Saturday, 25 February 2012

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Long term cooking equipment

Here is the cooking equipment I use long term in the woods

Zebra billy can: Very strong and durable, big enough for 1 person, used to cook and boil water.

Primus Gourmet stainless steel frying pan: Very strong bit of kit and excellent for cooking game in the woods. Does not have a non stick coating which works to my advantage and it can be scrubbed clean with sand and warm water.

Guyot design nalgene water bottle. Long term a water bottle is a necessity as if you want to travel you can carry clean water with you. This is a water bottle but can also be used to boil water as it is stainless steel and could also be used for cooking.

Crusader mug and lid. Can be used to boil water and cook and also as a mug for tea or coffee.

All the kit is pictured is on a Folding Trivet which can be placed over the fire to hold pots when cooking.

Water purification

My personal choice for water purification is filtering using the Millbank bag and then boiling.

This system will kill anything infecting the water except for chemical pollution. All other pollutants are killed off at 100 degrees or lower.

Once you boil the water it is safe to drink. 

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Overnight kit

Here is my overnight kit.
I try to keep my pack weight down without loosing too much comfort.

This full kit weighs in at 16 pounds.

Kit consisted of..
  • Rucksack
  • Sleeping bag
  • DD 3x3m Tarp
  • British Army bivvy bag
  • Self inflating multi mat
  • Ridgeline and pegs
  • Knife
  • Bahco laplander saw
  • Tatonka burner
  • Ti Spork
  • First aid kit
  • Emberlit stove
  • Crusader mug and Nato water bottle
  • Food and brew kit
.. and in my pockets..
  • Torch and headtorch
  • Firesteel
  • Gloves

Thanks for reading

Out for a brew

Went out today for a brew in the woods, had a little snow recently so made sure I packed the hat and gloves!

Also wanted to try out my new Emberlit stove

A walk up and along the local river.

The Emberlit stove is great, flat packs, can fit into a cargo pocket, strong and robust and multi use. Only used it with meths and wood so far but it preforms brilliantly. Its becoming part of my Woodland EDC as well as camping kit

A ridge around 1.5 miles away, the camera is still relatively new to me.

Hope you enjoy reading, best wishes.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Hammock set up

My Hammock set-up is a DD 3x3m Tarp and a DD Camping Hammock.

The Hammock is set up using the original webbing looped around the tree and the Hammock is tied to the trees using two quick release knots and prussic loops to tension the ridge. Then simply guy out all corners taught.

Basic set-up but provides a good nights sleep or just a comfy few hours in the woods.

Hobo stove

This is my hobo stove setup:

To make this set cost me under £3 to make.

The 'stove' is a utensil holder from ASDA that cost under £2 and the 'billy can' was £1 from the pound shop. 
To make I drilled two holes in the billy which i will add a handle too, the tent pegs were the correct size although I have some lighter stainless steel skewers I cut to size with a hack saw and the stove I drilled a series of air holes around the bottom so the fire gains oxygen, a 'door' to feed wood into the stove without removing the pot and holes to hold the tent stakes in place to hold the pot.

Also pictures is the Emberlit stove for a windscreen.

The stove itself takes up no more room than carrying a billy alone and weighs very little, and if open fires are not allows this is very sensible and discrete. The stove catches any ashes so it is very easy to clear up and 'leave no trace'

This little thing is great, you can boil water, cook food, it stands as its own windshield and pot stand, eat from it and drink from it and you can hang the billy over the fire. The stove can be used with wood, a meths stove, hexamine or gel fuel so it is very versatile and free using the wood option and the stove.. well for £3 its amazing.

Thank you for reading.