Our Life inTents rugged canvas tents are built to last. From the hefty 11.5 oz. canvas to the fully enclosed floor. Our fire retardant and waterproof canvas tents are spacious and easy to set-up and transport. Both our Stella stargazer model or the Fernweh are tall canvas walled tents. All include a built-in stove jack, poles, pegs, and guy line ropes to head out on your camping adventure. The best canvas tents for glamping, hunting, road trips or your backyard.
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HEFTY 11.5 oz. CANVAS | RAINPROOF | WOODSTOVE COMPATIBLE | STRUCTURALWALL POLES | FIRE RETARDANT
We didn't cut any corners while creating our LiT canvas tents. Our thick cotton canvas weighs in at a 11.5 ounces per square yard (390 gsm). This makes our canvas tents more durable and insulated than any other canvas tent on the market.
Our canvas is also treated to be waterproof, mildew resistant and fire retardant. You'll also notice that our bell tents even come with a unique outer wall post system that helps to maintain the form and function of our tall walls.
In addition to the quality canvas, each tent comes with durable hardware. All of the poles are made of galvanized steel, the guy line ropes are thick and reflective, our ground stakes are sharp and strong and all of the zippers are sourced from SBS.
Canvas Tent Advantages
100% Cotton canvas tents are breathable - meaning that they won't get as stuffy as nylon tent or a polycotton tent. The cotton fabric is tightly woven, but the fibers allow moisture from sweat, humidity and cooking to escape so your tent won't turn into a sauna.
Canvas tents are tougher. Canvas has a higher breaking point and is harder to rip. These tents also will perform much better in strong winds.
Canvas tents can be easily repaired with needle and thread, giving them a longer lifespan.
A canvas tent provides better insulationto help keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
You can put a stove in a canvas tent to keep you warm - assuming the canvas is fire retardant. Canvas also makes for installing a stove jack more possible.
CANVAS Tent Size Comparison
16 Foot (5 Meter)
19 Foot (6 Meter)
16 feet 4"
19 feet 4"
Diameter (with ropes)
9 feet 8"
11 feet 4.5"
5 feet 6"
5 feet 10"
Canvas Wall Tent vs. Canvas Bell Tent
The biggest visible difference between a wall tent and a bell tent is the shape. A wall tent looks more like a rectangle and a bell tent looks more like a circular cone. The reason for this is their individual canvas tent support systems.
The frame of a wall tent is supports by many steel poles that support and create the wall and the rafters. A bell tents simple structure is supported with a single center pole and a single A-frame door pole (along with guy line ropes). Both types of canvas tents are portable, but a wall tent is a couple hundred pounds heavier with all the added poles (also making it take more time to erect).
A wall tent does win when it comes to overall head room inside of a canvas tent. The center of a bell tent is going to be much higher though, but the nature of the design creates less head room along the walls for standing (which is why beds and furniture are usually positioned along the sides of a bell canvas tent).
CANVAS Tent FAQs:
Are the canvas tents easy to set-up?
Due to their simple design of 2 poles and multiple pegs, a 16' or smaller canvas bell tent can be set-up by in under 20 minutes - the second time. Check out the article on our resource page that illustrates this process.
How do you heat a canvas bell tent?
Our tents are fire retardant to add peace of mind when heating up our canvas tents. These canvas tents include a ceiling stove jack to help easily install a wood burning stove. Propane or radiant heaters are also other good options. Remember to use a fireproof mat and monitor the CO2 levels.
How well do these canvas tents perform in the wind?
These canvas tents can withstand gusts of 50 mph, thanks to their unique shape and structural supports. Just make sure that the guy lines, poles and tent stakes are all properly in place.
How do you clean these canvas tents?
1st try to dry-scrub the stain with brush. Next you can try mild soap. Our go-to product for this is using Iosso Stain Remover to clean tough stains on a canvas tent. After cleaning, you may need to applycanvas treatment to add back a protective barrier to your tent.
How long will a canvas bell tents last in the wild?
A canvas tent that is set-up for a several weekend uses a year can easily last 15-20 years (if you take give your tent great care). The life of canvas tents that are kept up for 3+ months at in a row per year will significantly differ. Humidity, canvas tent location & maintenance all will factor in. To give your canvas tent the longest lifespan for long-term use we suggest a fly cover and setting up your tent on a platform or a bed of crushed rock.
How do your canvas tents perform in the snow?
The canvas bell tents can be used throughout the year. Our canvas is waterproof and durable. Using a bell tent in snow requires extra care. Just a couple of inches of heavy snow on the tent can add 2000 lbs. of weight to the center pole - causing excess stress. Keeping a heater in the tent during snowfall will help snow to melt. Brushing off the snow also helps. If the tent is not monitored when it snows, it could cause the center pole to bend - or worse.
Do you have used canvas tents for sale?
Sometimes we do, just ask! You can find our inventory of used and clearance tents in our shop. Feel free to ask us for more details anytime.
Do you sell canvas Wall Tents?
We currently do not sell wall tents. The canvas tents we carry are bell tents and smaller a-frame tents.
Are canvas tents good in the rain?
Canvas tents are beautiful, comfortable, and durable even in tough weather conditions. However, without proper treatment, canvas material is not 100% waterproof — many find this out the hard way once the water has already damaged their tent, which can be a costly and unpleasant discovery. You tents are certainly waterproof!
Do you need a rain fly for a canvas tent?
If your canvas tent is treated to be waterproof, then you do not technically need a rain fly. However a rain fly is always recommended to reduce canvas maintenance and extend the life of your camping tent. The fly cover will preven sap, bird dropping, leaves, and catepilliars from coming in contact with the canvas. Plus the fly will help keep slow down damage from continous UV rains and rain wear at tear. Oh, and a fly cover will reduce the internal temperature of your tent on hot days.
Do canvas tents get condensation inside?
When the internal warm air of a canvas circulates and comes in contact with cooler tent fabric, condesation will occur. This fortunatly canvas is breathable to help minimize this, however in humid climates you'll want to encourage air circulation or even consider running a dehumidifier
ABOUT LIFE INTENTS - A CANVAS TENT MANUFACTURER
We believe inCampleteCampassion. This serves as a compass for our mission, which is to share JOY, COMFORT, and CONNECTION. This exists in our business through the mindful design and supply of canvas tents that are comfortable, functional, and durable. Our bell tents are created to connect people with the outdoors and to each other, to spark joy, and to provide peaceful, comfortable shelter. We believe that intention + action makes a difference.
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