As a business, it is important that you can operate efficiently and to your full potential all year round, even during the winter season. Tipis are fantastic outdoor event structures for businesses throughout the seasons, as they are so versatile and easy to adapt to your individual needs, as well as the demands of the weather. With the winter season comes an opportunity to create a winter tipi that is snug and cosy and offers the perfect hideaway for guests who are looking for a unique experience.
We have put together some of our top tips on how to get your event tipis winter-ready and continue to be a cosy and inviting space, even when the temperatures drop and the rain, wind, or even snow kicks in.
Wood-burning stoves are a very popular option for heating a tipi as not only do they provide a steady, constant source of heat but the addition of flickering flames can transform the atmosphere and add to the tipi’s ambience. Gather wood from the surrounding area to fuel the wood-burning stove and to make this heating method more sustainable.
This autumn we announced our Brand Partnership with Saltfire Stoves who have an incredible array of stoves, in all shapes and sizes. They are designed for maximum burning efficiency and are all extremely clean burning. Their experience in providing stoves for outdoor tipi tents and event structures is unmatched, and they are sure to match the perfect stove to your business’s needs.
For a quicker, direct solution for heating your tipi for the winter, use an Indirect Fan Heater. An Indirect Fan Heater will be positioned outside of the tipi, with the vent pushed under the edge of the mudwall, and will blow warm air into the space. There is a thermostat positioned on the inside which you can set to an agreeable temperature for your guests. This method of heating will ensure that the warm air is distributed evenly throughout the tipi to keep all your guests toasty warm and enjoying themselves. For larger formations, an indirect fan heater is a must for comfort.
Another exciting partnership we launched this year is with Thermobile – the UK’s no.1 trusted provider of powerful and efficient climate control equipment. We can advise you on the model that is most effective for your formation, to keep your tipis heated throughout the 12 months of the year.
Keeping your tipi in good condition will benefit you twice fold. It will ensure your investment keeps its structural integrity and any minor issues are rectified before they become major, and it ensures your tipis look the best possible for your future customers.
We advise our clients to conduct daily checks of the structure throughout the winter months to ensure your tipis stay safe and strong through adverse weather conditions. It is particularly important to prioritise checks following harsh, windy, or stormy weather. All our customers receive Daily Check Sheets for their team to use in-house and report any issues to our After-Sales Team. We of course are on hand to offer our clients any support and advice they need.
During daily and weekly checks of your canvas, prioritise spotting any potential wear/rub points where the tensioning straps are in contact with the canvas, as strong winds can create small friction areas. Identify these points and conduct patch repairs where necessary.
As an honest, family-run business, we understand the need to ensure you get the most out of your investment and that you will want as many years of usage as possible from your purchase. That is why we feel that preventative cleaning is the best way to care for your tipi tent canvas, especially during the winter months.
We advise regular cleaning of the canvas with a soft brush and water, to ensure no build-up of algae or mildew can occur. Any mud, bird droppings, berries, sand, or salt water must also be brushed off the canvas to stop them from staining the canvas.
Winter is the perfect opportunity to take your soft furnishings to a whole new level and offer your guests the cosiest festive experience they could ask for. To achieve this we would recommend the use of faux fur hides draped over benches and on the floor, cosy throws to place over guests’ knees, candles on the tables and festive garlands attached to the horizontal purlin beams.
Getting your tipi winter-ready isn’t just about keeping your guests comfortable, it can also be an excellent way to boost business revenue. While the most popular time for outdoor events may be during the April – September wedding season, winter events are a huge attraction in a tipi. Halloween parties, wreath-making events, Santa’s grottos, corporate Christmas parties, and NYE events are all hugely popular and will form an integral part of your business plan.
For more information on our tipis, the types we have available, and how they can transform your business throughout 12 months of the year, get in contact with the team at The Tipi Company.