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!