Tent Canvas Choices

The Highest Quality Canvas

The four types of canvas offered are unquestionably the best canvasses on the market today. All four begin with a base canvas that is 100% cotton Army Duck. In an Army Duck the yarns are twisted together before being woven into the canvas. The result is a tighter weave and increased strength. Our army duck is 54x24, 2 ply cotton.

The tents we offer use only 36" wide material. Its a lot easier to make a tent from 60" wide material because it requires fewer seams. Unfortunately, it also leaves you with a droopy looking tent. Using 36" wide canvas means more seams and more labor, but it gives you a shelter which holds its shape better with less bagging and sagging. It also gives you more ties than normal for added flexibility.

Before the first cut is made, the canvas is treated at the mill. A factory treatment is done by professionals with special equipment. The result is a more uniform and high quality finish, and a tent with better water shedding capabilities.

All canvasses are treated for mildew resistance. Does this mean they will never mildew or turn gray? No. Any canvas will mildew under the right conditions, and white canvasses will turn dark when exposed to the elements over time, but the treatments on these canvasses resist mildew and darkening better than other cotton canvasses.

Flame Retardant 10.38oz Army Duck

This treatment is flame retardant, water repellent, and mildew resistant with a shrinkage factor of approximately 7%. This canvas is very white and holds its color extremely well.

The flame retardancy is just that, a RETARDANT! There is no such thing as a FLAMEPROOF tent. Please exercise caution when near fires, wood stoves, etc. This canvas meets California Fire Marshal's Code CPAI-84; the standard by which flame retardant treatments are measured. Check with your Attorney General's office for flame retardancy requirements on tents in your state.

Note: Flame retardancy will diminish within a few years. How long it will last on your tent will vary with use and exposure to the elements.

Colors - This canvas is also available in Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Black, Purple, and Khaki at an additional charge. The colors in the chart below are approximations.

Black
(002)
Red
(004)
Khaki
(007)
Purple
(008)
Green
(009)
Blue
(013)
Yellow
(018)

10.38oz Sunforger

Sunforger is a fantastic treatment that combines water repellency, marine finishing and boatshrunk application. The result is a strong, but lightweight canvas that sheds water, resists mildew, mold, algae, and fungi, and has a smaller shrinkage factor.

Because it is a "Dry Application" finish, tents made of Sunforger are significantly lighter in weight than tents made of other canvasses.

10.38oz Sunforger with Flame Retardant

This canvas has the same properties as Sunforger, but with a flame retardancy added. This canvas is lighter in weight than the above flame retardant, but just as strong. It is not a bright white like the above 10.38oz Army Duck but it breathes better and has a smaller shrinkage factor.

The flame retardancy is just that, a RETARDANT! There is no such thing as a FLAMEPROOF tent. Please exercise caution when near fires, wood stoves, etc. This canvas meets California Fire Marshal's Code CPAI-84; the standard by which flame retardant treatments are measured. Check with your Attorney General's office for flame retardancy requirements on tents in your state.

Note: Flame retardancy will diminish within a few years. How long it will last on your tent will vary with use and exposure to the elements.

13oz Sunforger with Flame Retardant

THE ULTIMATE! This extra heavy duty canvas is the same superior treatment as the above, applied to an Army Duck which is 25% heavier! The result is a super canvas for extra harsh climates and a longer lasting tent.

On average, 13 oz has 30% more tare strength than the 10.38oz version. This is the toughest canvas on the market!

 

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