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  Minnow Trap
Posted by: Dashing - Yesterday, 12:41 PM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (2)

Here's a little trap for catching minnows in the shallows of a stream or pond.  It requires only a small container (water bottles seem to be everywhere these days) and a stick.  Cut the top off of the bottle, flip it around, and slide it back into the body of the bottle.  Drill 4 small holes around the open end (through both layers of plastic) with the tip of your knife.  The holes should be spaced 90 degrees apart.  Craft three little pegs to pin the top and side holes.  Craft an anchor stake which will also be used to pin the last hole in the bottom of the trap.  Bait with a worm, other local insects, food scraps, etc.  Set it in place in the shallows.  Fine tune the depth based on where the minnows or small baitfish are swimming.  Use the small fish to catch bigger fish (or eat them if you're in really bad shape).

*the trap obviously has to be placed IN the water.  The last photo is shown on land for illustration purposes.  

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  Steaks on the Coals
Posted by: Dashing - 10-16-2017, 01:09 PM - Forum: Wilderness Cooking Forum - Replies (5)

Mako and RandyT mentioned ash cakes in another thread.  Although I've never tried those, I have cooked quite a few steaks on the coals of a fire.

Hardwoods are what you want here.  I've used maple and oak and both work very well.  I've had less luck with lighter woods such as pine because it burns hotter and faster.  Make sure you aren't using any kind of crazy toxic wood or anything.  I don't want to be responsible for killing anyone off.

Build your fire:
You want a nice wide fire base.  Build your fire up and then let one area burn down low to a nice hot bed of large coals.  I find that split wood about 3/4" x 3/4" x 8" pieces, or a little fatter, will produce nice sized coals for cooking steaks.  Don't pull your coals out of the fire, rather clear the higher flaming fuel off the top to expose your coal bed.  You can surround the cooking coals with other pieces of firewood or rocks as a wind break and to reflect heat like an oven.

Add any seasoning first.  Then, put your steaks right on top of the coals.  Set them down fairly gently.  Don't disturb the coals too much because you don't want to kick up a lot of ash onto your nice juicy steaks.  Ash sticks, coals don't really stick much.  At this point, you have to go by feel or use the force or whatever method of instinct you prefer.  For your first coal steaks, start with 6 or 7 minutes a side.  Flip the steaks with improvised tongs and knock of what little coals may stick. After doing this once or twice you'll get a feel for the temperature you want the coals, timing, and how you like your steaks cooked.  Slow and steady wins the steaks...

Why the heck would I throw a fillet mignon on the coals of a fire? :
It tastes really good.  More importantly, if your plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness and you didn't pack a frying pan, you can still cook that kodiak bear you just rassled to death.  "What one man can do, another can do!"

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  Ever make a torch?
Posted by: Dashing - 10-16-2017, 12:45 PM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (9)

Somebody mentioned torches the other day (not on the forum).  I realized I'd never actually made a torch so...

I had about two pounds of pine pitch I had harvested so I decided that would be my fuel.  I melted some down in a tin can and mixed in dry plant matter as a thickener.  I caked the rest of the pitch onto a stick.  I wrapped the pine pitch in long blades of green grass and then spread the thickened pitch over that.  Last, I wrapped the whole thing in some spruce bark to hold it all together tightly.

The torch threw a ton of light and burned for at least 20 minutes.  Better construction and using a 3'4" - 1" diameter green stick of hardwood would probably double that.  The head eventually burned through the stick and fell off into the fire pit.  Also, I would wrap it more completely next time because flaming gobs of pine pitch dripped off like napalm now and then.

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  Forged my first knives
Posted by: Dashing - 10-16-2017, 01:19 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (5)

I attended a great class called "Intro to the Forged Blade" this weekend and forged my first knives.  This experience was a blast, I learned a ton, and I can definitely see myself trying to learn more and forge more knives in the future.

My work was obviously beginner quality, so nothing special or terrific, but I figured I'd share.

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Posted by: Dashing - 10-13-2017, 03:02 PM - Forum: Wilderness Cooking Forum - Replies (15)

I'm sure you've all heard of bannock.  I just used the standard recipe here, but added white chocolate chips and craizens.  

I let my little fire burn down a bit and got a nice coal bed before starting to cook the bannock.  Hardwood obviously works better than pine for a good bed of coals.

I cut up a used pie tin to use as the baking tray and to space the tray from the bottom of my pot so I got a more uniform baking oven type of effect.

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  Leaf Spring Tracker
Posted by: Dashing - 10-13-2017, 02:50 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (11)

I thought some of you guys might be interested in seeing a knife I made.  I built this tracker last year out of a leaf spring using mostly files.  The leaf spring came from a truck in a junk yard.  I annealed it in a charcoal grill in the backyard, shaped it, sharpened it, and sent it off to Peters for heat treat.  It has served me well over the past year. The knife holds an edge very well, chops great for it's size, and is built like a tank.  The handle is a simple mule tape wrap with bank line over-wrap.

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Test run.  I got the quarter round right.  It makes super thin draw-curls which light with a ferro rod spark in wet weather.

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Used it to make an awl as a companion tool.

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Some other stuff I've done with the tracker.

Made a sheath

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Made a hasty bucksaw in the field. (the tracker is best paired with a smaller knife for fine carving)

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Split a long log as a skill test.

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Made a nightstand on a hammock camping trip

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  Can Stoves
Posted by: Dashing - 10-12-2017, 02:13 PM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (6)

I started tinkering with stoves made from V8 cans and soda cans earlier this year.  I got a kick out of it because it costs nothing, they are incredibly useful and lightweight, and because I get to build something.  The recycling aspect is a bonus too.

My favorite stove is this little V8 can, penny-style, alcohol burner.  It came out well and I became fond of it.

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I began taking all of the undented cans out of the recycling bin at work and making stoves during my lunch break.  I gave a bunch away (at least 40 so far) and experimented with a lot of different designs.

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More recently I switched from coffee to one Red Bull in the morning.  Suddenly, my supply of the smaller diameter cans shot through the roof.  I experimented with new pot stands too.  Here is one of the nicer ones I made recently.  I gave this one to a buddy who is just starting to get into outdoorsy stuff.  Paired with a little Imusa pot, it made him very happy.

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And holy cow.  The pics worked.

Post up your stoves if you've made some.
I'm getting tooled up for the aluminum beer can types now too.  I'll post some pics eventually.

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  Did you know?
Posted by: Bill Hay - 10-10-2017, 07:20 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (14)

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  Improvised Fishing Pole
Posted by: Dashing - 10-10-2017, 04:20 PM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (9)

On a recent trip I decided to improvise a fishing pole in the field rather than bringing one.

For the rod I used a beech sapling.  Care was taken to ensure that the length of the rod was limbed clean so there was not much to snag the line while casting.
I bent up two hasty guides out of heavy wire I scrounged.  The guides were then attached to the rod with mil surp trip/snare wire from a Vietnam era wooden spool.
Last, I attached my handline/emergency fishing kit to the rod.

The handline kit consists of 6LB or 10LB mono for a leader and #24 bank line for the main line.  These are both wrapped around the outside of a tube vault (soda bottle blank) and then covered in a piece of bicycle inner tube to hold it all in place neatly.  I find that the #24 bank line casts well when handline fishing and works ok for fly casting from this rigged pole setup.  Inside the tube are hooks, split shot, a couple lures, and a float.

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  KITH knife pictures
Posted by: wmerrin - 10-06-2017, 01:18 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (16)

I decided my KITH knife deserved a new thread, so here is a new thread.

Brumbie sent me the most amazing KITH you could imagine - a genuine Luke Swenson blade complete with leather sheath.  I was just dumbfounded when I opened the box...  Thanks Brumbie!

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Did I remember to say Thanks Brumbie?  And thanks DaveD for hosting the KITH, you done real good.  I hope everyone else enjoys their KITH...


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