Have you seen my photo of the LBO from our hunting trip on campfire ? It was above 10,000 feet, with wind and fog , sleet, hail and snow for 2 days. That should qualify, and yes we were very glad to have a stove, but we would not have died without it. Would we have been cold and cranky ? Yes, but not dead.
Yes, I've seen the pics of your recent trip. Congratulations on the successful hunt. I'm glad that someone finally put two shelters together with a tarp, as I've wanted to see done for almost a decade now. Seemed like a no brainer to me. I hope you sell a lot of them!
Anyhooo...WRT qualifying statements, I don't want to go all "Kutenay" on you and summarily declare that you couldn't possibly know what in the heck you’re are talking about since you don't live and hunt where I do here in the Pacific Northwest, but I suppose I feel somewhat inclined to take issue with the qualifiers you've provided to support your case for one not really needing a stove.
I've heard the 10,000' Colorado thing thrown around before as if it should somehow be considered relevant. It's not. Other than the lack of O2 that lower elevation denizens need to get acclimated to, it's really not a factor in one's comfort and safety when it comes to exposure to the elements.
Fog and wind? Big whoop.
Snow? Yawn. Bring it. I'd rather have it than rain any day.
Sleet? Now you are getting my attention. And, you had sleet for exactly how long while you were out there on your hunt? And what did that sort of precipitation translate into in terms of inches of water? Humidity levels? How saturated was the fuel wood that was available to you for you to burn?
Well, the answer according to the following USGS's precipitation site for Colorado, was, well...not that much at all.
Granted, weather stations aren't everywhere, and maybe even not where you hunted, but there was less than .25"...in aggregate...over the last 7 days at the "worst" station located anywhere in the western half of Colorado...and not a whole lot more than that in the past 30 days.
That's merely a sprinkle compared to the 5-6 inches we had during the last three and a half days we were out in the field hunting elk...which melted the 8-10 inches of wet snow that was already there when we started out...that was covering a bunch of wet frozen stuff from previous rains. I'm pretty sure you didn't have to cut dead trees down and split the wood to get to some material in the center that was dry enough to burn in order to dry out the rest of what you cut or gathered like we did. I'm 100% positive that you didn't have to cross creeks that were maybe boot high went you went in and dangerous thigh-high torrents with an elk on your back on your way out like we did. I'm also pretty sure all that your temperatures weren't in the 28-40 degree range with 100% humidity and high winds most of the time you were out there, like ours were. That sort of weather doesn't just make people cold and cranky if they can't get warm and dry...it's the sort that kills 'em dead if they don't know what they are doing.
Point being is that there are a LOT of inexperienced and impressionable people that read this and other forums and it's unwise for anyone (particularly a shelter manufacturer of all people), to make blanket statements like "you don't really need a wood stove" - that might very well apply to where you live/hunt in the relatively arid Colorado climate, but could be a recipe for a hypothermia related tragedy elsewhere.