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In Tent Fans

Post by DerbyDave 18 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:55 pm

In lieu of a shade structure, which I am having a real hard time figuring out how to build, are there any in tent fans that work well and aren't too expensive or is there no such thing as a portable fan that I assume would run on battery or charged with usb and will it actually help so I don't wake up baking inside my tent?

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by lucky420 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:57 pm

I’ve used an O2 COOL brand fan before. It uses 8 D batts but works pretty good
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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by Token » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:59 pm

Despite Lucky’s good fortunes, I’ll opine that a simple fan just converts the tent-oven into a forced-air-convection tent-oven.

i.e. you will cook even faster.

Nap outside tent during daytime. Plenty spots to pass out in the vastness of BM.

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by lucky420 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:33 pm

lol stoned
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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by lucky420 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:33 pm

lucky420 wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:33 pm
Oh yeah, I was in a yurt and I had 2 if them

Forgot that part :lol:
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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by BBadger » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:11 am

You could have one of those expensive Dyson "air multiplier" fans and it would not help you without some sort of shade/airflow.

You could make an evap cooler, but I would rather have the shade than an evap cooler.
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Post by Jackass » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:16 am

I completely agree that a little bit of shade will go 10x further towards enhancing your experience than any air moving device is capable of...

We already know that the air out there will be moving, at one point or another
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by ACfromSAC » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:36 am

Chiming in encouraging a shade structure... even a small one just to keep the morning sun off of your tent will make a world of difference. Monkey hut it up. A few lengths of PVC, some rebar, shade cloth & bungees. You'll be very happy that you did it. A fan is just going to be pushing hot air around.

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by spacetime » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:46 am

Shade yes. I am trying an endless breeze for in-tent cooling this year.

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Post by Zubeneschamali » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:06 pm

Not in instead, but both. Now you're talking. A shaded tent, with a fan, and a damp top sheet over you, you will sleep an extra 2 hours. I guarantee it.

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Post by spacetime » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:15 pm

Zubeneschamali wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:06 pm
Not in instead, but both. Now you're talking. A shaded tent, with a fan, and a damp top sheet over you, you will sleep an extra 2 hours. I guarantee it.
Do you just dunk a sheet in water and wring it out when you wake up in the heat?

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Post by FIGJAM » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:51 pm

I think I would spray it rather than dunking.

And not at all if there is significant dust. Could get nasty.
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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by spacetime » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:06 pm

will keep the garden sprayer nearby then

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by ACfromSAC » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:29 pm

Last year my girlfriend brought small evaporative cooling towels for us to help with the morning heat. She also bought cool touch mats. The combo of the two were surprisingly effective.

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by spacetime » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:48 pm

Hmm. Evaporative towels like, for the neck? I see they are like high tech fiber bandannas basically, is that how you see them?

Also, what kind of cooling mats did you get? For a pillow?

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by DerbyDave 18 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:50 pm

My problem is I'm going to be by myself and I don't know anything about putting together a shade and from what I've seen of them one person trying to do it isn't going to work out well. Any ideas for a simple one I can make? In 2015 I bought a 10' by 20' reflective tarp but never used it because I had no idea how to.

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by lucky420 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:03 pm

I can and have put up a monkey hut all by myself. If you think you need help pulling the shade cloth/tarp over the frame,ask your neighbors. It’s really not much work and most people are happy to help out a bit

You can make a smaller 10ft or even a 5ft one
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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by Token » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:22 pm

DerbyDave 18 wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:50 pm
My problem is I'm going to be by myself and I don't know anything about putting together a shade and from what I've seen of them one person trying to do it isn't going to work out well. Any ideas for a simple one I can make? In 2015 I bought a 10' by 20' reflective tarp but never used it because I had no idea how to.
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Chat up the user “highwing” and see if you can:

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by DerbyDave 18 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:05 pm

That looks possible. Will the poles stand up in a strong wind storm?

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Post by Ratty » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:51 pm

I did a couple of burns under my friends sail. He would raise and lower the poles on one side as needed. The other side stayed low to the ground and the wind just went right over. It was a fancy triangle of cloth cut and sewn on the bias. It had a bit of stretch.
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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by BBadger » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:40 am

I don't know what to tell you man. Why don't you just test it out and see if it works?

There are a lot of shade structure designs people have come up with, many have instructions or list the parts. At some point you're just going to have to sit down, choose one or two, and build them to see if they work.

Set them up in your yard, or if you don't have that kind of space, your local park. I test my shit at the local park because I have no yard at this apartment complex. If it feels flimsy, get some more parts (like rope and stakes and shit), revise the design, and make it work. It'll be a lot easier to work out kinks at the local park, rather than on-playa.

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by DerbyDave 18 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:56 pm

You're right. The one the link took me to looks like something even a do it yourself challenged person like me could manage.

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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by Savannah » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:43 am

lucky420 wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:57 pm
I’ve used an O2 COOL brand fan before. It uses 8 D batts but works pretty good
Met too! I have two 10" O2 Cool Fans, and I like them a lot. About $20 at Home Depot and Amazon.

One of them is older (6 or 7 years old?) and requires a tiny tiny screwdriver to get into it, so if anyone orders one, I definitely recommend unboxing the fan before traveling, to make sure you have a screwdriver that fits. It's also a good idea because--if it's the older model with small screws--the screws are easy to lose. Better to drop one on the floor in your home than lose a screw in the dust.

O2 Cool fans are not powerful enough to stay in one's tent for hours past the usual time, but if you turn it on and turn it towards you, you may be able to doze until 9am instead of 8am . . . or at least be more comfortable while dressing.

Last year I sat in my shade in front of my fan, spritzing myself with water from a spray bottle. I can't believe I hadn't tried that yet. Very pleasant.
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Re: In Tent Fans

Post by Kenshiro » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:48 pm

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-18-Vo ... /205022215

If you happen to have the Ryobi platform of battery power tools, they have this fan for $40 that gets surprisingly high marks (especially for a budget tool brand) in terms of efficiency, relatively quiet operation, and battery life. Biggest drawback is they are exclusive to Home Depot.

But Ryobi has a lot of Burn-friendly tools that are inexpensive and perfectly suitable for the intermittent abuse of the playa: impact drivers/wrenches, drills, mattress inflators, cordless glue guns (!), and this fan. As an aside their batteries are compatible with this:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Arctic-Cove ... /205744083

I happened to buy it because the standard Ryobi fan was out of stock, and frankly I found the misting to be overly aggressive and would leave a lot of water all over my Shiftpod floor.

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