How to fit a stove in a bell tent Ecopod’s / Glamping

Bell tent stoves, Eco Pods, Camping Pods and glamping in style with the help of Vesta Stoves

A revolution is well under-way in the camping industry. Many campsites are now introducing camping pods, bell tents, yurts or small wooden structures into their sites to encourage campers who want to spend time in a glamping.
Unfortunately for many there is one thing missing and that is an environmentally friendly, safe form of heating that truly captures the spirit of a forest glamping holiday.

Heating a bell tent

Wood fuel is the perfect way to heat these small wooden structures and by following simple safety principles can easily and quickly be fitted into a Eco Pod or other wooden structure. There are many questions to be answered surrounding the installation of a wood burning stove into a Pod or glamping hut and Vesta Stoves have addressed them all.

A small stove used for glamping pods, yurts and outdoor

Firstly we need to make an assessment on the heat requirement for a small hut. That’s simple and easy to calculate. By simply calculating the cubic meters of space inside the hut and then dividing by 15 you will have a result in KW’s for the amount of heat required to bring the pod up to a reasonable temperature of about 24 degrees. If you need help with this you can click here for our online calculator. It’s always better to have that extra capacity especially as the British weather can be so cold.

Once you know what size fire you need the planning stage can really start. Looking firstly purely at the stove and its relation to its surrounding within the Ecopod or shepherds hut to fire must have 500mm in all directions of clearance to combustible materials. Combustible materials are anything which could catch fire. Examples of combustible materials would be Wood, furnishing and rugs etc.

The flue system is relatively straight forward to fit onto an Ecopod. The most efficient way to install the stove is by using a combination of single wall vitreous enamel pipe and twin wall insulated flue. The terminal on the flue pipe should be situated level of slightly above the highest point on the glamping hut. A flue that is lower can be prone to downdraught or phenomenon were the flue works in reverse filing the area with smoke.

Bell temp glamping stove

Twin wall insulated flue should be used from 200mm inside of the make up at least the last 1 meter section of flue. Its important to check with the manufacturer’s instructions for the clearance required around the twin wall. It’s normally about 50mm or 2 inches. You can find our range of twin wall flue here The picture above shows a great adapter for the junction of the twin wall and single wall flue that makes an appealing junction rather than the use of large industrial adapters As the twin wall flue passes through the roof of the camping pod a rubber flashing can be used to prevent water ingress. These are made of a flexible high temperature rubber and can be formed to suit any shape or pitch of roof.

Vesta Stoves can retrofit stoves in camping pods and glamping huts and can offer 12 month – 5 year service contracts that are useful for site owners who wish to have heated pods with no worry or damage costs.

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