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Treasures Await

Find Yours with Metal Detectors
 
Perhaps it’s the allure of finding valuable metals, coins, jewelry and historical artifacts like we see on TV. Maybe it’s related to the rise in gold prices. Whatever the reason, metal detectors are once again quite popular and a favorite family activity, especially between grandparents and grandkids.
 
The most popular brand of metal detectors found at Dunham’s Sports is the Bounty Hunter line, including the Tracker IV model. It can detect coins that are seven inches deep in the ground and features three modes of operation and two-tone audio discrimination. The Tracker IV model can detect all types of metal or you can set it for a desired type. The sensitivity level control lets you determine how sensitive the detection should be and at what ground depth you wish to search.
 
For those who take their metal detecting more seriously, there’s the Bounty Hunter Discovery 1100. It also detects coins up to seven inches deep in the ground and features a three-segment LCD display, three-tone audio discrimination and a seven-inch open-frame, waterproof search coil for searching in shallow waters.
 
Newly available at Dunham’s Sports is the New Master Edition Metal Detector Kit from Barska. It features three operation modes to distinguish between various metals, such as identifying whether the item being picked up by the detector is gold or aluminum.
 
“You can ask the New Master Edition Metal Detector to disregard nails and other non-valuable items and focus on the more valuable stuff,” Ryan Hills of Barska said.
 
The New Master Edition Metal Detector also features an auto tune, which lets you tune your detector quickly for accuracy, a stem that can be adjusted from 13 inches to 19 inches (to accommodate the user’s height and reach) and an adjustable arm rest for greater comfort.
 
“If you’re going camping, metal detecting is something nice to do while you’re out in the woods. Metal detectors fold down pretty small, so they’re easy to transport,” Hills added.
 
All of the metal detectors found at Dunham’s Sports carry limited manufacturers’ warranties and all are equipped to be used with available headphones that are not limited to metal detecting. The Bounty Hunter headphones, for example, deliver true stereo sound, swivel ear cups and padded earphones for optimal comfort. In addition to enabling you to enjoy your metal detecting excursion in private, these headphones can be used to listen to your favorite music, since they feature both ¼-inch and -inch plugs.
 
Care for your metal detector is minimal: Wipe down the head and replace the batteries when needed and you’re all set for hours of treasure hunting. Good luck!
 
-Happy Camper
 
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Comfy, Cozy and A Snap To Set Up

Camping Is More Enjoyable with Today’s Tents
 
We’ve all seen the comedy routine: a couple pulls to a campsite and attempts to unfold and assemble a tent. Hours later, the tent is up, but it resembles nothing like it’s supposed to: poles are askew and the flap is on top of the tent. Sure, it’s an exaggeration; that’s what makes it funny. There is, however, a kernel of truth in the scene. Recognizing this, tent manufacturers have made set up and tear down foolproof and a snap.
 
Set Up Is A Breeze
 
“We offer instant and pop-up tents,” said Coleman’s Sharon Scott. “They feature easy, fast and intuitive setup. In fact, the two- and four-person pop-up tents can typically be set up in only 10 seconds.” As Scott explained, other Coleman two- and four-person tents can typically be assembled in 10 minutes.
 
Another line of tents that can be assembled quickly and easily is the Portal Speed Up series from Westfield Outdoors.
 
“Our Speed Up products provide quick and convenient setup/take down – two minutes or less. They also deliver superior usable space, thanks to straighter walls and larger eaves. This new frame system is applied to dome and cabin tents of all sizes,” said Michael Bryant of Westfield Outdoors.
 
Frame poles are pre-attached to the proper spots on the tents, so setup is a breeze. Simply unfold the tent, extend the leg poles, attach the rainfly and stake it down. As Bryant explained, it typically takes more time to stake down than to pitch the tent.
 
Cozy and Dry in Inclement Weather
 
Yet another great feature of today’s camping tents is their ability to stay dry when the weather is not.
 
“Coleman tents feature our proprietary Weather Tec™ System to protect campers from the elements,” Scott said. Weather Tec incorporates a unique method of welding the floor corners to reduce the risk of leaking from the floor. Coleman also inverts the seams, so the stitching is on the inside of the tent, reducing exposure to external moisture and reducing the risk of snags on loose branches, etc. The tent’s rainflies are seam-taped at the factory to prevent leaks along the stitch lines.
 
“Our tents have to pass a number of tests, including our rain room testing where we dump over 30 gallons of water on a tent in about 10 minutes time. If more than a tablespoon of water makes its way into the tent, it’s back to the drawing board,” Scott added.
 
Keeping occupants warm and dry is just as important in Westfield Outdoor tents. It begins with a separate rainfly, which allows maximum ventilation and protection from rain and the elements. All Westfield Products also go through a rigorous quality control process throughout the entire manufacturing process. Additionally all fabrics are coated with water-resistant coatings, taped rainfly seams and welded tub floor seams.
 
“To ensure our products exceed the campers’ expectations, we test each style of tent with campers in a variety of camping environments,” Bryant added.
 
Choosing The Right Tent
 
Dunham’s Sports offers a wealth of tents from Coleman and Westfield Outdoors. Choosing the one that’s right for you requires a little homework on your part.
 
“Make a checklist of those features you cannot live without and those features that would be nice to have but are not necessities. Consider how frequently and in what type of weather you’ll be camping. To be truly comfortable in a tent, cut the rated occupancy by two people. In other words, two people will be comfortable in a four-person tent. Finally, remember how much room you have in your vehicle: the bigger the tent, the more space it will take up in the car,” Scott advised.
 
“The first thing to consider when choosing a tent is the type of camping a customer anticipates,” Bryant added. “If backpacking, weight is of utmost concern. The lightest tent that will accommodate your camping party will be the best choice. If you’re camping at a site that’s accessible by your vehicle, campers can focus on space, comfort and ease of setup.”
 
Easy Maintenance
 
No matter the size of the tent or type of camping you’ll be doing, you can rest assured that today’s tents require minimal maintenance, maximizing fun time.
 
“Typical maintenance of a tent is really limited to reasonable care and cleaning. If a tent is rinsed to remove any surface dirt, dust or leaves, there should be no further cleaning needed. Of course, be sure to dry the tent before storing it to avoid mildew,” Bryant said.
 
“Pack the tent dry and clean and store it in a cool, dry place. At the campsite, don’t set up under low-hanging branches or near fires. Follow these simple guidelines to get years of worry-free enjoyment,” Scott added.
 
For more camping information, including associated equipment, please visit the companies’ websites or consult with a knowledgeable Dunham’s Sports camping consultant. Enjoy our nation’s great outdoors!
 
-Happy Camper
 
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Portable Heaters

 
With the dog days of winter coming up quickly, staying comfortable—both inside and out—is the key to enjoying the season to its fullest. Thanks to the variety of choices in both propane and infrared heaters, it’s possible to stay warm and cozy from your living room to your tree stand or other temporary outdoor space.
 
Safe, Supplemental Warmth
 
For those of you looking for a little extra electrical heat in a cold bedroom or basement, look no further than the infrared Lifesmart heaters. Because they don’t use a flammable gas like propane, these heaters are great for any room that’s in need of an extra boost of heat during those extra-chilly months.
 
“Infrared quartz portable heaters do not use burning heat,” explained Dustin Awe of Lifesmart Infrared Electric Heaters. “Once the heat exchanger absorbs the infrared heat, it exhales the heat into the living area, and the heat is carried by the existing humidity in the air.”
 
As most homeowners know, it can cost a fortune to heat a house thoroughly during the winter. With Lifesmart heaters, however, the rooms that are most prone to being too cold and expensive to keep warm won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
 
Because the infrared quartz heaters use humidity to carry heat, they don’t dry out the air like a furnace would. That results in a pretty substantial increase in efficiency, according to Awe.
 
“Infrared heaters are a great way to heat specific rooms or areas, which can be more efficient,” Awe said. “Infrared quartz heaters are proven to be up to 50 percent more efficient than forced-air furnaces.”
 
Lifesmart infrared heaters come in several designs to fit just about every room size and style, from the compact yet powerful 1,200-square-foot heater in a black cabinet to the big 2,000-square-foot heater in a wood cabinet. Lifesmart also has a fireplace heater capable of heating 1,800 square feet that mimics a real fireplace flame. All styles come with two remote control units.
 
Comfortably Warm Inside or Out
 
Another option that is usable both inside and out is the propane-fueled Buddy heater, which is the only portable heater on the market certified to be used both indoors and out.
 
Using radiant heat, which is the same heat we feel from the sun, Buddy heaters come in four sizes: Little Buddy 3,800 Btu, Portable Buddy 9,000 Btu, Hunting Buddy 12,000 Btu, and Big Buddy 18,000 Btu. They’re also incredibly portable, which is useful in hunting blinds and ice shanties.
 
“These heaters easily fit in pop-up blinds and ice shanties,” explained Jeff Bush of Enerco. “The Little Buddy heats 100 square feet, Portable Buddy 200 square feet, Hunting Buddy 300 square feet, and Big Buddy 400 square feet.”
 
Whether you’re looking for relief from a cold office, basement, hunting blind or ice shanty, there are heaters available for any situation. So don’t go cold — and don’t go broke — trying to stay warm and comfortable this winter.
 
-Happy Camper
 
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