tips and manuals for fdf camp tents

The FDF series of tents are all octagonal and based on the same basic principles, but vary in size and details.


INSTRUCTIONS for fdf camp tents

INSTRUCTIONS. Read before use!


We recommend a minimum of four people for pitching this tent. Besides the tent sheet itself you will need the following accessories:

- 8x corner pole*

- 1x centre pole*

- 8x stakes*

- 1x hammer

- *Note that Savotta tents are designed for use with Savotta poles and stakes only. Do not use any other aftermarket poles or stakes. The use of any other poles or stakes may compromise the functionality and safety of the tent which (especially if the tent is used with a stove for heating) may lead to serious damage, injury or even death.


1. Find a flat spot of terrain for pitching the tent.

 a. Preferably with a diameter equal to or greater than the diameter of the tent + (the height of the tent walls x 2), but at least equal to the diameter of the tent.

 b. Make sure the ground is soft enough for hammering the stakes in, but still solid enough to keep them in place.

 c. Beware of sloping ground and holes as these may cause water to collect inside the tent in heavy rain. If you are expecting heavy rain we recommend digging a ditch around the tent.

 d. Remove any debris that may hinder the pitching of the tent or interfere with using it, rocks, branches etc.

 e. If there is snow on the ground:

   i. Shovel as much of it away as possible before pitching the tent. Any snow left inside the tent will melt if the tent is heated with a stove.

 f. If you are using a stove to heat the tent beware of safety hazards:

   i. Dry grass and undergrowth, peat soil, trees and branches (fire hazard).

   ii. Uneven ground (stove or users may trip and fall).

   iii. Remove all safety hazards before using the stove. Never compromise on safety!

 g. Unpack and spread out the tent sheet neatly where you want to pitch it. Pay attention to where you want to position the entrance.


2. Attach all the corner poles inside the tent:

 a. Stick their tips through the large grommets in the top corners.

 b. Attach the hooks on their bottom end to the D-rings at the bottom of the corners.


3. Select four corners that form an even square. Lift and keep these and the tent upright so it forms a clean box shape. These will be the first corners you stake to the ground.

 a. Select one of these four corners and:

   i. Find a suitable spot for the stake. The guy rope should continue in a straight line from the centre of the tent to the stake. The distance of the stake from the tent should be equal to the height of the tent wall.

   ii. Hammer the stake into the ground at a 45-degree angle with the upper T-tip pointing away from the tent and the convex side of the stake pointing towards the tent.

   iii. Attach the corner guy rope to the stake with a reliable knot. The rope should be tightened carefully to keep the corner pole straight up at 90-degree angle.

 b. Continue by staking the exact opposite of the first corner to the ground.

 c. Move on to the first one of the remaining two corners and stake it to the ground.

 d. Finish off the first four corners by staking the last of the four to the ground.


4. After the first four corners are standing continue with the remaining four, again doing them in opposing pairs to ensure even tension.


5. Install the telescopic centre pole.

 a. Use the pin to adjust it for proper height and tension.

 b. If the ground is very soft use any available flat support to prevent the pole from sinking, but as always beware of potential fire hazards if you are using a stove.


6. Inspect the tent and adjust and correct if needed:

 a. There should not be any deep folds or wrinkles in the ceiling or walls.

 b. The walls should be standing at a 90 degree angle to the ground.

 c. The stakes should be hammered as deep as possible at the correct angle and distance from the tent.

 d. The guy lines should be securely and tightly tied to the stakes.

 e. The hem of the tent should be folded inside the tent.

 f. If there is snow on the ground:

   i. If the snow cover is deep: shovel away any snow that is touching the tent walls on the outside. If the tent is heated with a stove this will melt and soak the walls of the tent.

   ii. Instead of being pulled inside the tent the hem should be pulled to the outside and packed with snow, sealing it to the ground.


7. If you are using a stove for heating:

 a. Read, understand and follow the user and safety instructions of your stove!

 b. Make sure no easily flammable material is present inside or outside the tent near the stove or the chimney.

 c. Prevent any hot part of stove from ever coming into contact with the tent fabric.

 d. Note that Savotta tents are designed for use with Savotta stoves only. Do not use any other aftermarket stoves. The use of any other stoves may compromise the functionality and safety of the tent which may lead to serious damage, injury or even death.


WARNINGS. Read before use!

1. This tent should not be used by children. Never let a child use the tent without close adult supervision.


2. Never use the tent when there is a possibility of thunder in the area. The tent (and stove is one is used) may attract lightning which can cause serious damage to the tent and injury or death to anyone inside.


3. If the tent is damaged do not use it, repair it before use. A damaged tent may cause numerous hazardous situations.


4. Do not smoke or operate camping stoves or light fires or candles inside the tent. These can cause severe fire hazards, suffocation and other injuries.


5. If you are using a stove for heating the tent:

 a. Always and foremost practice extreme caution when using the tent with a stove!

 b. Although the fabrics are fire retardant they are not fire proof – sparks and flames will damage and burn holes in the fabric. Stove heated tents will in normal use suffer burned holes from sparks hitting the fabric. This is normal wear and tear and easily patched if needed. Our warranty does not cover any form of burn damage either through normal or misuse.

 c. To minimize tent damage from falling sparks the chimney top should extend 100 cm above the chimney port. We recommend burning hardwood to minimize the risk of sparks.

 d. Sparks and heat from the stove may light nearby combustible material on fire, remove any easily combustible material inside and near the tent before use.

 e. Always keep a generous bucket of water or a fire extinguisher within a few seconds reach of the tent when the stove is hot, be prepared to put out any fire if necessary!

 f. Inspect the ground for any hot embers during and after use and extinguish these carefully with water.

 g. Note that Savotta tents should be used with Savotta stoves only. The use of any other stove may cause serious safety hazards.

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