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Typically, bell tents are not designed to be permanent structures. Depending on the local climate, the lifespan of a bell tent could be shortened from excessive exposure to extreme weather.
If you plan to leave your bell tent up permanently, try to erect the tent under the shade, and sheltered from the wind. Proper maintenance of the tent will help to prolong its life.
Wood-burning stoves are a popular solution for camping in colder climates. The choice of wood-burning stove depends on the size of the bell tent. Some bell tents come fitted with a stove jack, but this can be retro-fitted if required.
If you’re looking for a more temporary heating solution, consider using an electric tent, halogen or fan heater. Always make sure that your tent has adequate ventilation when considering heating options.
The best way of prolonging the life of your bell tent is by making sure the tent is properly dry before packing it away. Packing away a wet tent will result in mould issues.
You don’t need to fully erect the tent to dry it. Simply hang the tent somewhere so that it can air as much as possible. Hanging the tent on a washing line or draped over some chairs should do the trick.
Most bell tents will feature a waterproof canvas. Over time, the waterproof layer will disappear. The time it takes for this to happen depends on the weather conditions the bell tent has been subjected to.
Depending on how much you’ve used your bell tent, you might consider re-waterproofing your bell tent after every 8-24 weeks of continuous use.
Generally speaking, there is no law against erecting a bell tent in your backyard. However, if you want to start renting out your bell tent for profit you’ll probably need to acquire a short-term rental license.