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Old 01-02-2021, 05:11 PM   #3
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Theoretically interesting, but not practical for the goals you state:

Any "insulation" between double wall winter (4 season) tent will absorb moisture and is liable to freeze in the shape of the tent. If you use bubble wrap, it won't freeze but will trap moisture inside inner tent...

Those 1lb propane tanks will give you maybe 4 hours of heat and weigh quite a bit.
20 lb BBQ tanks are not backcountry transport friendly.

You say you want a place to 'hang out' yet you're looking at a tent with floor (that will collect dirt, and get wet from melting snow.

All the "fiddly bits" (double wall dome, insulation, prop tanks, heater) take time to unpack and setup (and even more time to take down and pack away).

Determine your primary objective: is it car camping? is it backcountry use? backpackable setup? sleeping/cooking/drying out? and try to keep it as simple as possible.
Even the simplest task in freezing temps and challenging weather conditions can requite considerable time and effort.

Canvas tents are great if you plan to have them up in one location, but not really portable and require good deal of time to setup / take down.

Single pole tipi style shelters are by far the most portable and can be setup by single person.
Wood stoves are a mainstay in these shelters for good reasons - they are simple and reliable, provide good heat (mainly via radiation, vs. convection), exhaust is acrid (you'll choke long before passing out from CO), and they will dry out your gear (all combustion by-products, inc. water vapour, are expelled outside the shelter)

Not criticizing the idea, just sharing experience.
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