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    German Black Tents - any practical experience?

    Hi All
    Anybody who has camped abroad will have seen the amazing black tents that are standard amongst German troops. We've seen them at International Jamborees and are very taken by them. See http://www.diejurte.com/product/complete-6m-jurte/

    We're considering getting a Yurt as a replacement for our ageing mess tent. Before we go ahead and arrange a demo from the UK importer, I was wondering if anybody on here has practical experience of using them?

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    Yes the panels are very expensive to replace if Smithy accidental damages one showing off to Schmitty.

    Well that was our experience.

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    Sorry,just brought our fourth mess tent. Cant beat them.

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    Jurten (the larger variety) stand up very poorly to wind because of their structure, FWIW. The black canvas also makes them *very* hot in summer.

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    I came across this thread whilst looking for another and thought I'd update it on the basis of our experiences.
    We finally went for a 6m Yurt and I have to say that it is probably the best purchase the group has ever made. We use it all the time: as a mess tent, as a changing room, for fund raising (we rent it out to CosPlay groups) etc.
    We have a small wood fired range that we take to camp and with some LED lights, it is the Ds Bs.

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    I assume you are referring to a Kohte? Never used one myself, but I was thinking of using the idea to make a 'play tent' for our youngest daughter using simple materials (no need to be weatherproof).
    All posts represent my own opinions only. In no way do they speak for anyone else, including (but not limited to) my group, district, county or HQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakes_stu View Post
    I assume you are referring to a Kohte? .
    Hi Stu. No, this is the big circular Jurte: like the ones you see if films about the kinghts of the round table :-) That's why it's popular with cosplay groups.

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    One of these?
    http://www.thecottontentcompany.co.u...jurte-87-p.asp

    There's a group near us that has one, or maybe the 8m one. I like it muchly. Quite envious when I saw it at frost camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianw View Post
    Yup, that's the one; though ours has windows as well, which adds to the headroom as well as allowing light and air in when needed (they're mesh with canvas covers)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianw View Post
    One of these?
    http://www.thecottontentcompany.co.u...jurte-87-p.asp

    There's a group near us that has one, or maybe the 8m one. I like it muchly. Quite envious when I saw it at frost camp.
    I'd find it very hard to justify two and a half grand for one of those when a canvas mess tent can be had for less than half the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Williams View Post
    I'd find it very hard to justify two and a half grand for one of those when a canvas mess tent can be had for less than half the price.
    Yes, but awesomeness is unquantifiable.

    I went into the one on frost camp the other year, there was an open dish fire pit in the middle with a huddle of scouts around it, out of the weather and in front of the fire. To each side from the door was a couple of tables with benches each side, on the far side there was a full on kitchen and all the stores. It was snug and warm.

    Last frost camp we took a big mess tent. We had a frontier stove in it, with the chimney sticking up through a gap in the joins of the outer. Sometimes it smoked out the tent, sometimes it kept some of the tent warm, ish. When we served dinner everyone had to get out so we could set enough tables and benches up.

    Yes, they are more or less, on the surface, functionally equivalent. But the black tent is just so *cool*. If you went to your school mates on Monday and showed them a picture of a mess tent and said "I spent the weekend in one of these"...meh...the black tent with the open fire in the middle however...

    Then again, we half seriously thought about it, but as we usually just borrow a mess tent off other groups, and storage. Decided against it.
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    It is not an ass, so is it a sin to covet that tent?


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    Your thoughts paralleled ours when we saw them, Ian.
    We did almost exactly as you describe at Green Beret last October and the reaction of leaders from other groups was almost comical.

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