THE TIPI LINER
The main function of the tipi liner is to insulate the tipi for warmth by creating a 3″ to 4″ dead air space between the liner and the tipi cover. The liner also helps circulate fresh air into the tipi by causing an updraft of air behind the tipi liner. This gentle flow of air will also help move the smoke out of the tipi on windless nights. The liner will occasionally collect dew or condensation on its back-side and therefore should be marine treated fabric. A liner is absolutely necessary for insulation if you are living through the winter. Regardless of the season the tipi offers maximum service if a liner is used.
Liners for all size tipis come in 3 separate sections. We have designed our tipi liners with some overlap, which can be wrapped around the door poles or used as partial covering of the door from the inside. If you need an entire extra panel to close the door hole completely from the inside, (sometimes used for winter living) please mention this when you order your tipi. Used in conjunction with our door cover, the extra panel would create a double-door and thus an extra air space for added insulation and warmth.
Our liners have 6″ of fabric on the bottom that tucks forward, into the tipi. When used in conjunction with a ground tarp and floor coverings, the bottom of the liner seals off the inside of the tipi against air drafts, rain and small curious creatures. This ensures a warm, cozy living space.
We make 6′ high and 9′ high liners, which have a vertical height from the floor to the top of the liner of 5’6″ and 8’3″ respectively. The 9′ high liner is designed for added insulation in especially cold winter climates, although we suggest a 9′ high liner for winter living in any climate. The 6′ high liner is adequate for spring, summer and fall. Our tipi liners are available in 10 oz. marine treated canvas in white or tan, and in the 10 oz. flame resistant canvas in white.
THE TIPI DOOR COVER
We originated our own tipi door design in 1970 after we had been living in the snow in eastern Oregon and then moved to the rainy Oregon coast. The tipi door cover is trapezoid in shape and has 10 ties sewn around the edges corresponding to their particular uses. The photograph here demonstrates how the door looks from the outside. The top of the door cover passes underneath the top of the tipi door hole and is tied up inside the tipi as shown in the drawing. Tied in this manner, rain and melting snow which come down the tipi cover will drip onto the door cover and run down the door cover to the ground.
The ties on the door cover are designed to correspond to the loops on the tipi cover so that the door cover and the tipi cover are one unit when tied together. When tied in this manner, the door cover will remain intact even in extremely strong winds.
Because the prevailing winds in this continent are from the West and South, a right-hand door is advisable when the tipi is facing East. However, since we have tie loops on both sides of the door hole, you can have either a right-hand or a left-hand entrance.