Which Tent and Shade should I go for? (Tent Kodiak for sure)

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Which Tent and Shade should I go for? (Tent Kodiak for sure)

Post by kewlguy » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:30 am

Hello all-

I am preparing for the burning man. I have narrowed down what kind of tent I want to go for, and the shades to two (really, three) choices-

1) Get Costco Carport, and get Kodiak. The only question I have with this is, I do want to get 10x14, but it look like 10x10 is the best size for this kind of set up. Can anyone share their experience doing 10x14 with costco carport? I have tried to Google it, and only see lot of discussion with 10x10 with costco carport, so I am not sure if this is something that work well. Anyone care to chime in? (This is basically two choice in one, costco port, but with two different size of Kodiak)

2) Get 10x14 and aluminet and cover the tent., (Similar to this. https://www.burn.life/tents-and-shade.html the 2014 setup)

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Re: Which Tent and Shade should I go for? (Tent Kodiak for sure)

Post by Token » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:39 pm

Aluminet is great for making a semi-shaded diffused light lounge area. Somewhere to sit in the breeze.

It is not very good at keeping tents cooler.

You want 100% opaque shade for your tent. 100% blocking of light.

You’ll see allot of the silver and blue heavy duty tarps deployed for just that.

Carports are proven, though lots of folks will upgrade the tarps for more sun blocking.

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Re: Which Tent and Shade should I go for? (Tent Kodiak for sure)

Post by Strata » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:30 am

I've had good luck with a double layer of aluminet on my monkey hut. Good shade and very little wind load.
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Re: Which Tent and Shade should I go for? (Tent Kodiak for sure)

Post by skyy » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:44 pm

I'll throw my two cents on this thread too since sharing is caring.

Hello Everyone!

I'm not sure if this is still relevant to your thread but I opted not to build a monkey hut but rather create a lightweight PVC structure that can attach directly to the Kodiak tension rods.

The picture below was from pre-burn 2019. I learned a few lessons during the burn which included drilling some holes through the major intersection points for a bolt and nut to secure everything in place (the PVC tended to pull out of the joints since there was no adhesive). Additionally I extended the top bars (the ones perpendicular to the main metal rod on top of the tent) in order to account for the curvature of the roof when the kodiak is erected.

I threw the aluminet over top of the whole thing once erected (or you can put it in place before erecting the tent for an easier time)

The added distance between the kodiak the aluminet gave an additional insulation layer of air which kept the tent considerably cooler compared to laying aluminet directly over the tent.

This set up allowed me to break the PVC down into small enough pieces such that it fit in the "bar bag" that came with the kodiak and didn't require extra bags to carry in and out.

Unfortunately I didn't get an picture of it completely set up but I think you get the idea :)
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