Sorry for straying off topic, but I worry that cooking in my tent vestibule would impregnate the tent with food odor. A tent that smells like a kitchen seems like an invitation to critters like ants, mice, raccoons and larger animals to explore your tent. It just seems like a bad idea.
Although I’m a tarp user when tripping solo we do take a tent when traveling as a couple. A vestibule gives you somewhere to shed wet rain gear and footwear. We also leave the bear spray and TP kit in the vestibule at night. Our dog also slept there when she could be persuaded to in out of the rain. A good tent vestibule should be able to be left open, at least partly during rainy weather. Our Hilleberg tent door can be opened at the top, protected by a large hooped vent and I have been very impressed by the doors on our X-Mid which have stayed open during some very heavy rain.I like to have a view outside and often tents vestibules must be zipped closed when raining which can inhibits outside view.
That's an interesting and inexpensive tent even without the stovepipe feature. Do you have to rig it somehow so you can lower that front roof in the rain, or will it keep most rain out even when it is up?Although I mostly hammock camp now, I decided to make a new gear addition - a Pomoly StoveHut 70. I like all the options with it, including that I can use my hot stove with it if I don't want to use the vestibule for gear storage. I especially like the open front with the roof and side walls. The only drawback is that right now it takes a long time to get one (40-60 days).
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