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" This past year, the cost of heating tents
for our restaurants could get pretty cost
prohibitive, " he explains. " You have to
have the heat on all the time. "
In most cases, he adds, propane-ired
heats are used for cold-weather tented
events, but Northeast sometimes bring
in vendors who can do electric heat for
smaller jobs.
Navi-Trac®
frame tents are usually
the choice for winter installations by
Northeast. " It's got a little more strength,
especially in smaller sizes, " Hynes says.
" Pulling the fabric through a keder
seems to be work out better as opposed
to a small frame where the top can get
really stiff in the cold. "
TENT CANVAS IN THE COLD
" In a lot of places, you'd never hear of a
tent being erected for a winter funeral, but
we've done them, " says Kathy Cardinal,
owner of Cardinal Events in Mack, Colo.,
a company near the Utah border.
Cardinal Events does a number of
tented winter events each year, Cardinal
says. " It's a huge challenge, because
when the canvas gets cold, it doesn't
want to stretch, it doesn't want to move,
it doesn't want to do anything. "
Like some of the other company
owners interviewed, Cardinal says that
it's a real advantage to either heat up
the tent canvases before they are taken
outside or keep them in a heated area.
She says her company also must
charge higher prices in winter than
in the warmer months because of the
extra dificulties.
" We do charge twice the usual price,
sometimes two and a half times, when
we're doing winter setups since they're
so dificult, " says Cardinal. " Part of it is
that usually when we do those types of
installs, I have somebody on site at all
times. That way if it does snow or if there
is some weather-related problem, they
can take care of it. "
EVERYTHING MORE DIFFICULT
Keven Denney, president at Lafayette
Tents & Events in Lafayette, Ind., agrees
with Hynes and Cardinal on the increased
dificulty of tenting in low temperatures.
" The cold weather makes everything
exponentially more dificult, " he says.
" The installers have more layers on,
and the fabric is cold and stiff.
" If we can, we try to have a building close
by or on the site that we can use to keep the
fabric warm, and then when it's ready to be
put on, you can bring it out one piece at a
time, " Denney explains. " It takes longer, but
in the end, it actually saves you time because
cold material is not fun to deal with. "
Having a business that centered around
events was not ideal during the pandemic,
but Lafayette was able to transition into
COVID testing, including a massive drivethrough
tent structure in the parking lot
at Milwaukee's American Family Field
(formerly Miller Park).
" Wherever anyone needs a tent in
winter, we do it, " Denney says. " But if
the client doesn't want to heat the tent,
we're not going to provide tents for them
because our tents are not snow-loaded-
they have to be heated. "
" You have to be really careful with the
heat, because it gets expensive for the client, "
Denney explains, " especially for tents like the
one for the ballpark, because we had to pump
heat through that thing 24/7. "
WINTER WORK
COMMON IN QUEBEC
" We're in Quebec and Montreal, so if
you don't do winter tents, you don't do
a lot of tents, " says Nelson Grandchamp,
production manager of Grandchamp
Structure Design in Montreal, Que.,
Canada, which rents tents and specializes
in manufacturing self-supporting solidstructure
tents up to 140 feet wide.
The company does signiicant winter
tenting for snow carnivals, festivals
and temporary storage buildings,
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Nelson Grandchamp, production manager
of Grandchamp Structure Design in
Montreal, Que., Canada, says tents like
this one require a lot of heat. " The heat
is on constantly. There's no insulation
on a winter tent. " Photo courtesy of
Grandchamp Structure Design.
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