A lean-to tent, also called a half tent shelter, gets its name because it leans on a framework or other structure. Lean-to tents make good windbreaks, and the slope of the roof allows water to run off easily. A camper can light a fire near a lean-to tent without fear of carbon monoxide poisoning, because the air circulation prevents inhalation of smoke. Different types of lean-to tents have been used through history for shelter. Soldiers made these simple structures during wars, and today they serve as easy shelters for campers.
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Simple Lean-to Tent
Simple lean-tos are constructed by attaching several branches or planks to a tree. A piece of tarp or plastic covers the branches to make a simple lean-to tent. This type is the fastest and easiest to put up. It works well for the inexperienced camper or just when a shelter is needed quickly.
Ladder Lean-to Tent
Ladder lean-to tents have two long poles with short cross poles in the form of a ladder. The ladder leans against a tree. Tarp or plastic sheets cover the ladder to complete the tent. This lean-to tent offers greater shelter than a simple lean-to tent.
Whelen Lean-to Tent
The Whelen lean-to tent, devised by Col. Townsend Whelen, also goes by the name hunters lean-to tent. The tent has a sloped roof at the back and a short roof in front. The Whelen leans on an arrangement of three poles placed on each end and horizontal poles at the back over which tarp or plastic material for the tent is wrapped to provide shelter.
Baker Lean-to Tent
Baker lean-to tents get their name because they resembles the Yankee Baker oven similar to the modern reflector oven. The back of the tent is tied to the two ends of the backing frame or structure, and the front is tied to two erect poles like a simple canopy. Tarp or plastic covers the simple frame of the tent. The Baker has the option to have one flap up on the side, basically making it a tent with an awning.
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