Are Bell Tents Warmer than Normal Tents?
Hey there, fellow adventurers! If you're in the market for a new tent, you've probably come across the debate of Bell Tents versus regular tents, particularly when it comes to warmth. So, let’s put this question to bed: Are Bell Tents actually warmer than normal tents? Let's find out!
Materials and Insulation
First things first, we need to talk about what these tents are made of. Bell Tents are traditionally made from canvas - a thick, durable material known for its excellent insulation properties. This means it can keep the interior nice and cosy during those chilly nights. On the other hand, most regular tents are made from thinner, synthetic materials, which might not offer the same level of insulation. Bell Tents also have a thick PVC groundsheet (starting from 540gsm) that helps insulate the tent from the cold ground.
Adding Extra Warmth to your Bell Tent
You can also add some extra warmth to your Bell Tent; there are several ways to do this! Adding an Inner tent is a great way to add some extra insulation to your sleeping area, as well as some extra privacy. Flooring, such as Coir matting or rugs, is also a super-efficient way to insulate your Bell Tent. Tea Light Chandeliers give out a surprising amount of heat -- we've tested a double-layer chandelier in a 4m Bell Tent and found that the temperature went up by 5C within an hour. Another benefit of the Bell Tent’s canvas, as opposed to a nylon tent, is that you can fit a wood-burning stove in to get properly warm and cosy!
So, to answer the big question...
Yes, Bell Tents can indeed be warmer than regular tents, thanks to the materials used, their unique design, and ability to add extras like a wood-burning stove. Of course, the actual temperature will depend on other factors like the weather conditions and your camping gear. But for a cosy camping experience, a Bell Tent can be a great investment. Just remember, always prioritise safety and pack appropriate gear for the expected weather conditions.