The PlayDo Cotton Canvas Bell Tent is a spacious, 4-season family camping tent with a built-in stove jack and a heat-resistant port.
The Yurtent Roomy Bell Tent is an all-season, 4 to 6-person canvas tent with a top stove jack. With a diameter of 13 ft / 4 meters, it has 1 door and 4 semicircular windows and can fit a queen bed and two air mattresses.
Comfort and Space
The Yurtent Bell Tent is available in two sizes: 13.1 ft / 4 meters in diameter, and 16.4 ft / 5 meters. This review is for the smaller size. With a floor length of 157.2″ / 399.3 cm and a tent diameter of 13.1 ft / 4 m, there’s plenty of floor space to fit a queen bed and two air mattresses.
In addition, the peak height of 8.2 ft / 2.5 m allows for plenty of shoulder space and headroom to roam around the tent with ease. The side walls of this bell tent stand at 23.6″ / 60 cm in height, which is less than some other tents this size.
The sloping roofs that are characteristic of bell tents sacrifice some headspace around the edges, compared to the cabin or lodge-style tents that have nearly vertical walls.
The stove jack opening is located at the start of the sloping roof instead of the very top, which means your wood stove has to be positioned near the edge of the tent instead of in the middle. The stove jack can be used as a wiring outlet when not in use.
The Yurtent allows for four to six people for the smaller size and six to eight for the larger. The smaller size can fit a king-sized mattress and two single mattresses, while the larger size can fit eight single mattresses but it will be a bit of a squeeze!
There isn’t a blackout layering to this tent nor is there a porch or screen room. The tent door’s width is 6.56 ft / 2 m, which gives easy access to move items large and small into the tent.
Breathability and Ventilation
The Yurtent Roomy Bell tent has 4 semicircular, mesh-layered windows and a mesh-layered door, which allows for breeze to pass through and keeps bugs out at the same time.
The cool thing about this tent is that it can be used as a canopy on hot days. The sidewalls can be rolled up fully to enjoy a 360-degree view of the scenery and let plenty of air in, while still protecting you from the sun.
The four extra vents on the roof provide extra ventilation on warmer days, and with the large mesh doors, this tent is perfectly suited for warm weather.
This high-quality tent is made with 100% cotton canvas that is fire retardant and also weather resistant to keep you comfortable in harsh weather conditions like rain, wind, and snow.
It will hold up well in winds and heavy rain, but the standard steel stakes that it comes with might not be good enough in exceptionally windy areas. You might have to purchase some heavy-duty steel stakes if you live in a particularly windy environment.
The tent is completely waterproofed with high-quality zippers and double-stitched seams, so you can be assured of no leaks, even in heavy rains. Before using the tent, soak the canvas with water first so that the fabric pores shrink and the seams will tighten.
Be sure to store it dry though, or mold can grow.
The Yurtent Bell Tent is made of outstanding materials. The body is 100% fire-retardant cotton canvas, and the windows and doors have premium-quality mesh, allowing the air to pass through yet keeping the creepy crawlies out.
The floor is a durable, detachable, PVC groundsheet that keeps the rainwater and insects away. The high-quality materials will last for a long time, especially if it is in use during good weather. However, if you constantly use the tent in heavy rain, snow, and inclement weather, the lifespan of the tent will be shortened.
The one thing negative about this tent is that it uses fiberglass poles. Fiberglass poles tend to have a shorter lifespan than aluminum or steel. In addition, fiberglass also tends to weigh more than aluminum.
Even though the tent is made of fire retardant materials, be wary of where you place the wood stove and stay clear of the walls. Store this tent bone dry or you risk mold forming.
Ease of Use
Two people can easily set up this tent in under 30 minutes. There is only 1 door pole and 1 center pole, both of which should be easy to distinguish from one another. There are 12 adjustable ropes, 12 big pegs, 12 small pegs, and a rain cap included in the tent accessories.
While the included pegs might be enough for use in good weather, you might want to invest in heavy-duty ones instead if you intend to use this tent in an exceptionally windy area. There’s also an included hammer in the package.
To set up the tent, first, unpack the package and lay out all the items. Then, spread out the detachable groundsheet, and orient the tent’s door to where you want your entrance. Line the tent up with the groundsheet, then assemble the door frame and center poles.
Once the center pole is ready, you can enter the tent and prop it up. Now the tent will have a basic bell shape. Then insert the A-frame in the door, and place the legs in the sockets on the floor. Don’t forget to put the rain cap on!
Once your tent is mostly up, you can go around placing the guy lines and staking them down with the included stakes and hammer. Tighten all the guylines, and you’re done!
Packed Size and Weight
The packed size of the smaller Yurtent bell tent is 61.7 lbs / 28 kg and its storage size is 37.8″ x 13″ x 13″ / 96 x 33 x 33 cm, while the packed size of the larger tent is 83.7 lbs / 38 kg with a storage size is 37.8″ x 14.1″ x 14.1″ / 96 x 36 x 36 cm.
This tent is a heavy one, so be sure to accommodate that when you’re looking for your new camping spot. In addition, the package is bulky and might be awkward to lug around for long distances.
Pros and Cons
- Easy installation
- Durable 100% cotton canvas
- Mesh door and windows
- Excellent ventilation
- 5” stove jack
- Fire retardant material
- Can be used as a canopy
- Detachable groundsheet
- Double-stitched seams
- Adjustable slider for guy lines
- Heavy and bulky
- Fiberglass poles
|Comfort and Space||9/10|
|Ease of Setup||8.5/10|
|Size and Weight||7/10|