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> Ice shelter/hut - looking for your opinion, Non-insulated ?? or Insulated ??
Gone4Fishn
Posted: Nov 06, 2018 - 10:34 pm


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Hi,

Looking to buy our first ice shelter/hut for 2 to 3ppl.
We were about to buy the Frabill 2 to 3ppl then the seller said you should get the insulated shelter if your taking your kids. Seller then talks to us about condensation inside a uninsulated.

At this point we walked out to think about it.


Need your opinion- should we buy insulated or noninsulated?

We do have buddy heater 4000 to 9000 btu







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Chuck Enwinde
Posted: Nov 07, 2018 - 12:34 am


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You're buddy heater shouldn't have any problem keeping that hut warm. Condensation issues aren't as bad in a pop up as it usually drips near the walls. A shammy or absorbent towel can help too. The insulated units are better, but they're also heavier and cost more. Personally I wouldn't let a bit condensation sway my decision.

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Dbfish
Posted: Nov 07, 2018 - 06:16 am


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No question about it the insulated huts are the way to go.A little more weight but no condensation and they dry out quicker.I've had both and would not go back to the non thermal huts.

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Posted: Nov 07, 2018 - 07:19 am


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I have had a noninsulated and an insulated ice hut. Insulated all the way. The weight doesn't really matter unless you are carrying it (I put mine in my pull along sled). They are better built, tend to last longer, and they are much warmer (less propane usage by my heater). Look for deals, though, as the price can vary by a couple hundred dollars on the same unit. By starting now, you may be able to pick up last year's model for a bit cheaper.

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Posted: Nov 07, 2018 - 07:57 am


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I also have both as pop-ups.

I can keep the non insulated very warm on super cold days with some sheets of the thin silver flexible insulation. Just cut into smaller sizes and slip behind support poles.
The insulated is quie a bit heavier but WAY warmer, the material seems more durable and a big difference is I dont get frost/moisture on the inside.
It can get quite damp in the non insulated to the point i brought towells to wipe it down.

In the end I use the insulated way more than the other.

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Gone4Fishn
Posted: Nov 07, 2018 - 12:37 pm


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Thanks for the replies folks. We are going with insulated.
Tight Lines!!!

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Posted: Nov 07, 2018 - 05:55 pm


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QUOTE (Dbfish @ Nov 07, 2018 - 06:16 am)
No question about it the insulated huts are the way to go.A little more weight but no condensation and they dry out quicker.I've had both and would not go back to the non thermal huts.

X2 insulated all the way

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Posted: Nov 08, 2018 - 08:50 am


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Got my first insulated hut last year. WORTH IT.

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xiaolu
Posted: Nov 08, 2018 - 09:08 am


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After many winters with non-insulated hut, I just got a new insulated one (ESKIMO QuickFish 3i) in preparation for this coming hard-water season. And I'd believe once I am in/have used this insulated hut I'd never ever want to no go back to no non-insulated no more;-)

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Posted: Nov 08, 2018 - 09:48 am


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QUOTE (xiaolu @ Nov 08, 2018 - 09:08 am)
After many winters with non-insulated hut, I just got a new insulated one (ESKIMO QuickFish 3i) in preparation for this coming hard-water season. And I'd believe once I am in/have used this insulated hut I'd never ever want to no go back to no non-insulated no more;-)

I was checking the review yesterday on ESKIMO QuickFish 3i. We are thinking of going for this one or Woods Toaster Ice Shelter, 3-4 Person .

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Posted: Nov 08, 2018 - 10:08 am


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QUOTE (Gone4Fishn @ Nov 08, 2018 - 09:48 am)
QUOTE (xiaolu @ Nov 08, 2018 - 09:08 am)
After many winters with non-insulated hut, I just got a new insulated one (ESKIMO QuickFish 3i) in preparation for this coming hard-water season. And I'd believe once I am in/have used this insulated hut I'd never ever want to no go back to no non-insulated no more;-)

I was checking the review yesterday on ESKIMO QuickFish 3i. We are thinking of going for this one.

A 3 man hut will be tight with 2 adults and gear. Kids can make it even more tricky depending on age. They like to get up and walk around and not alot of space means a high chance of tripping & breaking things & dunking a foot in a hole. I got a big frabill 6 man at the end of last year to take the family out in. Havent got to use it but i set it up inside and holy moly its huge!

Insulated would be nice but would add alot of weight and and i got an outrageously good deal on it, wold cost 2-3 times at least for insulated.

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Posted: Nov 08, 2018 - 03:57 pm


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QUOTE (kingphoenix @ Nov 08, 2018 - 10:08 am)
QUOTE (Gone4Fishn @ Nov 08, 2018 - 09:48 am)
QUOTE (xiaolu @ Nov 08, 2018 - 09:08 am)
After many winters with non-insulated hut, I just got a new insulated one (ESKIMO QuickFish 3i) in preparation for this coming hard-water season. And I'd believe once I am in/have used this insulated hut I'd never ever want to no go back to no non-insulated no more;-)

I was checking the review yesterday on ESKIMO QuickFish 3i. We are thinking of going for this one.

A 3 man hut will be tight with 2 adults and gear. Kids can make it even more tricky depending on age. They like to get up and walk around and not alot of space means a high chance of tripping & breaking things & dunking a foot in a hole. I got a big frabill 6 man at the end of last year to take the family out in. Havent got to use it but i set it up inside and holy moly its huge!

Insulated would be nice but would add alot of weight and and i got an outrageously good deal on it, wold cost 2-3 times at least for insulated.

Agree 100%.
I have the 3i and love it..
3 people and gear is tight....
Look at the Eskimo 949i it's a little bigger..

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Posted: Nov 08, 2018 - 06:55 pm


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I canít find any store that has this in stock Eskimo 949i.
I think we will be ok with 2to 3. I wonít take all the kids out anyway.

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Posted: Nov 08, 2018 - 07:46 pm


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We have the eskimo 3i and no complaints with it-great hut.Got it at CT last year on sale.check kijiji as you may get a great deal there as well.Good luck

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Posted: Nov 08, 2018 - 08:19 pm


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QUOTE (Gone4Fishn @ Nov 08, 2018 - 06:55 pm)
I canít find any store that has this in stock Eskimo 949i.
I think we will be ok with 2to 3.  I wonít take all the kids out anyway.

https://www.thefishinhole.com/index.cfm?act...-Tent/&se=27212

Here's one.. It says free shipping but I'm sure there would be a charge for it..

3i is a great choice either way...

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