Basic Things to Consider When Choosing from the Range of Bell Tents For Sale

4m and 5m pukka bell tents
Pukka 4m & 5m Bell Tents

There are a lot of bell tents out there – so if you’re new to it all & thinking of buying one – and are a little confused here are a few basic pieces of info that may help…

Traditional yet Modern Pukka bells

Canvas bell tents were used big-time during the Crimean war (1850s) by the British military. During this time and until fairly recently, waterproofing a canvas tent was achieved by utilising and applying various mixes of linseed oil, wax and sometimes paraffin – making the already heavy canvas even heavier – and probably more than a little smelly!

More recently bell tent makers have invented the A-frame, which gives us the porch-like entrance providing increased headroom, whilst at the same time eliminating the problem of rain hitting and wetting the front half of the groundsheet when the entrance flaps are opened, as will happen in a tepee or early-style bell tent with no A-frame.

The other great invention of zips means it doesn’t take ages to get out of your tent (or back into it!!) in the middle of the night when you’re busting to empty your bladder! Zips are also a lot less draughty than the original Dutch lacing system.

Our Pukka canvas bell tents are built from a heavyweight 360gsm (10.5oz/yd2) 100% cotton canvas fabric. This canvas is a modern version of the old-fashioned, traditional and really very heavy canvas and has been treated (during the manufacture of the fabric) with modern proofers which provide resistance to water, UV and mould. The bathtub SIG or ZIG style heavyweight pvc groundsheets also mean modern bell tents are considerably more weather-and-bug proof than the earlier bell tents.

We now enjoy mesh covered air vents in the side walls (otherwise called windows) and also at the tent apex, plus Pukka bell tents (as well as a few others) have secondary mesh doors (with zips of course). Pukka’s mesh is midge-proof and all zips used are top quality YKK. If you’re not camping in a heavily midge-infested area, you can unzip your Pukka mesh windows open – this hugely increases the airflow on particularly hot days. And in a ‘nod’ to the original, we do use wooden sliders and thick guy ropes. It just feels so much better!

With the more recent arrival of the popular in-tent stoves (Pukka stoves are multifuel) and integrated flue exits, as well as the roll-up side walls together with toggles, ties and optional inner tents – Well! Bell tents have truly made it into the 21st century – Sorted!!

So, Pukka bell tents are one of the best examples of ‘traditional-meeting-modern’ – with bell owners appreciating the benefits of chilling under canvas comfortably and getting back in touch with the outdoors.

See our range of  Traditional yet Modern canvas bell tents here.

Getting away from frenetic modern life with all the stresses it brings has just got better.

What sets Pukka Bell Tents apart?

Well, rather than us tell you what we think, this is what one of our customers said earlier this month (April 2017):

Brilliant, thank you Debbie!

Just for your own reference, the reason I went for your bell tent was because of the extra thick canvas, the pre-installed flue flap and where it’s positioned, and being able to unzip the mesh on half-moon windows. For me, that’s what set your tents apart from the others.

The west coast of Ireland under canvas is now tantalisingly close…  Thanks again,

Daniela, April 2017

So! Our heavier weight of canvas, integrated flue exit (carefully positioned in the second wall panel back from the entrance), and the zippable mesh on the windows ‘did it’ for this Customer!

To see for yourself just take a look at our canvas bell tents for sale here.

You’ll be able to see our full specs there on our site too, which includes top quality zips, pro pegs, wide storm flaps including over window zips and 6mm reflective ropes.

We also pride ourselves on our Top Notch Customer Service!