common environmental dangers you might encounter on your next outing into the woods.


While the wind may not seem to terrible, if it gets excessive it can cause dust storms, dangerous flying debris, and so much more. Not to mention, the wind can also lower the temperature of an area significantly and cause your skin to be chapped and burned if it gets too intense.


If there is one thing that you can always count on in the woods, it is that there will always be rain at the worst possible times. Rain is a constant factor that every camper needs to be aware of. If you are caught out the rain it can ruin your gear and possibly even give you hypothermia. In situations where you do have some sort of shelter, the rain will, at the very least, make your experience in the woods a lot harder to enjoy.

Hot days

Another thing you have to worry about when you’re in the woods is it getting too hot. Even in areas that can get freezing cold, there can still be hot days. On a hot day, as many of you can imagine, you can get heat stroke, bad sunburns, and so many other terrible ailments. So, heat is definitely something you will need to prepare for.

Cold nights

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the cold nights that you may experience spending some time in the woods. It seems like, no matter what time of year you decide to venture into the great outdoors, the nights tend to be a lot cooler than expected. So, cold nights are definitely something you need to prepare for. Like with the rain, cold nights can lead to hypothermia, but can also result in frostbite, extreme discomfort, and in some extreme situations, even death.

What a tent needs to overcome these challenges

With all of the dangers that you can face during a night in the woods, the best thing you can do to prepare is to buy a tent that will protect you from all of those dangers. While there are many tents out there that have lots of different features, here is a quick list of the features you should be on the lookout for when you go to buy. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but rather it is simply a list of the most common things you will need.

Strong frames

The first thing you need to look for in a canvas tent is a strong frame. A strong frame is necessary for survival because it will help to defend you from strong wind, heavy snow, and rain, and will offer you support for a long period of time. Without a strong frame, the tent may collapse under the weight of any snow, or fall over under the strain of even the gentlest windstorms.

Waterproof canvas

The next most important thing for you to look for when it comes to a canvas wall tent is how waterproof the canvas is. Standard cotton canvas needs special, expensive treatment to made to be waterproof. This treatment is an absolute must. Our unique blend does not require such treatment. Traditional cotton canvas without treatment will absorb the moisture and make things pretty hard for you. So, make sure that the tent you buy either has treated canvas or is made of polyester or some other synthetic material.


The next thing to look for is ventilation. Ventilation is very important when you are in an environment that is either hot or humid (or both) ventilation will allow you to get air flow through the tent, making it more bearable. Ventilation methods need to be built into your tent, but they can’t just simply be a window, they need to have some sort of screen to block bugs or other pests from getting inside.

Stove Jacks

Now, it is time to look at stove jacks. Stove jacks will allow you to put a wood burning stove inside your tent. This means that you will be able to keep the tent warm when it is cold outside and possibly even cook inside as well. Stove jacks come in many sizes, so be sure to check and make sure that the tent you buy has a jack that will fit your existing stove’s pipe (if you have one).

The following are a few canvas wall tents that meet the criteria we listed above:

Montana Canvas

Montana canvas makes some of the best tents you can buy. They are beautiful, reliable, and roomy. And, not to mention, they meet all the criteria above.

Selkirk Spike Tents

Selkirk Spike Tents are a bit on the expensive side, but they too will provide you with the protection and privacy that you want when you are spending time out in the woods.

Elk Mountain Tents

Elk Mountain Tents, our brand here at, are affordable tents built with a unique canvas that is stronger than traditional cotton canvas. Our tents also come with all the bells and whistles you would want out of a canvas tent.

If you want to learn more about spending time in the woods with a canvas tent, or about canvas tents in general, be sure to give us a call, shoot us an email, or check out some of our other blogs today! We are always happy to help you!




Who Buys a Canvas Wall Tent?

Who Buys a Canvas Wall Tent?

Wall tents are pretty unique when it comes to gear you take out into the great outdoors. They are larger and more durable than most tents and they are typically water proof as well, not to mention they have a host of great features that sets them apart from other tents. Now, these differences make the canvas tent very valuable for some people who do lots of different things when they travel out into the wilderness; but that begs the question then: who buys canvas wall tents and why do they buy them? Well, that is what we want to discuss today, the different uses of wall tents and how they are used.

Those who go Camping

As you can probably tell, one of the most expected of uses would have to be for camping. Camping is a nationally, maybe even globally loved pastime, one that not only captures hearts but wallets too. Camping can be pretty expensive depending on where you go and what your needs are. However, one of the universal needs is a tent to sleep in. While there are types of camping that don’t require a tent, like when one sleeps ‘under the stars’, most forms of camping do require a tent. When it comes to tents though, most people buy a dome tent from their local supercenter and call it good. Now, this approach might be less expensive and more simple, but it will limit you in many ways when it comes to camping. You really need to get a canvas camping tent, commonly known as a wall tent, if you want to have all the room and safety you may need on a camping trip. This is thanks to the sturdy construction and waterproof nature of the materials the tents are made of and the fact that they are tents with stoves as well.

Those who go Fishing

While a simple fishing trip to the nearby river probably doesn’t need a canvas wall tent, any sort of overnight trip to go fishing will require a tent of some kind. Wall tents are specifically useful for fishermen and women because their added height means that poles and rods can be stored overnight without deconstructing them. However, the real benefit of having a canvas tent when it comes to fishing trips is when you go ice fishing. A canvas wall tent is a great shelter for an ice fishing excursion as it will do a wonderful job keeping you and your crew warm out on the lake.

Those who go Hunting

Like fishing, hunting is another time when a canvas wall tent can come in quite handy. There is a lot of gear that goes into hunting—a lot of gear—and this gear can get pretty expensive. When you go hunting, it is best to have a tent large enough for both you and all of your gear because, if it isn’t big enough, your gear is going to have to be stored in the car, in a separate tent, or left out inside to the mercy of the elements. All of which are undesirable for several reasons. The extended amount of room you get in a wall tent allows you to keep all of your gear with you so that it won’t get damaged or stolen.

 Those who go on Expeditions

Whether it is a scout outing or a search and rescue party, using your canvas wall tent as a home base of operations will prove to be very useful. Much like war chiefs and generals will set up tents as portable structures near the field of battle, a wall tent can be put up in minutes as a temporary shelter for commanding from. You’ll find that these wall tents are the perfect item for any sort of expedition and you won’t want to be without one when the time comes.

Those who need Space for Events

Wall tents are great for events for many reasons. Much like in our previous section, the canvas tent allows you to have portable shelter for events that would otherwise be left out in cold (or the heat for that matter). For example, you could use a wall tent as a mini store at a street fair or carnival, or you could use it as a water station at a concert. The possibilities are endless. The reason they are so great for events is that they are portable. Most events are only in one place for a short period of time, not permanently, there is no use to build a structure. But, with a canvas wall tent, they can have the protection they need without having to worry about building anything.

Those who need Temporary Housing

Then, of course, there is temporary housing. If someone’s house needs to be fumigated, or there is a natural disaster that displaces hundreds to thousands of people, a canvas tent will definitely come in handy. As we have mentioned before, wall tents are roomy, durable, and portable making them the perfect back-up for someone in a situation where they may not have a home. Not to mention, they offer those that live in them the privacy that a normal tent wouldn’t give them.

An Excellent choice for Anyone

All things considered, there are probably more uses for a canvas wall tent than we can list here. This means that the answer to the question “who buys canvas wall tents?” can really be anyone! Just about anyone can find a use for a wall tent, making them one of the most useful pieces of gear you can buy. So, be sure to buy your own wall tent, like the polyester ones we sell here at Elk Mountain Tents! A purchase which will be one of the best you ever make If you plan to spend any extended period of time outside. So, be sure to check out our wide selection of tents, they come in several sizes, and have many different features for you to utilize. If you want to know more about canvas tents be sure to check out our other blogs or give us a call today!

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Wall Tent

At some point or another, you have no doubt seen someone who has brought a wall tent to a camping trip, an exhibition, or some other outing. When you saw it, you probably noted how large it was and how useful it could be. However, many of you have also probably thought, ‘why buy a wall tent?’, which is a perfectly understandable question given that not as many people use wall tents as they do dome tents. Today we are going to take a moment to explain a little bit about why these tents are so popular among many outdoorsmen and women and give you the top 5 reasons to buy a wall tent.


If you have ever spent any extended period of time outdoors then you will know that comfort is of utmost importance. Now, for some, comfort just means having a sleeping pad and a roof over their heads, but they are missing out if they stop there. There are a lot of things that go into being comfortable when camping, and the first thing on most people’s lists is vertical space.

Now, as you can probably imagine, a dome tent, while it is inexpensive and convenient, is not very comfortable when it comes to vertical space— a problem that a wall tent like ours at Elk Mountain takes care of with ease. Since wall tents are built with… well walls, they are taller than a typical dome tent. This means that when you are trying to change your clothes, or just move around for that matter, you aren’t going to be hunched over the whole time— rather, you are going to have all the head room you need. However, floorspace is important as well. With a normal dome tent you are limited to anywhere between 15 square feet to 25 or 30 square feet at most. However, with a wall tent, you can get over 150 square feet of space easily.

Another comfort factor that you have to consider is that you can put a wood burning stove inside a wall tent which will keep you warmer than any tent by itself could. So, if you are planning on winter camping, a wall tent is going to be the most comfortable and convenient way to do it.

Lastly, there is the fact that our wall tents have several windows you can open and close to ventilate the whole structure. This makes it easy to manipulate the temperature and freshen up the air inside of your tent.


Protection is another very important part of enjoying yourself out in the great outdoors and wall tents do a great job of that. Whether you are being peppered with hail or drizzled on by rain, the thick walls of a wall tent will give you much more protection than a dome tent from a department store. While most wall tents will do a pretty good job of keeping you protected from the elements, we strongly recommend you invest in a wall tent like the ones we sell here at Elk Mountain. Our canvas tents are naturally waterproof so no matter how much it rains, you are going to stay dry. Not to mention, the canvas will hold up better to hail since it is tear resistant.


One great perk of having a wall tent is its many uses. You see, what a lot of people don’t realize is that a wall tent is not limited to being used in the woods. In fact, it has a plethora of uses that can prove valuable in your everyday life. For instance, you could use your wall tent for a booth at a fair or convention, as the headquarters for an event, as a storage area in your backyard, or even a hobby area—the possibilities are endless. This versatility is not available to those who buy simple dome tents. When you buy a dome tent you are limited to using it for camping and that is about it.

So, if you have a scout trip or a yard sale coming up, you will definitely find a wall tent to be useful.


Like we mentioned earlier, our wall tents are made out of a unique polyester canvas which boast a higher break and tear strength than traditional cotton canvas. However, the strength of these tents does not come only from the fabric of its walls, it also comes from its frame. You see, when someone buys a typical dome tent, the poles that they use to set it up are thin and flimsy. However, the poles that you use to set up a wall tent are typically made out of metal conduit making them tons stronger. This means that, in a wall tent, if the wind picks up or if you get a lot of snow dropped on you, you won’t have to worry about a thing.


The convenience of a wall tent is also something to note when you talk about their benefits. Wall tents are convenient because they give you the most protection out of any other outdoor shelter (after a house or cabin) while still being transportable. Just like with other tents, you can bring your wall tent pretty much anywhere since it is lightweight and collapses down to a manageable size. Not to mention they can be set up pretty easily. Even by one person in some cases.

Now, obviously there are plenty more reasons why you should buy a wall tent; for a lot of people though, these 5 tend to be at the top of their lists. However, to really understand how awesome it is to use a wall tent like the ones we sell here at Elk Mountain, then you need to try one out for yourself. Our tents come in various sizes at many affordable prices. If you have any questions, or just want to learn more, about our tents, be sure to check out our other blogs, the tent features lists, or give us a call/ shoot us an email today!

How Well Do Elk Mountain Tents Work as 4 Season Tents?

There are few things as cathartic as spending time in the great outdoors. Americans everywhere venture out almost every weekend of the year, no matter the conditions, just to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of this great earth. However, to really enjoy the great outdoors, you need to make sure you have a good quality tent with you. Now, if you plan on only going camping or hunting in the summer, or the winter, then you can probably get away with buying a single season tent, but, if you want to have the option to go camping whenever, regardless of the season, then you should look into buying a 4 season tent. A 4 season tent will give you the versatility you need to go camping any time of the year. Whether you are hunting in the cold mountains of Montana or spending a week in the summer by a refreshing lake, a 4 season tent will be all you need. The real question of the day though is how well will a canvas tent by Elk Mountain Tents work in all 4 seasons? Today we’ll talk about what you are going to want out of your 4 season tent and then we’ll examine how Elk Mountain Tents stack up to these expectations.

4 season tents need to be:


Durability is the most important thing you need to look for in a tent. If you buy a tent, you want it to be able to take a beating. Spending time in the great outdoors, whether it is in the summer, winter, fall, or spring, can be a bit abusive on your gear. So, you want to make sure that the tent you spend your money on has the durability to endure the situations you put it through.


Even if the activities you are putting your tent through are not that harsh, there is still the issue of longevity when it comes to buying a tent. You want to make sure that your tent can last for years, even if it is only used lightly or on rare occasions. There are some tents that can’t be stored for too long without succumbing to rot or mildew.


We all know that mother nature can bring rain down just about any time, so it is important to make sure the 4 season tent you buy is waterproof. Keeping yourself and your gear dry can be the difference between a great weekend in the woods and the worst weekend of your life. So, whether you are going to get snowed on, hailed on, or just rained on, then you are going to want to find a waterproof 4 season tent.


Another important thing to look for in a tent is how comfort it is to be in. Being comfortable on a camping or hunting trip is integral to having a good time. The question now though is: what does a tent need to be comfortable? The first thing a tent needs to have is enough room. You have to have enough room to move around and comfortably sleep (this also includes enough room to stand up straight). The second thing that a tent needs to be comfortable is warmth. If a tent is not warm then it will not only be uncomfortable but could also be dangerous for those sleeping inside of it.

Elk Mountain Tents’ canvas wall tent features

Non-cotton Canvas

One reason why Elk Mountain Tents are a great candidate for 4 season tents is the fact that they are made out of polyester instead of cotton or a cotton-polyester blend. This makes them 100% waterproof and makes them resistant to mold and mildew. The polyester they are made of also makes it so they won’t shrink like cotton tents. Many companies make their canvas tents out of cotton or cotton-polyester blends which can shrink over time if they are not dried properly. This is not a problem with a polyester tent though.

Another benefit to our unique canvas is its strength. Our canvas boasts a higher break and tear strength compared to traditional cotton canvas. It can also last for a very long time in storage and still function just like it did the day you put it away.

Stove Jack

To keep you warm in your tent, the best thing to look for is a tent with a stove jack. Elk Mountain Tents are made with stove jacks which are designed to vent the smoke from wood burning stoves. This way you can keep your tent warm during even the most bitter of cold nights.


Then, of course, there are windows. Now, this may not seem like a huge perk at first, but windows are important during the summer months because they allow you to cool down the tent without exposing yourself to mosquitoes and other bugs.

The Verdict: how well do Elk Mountain Tents work as 4 season tents?

While there are many tents on the market today, we believe that a canvas tent by Elk Mountain Tents is the best 4 season tent you can buy. They are lighter, more durable, and naturally waterproof – not to mention they are affordable. The tents we sell here are great and can easily go toe-to-toe against tents from any other tent shop on the web. If you have any questions or want to place an order, be sure to give us a call or shoot us an email at any time.

Canvas Tent Living: Is living in a Wall Tent Possible?

Living in a tent, whether you are living in a canvas wall tent or any other sort of tent, can be a major change of pace for some people. However, it brings with it a lot of benefits and lifestyle changes that attract more and more people to it every year. But is it even possible to live in a wall tent? What are the benefits and downsides of canvas tent living and what makes a good tent in the first place? In this article, we are going to cover these questions and more, so if you have ever wanted to live in a canvas tent, then you are in the right place. However, before we begin, it is best that we tell you that there are some legal issues that one must maneuver if you want to live in a tent. So, be sure to take the time to properly research the topic in the area where you live before venturing to live in a wall tent.

Why live in a wall tent?

There are many reasons why people like to live in tents. We’ve listed here a few of the more popular reasons for living in a wall tent, but you may find some different ones if you try it yourself.

Reason #1 for canvas tent living: portability

For some people, the biggest problem with normal homes is that they are stuck in one place and can’t be moved :). Well, with a tent, you don’t have to worry about that. Canvas tent living means that you can pack up your shelter and move it to a new location with ease. So, if you find that you don’t like the location where you live you can put your roots down somewhere else without much trouble at all.

Reason #2 for canvas tent living: the great outdoors

Another reason that a lot of people decide to live in a wall tent is that they want to be close to the great outdoors. Whether you are living in the city or in the woods, you are so much closer to nature and surrounded by its beauty every hour of the day.

Reason #3 for canvas tent living: cost

While you sacrifice a lot when you start living in a tent instead of a home, it does end up being a lot less expensive in the end. There is no cost for electricity, nor are there taxes involved with living in a tent. While the exact savings is not clear, it is perceivable that costs of living in a tent are much less than those of living in a home. However, that is yet to be seen.

Why to not live in a wall tent?

Now, as with everything, there are reasons why many people don’t like to live in a canvas tent. Again, we have listed a few of the reasons that people list against canvas tent living.

Reason #1 against canvas tent living: sanitation

Now, we are not saying that living in a tent is naturally unsanitary, we are merely explaining that there is a natural lack of modern sanitation devices. For instance, plumbing and waste removal. While there are public facilities where one can take care of this, it can become very inconvenient for the tent dweller.

Then there is the fact of there being no showers in a tent. Again, there are public showers, especially near places like campgrounds and beaches, but those may or may not always be accessible when one may need it. However, there is also the possibility of bathing in a river or other body of water. This is probably more doable for those who are out in the woods when living in their tents; however, heavy winters may make it near impossible to do.

Reason #2 against canvas tent living: warmth

If one plans to live in a canvas tent during the colder months of the year, they need to find some way to stay warm. In a traditional home, there are at the very least, thick insulated walls and a solid roof between residents and the elements, something that the tent dweller does not have the luxury of. Granted, there are plenty of ways that a tent dweller can keep warm. Many canvas tents have holes built in their roofs that are made for the stove pipes of a wood burning stove. This allows them to keep warm with a fire while staying inside the canvas walls of their tent. This can be problematic though for those who don’t live near burnable wood. However, with some careful planning, wood can be gathered before the cold months come.

Is it possible to live in a wall tent?

So, now the question is, ‘is it actually possible to live in a canvas tent?’ and the answer is yes… mostly. See, it is completely possible to live in a canvas wall tent, just as our ancestors did it for centuries. However, the problem comes when you start looking for a place to live. As we mentioned earlier, there may be laws or regulations restricting you from staying in one spot for long periods of time. Most camping areas and BLM land will put limits on how long one can stay in a certain camping spot, which would require a tent dweller to move every few days or weeks.

Not to mention, there are many cities that prohibit camping within city limits (unless in a designated area). However, if one really wanted to live in a tent without leaving the city, they could potentially buy land and set up their tent there. This would need to be a plot of land that has access to clean water though. Without it, a tent dweller would need to make sure they had free access to public water and waste disposal systems.

Now, if you are one of those that are ready and willing to spend some good quality time in a tent, then the next question would be, ‘what kind of tent should I buy?’. We here at Elk Mountain Tents would suggest that you invest in one of ours because they have a stronger rip and tear strength, are naturally water proof, and will last. For more information about our canvas tents, check out the links above or give us a call today!