The phone calls are coming in! How do you clean playa dust off your tent after the Burning Man Festival?

We wrote this blog post last year and thought it was worth sharing again!

How do you properly clean your tent after attending

the Burning Man Festival? 

The Burning Man Festival is famous for the Playa Dust that coats EVERYTHING. From your skin to your clothes and most certainly your tent, it gets everywhere and can be very difficult to clean off. It is however vital that you clean this playa dust off of your tent, not only for the comfort of future uses but because, if left uncleaned, it will damage your tent.

 

What is Playa Dust?  

The playa dust at Black Rock City is almost like a fine powder and includes both gypsum, an alkaline dust, and silica. There is evidence that it is hazardous for your health so please be sure to use a proper mask and gloves when cleaning your tent. Because of the fine powder like composition, it is very important NOT TO WET YOUR TENT. Wetting your tent will turn the playa dust into a clay like substance and will ruin your tent. Follow the instructions below to best clean your tent. 

What You’ll Need

  • Gloves  
  • Old clothes you don’t mind tossing 
  • Hepa Respirator Mask and Filters (doesn’t let minute particles through)
  • Industrial strength leaf blower 
  • Space to do the cleaning. 
  • Goggles
  • Clorox Wipes (or similar)

Time Needed

If you clean the tent properly you can expect it to take about 5 hours.

Where to Clean Your Tent

From a customer: “The first time we tried to clean a tent after the Burning Man Festival we chose a large grassy spot on our lawn. By the end our grass was gray from the dust and a thick gray like sludge made its way to the storm drain.”  

 If you plan to do this in your yard, be aware not to impact your neighbor’s lawn and be aware not to let any children or animals play in the grass while it’s still wet.  

 Ideal Clean-up Space: A grassy lawn space with good drainage for the canvas top, and a large concrete space for the groundsheet

AN IMPORTANT NOTE

You really do have to wear a mask, it is not a suggestion. As you beat the tent to loosen and remove the playa dust, it will go into the air and it will irritate your lungs. This is not to alarm anyone but to share our experience so that you can take the proper precautions. 

From a customer: “Our first time cleaning our tent after The Burning Man Festival we did not wear proper masks and we ended up with bloody noses and coughing for days.”  

DO NOT WET THE TENT UNTIL YOU’VE REMOVED MOST OF THE DUST. IT WILL TURN INTO A CLAY AND BE NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OUT.

Ready to Clean Your Tent?

Step 1: Prepare your gear and cleaning space 

Step 2: Set up your tent (canvas top) and beat with a broom. After you’ve gone around the top of tent with the broom, use your leaf blower to blow dust away from the tent.  You’ll want to repeat this step repeatedly until not much dust is lifting off of the tent. It’s at this point that you can hose the tent off. This is a good time to note the amount of water-proofing treatment left on the tent. You should see water bead up and run off. If you are noticing that the canvas is absorbing the water, then you will want to re-proof.

*We suggest setting up the tent without the groundsheet if possible. It is much easier to properly clean both the groundsheet and tent if they are not attached during the cleaning process because you will use water to clean the ground sheet. To do this, you will setup the tent as normal, and then unzip the groundsheet from the canvas all the way around. Then you will pull the groundsheet stakes out of the D-rings in the groundsheet, and instead stake the rubber loops on the canvas side-walls. The groundsheet can then slip out, and be moved to the concrete cleaning area.   

 Step 3: Clean the groundsheet.  

As stated above, we recommend cleaning the ground sheet separately. You’ll need a bristled push broom, bleach,  and a pressure nozzle hose. You’re going to clean both sides of the groundsheet a few times, scrubbing each time.

To begin, start by pouring a water mixture with about 4 or 5 tablespoons of bleach on the ground sheet, then scrub with the broom and spray off, repeatedly.  

Once you’re finished with one side, flip it and repeat. You will need to repeat this process a few times. As you work you will need to power wash the ground beneath each time you flip so that you’re not laying the groundsheet back down a dirty work space.  

When you are finished, let the groundsheet dry naturally in the sun.

**Pay special attention to the zipper track. If you leave playa dust in the zipper track it will blow dust back onto your tent each time you zip it. You may want to vacuum the track out with a shop-vac or something similar. 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO CLEAN

Guy Lines: It makes most sense to replace all the lines, we have not found an effective way to clean them and they are inexpensive to replace.  

Stakes: Power wash the stakes and then apply a WD-40 or other degreaser spray.  

Poles: Use the Clorox Wipes (or similar) to wipe the poles completely.  

Screens: If the bug netted screen/windows/double wall is still retaining playa dust, use a vacuum on it, but be sure to beat it really well before using a vacuum.


Stout Tent has multiple years experience cleaning tents that we have rented out to attendees of the Burning Man Festival as well as private events in Black Rock City. Back by popular demand, we are offering again this year an After Burn Cleaning Package and we are happy to accept ANY canvas tent up to 5M, not just Stout Tents. Send us your tent by Oct. 1. Cleaning tents after the burn is a time consuming and laborious process and since we’re at the height of our busy season, tents will not be returned until November.  

 

ORDER THE AFTER BURN CLEANING PACKAGE NOW

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Hiking mountains, camping in deserts, cruising across the country experiencing van life, or glamping. If the women in your life live for wanderlust and love the outdoors, there is something on this list for them! 25 amazing gifts for the women in your life who love hiking, camping, fishing, adventure, nature and the great outdoors!


1. Pendleton:  American West Relaxed Gym Bag $289.00

A versatile top-zip weekend bag in a fun American West pattern. Paying tribute to the beauty, power, and endurance of the desert landscape. One side features a woven in USA wool. The other side is leather with a multicolored, zippered wool pocket.  

 2. National Parks Scratch Off Map: $22.45

ON A QUEST TO VISIT ALL 59 NATIONAL PARKS? This unique National Parks Travel Quest Map, from StoneArtMerchants on Etsy, displays all of our National Park locations in a one-of-a-kind map set. Perfect for tracking family car trips to visit all of our beautiful National Parks. This United States map includes all 59 National Parks, and helps you keep track on the quest to visit each one. 

3. Stout Tent: 5 Meter Canvas Bell Tent $1,035.00 +

You’ll be the talk of the campground in this tent! A true four-seasons tent, take it with you to your local campground, grand camping adventure, or just set up a Tent Palace for the kids in the backyard. A bigger investment than the cheaper plastic tents, these quality canvas tents come loaded! Zip in/ zip out groundsheet, gives you the freedom to roll up the tent walls and enjoy maximum ventilation and cross breeze. A Stove Jack, sized to meet industry standards and professionally installed lets you use a wood burning stove to keep you tent cozy when it’s cold. Pro-Metal Sliders to serve as tensioners on your guylines. Made to last, won’t snap or deteriorate from harsh UV rays like typical plastic sliders. Highest quality mesh screen door and (4) windows let you open the tent for a breeze or a view without worrying about bugs or critters. It even has a BUG GUARD WALL for an extended mesh inner wall along the entire bottom wall of the tent, keeping all unwanted critters OUT.

4. Hydro Flask : 24 oz water bottle $34.95

 I think these things made every holiday gift list this year, and with good reason! They’re amazing! These vacuum insulated stainless steel bottles keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, hour after hour. The wide moth on these bottles are ideal for sipping, while still accommodating ice cubes for full on refreshment for any adventure. 

5. Rainbow Flame Crystals (2) : Magical Fire Color Changer $19.90

Gather the kids around as you sprinkle these magic crystals onto a wood fire and sit back to enjoy a rainbow of enchanting blue, green, and purple flames—we think it’s better than cable! It just takes a few shakes to create these long-lasting flames. Great for campfires, fire pits, bonfires, and wood stoves. 

6. Gregory Deva 60 Pack: Women’s Backpack $299.95

Same beloved pack, lighter than ever. Called “the Cadillac of packs” by Backpacker magazine, this pack model has received numerous accolades over the years and was recently added to Backpacker’s 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame. High-tear-strength 210-denier nylon reduced its weight (now under 5 lbs.) without shaving off any of the utility and comfort. Improved breathability in the back panel, with suspension that enhances balance, load transfer and carrying comfort. This pack includes a harness, and hip belt, with multi-density foam that eliminates hot spots and relieve pressure in sensitive areas. Removable hydration sleeve converts into a lightweight SideKick daypack with shoulder harness and accessory pocket.

7. Plaid Blanket Scarf: Dual Purpose; Wrap, Scarf, Blanket $28.00

 Just when we thought we couldn’t have any more fun with scarves! Outfit Barn on Etsy brings us our favorite blanket scarves!  Warm, soft, adorable, and plaid! There is an infinite number of ways to wear them! Grab a skinny belt and create a wrap/poncho look or simply make it your go-to accessory with your favorite skinny jeans. Change it up with a white over-sized tunic, use it as a blanket by the campfire or a dual purpose pillow to snuggle up with while camping. 

8. The New Camp Cookbook; Gourmet Grub for Campers, Road Trippers, and Adventurers:  $17.00

 This is a book for day trippers, adventurers, campers, and anyone who enjoys cooking outdoors. You’ll find organizational advice and cooking techniques, from planning your meals, packing a cooler, and stocking a camp pantry to building a fire, grilling in foil packs, and maintaining heat in a dutch oven. The recipes are presented by meal: breakfast, lunch, snacks, sweets, and all-out feasts.

9. Rayban Aviator Flash Lenses Sunglasses: $178.00

 For the coolest shades around, look no further than Ray-Ban. From classic aviator frames to iconic wayfarers, this iconic brand has tons of stylish sunglasses to top off your look as well as keep your eyes safe from those UV rays. 

10. Cairn Subscription Box: Outdoor Monthly Box: $29.99 each month

Maybe the coolest product we’ve seen, and you get to enjoy it every month! Receive up to 6 products monthly that are curated to you. Some past goodies include items such as socks, beanies, gloves, emergency gear, navigation tools, trail snacks, and all sorts of other outdoor essentials. Restock on the basics or try out products you never knew you needed and always wanted!

11. Carhartt Women’s Sherpa Lined Zip Front Vest$69.99 

This versatile outerwear will keep you warm and dry! Durable, high quality you can count on. Made of 12-ounce, 100-percent cotton sandstone duck, this mock neck vest features Sherpa lining and a ton of pockets: Two convenient front pouch pockets, a map pocket on the left-chest with zipper closure, and two inside pockets. A drop tail adds extra coverage.

12. Easton Recurve Bow Kit: Archery Set: $99.99

The Easton Beginner Recurve Bow Kit contains the essentials to introduce anyone into the sport of archery. The recurve bow is designed for right or left-handed shooters. It also has an integrated sight channel for lining up your perfect shot. The bow kit includes 3 arrows, a quiver and an arm guard.

13. Outdoor Research BioSensor Gloves: $20.96

The merino wool Outdoor Research BioSensor Glove Liner breathes well, wicks moisture, and fights odor. You can also use your smart phone with the BioSensor, because the mad scientists at Outdoor Research have figured out how to make touchscreen-friendly fingers.

14. North Face Woman’s Triple Cable Fur Pom Beanie: $35.00

Start the day the right way with style and ease in The North Face Triple Cable Fur Pom Beanie. Constructed of 100% acrylic knit material and a faux fur pom, this beanie is modern, fun and sure to keep your head warm this winter. The slouchy fit is all this rage for this winter’s fashion, while the horizontal cable knit is decorative and matches with any outfit while keeping you toasty warm.

15. Ugg Cayli Boot Waterproof boots: $170

Our favorite rain boot comes in leather and suede. The Cayli Ugg Boot is totally waterproof with a vintage look and soft wool lining. It also features an all-weather sole infused with cork for extra cushioning and traction. Pair yours with nearly any outfit, from denim to dresses.

16. Jetboil Flash Cooking System: $99.95

The Updated Flash is an all-in-one cooking system that combines the burner and cooking vessel and delivers a rapid boil. The Flash makes quick work out of boiling water for your meal, melting snow or disinfecting water to drink in the backcountry. 

17. Urban Shop Round Knit Pouf: Ottoman : $36.94

Add color and versatility to your glamping tent décor with this pouf. This plush pouf has been intricately woven using polyester fibers for a cozy, knit appearance. The dense construction makes it suitable for use as a seat, accent table, or footrest. 

18. Life is Good in the Woods Enamel Camping Mug: Coffee mug: $16.25

Etsy has the best stuff when it comes to inspired art! These handmade enamel mugs are the best! Sturdy enamel-coated steel with contrast rolled rim. These mugs look small, but hold a full 12 oz of your chosen liquid drinkable goodness (AKA wine). It’s lightweight, sturdy, and ready to stand up to all sorts of abuse. Each one is hand-dipped in enamel and intentionally left looking a little rustic. Occasional pocks and spots on the finish are simply intended to add to its charm. Printed in the USA.

19. World Market Edison-Style String Lighting: $19.99+

Inspired by the vintage light bulbs invented by Thomas Edison, these stylish string lights illuminate your decor with a warm, ambient glow. Available in 10-bulb and 30-bulb strings to best fit your space, these exclusive lights are perfect indoors or outside. We’ve noticed these popping up a lot at glamping sites and they are gorgeous! 

20. Canterbury Picnic Basket: Picnic Basket and Picnic Set: $249.95

Inspired by classic English picnic hampers, the woven willow basket is thoughtfully designed for gracious outdoor dining. Inside you’ll find everything you need to host an elegant picnic for two, including fine tableware, linens, and serving essentials for food, wine, and coffee. 

21. Adventure Awaits Journal from Portland Leather Goods: Leather Journal: $28.00

Handmade in Portland, Oregon! These full-grain leather journal cover house eighty-eight pages of cream-toned archival paper, ready to be filled with your thoughts, musings, letters, and stories. An interior elastic band keeps the notebook in place, meaning you can easily swap out inserts just as quickly as you fill them up. Elegant and timeless, a leather strap wraps around to keep the journal closed, which is secured by your choice of natural gemstone or raw wooden button. Make the cover your own by choosing one of our many firebranded images, and for a more personal touch, choose to have the leather branded with your name or initials.

22. SOG® SOGfari Survival Kit: $49.97

The SOG SOGfari Survival Kit gives you four cutting tools to dig, cut, chop and hack your way out of hardcore survival situations. The kit contains an entrenching tool, a SOGFari machete, a hand axe and an assisted-opening folding knife. A must have for any camping adventure. Great for a survival pack too! 

23. The Grommet Ultra Strong Trekking Poles:  $49.95

This set of strong trekking poles can make any outdoor excursion—from walks and hikes to backpacking and snowshoeing treks—more enjoyable. The adjustable aluminum poles have comfortable EVA foam grips and carbide spike tips for stability. They lend support on snowy or rocky terrain, or even pavement. And the lightweight, collapsible design makes it easy to take a pair along with you.

24. Rouge Starter Acoustic Guitar: $45

The small-bodied Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar is an amazing deal for a starter guitar. Its smaller profile makes it very playable to aspiring guitarists. Everyone sounds good when they are singing by a fire accompanied by guitar. Be the maker of the fondest memories with this beautiful musical instrument.

25. Seek Adventure Mountain Sticker from Dear Summit on Etsy: $4.50

These heavy-duty mountain stickers remind you to get out there and seek adventure!
This durable vinyl sticker is made to last, so you can stick it on your water bottle, laptop, or even your car, and it will look great for years to come. It also makes a great prop for photos of the great outdoors!


Struggling to find a gift for the man in your life who wants nothing more than the earth, air and water? We know the feeling! Here’s some help! Below are 25 of our favorite gifts for men who love to be outside! Hiking, camping, fishing, climbing, kayaking, trekking the National Parks or going out in an ocean canoe… whatever their adventure of choice, there’s a great gift to go along with it.

1. Everything Decorated on Etsy; Personalized Pocket knife:  $24.99

Every outdoor lover needs a pocket knife. We love these engravable pocket knives from Everything Decorated on Etsy. The pocket knife has a belt clip and a 3.25″ inch blade, perfect for tacking all those little jobs that come up when on your adventure.

 

2. BioLite CampStove 2 Wood Burning and USB Charging Camping Stove: 129.95

 

The MUST HAVE camping (or Glamping) accessory for 2019! Electricity Generating Wood Camp Stove. The CampStove 2 is a portable camping stove that cooks meals and boils water in minutes – while charging your devices! Make wood-fired meals and charge devices at the same time using sticks and twigs found around your campsite so there’s no need to carry additional fuel.

 

3. Brazos Walking Sticks: Hand Crafted Walking Stick $52.99

These GORGEOUS Walking Sticks are made in the USA by skilled craftsmen using the highest quality wood and time-tested methods. Unlike sterile, lifeless metal canes and poles, Brazos walking canes offer natural appeal because they are made from real wood. You can see the fine detail and beauty of the actual tree when you look at one. Each cane is a work of art. BONUS – sticks can be personalized with laser engraving!

 

4. Pendleton Blanket: Yakima Camp Throw $99.50

Made-in-America wool camp throw is one of the most popular Pendleton Camp blankets. Originally used by shepherds to brave the elements of the Pacific Northwest—the rugged wool versions are still woven there today. These smaller sized blankets make a great gift for outdoor enthusiasts. Pure virgin wool/cotton. Monogramming and Embroidery Customizations available!

 

5. Garmin, inReach Explorer; Satellite Communicator with Maps and Sensors $449.99

Does your guy like to venture off the grid? Not a problem…as long as he’s carrying an inReach SE+ or inReach Explorer+. These handheld satellite communicators are designed for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to roam farther and experience more — without compromising their loved ones‘ peace of mind.  inReach provides communication, location sharing, navigation and critical SOS functions for anyone who loves getting away from it all, on land, water or in the skies.

 

6. Annual National Parks Pass: US Annual Park Pass $80.00

Gift an annual pass for America’s National Parks and plan a grand adventure! Camp or hike at one (or more!) of the 60 US National Parks this coming year. We personally love our home state natural wonder, The Grand Canyon, but with all our traveling to these beauties across the country we’ve found that you really can’t go wrong. Each pass is valid for 12 months and includes 2 signatures for 2 pass holders.

 

7. Stout Tent Wood Burning Stove: Wood Burning Stove Inside Tent $299-$479.00

A must have for winter or snow camping. Originally designed for the world of humanitarian aid, this little stove developed a cult following due to its clever engineering and robust design and has been heating up the camping world ever since. Lightweight and durable, these stoves break down into a nicely-sized box when no longer in use and you can truly take them anywhere. Best of all, these are some of the safest stoves to cook on; the long flue makes sure to send those nasty gasses up and away from you, the cook. And because this isn’t an open fire, it’s nearly 10 times as fuel efficient.

 

 8. Nikon Coolpix W100 Rugged Digital Camera $189.95

An all-season point-and-shoot camera, engineered tough so you can take beautiful images on land and even in the sea. Since the Nikon Coolpix W100 is “everything proof” including waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freeze proof, you can take images in any type of environment with the comfort of worry free durability. It’s water resistant to 33 feet, so you can even take it with you to the beach, or lake. Capture your adventure in vivid photos and Full HD 1080p video at 30 frame per second with sound. Includes a 32GB Card + Battery with Charger + Floating Strap.

 

9. Coleman QuikPot Propane Coffee Maker $100.99 

Make a perfect cup of coffee no matter where you’re camping! This portable coffee maker is designed to work just like your coffee maker at home. Simply spoon grounds into the removable filter basket, add water, and press the InstaStart push-button ignition for convenient matchless lighting. Hot coffee served in about 18 minutes. The 10-cup glass carafe holds enough coffee for the whole family, while the Pause ‘n Serve feature lets you grab a cup before the brew cycle is finished. An integrated PerfectFlow regulator delivers constant heat, even if the weather is cold, fuel is low, or you are at a high altitude.

 

10. Mr Heater Buddy Propane heater: $69.99

Ideal for those cold nights camping in the fall or winter. This is the same heater we use in our tents for events when the weather drops below about 45 degrees fahrenheit. With a larger heating surface, fold-down handle, swivel-out fuel connection, and an easy-start four-position control, Mr. Heater sets the new standard for portable radiant heating comfort. It has a low-oxygen shut-off and tip-over safety shut-off systems for safe, reliable heat anytime, anywhere. Perfect for spaces up to about 200 sq ft. 

 

11. UPEOR, Portable Solar Generator Kit $62.99

No need to be forced off-grid! The UPEOR solar generator kit is so convenient and ensures you always stay connected. It’s lightweight, making it easy to carry with you on your trips. Use a solar panel to charge it or a direct AC power plug to fill the battery up. It has 4 Ports – 3.7 V output to LED light, 2 USB 5V DC Output for your tablets, iPhone, iPad, laptops, fans, digital camera and USB shaver charged up. Widely applicable to camping, hiking, fishing, expedition, hunting, outdoor activities.

 

12. Winnett Folding Zero Gravity Chairs: Camping Chair: Set of 2 $96.99

Designed for an endless combination of seating positions, Winnett Folding Zero Gravity Chair includes one that makes you feel as if you were floating. Crafted from a weather- and rust-resistant steel frame, it features a mesh back and heavy-duty elastic cord for maximum support and relaxation. Its foldable design allows for easy storage and set up, making it a great option for poolside lounging and camping trips alike. A handy tray attaches to hold your drinks and snacks.

13. Yeti Cooler; Cooler: starts at $199.99

One of our personal favorites! The Yeti Cooler! Simply put, everything about the YETI Tundra 45 Cooler is engineered for one purpose – to keep ice frozen and contents cool longer than the competition. It’s has an extra-durable UV-resistant shell and food-grade/dry-ice-compatible plastic interior. The lid features a whopping 3″ of insulation where it’s needed the most, a positive-sealing freezer-style gasket and rubber T-latches for a reliably secure closure. Nonslip, nonmarking feet keep it in place on deck. Leakproof drain plug. Lockable to be bear-resistant (Take it camping!). Holds up to 26 cans with 2:1 ice ratio.

14.Image LED Portable Camping Fan and Lantern $13.99

Now you can stay cool and have ample light on those warm summer nights. The  hook at the top makes it easy to hang on a tree trunk or you tent. A great choice for camping and festivals! One D battery can keep the fan working for 5 hrs in high speed mode, and 15 hrs in low speed mode, 20 hrs for led light. (Keep it handy at home as well, it works great in a power outage too!)

 

15. Lifetime® Zenith 10 Sit On Top Kayak $199.99

Day trip or camping at the river, lake, or ocean… where ever you are we recommend taking the Lifetime® Kayak with you! It’s lightweight and easy to transport, yet durable and long lasting. The Zenith Kayak by Lifetime® offers high performance and a laid back, recreational vibe. Complete with a flat bottom hull and chine rails, this boat boasts awesome tracking and excellent stability to keep you cruising the waters. An adjustable seat back and footrests keep you comfortable while you paddle, and the multiple storage options accommodate your gear all season long.

16. Victory Tailgate Regulation Corn Hole Boards: $169.98 +

Sports Teams, Military, Greek, Themed, Emergency Services, Collegiate …. they have it all! Add some personalized fun to your camping trip or BBQ. Want a little competition? You can ever order Rivalry boards! Such a fun gift!  Game boards are regulation-size made out of 2×4’ solid wood frames and feature  ½ inch cabinet grade domestic plywood tops. Made in accordance with ACA  regulation, so they’ll be great for tournaments or home play.

 

17. Celestron Power Seeker Refractor Telescope: Telescope, $114.99

This Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ 21037 telescope’s multicoated 3x Barlow lens combines with its 10-165x magnification capability and 5 x 24 finderscope to make it fun and easy to observe terrestrial and astronomical objects in crystal clarity. In other words…. you’ll be able to see all those stars you set out looking for on your next adventure into the wilderness!

 

18. ENO DoubleNest Hammock $69.95

You just really can’t go camping without a hammock, ideal for hiking too! Light and compact enough for backpacking, yet robust enough for backyard luxury, the popular ENO DoubleNest Hammock sets up in seconds and has plenty of room for 2. The strong nylon taffeta fabric and roomy design accommodate up to 400 pounds, so you can relax with a buddy or just hog the whole thing for yourself. Built to last with triple-stitched seams. This lightweight gathered-end hammock tucks into an integrated stuff sack the size of a grapefruit and weighs just over a pound, so you can keep it in your car, your daypack or your boat—ready to hang whenever you are.

 

19. Rustico Handmade Leather Journal $42 +

Nature seems to inspire thought and writing doesn’t it? Take along one of these gorgeous handmade leather journals and put pen to paper. Crafted by expert artisans with only the finest leather and paper, it will last for generations. Each leather journal and notebook is artisan-made using the finest U.S. sourced top-grain leather and acid free paper. A custom personalization is available on all of our journals. When you add your name, date, or phrase, you create the ultimate thoughtful gift. 

 

20. Rogue Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar: $52.99

Every campfire needs a guitar. Perfect for the beginner or young musician, this ultra-affordable dreadnought acoustic guitar features a whitewood body, which brings out lots of mid-range punch. The painted maple bridge and fingerboard add clarity to each note, and a striking look to the front of the guitar. The RA-90 also features nickel hardware and covered tuners. This Rogue acoustic guitar will certainly get the job done, at a price that anybody can afford.

 

21. Patagonia Brodeo Beanie : $35.00

Cool mornings and cozy nights, pack this warm Brodeo Beanie from Patagonia for your next outdoor adventure. A classic cuff beanie made with a warm blend of 70% recycled wool, 26% recycled nylon and 4% other fiber. Available in 8 different colors. Affordable, perfect gift and stocking stuffer! 

 

22. Schrade Hatchet: $24.99

Extreme Survivalists and novice campers alike will love this tool! 3Cr13 stainless steel blade coated in durable titanium. The thermoplastic rubber handle has a Ferro rod inside for fire starting (how cool is that?!). The head has a flat surface on the back for pounding. Includes hard sheath with buckle fastener and loop for belts up to 2” wide. 

 

23. Peterson Field Guides® to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants: Plant and Animal Guide $18.41

If you’re headed out into nature, on or off the beaten path, go prepared! Fun for education and essential for safety, this guide features 90 venomous animals and more than 250 poisonous plants and fungi. The 340 line drawings make identification fast and simple; 160 species are also illustrated with color photographs.

24. Texsport Heavy Duty Camping Cookware: Cooking Tray $32.04

Campfire cooking essential! The Heavy Duty Camp Grill from Texsport is welded of high quality steel to go over a campfire. This grill is a sturdy cooking accessory makes it easier to grill your outdoor feasts. It is designed for cooking over an open fire. The grill comes in medium (16” x 12”), large (24” x 16”), and extra-large (36” x 18”) sizes. The legs fold underneath the grill for compact storage.

25. Stout Bell Tent Pro Series Canvas Tent : $775.00-$1155.00

You’ll be the talk of the campground in this tent! A true four-seasons tent, take it with you to your local campground, grand camping adventure, or just set up a Tent Palace for the kids in the backyard. A bigger investment than the cheaper plastic tents, these quality canvas tents come loaded! Zip in/ zip out groundsheet, gives you the freedom to roll up the tent walls and enjoy maximum ventilation and cross breeze. A Stove Jack, sized to meet industry standards and professionally installed lets you use a wood burning stove to keep you tent cozy when it’s cold. Pro-Metal Sliders to serve as tensioners on your guylines. Made to last, won’t snap or deteriorate from harsh UV rays like typical plastic sliders. Highest quality mesh screen door and (4) windows let you open the tent for a breeze or a view without worrying about bugs or critters. It even has a BUG GUARD WALL for an extended mesh inner wall along the entire bottom wall of the tent, keeping all unwanted critters OUT.


Still doing some last minute Christmas shopping? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with 25 Gifts for kids who love ADVENTURE, camping, nature, and playing outdoors. Even better… some are on Amazon Prime and will make it in time for Christmas!

1 – Underdog Games: Trekking The National Parks Board Game $50.00

Learn the geography of the major national parks from the beautiful game board and enjoy the many educational park facts printed on the game cards. Trekking the National Parks brings the fun and challenge of modern family board games to your table. The game was specially designed to be both entertaining and educational!

2 – Legos: Ship in a Bottle $69.99

This expert model boat building set is built with 962 pieces and features a buildable cork and wax seal element, ship with a captain’s quarters, cannons, mast, crow’s nest, sails and flag, and a display stand with a nameplate.

 

3 – The Noodley: Light Up LED Gloves $22.95

Kids love all things that light up. Each glove glows RED, GREEN, and BLUE in 6 different modes: Solid, flashing, and alternating patterns. Simply press the button on the cuff to turn on/off. 

 

4 – Scopow Night Light;  Star Moon Decorative Projector $23.99

Full night sky projection on ceiling and walls helps you bring the universe back home. This is great for kids who love exploring the skies, and are curious about the universe and astronomical science. You can even locate constellations and a number of stars.

 

5 – Floureon Two-Way Radio: Kids Walkie Talkies $36.99

This Floureon walkie talkie set includes 4 units. Practical and fun! Communicate when having a family outing or out-of-town trips with kids or friends. You can count on this FRS/GMRS dual-service walkie talkie supporting 22 channels with great sound quality. No more worries for signals problems, just take and use it anywhere at anytime!

6 – Wuao Kids Toy Archery Bow and Arrow Set: Toy Archery set $25.99

Classic archery bow and arrow set for kids 3 years and up. The bow and arrow target board is free standing and includes a set of bow and arrows, and the rubber tip arrows will make it easier to catch the target. The target board is realistic in shape. This kids toy encourages children to develop their core aim skills. Set it up in the backyard or the campsite!

 

7 – Slackers Falcon Flyer Kids Zipline: $90.00

Turn your backyard into an adventure park!  At 40 feet, the Falcon series is the most universal zipline! It fits most backyards, and is ideal for younger children! The shorter length cable allows you to set it up closer to the ground, perfect for those small legs! The ziplines help improve strength, athletic skills, and balance all while riding a just a few feet off the ground. Follow the directions and your zipline will be set up in 30 minutes.

 

8 – Nature Launchers Sling Shots: Hand Carved Wooden Slingshots: $15.97

These hand-carved wood animal slingshots are sure to be a hit! Aside from being so adorable, the animal slingshots are made of sturdy, solid wood and they’re painted with non-toxic paint. Plus, they can shoot slingshot ammo 50+ ft!

 

9 – LL Bean Sonic Snow Tube: Heavy Duty Sledding Tube :$119

The ultimate winter activity! Camping in the snow or out for a snow day, bring the Tube along for a day of sledding fun! Originally designed for use at commercial tubing parks, this tube’s semirigid polyethylene base slides exceptionally well and is built for years of heavy-duty use.

 

10 – Bass Pro Next Generation Adventure Kit: Binocular Adventure Kit $24.99

The Outdoor Adventure Kit has everything your young adventurer will need for their outdoor activities, all in a convenient carry bag. This is a great starter kit for young outdoor enthusiasts. 

11 – Camping Journal: Kids Camping Journal by Dartan Creations $7.99

These camping journals make the perfect gift for kids and adults alike who spend their summer hiking, in the RV, camping at the lake or just enjoying the beach. A perfect vacation memory book. Take it with you wherever you adventure to keep those memories alive!

 

12 – Stout Tent 4M canvas Tents: Outdoor Canvas Tent $650.00

This gorgeous canvas tent stands just over 8 ft high and is 13 feet in diameter! Plenty of room to sleep the whole family and the most epic, tent for every kid and family who loves to camp. You’re sure to be the talk of the campground with this one!

 

13 – Timberland Kids Adventure Seeker Sandals: Kids Waterproof sandals  $24.47

Choose your own adventure with these Timberland® Kids sandal! Lightweight, water-friendly synthetic upper delivers durability. Two hook-and-loop straps for an adjustable, secure fit.

14 – World Tech Toys Wraith Remote Control Camera Spy Drone: Drone with Camera $189.99

Drones are still a hot toy! This takes aerial videos and photos, performs in-air rolls and flips, and flies upside down. 1080P HD video recording offers great picture quality, easy and speed control modes let you customize play, and a Memory Card and USB SD Card Reader allow you to download and view footage.

 

15 – National Geographic Kids Magazine: National Geographic 1 Year Subscription: $15.00

We love the gifts that give all year long! Sign up for a digital or digital + print subscription. Specifically designed for kids ages 6 and up. Perfect for your little animal lovers (plus who doesn’t love those amazing pictures!!)

 

16 – Little Passports, A Global Adventure: Adventure Subscription Box  $12.95

Such a cool gift and another one that keeps on giving! Sign up to get different monthly activities and exploration based on your child’s age and interests. There’s a box for little early explorers, ages 3-5 . Big kids can choose between world adventures or US exploration. Theres a box for your little scientist too! 

 

17 – Slackers Ninja Line: Kids Intro Obstacle Course Rope Set $99.99

Do you have a little Ninja Warrior? This Backyard Outdoor Hanging Obstacle Intro Kit takes training to new heights. Endorsed by Brian Arnold, AKA, “The Ninja,” this backyard Ninja hanging obstacle set features a patented Slackers Ninjaline 36-ft., introductory training course, including 7 hardcore challenges and customized adjustability.

 

 

18 – Bass Pro Shop Mega Wagon: Off Road Wagon: $69.97

Your littlest adventure will love exploring in their All-Terrain Wagon, walk through your neighborhood park or take it with you camping or to your favorite festival. The giant flat-free tires provide a smooth ride on or off the beaten path. 

 

19 – CamelBak® Mini M.U.L.E Hydration Pack: Hydration Backpack $37.49

If you’re going to be hiking or spending the day outdoors, this is the best tool! Equip your kids with essential hydration whenever they need it with CamelBak’s Mini M.U.L.E. 50-cu.-in. hydration pack. Ventilated harness is built for kids with up to a 16″ torso length.

 

20 – Lanaak Kids Fishing Pole and Tackle Set: $37.95

Ideal for camping, hiking and travel. This fishing combo set includes a light-action telescoping fishing rod that collapses to 17 inches and expands to 65 inches.  The closed-face, spincast reel arrives pre-spooled with 200 feet of 8-lb test line and features a push button casting system that makes casting easy for everyone.

 

21 – iFLY Indoor Skydiving: Indoor Sky Diving Wind Tunnel experience ( age 3+): $59.95

One of the best gifts you can give is an experience! This is the ultimate experience for your adventure seeking, no fear kid! Located in many major US cities (and a few international ones too!). 

 

22 – Academy Sports: Outdoors Ozone 500 Ultra Shock Mountain Bike: $99.99

A Mountain Bike. The most ESSENTIAL thing for any adventure seeking, outdoor loving kid. 

23 – Life size Animal Tracks by John Townsend: Animal Tracks guide: $10.50

Get equipped to follow the tracks on your next camping or hiking trip. . . and learn all about the animals that made them! This eye-opening guide features to-scale representations of the prints left by mammals and reptiles from across the globe.. Accompanied by fascinating tidbits of information, the lifelike illustrations help kids identify creatures by their tracks, and encourage budding naturalists to explore and appreciate their local wildlife.

 

24 – Kidcia Telescope for Beginners: $39.99

This telescope designed specifically for kids provides a great introduction to astronomy and the wonder of stargazing, and it doesn’t break the bank. It has three different magnification eyepieces included: 20X, 30X, 40X and the telescope and it’s package are made completely of recyclable material.  

 

25 – Star Registration: Name a Star After your Favorite Adventure Kiddo: $39.90

Do you love gifts that are unique and sentimental? If you haven’t heard of this before…you’ve GOT to check it out! You and your little nature lover can stargaze to find their own special star. Universal connection, forever and always.


It’s that time of year again, the Burning Man Festival is over and people want to know…. 

How do you properly clean your tent after attending the Burning Man Festival? 

The Burning Man Festival is famous for the Playa Dust that coats EVERYTHING. From your skin to your clothes and most certainly your tent, it gets everywhere and can be very difficult to clean off. It is however vital that you clean this playa dust off of your tent, not only for the comfort of future uses but because, if left uncleaned, it will damage your tent.

 

What is Playa Dust?  

The playa dust at Black Rock City is almost like a fine powder and includes both gypsum, an alkaline dust, and silica. There is evidence that it is hazardous for your health so please be sure to use a proper mask and gloves when cleaning your tent. Because of the fine powder like composition, it is very important NOT TO WET YOUR TENT. Wetting your tent will turn the playa dust into a clay like substance and will ruin your tent. Follow the instructions below to best clean your tent. 

What You’ll Need

  • Gloves  
  • Old clothes you don’t mind tossing 
  • Hepa Respirator Mask and Filters (doesn’t let minute particles through)
  • Industrial strength leaf blower 
  • Space to do the cleaning. 
  • Goggles
  • Clorox Wipes (or similar)

Time Needed

If you clean the tent properly you can expect it to take about 5 hours.

Where to Clean Your Tent

From a customer: “The first time we tried to clean a tent after the Burning Man Festival we chose a large grassy spot on our lawn. By the end our grass was gray from the dust and a thick gray like sludge made its way to the storm drain.”  

 If you plan to do this in your yard, be aware not to impact your neighbor’s lawn and be aware not to let any children or animals play in the grass while it’s still wet.  

 Ideal Clean-up Space: A grassy lawn space with good drainage for the canvas top, and a large concrete space for the groundsheet

AN IMPORTANT NOTE

You really do have to wear a mask, it is not a suggestion. As you beat the tent to loosen and remove the playa dust, it will go into the air and it will irritate your lungs. This is not to alarm anyone but to share our experience so that you can take the proper precautions. 

From a customer: “Our first time cleaning our tent after The Burning Man Festival we did not wear proper masks and we ended up with bloody noses and coughing for days.”  

DO NOT WET THE TENT UNTIL YOU’VE REMOVED MOST OF THE DUST. IT WILL TURN INTO A CLAY AND BE NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OUT.

Ready to Clean Your Tent?

Step 1: Prepare your gear and cleaning space 

Step 2: Set up your tent (canvas top) and beat with a broom. After you’ve gone around the top of tent with the broom, use your leaf blower to blow dust away from the tent.  You’ll want to repeat this step repeatedly until not much dust is lifting off of the tent. It’s at this point that you can hose the tent off. This is a good time to note the amount of water-proofing treatment left on the tent. You should see water bead up and run off. If you are noticing that the canvas is absorbing the water, then you will want to re-proof.

*We suggest setting up the tent without the groundsheet if possible. It is much easier to properly clean both the groundsheet and tent if they are not attached during the cleaning process because you will use water to clean the ground sheet. To do this, you will setup the tent as normal, and then unzip the groundsheet from the canvas all the way around. Then you will pull the groundsheet stakes out of the D-rings in the groundsheet, and instead stake the rubber loops on the canvas side-walls. The groundsheet can then slip out, and be moved to the concrete cleaning area.   

 Step 3: Clean the groundsheet.  

As stated above, we recommend cleaning the ground sheet separately. You’ll need a bristled push broom, bleach,  and a pressure nozzle hose. You’re going to clean both sides of the groundsheet a few times, scrubbing each time.

To begin, start by pouring a water mixture with about 4 or 5 tablespoons of bleach on the ground sheet, then scrub with the broom and spray off, repeatedly.  

Once you’re finished with one side, flip it and repeat. You will need to repeat this process a few times. As you work you will need to power wash the ground beneath each time you flip so that you’re not laying the groundsheet back down a dirty work space.  

When you are finished, let the groundsheet dry naturally in the sun.

**Pay special attention to the zipper track. If you leave playa dust in the zipper track it will blow dust back onto your tent each time you zip it. You may want to vacuum the track out with a shop-vac or something similar. 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO CLEAN

Guy Lines: It makes most sense to replace all the lines, we have not found an effective way to clean them and they are inexpensive to replace.  

Stakes: Power wash the stakes and then apply a WD-40 or other degreaser spray.  

Poles: Use the Clorox Wipes (or similar) to wipe the poles completely.  

Screens: If the bug netted screen/windows/double wall is still retaining playa dust, use a vacuum on it, but be sure to beat it really well before using a vacuum.


Stout Tent has multiple years experience cleaning tents that we have rented out to  attendees of the Burning Man Festival. This year we are offering an After Burn Cleaning Package and we are happy to accept ANY tent, not just Stout Tents. Send us your tent by October 3rd to take advantage of our sale price. Cleaning tents after the burn is a time consuming and laborious process. Please allow 4-6 weeks turnaround.  

 

ORDER THE AFTER BURN CLEANING PACKAGE NOW

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We cannot get enough of this gorgeous wedding in Napa. Wine, books, and tents? In.

These pictures feature a few of many different ways in which our Stout Tent Glamping Bell Tents can be used at Events.

Don’t forget, you can book all of your tent rentals and furnishings through us!

 

Photography Credit: Pepper Nix (@peppernix)


Sibley Tent versus Bell Tent

 

The history of the Bell Tent is quite a long and interesting story, woven through various continents, time-periods and wars. The Bell tent’s history begins as an adaptation to the Sibley tent.

 

Serious tent enthusiasts know that the Sibley Tent was originally designed by Henry Hopkins Sibley in 1856 while serving as an Officer of the US Army. He had observed the Native American Tipi’s during Frontier duty in the Southwest and adapted his tent for travel by making a single center pole.

Sibley filed for a patent:

Bell tent sibley tent patent

 

As you can see from the diagram above, the Sibley tent has no sidewalls and is a more tipi like structure. It features a smoke hole at the top, a smaller entrance and is not defined with any protruding porch. It also has no guy-lines, but uses tent stakes to secure the canvas into the ground.

 

The above Sibley tent was used exclusively during the Utah Expedition and the US Army agreed to pay a $5 royalty to Henry Sibley for each tent made. However, shortly after reaching that agreement, Sibley resigned from the US Army and joined the Confederate States Army during the Civil War, consequently forfeiting his royalties from his tents. The Union Army proceeded to make over 40,000 Sibley tents during the war.

 

During this same time period the British Cavalry was using Bell tents, an adapted version of the Sibley tent. The Bell tent is differentiated from the Sibley tent mainly by it’s sidewalls and guy-lines. Bell tents had the same benefits that the Sibley had in regard to canvas and conical shape – able to deflect high winds, set-up and pack down easily with the single center pole, but the adaptations offered additional headroom and breathability due to those side-walls.

 

Sibley Tent:

  • No sidewalls
  • Low Entry
  • No defined porch
  • Tripod pole
  • Stove hole
  • Fire Pit

 

Bell Tent:

  • Sidewalls (more headroom)
  • Guy-Lines (instead of tripod pole)
  • No fire pit inside tent

 

 

Bell tents in the Crimean War (1855):

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