Camping with a hammock rather than sleeping on the ground is becoming more popular. It’s easy to understand why, as a hammock lifts you above cold and uneven ground for improved sleep. Great as that is, there’s now a way to make hammock camping even better — with a hammock hot tent.
The hammock hot tent is a concept as simple as it sounds. It’s a tent that can be erected around a hammock and that is also equipped to handle a stove. So now, hammock campers can be even more comfortable, with a stove to ward off any nighttime chill — and, of course, for cooking meals, too.
Read on for our recommendations on the best hammock hot tents available today. You’ll also find a guide for choosing a hammock hot tent and answers to frequently asked questions about this innovative bit of camping gear.
Our Top Picks
OneTigris TEGIMEN HAMMOCK Hot Tent
Best Premium Option
POMOLY Hammock Hot Tent
Onewind Penumbra Hot Tent Tarp
If you were designing your own hammock hot tent, chances are you would end up with something exactly like the OneTigris TEGIMEN Hammock Hot Tent. And that’s why this OneTigris tent wound up with our recommendation as the best overall hammock hot tent.
First, the OneTigris tent is compatible with most general-size hot tent stoves. Second, it can accommodate a wide range of camping hammocks. Third, it offers two stove jack locations — sealable holes through which the stovepipe can be routed — for a variety of set-up and safety options.
The OneTigris is also a large tent, measuring more than 12 feet long, more than 6 feet high, and more than 6 feet wide. At that size, this tent offers plenty of room for more than one camper or one camper with lots of gear.
Constructed of waterproofing-treated ripstop nylon, the OneTigris hammock hot tent will be a durable outdoor shelter. Plus, because it weighs less than 7 pounds, it will be easy to transport to and from your favorite camping spots.
- Seams are sealed extremely well
- Holds up against wind and snow
- Instructions not included with tent
- Zippers should be more sturdy
- Tent stakes should be longer
Best Premium Option
If you’re committed to hammock camping and want to extend your outdoor opportunities into cold weather, the POMOLY Hammock Hot Tent is a top choice. This hammock hot tent truly earns our recommendation as the best premium option on the market.
Sure, you’ll pay a bit more for it, but what you get in return from the POMOLY tent is more than worth the price. Because it is set up with ropes rather than poles, it’s easier to erect than other hammock hot tents. Another great design feature is the fact that it has no zippers to fail, relying instead on fabric ties.
Finally, the tent’s special 70% cotton, 30% polyester blend construction helps with air circulation. And that, of course, reduces any worries about condensation issues developing inside the tent.
- Lots of configuration options
- Sturdy anchor points
- Design keeps wind out of tent
- May be a bit heavy for some users to transport
- Single stove jack
- Accommodates just one hammock sleeper
Loaded with features, the Onewind Penumbra Hot Tent Tarp is an easy choice as our recommendation for the most versatile hammock hot tent. Its polyester ripstop fabric is enhanced with waterproofing, a fire retardant, and a mildew inhibitor for safety and durability.
But that’s not all that this tent offers for hammock campers. The Onewind Penumbra is very spacious, offering nearly 200 square feet under cover. When configured as an A-frame tarp, the Onewind Penumbra provides space for two hammocks
At a weight of just 6.4 pounds, the Onewind Penumbra packs into a stuff sack measuring less than 18 inches long. As a result, it’s easy to pack this tent tarp and easy to transport it to your campsite.
- Seams are tightly sealed
- Great for new hammock campers
- Lots of tie-outs for versatile set-up options
- Stakes should be more durable
- Unusual smell of tarp material may be problematic for some users
- Bungee straps may not work well for some users
Best Budget Option
The hammock hot tent market is continuing to evolve. As a result, you may not yet be able to find a hammock hot tent for your specific needs. However, if you already have a hammock tent, it may be possible to adapt it as a hot tent.
To do so, you’ll need a stove jack — a section of flame-retardant material that keeps your tent from catching fire as a stovepipe passes through it. If you choose this route, the KKUYT Hot Tent Stove Jack is a great way to turn your hammock tent into a hammock hot tent.
Constructed of highly flame-retardant silicone glass fiber, the KKUYT stove jack is easy to install in your tent. First, cut a space in your tent roof for the stove jack. Then, cut a hole in the fabric to match the diameter of your stovepipe. The stove jack attaches to your tent with hook-and-loop tape and safety pins.
- Flame retardant material is sturdy but still easy to cut
- May need professional sewing for adequate installation
Hammock Hot Tent Buyer’s Guide
Hammock hot tents are a relatively new addition to camping gear, so you’ll want to be extra careful in making any purchase decision. Read on for some tips regarding materials, size and other considerations in adding a hammock hot tent to your gear collection.
It used to be that the best and safest hot tents were constructed of cotton canvas. Today, however, there are tents that combine synthetics and cotton and fully synthetic tents, all of which can work as hammock hot tents.
However, unless you’re using your hot tent while backpacking and need to save weight, a cotton canvas hot tent or combined cotton/synthetic hot tent will be your best choice.
Almost uniformly, camping hammocks are constructed of nylon. Some manufacturers have variations of a standard nylon formula that purportedly boosts the strength and feel of the hammock, but even those fabrics are still basically nylon.
Nylon is flammable but usually won’t ignite until its temperature reaches several hundred degrees. So, camping hammocks today are certainly ready for careful use in hot tents.
Understandably, a hammock hot tent will need to be somewhat larger than other tents. Broadly speaking, a tent measuring roughly 12 feet long by 6 feet wide by 6 feet tall should accommodate any standard-size hammock.
Before making any decision on a hammock hot tent, be sure it will comfortably accommodate your hammock. You’ll also need to be sure it has enough space to keep your stove far enough away from the tent wall. As a general rule, a stove should be 2 feet away from any of the side walls of your tent.
Hammock Hot Tent Frequently Asked Questions
Now that you have a basic understanding of the hammock hot tent and you’ve read through our recommendations, you probably have more questions. Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about this new option in camping gear.
What safety procedures should be followed when using a hammock hot tent?
Your hammock hot tent can certainly make your cold-weather camping more comfortable. However, before you go to sleep, make sure that the fire in your hot tent stove is extinguished. An unwatched heat source is a dangerous heat source.
On a similar note, take time during the evening to make sure no embers from the stovepipe are falling on the tent roof. And finally, be certain your gear is stowed far enough away from the stove and stovepipe so that it doesn’t catch fire.
Can condensation be a problem with a hammock hot tent?
Hammock hot tents are not immune from problems with condensation developing inside the tent. In fact, they are more susceptible to condensation because when the hot tent stove is in use, the air inside the tent will be warmer than the air outside the tent.
As a result, water droplets will condense inside the tent. To address the issue, make sure that your hammock hot tent is well-ventilated. Open as many windows and flaps as you can when your stove is in use.
Another way to reduce or eliminate condensation inside your hammock hot tent is to limit the time you use your stove for cooking or warmth.
As a couple of final tips, don’t camp in low areas or in areas near water, where moisture already is in the air.
What is the best stove jack layout for a hammock hot tent?
There is no single best layout for the stove jack in your hammock hot tent. There are, though, a couple of things to address. First, make sure that the stove jack is positioned so that the stove is two feet away from any tent wall.
And, of course, you’ll want to be sure that when you’re occupying the hammock, it’s not drooping too close to the stovepipe or to the stove itself.
Wrapping up the Hammock Hot Tent
After reading this post on the still-developing hammock hot tent phenomenon, you should be equipped to consider it as a personal gear option for cold-weather camping. As a reminder, our choice as the best overall hammock hot tent is the OneTigris TEGIMEN Hammock Hot Tent.
For more guidance on hot tents, check out the Beyond The Tent post on choosing a hot tent stove. You also should take a look at the post on choosing other pieces of cold-weather camping gear. After that, you should be more than ready to head outdoors for some cold-weather adventures. Enjoy!
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Jim Thompson grew up tent camping with his family, and was introduced to backpacking with the Boy Scouts. He attended a military college, where he was introduced to rappelling, an outdoor activity which he has not pursued.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia, and spent 35 years as a newspaper writer and editor before become a writer for Apple Pie Media.
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