If you just fold some aluminum foil and put cloth in it you can make charcloth without a metal tin. by CivilWarrior in camping

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Yea obviously a torch can't be beat I have been in the situation where I had that bag of cotton balls and jelly to save the day. It's my backup with a lighter, never know when you are going to fall into a creek and break something or something is frozen. Generally I will just go the best route a small butane torch is not a bad thing to pack as well. I like to carry a ziploc bag of charcoal as well for cooking just dig a hole and put it in there. I seen a liquid stove that will take like diesel and various other liquids just have to pump it up.

If you just fold some aluminum foil and put cloth in it you can make charcloth without a metal tin. by CivilWarrior in camping

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Nice to know.

If you just fold some aluminum foil and put cloth in it you can make charcloth without a metal tin. by CivilWarrior in camping

[–]Musky 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I keep some dryer lint in an empty paper towel tube in the camping tote, was thinking about making charcloth, doing the cotton ball in jelly thing, and getting a ferrorod just to round out my fire making options.

We have a "fire bag" we keep the flammables, alcohol stove, and fire making stuff except the lint which gets the tote to avoid moisture. Makes it handy to keep track of and keep it safe.

Although generally what I reach for in the fire bag to start fires is my propane torch. I started using it when were we camping in freezing weather. At first I was starting an alcohol fire to unfreeze my hands so I could make the big fire, but that's a lot of time being cold, so I started using the torch. It's just so convienient and fast.

If you just fold some aluminum foil and put cloth in it you can make charcloth without a metal tin. by CivilWarrior in camping

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Nice!!!! I take petroleum jelly and cotton balls as well. Pull the cotton ball apart a bit and swipe some jelly in there and then close it up it will take a spark really easily and burn for about 2 to 3 min with the petroleum jelly.

If you just fold some aluminum foil and put cloth in it you can make charcloth without a metal tin. by CivilWarrior in camping

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Good idea.

If you just fold some aluminum foil and put cloth in it you can make charcloth without a metal tin. by CivilWarrior in camping

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These are so effective. When I had a little wood burner stove I would make these in small muffin paper just to make them easier to light. Almost free too.

If you just fold some aluminum foil and put cloth in it you can make charcloth without a metal tin. by CivilWarrior in camping

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You can use an egg crate to pour a mixture of melted wax and sawdust. Now you have a dozen mini fire-starters.

Quick weekend camping trip. by Zapped in camping

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Damn zapped, you are a genius. Taking frozen pizzas for me next trip(probably going to be early March, damn too cold here rn. Maybe if I visit my uncle in Tx, he wanted to show me a spot he had read on the https://blog.gritroutdoors.com/ outdoor blog :D

Best portable chemical toilet by Andrew22 in camping

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I'm going to make a composting toilet

Best sleeping bags for backpacking and camping by Andrew22 in camping

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I fucking hate my mummy bag. If you toss and turn a lot it just gets too fucked up. Never. Again.

Private camping sites: think Airbnb for campers. by Zapped in camping

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Has anyone tried using this service?

Camping in Rishikesh by [deleted] in camping

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Quick weekend camping trip. by Zapped in camping

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"Dad, why is that man crying like a bitch?"

He probably was called the wrong pronoun, son.

Quick weekend camping trip. by Zapped in camping

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Weather was nice. Upper 80's, low 90's during the day. We had a brief shower Saturday afternoon while we were on the lake. It got a little muggy in the tent last night, but not too bad. We had neighbors Friday night who got a little loud. My son was asking why the guy was crying (we didn't know there was a female companion until later). We told him maybe the guy was having a bad dream. It didn't last more than 2 minutes, though, and they left Saturday morning.

Quick weekend camping trip. by Zapped in camping

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That looks awesome, Zapped. Never thought of cooking frozen pizzas over the campfire. How was the weather?

Quick weekend camping trip. by Zapped in camping

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I was inspired by u/AmericanMuskrat. I decided last Sunday that I was going to go rain or shine. First time this year and a place where I hadn't been. We brought chicken sausage and sauerkraut, but went the easy way and cooked some frozen personal pan pizzas. Beer would have made it better, but we were in a state park. No hiking this weekend, but we did some canoeing.

Hot tent camping in snow by Zapped in camping

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Too much salt on that steak.

Hot tent camping in snow by Zapped in camping

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It looks like he made a hot tent from a solo tent. Seems like a lot of work to camp in sub-freezing weather, but it all appears to pack small.

Has anyone used a solar oven when camping? by Zapped in camping

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hOOs0TB6F3Y

Yes, they work.

It looks like they are not even that overpowered. You could stick a few ore mirrors on there and make a searing station.

Camping in Florida by Zapped in camping

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The water is 72F all year. That's why the manatees like it.

Camping in Florida by Zapped in camping

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That looks like a great place to visit. I may plan a summer visit there to take advantage of the water activities.

Camping in Florida by Zapped in camping

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Cold weather tent discussion by Zapped in camping

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Thanks.

Cold weather tent discussion by Zapped in camping

[–]IkeConn 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Get some good lightweight fabric that either matches or contrasts your tent colors and sew it over any vents. Quick, cheap, and not so dirty tent upgrade.

Cold weather tent discussion by Zapped in camping

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Yes.

Cold weather tent discussion by Zapped in camping

[–]IkeConn 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Got a sewing machine?

Cold weather tent discussion by Zapped in camping

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I do not have a camping heater stove. My biggest problem with my current tent is that is has a screen top and rain fly, so all the heat escapes. It is large enough for an inner tent, though.

Cold weather tent discussion by Zapped in camping

[–]IkeConn 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Plenty of hot tent videos on YouTube. You could use a big tarp if you folded it correctly. When I was in the Army I hated going to the field in winter. Of course going to the field just about anytime sucked. Main thing is staying dry, avoiding heat robbing wind, and take advantage of insulation. If you have a wood stove or other heater use it.

Cold weather tent discussion by Zapped in camping

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We just use our regular tent in freezing weather, although it has windows and is big (8 person) so it doesn't keep warmth at all. We burrow into the sleeping bags to stay warm. If you want the tent itself warm you'll want something no bigger than necessary without windows or body heat will never warm it enough.

I've never used one, but maybe a tent heater would be enough to keep your family comfortable. I think for us misery is part of the experience... but a tent heater does sound nice.

Cold weather tent discussion by Zapped in camping

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I have a 0F degree bag that does quite well, even on the bare ground. My family, however, needs a little more buffer.

Cold weather tent discussion by Zapped in camping

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If you're comfortable in your tent when it's 40 degrees, I think it will be fine when it's 30. If anything, you might want to invest in a warmer sleeping bag or just wear some extra layers.