Customer photos of the tent in use, from a customer in Denmark:
This is a vintage one-man lightweight campfire tent or “baker tent” we have developed: the baker tent is a fantastic traditional tent form that allows a fire in front for cooking and warmth as well as being open to nature and the views of your location. This new “Recon” tent is upcycled from vintage 1960’s military canvas tent stock and took several months to design and perfect but the end result is something that really works well in a range of weather conditions and for different types of camping. Compact and made with lightweight canvas this tent can be backpacked or carried by canoe or motorbike and has all the features of a classic campfire tent such as waterproof natural cotton canvas, wood and metal poles, natural rope guys with wooden tensioners, and of course the open-fronted design suitable for a campfire in front of the tent for cooking and for reflected and radiated warmth making it a suitable tent for use in colder conditions.
The tent has been carefully designed and modified from the original to enable 5 different modes for all weather conditions and use with an open fire or fire box:
1. OPEN MODE: the classic baker tent format with a broad canopy functioning like a tarp giving ample room for camp admin, cooking, sitting out of the rain and shade from the sun, with wind protection from 3 sides.
2. CANOPY LOWERED: set the canopy low to shed rain and provide protection whilst still benefiting from the fire in front:
3. SINGLE-POLE MODE: a single front pole can be used to give this format again suitable with a fire and gives extra protection, entrance and exit from the side-opening on the left side.
4. CLOSED MODE: lower the canopy fully and secure the traditional French lacing closure on the side entrance to give a classic ridge tent or a frame style tent that is almost completely closed and offers privacy or maximum protection from the weather.
5. TARP MODE (NO POLES REQUIRED): One of the most effective set ups and a key feature we wanted with this tent is for when camping among trees. The tent can be suspended with paracord (just like a tarp) through the holes at the top and pegged out at the base meaning no poles are required to be transported which significantly cuts down on the weight and adds to the simplicity of the set up.
The weight of the canvas section is 3.2kg – the poles and extra heavy duty pegs (see below) are approx 4kg. The inside poles are steel ones, with lightweight wooden poles (exact style may vary based on supply) under the front canopy.
Erected the tent provides internal height of 4’6″ (1.4M) at the ridge, it is 4 feet deep internally with another 4 feet under the canopy and depending how it is set it is either 9 feet wide (2.7M) with the sides pulled out fully or 6 feet 3 inches (1.98M) with the sides set straight and pegged at the foot of the poles.
The sewn in canvas groundsheet is folded double inside in normal use or can folded out under the canopy to give 8 feet (2.4M) depth of ground cover when needed, for sorting out kit under the canopy, preparing food etc.
The canvas packed up measures 60 cm x 27cm cylinder shape – see below, (16inch hatchet for scale)
Baker Tent Heritage & History – Bill Mason & Ray Mears
Legendary canoe expedition guru and wilderness camper Bill Mason popularised this tent style in his book “Song Of The Paddle – an Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Camping”:
Ray used Baker tents in both his “Canoe Journey” programme and his “Roger’s Rangers” episode of the Ray Mears Extreme Survival Series.
Rogers Rangers Episode
(skip to 3mins 30 secs for Baker Tent)
Canoe Journey Episode
(skip to 5mins 25secs for Baker Tent)