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General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: April 26, 2018, 10:07:28 PM »
Got my last piece of cooking gear in today, a GSI Glacier stainless steel 8 cup coffee percolator, the perfect size for camping.

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: April 04, 2018, 03:39:09 PM »
Got my Helikon-Tex bushcraft satchel yesterday. It is large enough for a day hike and with a bit of MOLLE on the front and back I can add a pouch or two, or my bottle carrier, and use it for a light overnight trip.

I was screwing around in the shop and came across a "baby" or "belt" hatchet I got with a tool box of old tools for $10. It's 12.9 ounces, 4 3/8 inches from bit to poll, 2.5 inch bit and 1 7/8 inch poll. It had a beat up and cracked hammer handle on it, that had to go. Ideally, I'd like to find a 10 or 12 inch hatchet handle but the shortest I'm currently finding is 14 inches. I think it would be a great size for day hikes where I may want to split some small wood for my folding stove, it ought to come in at just over a pound with handle.

I also picked up another small axe about 2 pounds, will have to weight it later. It was on a handle more appropriate for a 3.5 pound head, and the grain on the handle was crap. I'm thinking a 19 inch handle for that one to go along with the 24 inch I have for the one I bought last year. I still haven't gotten that one together, it may need a weld in the front of the eye to shore up a crack that may have been there since it was made... but better to be safe than sorry.

I think I'll be looking for a 3 or 3.5 pound axe at the thrift stores and flea markets, or if all else fails eBay. I'd also like to add one or two that are in the 4 and 5 pound range. Those are a bit big for bushcrafting, but would be great for longer camping trips. Besides, when I'm not preparing for alien invasion, pandemics, earth/climate changes, the zombie apocalypse and the economy crashing I'm a dyed in the wool old tool geek so they'd fit more than one role in my world :)

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:03:46 PM »
Yesterday I got the cooking stuff (and tins) in the mail. All of them are from I have their 25oz mug and like it well enough. This round I bought the fry pan and lid, 48 oz cup (small pot), 64oz Bush pot, alcohol stove and the kettle with filter (the filter will fin in the 25oz cup). I also bough 4 rectangular tins and 4 12oz screw top round tins. The round tins are larger than I thought, but will work well.

I was at Walmart and picked up a set of two stainless steel plates with collapsible silicon cups (2) and knife / fork / spoon set (2). At the posted price of just under $7 it was the cheapest stainless steel plates I could find. They rang up at $2.50 so I went back in and picked up the last two sets they had. One set will be with my bushcraft kit and the other two will be with my camping gear.

The alcohol stove is nice to have. I have the folding wood stove that will work with an alcohol stove or solid fuel tablets so I always have options on the fuel I use for it.

The fry pan, cups and knife / fork / spoon sets from Walmart go in the red bag in the pictures I'll post. The Bush pot, 48oz cup / pot and kettle go in the blue bag in the pictures. The alcohol stove goes in the bottom of my bottle kit, or one of the round tins fits tight but does fit.

The bottle kit will always go with me, the fry pan most likely as well. I'll take the others as needed depending on what I plan on cooking. This way I have enough cooking gear to cook whatever I want and it is fairly light. It isn't titanium light, but then again it also didn't come with the titanium price either.

Although I'll be keeping these in my Bushcraft kit I won't be shy about using it for hiking and of course if I have to bug out it will go with me.

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: March 26, 2018, 10:33:44 PM »
Did a bit of shopping today and ordered a few things for the bushcraft kit. Once they arrive and I can play with them a bit I'll post a bit about them. All of the items are cooking related, aside from a haversack type bag so I have something smaller than the backpack for a day hike or to keep in the backpack and use if I leave camp for a bit of exploring or whatnot.

There is one other cooking related item I want to get, a GSI stainless steel 8 cup coffee percolator, but they're a bit pricey right now. I have a larger one that I can take for now, but I want the smaller one to keep in the kit since it is more transportable.

General Off Topic Discussion / Re: I'm still around!
« on: March 26, 2018, 10:20:43 PM »
Good to know yer still around :)

Heavily modified vehicles are also expensive. The more I spend on moding vehicles means less I can spend on other gear. I still like my modern firearms. I've thought about getting into black powder, but there are a few guns I want to round out a few areas I'd like to cover. Of course, with a black powder rifle I could expand my deer season :)

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: March 09, 2018, 10:22:30 PM »
A small .30 caliber ammo can will fit in a 5 gallon bucket with lots of room to spare. Of course you can also double vacuum seal them too.

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: March 06, 2018, 11:00:10 PM »
Yeah, I prefer to put together my own kits. I find that it is often cheaper than buying a ready made kit, especially when you factor in the cheap quality in most kits.

I'm not worried about it not standing up to be honest. I think that will resolve itself if I decide to get an alcohol stove and put it in there. If the pocket was full I think it would stand up better.

I was at the local Walmart the other day and they had the UCO Esbit type folding stoves for $1.50, so I bought two since I already have one. I also picked up a UCO spork tool for $1.00 and a Walmart brand knive / fork / spoon for $0.50.

One of the stoves went into the old bottle bag with the Stanley set and the Walmart knife / fork / spoon set. It's the start of another kit.

If I'd been thinking when I was in the store I would have bought all the stoves and given them away as Christmas gifts next year. I've given away little things like that to a few friends, a buck or two spent on sale items of the survival variety.

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: February 28, 2018, 04:29:20 PM »
I saw a review on Youtube on the Orca Tactical water bottle bag. It's a bit bigger around than the Condor as well as a bit taller on the main section. The pouch on the front is also a bit bigger, and it has a second zippered pouch on the bottom. I decided to give it a try and see what I thought of the quality and usefulness for my water bottle kit.

With the slightly larger diameter I found that it is easier to get the bag with the water bottle and cups in and out, a plus. There is also enough room in the top to store the shoulder strap or a small container of something, again a plus. The bottom pouch will also store the shoulder strap, or it will store the three tins I keep my fatwood dust, fatwood shavings and birch bark with some room left over, another plus. There is a downside, but not much of one - due to the zippered pouch on the bottom the bag doesn't really stand up well. I suppose that if it was completely full with a small round container it would stand just fine.

It comes in a variety of colors, including Coyote which the Condor does not, and for a buck more I think it works very well and is worth the price. I wanted a Coyote colored bag to go with the Coyote color of the backpack. I'll use the Condor bag with the Stanley cup or find another use for it. The quality is good too.

I contacted a regional sports store who has a co-branded Visa through First National Bank of Omaha. I let them know that since FNBO has decided to stop issuing the NRA Visa and therefore showed they didn't support the 2nd Amendment the regional sports store would lose me as a customer and a Visa card holder unless they switched. Took 15 minutes for the reply email saying they had not heard about that and that since they were strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment they would be reviewing their partnership with FNBO.

It ain't just the left who can play the "stop or you lose me as a customer" game.

I think I'll go out and buy me some high capacity magazines and an "assault weapon" just to piss off some people who need to grow the hell up.

Given that eating Tide pods is so bad and dangerous, we should ban all detergent pods.

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:23:38 PM »
I use fatwood as well, some I've turned into powder like the "Maya Dust" some like and some shaved along with pieces. No fire kit I have is complete without a magnesium block and some cotton ball/petroleum jelly starters.

I watched someone on Youtube testing a bunch of fire starters and cotton balls coated in petroleum jelly worked about the best, especially when you factored in the cost.

Interesting. With a bunch of the younger generation strongly leaning to socialism and communism it would seem the "moderate" left is outnumbered by the "extreme" left, and everyone on the right.

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: February 10, 2018, 10:20:39 PM »
I've been burning birch for the last couple of weeks to heat the house, so I decided to use some of the bark for my bushcraft pack. I like to keep some tinder in my packs, usually it's fatwood or some fatwood dust. I figured since I have a cord of birch I'll save all the bark once I have the fire in the wood furnace going. I'm keeping the thiner, more papery bark, for my bushcraft kit. The thicker bark I put into old kitty litter buckets for use in starting the fire in the wood furnace or adding some oomph when needed.

So far I have one bucket and am starting a second, and I have 8 quart ziplock bags and a gallon ziplock bags for my bushcraft and camping kits. I'll pick up some dry pine needles and add some other tinder and have a nice quart or gallon bag in each bag and keep the rest around for later use.

Once the fire is going the birch bark isn't necessary so I might as well make good use of it otherwise. I should be able to get a lot, I've barely made a dent in the cord of birch I bought. I'll also be getting more birch this year from a friend's property since he has lots of dead birch.

General Homesteading / Re: Frustration in Homestead Financing
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:14:50 PM »
That sucks for the family. Unfortunately they broke the cardinal rule of OpSec and told someone who didn't need to know their plans, or in their case the full plan. The bank would have been happy to lend them the money to buy the homestead as long as they called it a vacation home or an investment or maybe even part of their retirement plan.

I won't comment much on my real feelings for bankers, but there ain't no love lost that's for sure. Hit your favorite search engine and look up the "Credit River Decision" or "First National Bank of Montgomery vs. Jerome Daly" for an interesting read.

This whole thing brings to mind a quote I read once and think is rather appropriate - Johann von Goethe: “The best slave is the one who thinks he is free.” - because in the end are we not just slaves to "the system" or "the man"?

I was in the market for a new parka. My Cabela's down parka that I've had for years has started to lose loft in the shoulders and upper back. Cold spots are no fun. I tried washing it with down cleaner that is suppose to restore loft, but it can only do so much when the down itself starts to break down... thanks to the dry cleaner I took it to who said they could properly clean it. Anyway...

Having had lots of experience with parkas and with down I was ready to try something different. Down, while a great insulator when dry, loses all insulation value when wet. For years I've been considering a Wiggy's sleeping bag, the ones the Navy SEALS started forking out their own money for because they are warm and work when wet. I've read and watched a lot of reviews of the sleeping bags and the insulation used, I really like the washing instructions - put in washer with your favorite detergent then dry on air or low but keep an eye on the temp so as to not melt the nylon shell, wash as often as you like. And the lifetime warranty is great too. Last year I bought a jacket liner from Wiggy's as a low price test of workmanship and was impressed so I decided to pick up on-57.e of Antarctic Parks.

I've been testing it out for the last few weeks here and there. I've been hoping for a -40F air temp day with a lower wind chill, but it hasn't happened as of yet. Today was a good test though. The temperature was -11F with wind at 23mph for a wind chill of -37.9 (-57.96 on the old scale), gusts of 31mph brought the wind chill to -41.17 (-65.18 on the old scale). Humidity was 76%.

I wore three different parkas today, the Wiggy's, the Cabela's and a military surplus that I've had for over 30 years and still works great but needs some patches to fix it up. While the Cabela's parka has issues on the shoulders and upper back the rest of the parka has good down loft.

The Cabela's parka had the cold spots. I did notice that I was slowly losing warmth to the wind. All of the pockets - chest, cargo and hand warmer - are uninsulated so mittens would be needed to stay warm or warm up hands. In the wind my hands got cold fast.

The military parka worked as it always has. It kept me warm although I very slowly lost warmth to the wind. It only has cargo pockets and those have no insulation. My go to for so many years still has some life left, especially after I patch some seams that are failing on the cargo pockets.

Last I tested the Wiggy's parka. It had no cold spots. The hand warmer and cargo pockets are insulated and kept my hands warm or warmed them up if they were cold. There was no loss of heat to the wind, and I tested it twice as long as the other two.

I don't know if it's the warmest parka in the world, but I know it is the warmest parka I own. I would say it is warmer than the Cabela's was even when new. Like the sleeping bags, the insulation will continue to do it's job even when wet and will dry out from your body heat and keep you warm. I'm sure we'll see temps closer to -40F air temp and I'll report on how it does then too. I can say that I'm happy with it and feel that it is well worth the $395.00 price tag considering that a down parka of considerable quality and temperature rating means Canada Goose and those cost $995.

Your Survival Tales / Re: Just got Old
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:37:40 PM »
All are good in their own way. The hardest to "inherit" is skills, it is also the least physical or tangible. Knowledge can come in the form of books which are physical but knowledge does not have to have a physical element, think oral tradition. I would say knowledge is the most important because with knowledge you can develop skills through use and practice.

In the end I think each person is going to consider something different to be the most important. Someone who has knowledge (be it already learned or in the form of books) and skills may consider tools or gold/silver to be more important in their situation.

I know a lot about many things and I have a lot of "knowledge" in the form of books (physical and electronic). I also have a fair amount of skills at one stage of development or another. I have a quite a few hand tools and powered tools that can be adapted to hand or some other method of power. I have quite a bit of "stuff", but there are things that I could have more of. If I had more time, such as not having to work, I could work on improving the skills I have and learning new ones. So gold/silver would be the thing on that list that would benefit me the most.

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