Reno - Hardware and Camping Gear
Twin City Surplus is a popular place among burners for camp equipment, while Carter Brothers, Home Depot, and Lowe’s are also great for building materials. Resco is full of kitchen gear, and then there are the sporting good locations, any of which might have just what you’re looking for in terms of camping supplies on your way through town. It all depends on what you need, and where you are coming from — here is a more robust list of options around the area.
Click listing and area links for details as to what each place has to offer, and for what else is in the area.
Cabela’s Sporting Goods
8650 Boomtown Garson Rd. — 775-829-4100 — (Verdi)
Open Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-6pm. Mostly for hunting and sporting gear, there is a sizable collection of camping supplies.
Carter Bros. Ace Hardware
1215 South Virginia Street – 775-337-1200 – (Downtown)
Open Mon-Sat 8am-6:30pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Call ahead for later hours during Burning Man. Owned and operated by burners, one of the few hardware stores in town that is independently seeking to meet the shade and camping needs of the burning man participant. Stocking up on a wide variety of playa-specific hardware, camping, and lighting needs. Tents, sleeping bags, tarps, conduit, pvc, wood, tools, solar showers, solar pathway lights, headlamps, water jugs, coolers, and crank flashlights are just some of the items to be found here.
Gone Green Recycling
1440 Industrial Way – 775-525-1447 - (East McCarran & Prater Way) - (Grand Sierra)
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm. Two things of especial note regarding Gone Green. First, you can buy used carpet and pads here for your camp in sizes ranging from 3′x3′ to 12′x30′ at pretty good prices. Second, you can also drop off your carpet and pads for recycling after Burning Man. They also recycle cardboard, plastics, aluminum, and steel.
Metal Masters, Inc.
1831 Deming Way – 775-358-4613 – (East McCarran & Prater Way)
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-noon. Highly recommended for your camp and art metal needs.
Prep and Save
1472 Linda Street – 855-773-7672 - 775-358-3585 - (East McCarran & Prater Way) and (Grand Sierra)
Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Focused primarily on event survival supplies, this place has many things for life on the playa. Solar generators and panels, crank lanterns and flashlights, headlamps, sun ovens, 3.5 gallon water bricks and spigots, 55 gallon drums, camelbaks and water packs, bucket toilets, tents, privacy tents, ready-to-eat meals, backpacks, emergency blankets, cots and mats, medical supplies, megaphones, walkie-talkies, and kits — including for the Zombie-apocalypse! — are among the many things they carry. Check out their website for more.
Sierra Trading Post
6139 South Virginia Street, Suite B – 775-828-8050 - (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Extended hours during Burning Man – Aug 24-25 8am-10pm, Aug 26 9am-7pm. Right next to Whole Foods, Sierra Trading post carries of variety of camping and clothing needs, ranging from tents, sleeping bags, shade, cooking hardware and accessories, hydration systems, goggles, buff head/neck wear, sunglasses, and hiking-wear at pretty good prices.
4813 Kietzke Lane – 775-828-1234 – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
Steve’s Army Surplus
3000 Mill Street – 775-828-1199 – (Grand Sierra)
Open daily 10am-6pm. Some camping supplies etc (tents, sleeping bags, parachutes, netting, goggles, MRE’s, water containers, inflatable mattresses, camelbacks, gas-masks, grills, shovels) here, but mainly a place if you want combat and camouflage gear.
Twin City Surplus
1675 East 4th Street – 775-323-5630 – (Grand Sierra)
Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Aug. 22-26 9am-7pm. Call ahead for possible after-hours appointment. Long-time mega-magnet for burners, this place has a little of everything. They will have the usual 5, 15, 35 and 55-gallon water barrels — will even let you fill them up there, and they will buy them back from you. They also have a large selection of military and standard tents, tarps, parachutes, netting, solar screen, conduit, rope, sleeping bags, stoves and other camping supplies, tools, lanterns, goggles, el-wire kits, headlamps, bike lights, clothing, hats, backpacks, camelbaks, some costumery, and a huge variety of military-wear. Check out their website for their hot items, and they will pull items for you ahead for you to come by and pick up.
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