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    Default Cheap-Pi (cheap Tipi)

    I was researching how to make a Tipi when I stumbled on a cheap tipi. I read some of the reviews and the only real complain was it leaked at the seems, since most tents come needing seem sealed, I was not concerned about that. I just want a large area for a cook/hang out tent, so it does not need to be a bomber tipi like Kifaru and I also did not want to drop that kind of coin. This will be a motorized hunt shelter so weight was not a huge issue either. They have 2 sizes a 10x10 for $100 bucks and a 18x18 for $200 bucks to my door, from amazon. The maker is Guide Gear sold by Sportsman Guide through amazon.

    Well it arrived the other day and I set it up today, it came with a floor and I had no need for that since floorless is what I like about a tipi and this will be a cook tent, so I took my hot knife and cut the floor out leaving about 4 to 6 inches for a sod flap. It has a steel main pole that I might change out to an Aluminum one, 2 windows and vents on each side and 2 doors with screens, the top is screened and vented as well.
    have to say that I'm very impressed tons of room and since it is screened it will make a nice summer eating shelter that is bug free.

    Going to wait and use it this summer, if it holds up I will order and sew in a stove jack for fall use.

    Weight is 17 pounds in the bag with the pole and stakes after I removed the floor, (the floor was heavy)

    Floor still in it.





    Windows and vents.



    Vents opened.



    Me standing in the door for size reference.



    With the doors open and the floor cut out.




    So for those that might want to try a tipi, but are not sure. One of these might be a good way to try one out. The 10x10 for $100 dollars is a cheap way to try one, if you don't like the floor, just cut it out.

    Thought I would share,, one of the cheapest shelters I have ever bought out of the 12 or so I have.

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    Please let us know how it holds up. I've looked at that same tent several times and almost bought it, only thing that seems to be holding me up is the lack of stove jack.
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    Dang Stid- I'm buying one!
    Someone posted on here about a tipi a few weeks ago (which I'm sure was well made and all), but waaaaaaayyyyyy expensive!
    This looks like it would be a great moose huntin' rig. Maybe even stove worthy.

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    Looks pretty darn tropical there; certainly not Fairbanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    Looks pretty darn tropical there; certainly not Fairbanks!
    Funny because, within a hour of taking these photos there was 3 inches of snow on the ground. I'm in the L48 seeing an orthopedic surgeon, I have to get my right knee replaced. I had all the tests, xrays and MRI done and will have the operation this fall. I will be back home in a couple weeks and will milk another summer out of my old knee.
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    I am not sure it has enough guy outs. Much like cow bell, you always need more guy outs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Ray View Post
    I am not sure it has enough guy outs. Much like cow bell, you always need more guy outs.
    I think the amount of guys may be fine, the big thing will be how they hold up on a big tent like that.....
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    Very nice writeup. That seems like a real bargain. I agree with removing the floor. Seal the seams and spray it with Atsko and you will stay nice and dry.

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    Just want to be clear,, this tipi don't look like it would hold up to high winds. For sure not a Kodiak or Delta Junction type shelter unless it was protected from high winds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    Just want to be clear,, this tipi don't look like it would hold up to high winds. For sure not a Kodiak or Delta Junction type shelter unless it was protected from high winds.
    Really! You mean I can't get a Kifaru for $100? Man!
    I think this tipi would be great in a treed area. But then it sure has a lot of guys on it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    Funny because, within a hour of taking these photos there was 3 inches of snow on the ground. I'm in the L48 seeing an orthopedic surgeon, I have to get my right knee replaced. I had all the tests, xrays and MRI done and will have the operation this fall. I will be back home in a couple weeks and will milk another summer out of my old knee.
    Good luck with your knee! I went in for ortho surgery in Nov. and I need a new one too but I'm not going to make it until next fall. I tried to get it done after hunting season but the doc said it will only last 15 years or so and we should wait as long as possible...I'm not doing well on skis or snowshoes but it doesn't hurt near as much after he scraped the bones and removed calcium build-up so we'll see.
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    I am curious as to where you can order a stove jack to put in this Tipi? And what size of stove/pipe would you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTfisher View Post
    I am curious as to where you can order a stove jack to put in this Tipi? And what size of stove/pipe would you use?
    You can get a stove jack here,,, and I would recommend a medium to large size stove, the pipe and stove jack would be determined by the stove. The Nu Way vented propane stoves would work great to and will be what I would most likely use. This tipi is vented far better than others I have used and we heated those with a buddy propane heater,, it did cause condensation, but the warmth was worth it.

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    I like this idea. I would not have thought of cutting the floor out, but this might be my introduction base camp idea for this upcoming moose season and summer fish run.

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    Looks like it could be the perfect ice fishing tent especially with the stove added.

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    Best way to put a stove jack in this tent w/o leakage on the slanted wall....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayak View Post
    Best way to put a stove jack in this tent w/o leakage on the slanted wall....?
    Did you get your tent?
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    I plan on using the same method Kifaru uses, a triangle shaped stove jack with the cover sewn in at the top and rolled up when the stove is used and a velcro strip to hold it on the bottom.



    Without the stove and the cover rolled down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Did you get your tent?
    Nope. Ordered... just planning ahead.
    Thanks stid. Looks workable. Lotsa stovepipe though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayak View Post
    Nope. Ordered... just planning ahead.
    Thanks stid. Looks workable. Lotsa stovepipe though!
    What's the scoop on this tipi? Lol. I'm wanting to get one but I am hesitant.

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