Dig an Air Tunnel Underneath a Tepee to Avoid All the Smoke! (Video)

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A teepee is one type of survival shelter that has a lot of advantages.

It is sturdy, roomy, yet intimate and portable and if you stick to traditional building materials, you can make one out of completely natural substances.

One major drawback is having a fire inside a teepee – the smoke can be stifling (although not generally dangerous) and can permeate just about everything, but particularly your clothes.

While no method is totally effective removing the smoke in a teepee, there are steps you can take to greatly reduce its presence and its effect.


A method that uses natural air flow is to build a “tunnel” under your teepee that extends in two directions out from the fire.

To see how this works, check out the video.

It is unlikely any method, short of not having a fire in a teepee will completely eliminate smoke from any campfire you have inside.

You can take steps, however, to greatly reduce the smoke in the living area of the teepee; this video shows one way!

Teepees are one type of shelter that is sturdy if constructed properly, roomy, intimate and portable – if you are looking for a longer-term shelter, they are hard to beat.

Smoke from a fire in your teepee, however, can ruin the experience and pose a health risk; one way of reducing that smoke is to build a draft tunnel under your fire.

The design in the video did not work exactly as planned. How would you improve it? Tell us below.

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