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Messages - Canuck In Denver

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Building Ideas / Re: Elevated Tent/WallTent Platform
« on: October 17, 2017, 09:30:32 PM »
Interesting idea.

Personally, I'd look for trees spaced so I could trim or move branches between them to put the platform and tent on. If you had taller trees then you would have a minimum of limbing and pruning to do. The trees would surround you adding camouflage and helping with the wind. You could lag bolt right into the trees and wouldn't need to kill them. Some training of the branches could add additional coverage. A simple level brought along would make sure that everything is well, level. A branch that is in the way can be partially cut to allow for bending it to where you want, spraying the cut with pruning spray and wrapping it will allow the branch to heal and continue to live.

You may have to deal with raccoons and other smaller critters more, but the camouflage may be worth it. My friend saw a solar powered fencer, so your could use one of them and some chicken wire, other mesh or tin to keep critters off.

Another twist on this idea:

I just build a deer stand using treated 4x4 inch timber as the legs to support the base. I used 2x6 inch pine around the top and as joists then dropped two heavy duty 4x9 foot skids for a total of 8x9 foot platform. I have 2x4 inch bracing running about a foot off the ground, not really needed as the posts are buried about 3 feet in the ground. I have X bracing on each side on the legs, 2x4s again.Half inch plywood for the exterior with 2x4 studs and rafters on the peaked roof, the roof is shingled. It's study.

I mention the deer stand because you could carry treated 4x4s and some 2x4s to make your legs. Seven 2x6s for the base (around the 4x4s and three floor joists) and then 2 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood for the floors. You could use more floor joists and some between joist supports (of 2x4s) if you wanted, or two additional sheets of plywood to lay opposite to the original two on the floor. This is assuming an 8x8 platform. Your lumber could be pre-drilled and for the most part bolted together. You're not adding much weight or cost to just the platform you talk about. If your desired height is higher than your trailer length, lets say an 8 foot length, you could overlap 8 foot 4x4s and bolt them together to get a 14 foot height - I'd overlap at least two feet and use three bolts with nice big washers on each leg. I'd also add a second X brace on each side above the first X brace.

General Homesteading / Planted the mulberry trees today
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:52:32 PM »
I finally got around to planting the mulberry trees today. The have spent their life until Labor Day in a greenhouse. I've kept them outside since to allow them to adapt to life outside of a green house. They spent the last couple of days in the wood shed due to low temperature each night, and a couple of really windy days before that. The next few nights will be close to freezing but not quite, they've adapted well so far. Unfortunately since they've been grown in a green house the 6 footer is pencil thin and very much in need of lots of support, which it has. I even went so far as to buy a couple of 10 foot lengths of 1/2 inch electrical conduit for next spring when it outgrows the current bamboo stake.

General Off Topic Discussion / First frost of the season
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:47:26 PM »
We got the first frost of the season last night, was about 28F at 5:30 when I took the dog out. No snow yet, unlike some states.

General Off Topic Discussion / Re: Deer stands and cordless drills
« on: October 01, 2017, 09:20:28 PM »
It's big enough to sleep in if desired, which was part of the plan :) It ain't insulated aside from some spray foam in cracks, that may happen next year or may not.

We have several stands around the property and wait for the deer to come to us. We'll push the deer on the last day of the season if we want more and have tags to fill.

General Off Topic Discussion / Deer stands and cordless drills
« on: September 30, 2017, 10:23:45 PM »
The last few weekends I've been working on my deer stand. Knowing I was going out today and not wanting to run the generator all day and since I didn't borrow my friend's cordless I decided to get one for myself. I'm not sure how many corded drills I have, but I have 1/4" drills, 3/8" drills and some big and bigger 1/2 inch drills. I picked up a Menards "Masterforce" drill that seems good.

As for the deer stand, it's about 10 feet in the air with stairs to get up the the 4x5 foot skid that serves as a landing. The stand itself is built on two 4x9 foot skids bolted together so it's 8x9 foot with a peaked roof. I have some great views and the deer seem to have already accepted it being in their environment.

Today I got all the windows in, the door up, some but not all of the railings. I still have work to do on it, including carpet on the floor and the bottom of the walls. I'll end up finishing that this week, most likely Thursday.

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:45:27 PM »
Walmart here is carrying it. With their ship to store you ought to be able to get it at any Walmart:

The smaller cans are more expensive per ounce, but perfect for this instance. We've been using their chicken, ground beef, turkey, pork and beef for a few years in the larger cans. For a while their ground beef was cheaper than ground beef at any of the stores. All of it is good.

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:15:09 PM »
Added a 14.5 oz can of Keystone beef, yummy. I also added some more individual mashed potato packages for a total of 6. I think I'm good on back up food. I'm going to wait until the Aldi opens in the next few weeks to pick up the spices I want.

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:18:14 PM »
I've been slowly adding some food to the bushcraft kit. I picked up another two Mountain House beef stew pouches to add to the beef stroganoff and lasagna with beef as my backup food. I also have three cans of Spam in different flavors and a can of Chunky Country vegetable with beef burger. Other items include a pound of plain rice and some instant mashed potatoes. I'll end up adding Lara bars for snacks and trail food. I intend to take perishable food when I head out with it but I want some canned food that can be eaten straight out of the can if need be and some freeze dried for just in case. This way if I stay out an extra day or two, or something happens to the fresh food I have a back up.

I have the cans in a small nylon bag and the other food in a dry bag. I still have some spices and will add some more packets of instant potatoes to round things out.

Unfortunately it doesn't look like I'll get out this fall, too much to do and not enough time, but I'll have to hope for spring.

I just picked up two more MH beef stew pouches for my bushcraft bag.

As far as bars go I've been enjoying the Larabars, although they have a new peppermint flavor that is REALLY intense. They are the best bars I've been able to find - maximum of 6 ingredients with the base being dates and some good flavors. They are great in the deer stand or as trail snacks, or snacks at work.

General Retreat Discussion / Re: Can you get to your retreat WTSHTF???
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:01:23 PM »
Have fuel on hand and Pri-G or Pri-D for long term storage. The hurricanes kind of screwed up my plans to stock on diesel for the plow truck, so I'll wait a bit for that. I keep premium unleaded for the various small engines around the place and of course it will work in the other 4 trucks on the property.

I have back road routes to where I need to get, we have two meet up locations so we're good.

General Food & Water / Re: Dometic freezer
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:56:08 PM »
Nice score on the freezer :)

I collect 20 pound propane tanks whenever I can. I have about 10 of the new style and about 20 of the old style. I can get the valve replaced and the tank recertified for about $15 cash at a local propane place. I also have 4 100 pounders, one that is damn near full but with a stuck valve so I will have to empty it and get the valve fixed.

Survival Kits / Re: Bottle Cook Kit (Stainless Steel)
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:50:55 PM »

I spent a long time hardly able to scrape up an extra $5 a month, so I know what it's like to be poor. I ain't poor but I ain't rich either and am still concerned about cash. On some things I will be cheap, on others I will pay for quality. My bottle kit set me back about $100 total, but it was money well spent on gear that will last a long time... not that much of a price difference compared to the Kelly kit.

I've had Alpinaire and Backpackers Pantry, they were OK but kind of bland... like they added the individual ingredients to the bulk tank, mixed and packaged. Mountain House actually cooks up huge batches of whatever it is and then freeze dries that so there is a better taste. There are other companies that make products that will last a long time, if it is freeze dried there is a good chance that Mountain House (parent is Oregon Freeze Dry) made it for them since they are about the largest freeze dried company in the world and do a lot of private label contracts.

Good dehydrated goods will keep a long time depending on the packaging as well. So there are options, but freeze dried is probably the best bet.

The shorter shelf life products are good for camping and short term emergency storage. I have three cases of MREs a friend gave me when he got back from training last year. He's retiring from the reserves after 20 years so that supply option will go away.

Survival Kits / Re: Bottle Cook Kit (Stainless Steel)
« on: September 16, 2017, 11:07:15 PM »
I've seen the Kelly kettle years ago, been interested but it isn't cheap. I stay away from aluminum as much as possible. Stainless tends to take abuse better so I use it. I've thought about titanium, but I'm not sure the weight difference justifies the expense.

Nuclear / Biological / Chemical / Re: North Korea again :-\
« on: September 16, 2017, 11:02:32 PM »
Yeah, Kim Jung Crazy III is likely to suffer repercussions. China is starting to get fed up with him, so that's a plus. I just hope he doesn't do something stupid.

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