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 on: April 26, 2018, 10:07:28 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Got my last piece of cooking gear in today, a GSI Glacier stainless steel 8 cup coffee percolator, the perfect size for camping.

 on: April 04, 2018, 03:39:09 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
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 :)

 on: March 31, 2018, 11:03:46 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
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.

 on: March 26, 2018, 10:33:44 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
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.

 on: March 26, 2018, 10:20:43 PM 
Started by Gungnir - Last post by Canuck In Denver
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 :)

 on: March 26, 2018, 06:36:13 PM 
Started by Gungnir - Last post by Gungnir
Just like the title says! The FB data breach has freed up lots of my time lol. Same guy, just with a few years more experience. Things I've learned:
- heavily modified vehicles suck! Remember my jeep, by the time I was done it was pretty much a buggy and only good for fun. Keep it simple, with readily available parts.
- I've abandoned all my modern firearms in favor of black powder. I just prefer it.
- parrots are not good pets for survivalist. Never mind 5 of them
- I'm not a huge fan of KaBar. Still a good knife, but I would never buy another one.
- condoms are worth every penny, and way cheaper then diapers.
- check your bob's and vehicles regularly. (I got lazy then we got put under evac notice not to long ago. Lol
- fly paper is a must have in a bob!
Oh and finally,
Cheers!!!! *Raises glass*

 on: March 09, 2018, 10:22:30 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
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.

 on: March 09, 2018, 02:24:21 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Blueduck
oh boy, esbit stoves for a buck..... and ou can still get fuel tabs for them without a lot of trouble.... very inexpensive items even to cache in a bucket that have use..... though not sure how fuel tabs would hold up being buried..... but i reckon stored with oxygen absobers and usch they should do fine.... [thinking outloud]

multiple small kits, cache, nothing wrong with keeping on top of decent items and ideas.....

The great wal-mart of china is a 70 mile one way trip for me..... and their online site doesnt load very well for me... lol


 on: March 06, 2018, 11:00:10 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
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.

 on: March 06, 2018, 12:52:09 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Blueduck
The Orca bag actually sounds like a nice one.... as with any kit, time will tell and piecing a kit together like you are is usually better than buying what someone thought was their best "all in one" set up.  dollars and cents matter, but then so does quality and convenience.   If it works better then excellent, as far as standing alone and not falling over.... sew on a support stick ;-)


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