Monday, January 16, 2012

DIY Bushbuddy

Really like those Bushbuddy stoves you see on a lot of hiking videos but have you seen the price on those things? Over $100 bucks, great looking stoves but way to rich for my blood. Any way here is my attempt at making something to get by as a substitute for a lot less money.

So here is what she looks like all closed up and ready for transport.

Here it is with the two cans pulled apart so you can see the holes drilled for air. Can on left is a quart paint can from hardware store and the can on right is Progresso soup can. Both cans have 3/8" holes drilled around bottom. Inside can also has 1/8" holes around top and very bottom.

Upside down, you can see 1/8" holes in bottom of soup can.

With the bottom of paint can removed you can place soup can inside and push it onto the rim of paint can, fits very snug. I was able to tap it on with hammer to make good seal and not fall off.

Turned back right side up this is how it should look with no gap visible between cans.

I had some hardware cloth laying around so I used this for making a pot stand. Notice hole in screen for feeding more sticks. And there you have it ready to take out and fire up.

Here it is fired up. Hey it works!

Now to heat up some coffee water.

Well it does work and I did get water to boil eventually. With a lot of replenishing sticks and having to blow through the bottom holes a few times to get it going good again. I did not time it but it seemed to take quite awhile. Don't know if I didn't have good enough fire going before I put water on or maybe to wide of a profile on container. I do need to get a metal coffee cup, maybe smaller, or better still a small pot with lid and let fire go longer and see if I have better results. We shall see with a few more attempts if things improve or if it's back to the drawing board. If nothing else it was fun to build and try out.

Oh, and did I mention total cost with paint can and soup............$5 bucks.

Watch your top knot.:-)


Monday, June 13, 2011

Mora..Bushcraft, Survival Knives

Mora has come out with new line of Bushcraft knives. Click link to go on over and check out the complete lineup.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bushcraft App for iPhone

For all you who like to have the electronics with you out in the bush, how about an iPhone app for Bushcraft? Jason Vance has one available for you at iTunes. Also has one for Wilderness Survival.
Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival App.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Make camping with the kids a fun time for all.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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NORTH JERSEY — Have you considered camping? Camping is an inexpensive way to spend time together as a family, and has the added benefits of outdoor physical activity and a forced weaning from the plugs, cords, cables and cell towers that preoccupy daily lives.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Laurentian Divide, have a look.

Hey,.. I was able to get away today and take a nice long walk about two hours. Took some pictures and threw together a short video of an area about 10 min. from the house a section of the Laurention Divide. Wasn't very sunny out but photos came out so-so any way. Hope you enjoy my little piece of sanctuary that I get to as much as I can.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dual Survival Season 2 Episode One

Well did you catch the latest episode of Dual Survival 2? The boys starting the season out down in Tierra Del Fuego, awesome looking landscape. I swear, that Dave cutting himself again to demonstrate a point. First time I saw him do this on YouTube I cringed. Cody built one hell of a Wikiup, looked like it could have with stood hurricane forced winds. A little humor thrown in with Cody walking on marsh humps commenting it felt like "walking bear foot over big sumptuous butts".
Looks like a start of another good season.  Would like to hear what you thought of it.