Safe Camping With Your AAA Wall Tent


With the exception of our 10.1 oz Fire-retardant Army Duck, our other wall tent fabrics have no special fire-retardant treatment. However, in over 60 years of building canvas wall tents, we have found that, for most customers, our heavy duty untreated canvas fabrics pose no substantial fire risk, as long common sense is observed.

The issues to consider when determining whether special fire-retardant fabrics are necessary in your particular circumstances include the following:

* cost of fire-retardant treatment (approx. 15% greater)

* odor (some find FR fabric odors objectionable)

* longevity (FR treatments degrade with sun exposure)

* State regulations (7 States require these treatments)

About Fire Safety and Canvas Fabrics


All tent fabrics will burn if held in contact with an open flame or heat source long enough.

That said, in over sixty years of building tents using our superior 100% cotton canvas fabrics, we have not found the flammability of these material to be a great concern for wall tents with a wood burning stove, as long adequate stovepipe length and common sense are used.

All of our wall tent fabrics are the best double-fill canvas fabrics available. Because of the tight weave of our canvas, these fabrics tend not to ignite readily, though they will burn slowly if kept in contact with a flame or heat source. The 14.7 oz #10 Duck in particular, (used in our Stock Wall Tents) is naturally more flame-resistant than lighter-weight, looser-weave fabrics offered by many other makers. Neither it, nor our 12.5 oz Boat Duck are available with a fire-retardant treatment, but in our experience this is not typically a problem for most customers.

Our 10.1 oz Army Duck is available in a fire-retardant version on our custom wall tents. This may make sense for some customers using this tent material with a wood-burning stove.

Customers in seven states (CA, LA, MA, MI, MN, NJ and NY) in many cases are required by their state regulations to select our fire-retardant 10.1 oz Army Duck. If you live in one of these states, contact customer service if you are unsure whether the requirement for fire-retardant canvas applies in your situation.

When setting up a wood-burning stove in a wall tent, be sure the ground area around the stove is clear of combustible materials. We recommend enough stove pipe on your flue to reach at least 2-3 feet above the ridge line of your tent. Always employ a spark arrestor on the stove pipe. And be sure your tent is adequately guyed out in severe weather to eliminate the risk of the stove pipe separating from too much tent movement in the wind.