Monthly Project - March 2012

Discussion in 'Monthly Projects' started by Zig, Feb 29, 2012.

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Which project do you want to try?

Poll closed Mar 4, 2012.
  1. Removable and Adjustable Bail

    14.3%
  2. Pot Cozy

    35.7%
  3. Repurpose 3 non-recyclable items

    21.4%
  4. Walking Stick Monopod

    28.6%
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  1. Zig

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    Alright everyone, March starts tomorrow and I think it'd be great to get a jump start on the voting so we have some more time to spend on the actual projects.

    The choices from now on will include the 2nd and 3rd place options from the previous month as well as 2 new projects, making a total of 4 options. Let me know if you like that format, if not I'd be happy to change it.

    Here's the choices:

    Option 1. Make a removable and adjustable bail for use on pots. It should be capable of holding both small and large pots/mugs that are filled with water. This one could be tricky, but I have confidence in everyone here.

    Option 2. Make a pot cozy out of whatever materials you have available to you. Anything goes on this one!

    Option 3. Repurpose 3 non-recyclable items from your trash. This one is tricky because so many of our usual go to items for DIY stuff are recyclable. This means no tin cans, glass bottles, etc. Paper items are going to be the exception because paper is hit or miss on whether or not it can being recycled.

    Option 4. Build a walking stick monopod. You can use any materials you want. The only requirement is that it is capable of having a camera attached to it and that it will hold that camera upright without someone to hold it that way. I think this would be very useful especially after reading that thread about how to improve our YouTube videos.

    The poll will close earlier than it did last time. This time March 4th will be the cut off for voting.

    Happy crafting, everyone!

    EDIT:

    Just a reminder... PM me anything you want to see added to the options for next month. I didn't get any for this month, so I just took two off of a list of ideas I've been keeping. I think it'd be great if we got everyone in on choosing the options though.
     
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  2. Thegtwyo86

    Thegtwyo86 Tinder Gatherer

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    I'm up for anything,I'm new here and I really like the idea of doing projects like this to keep everyone thinking outside the box.
     
  3. Zig

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    Welcome to the campfire. You hit the nail on the head here it's fun to see everyone's ideas put into practice, whether they are great work or utter failures we all can learn from it.


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    Today is the 5th... did the Pot Cozy win?
     
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    Cool looks like its the Pot Cozy, need to start thinking of what I can do.
     
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    I've been meaning to make a cozy for my kmart grease pot, I guess this will give me an excuse to finally get it done.
     
  7. Zig

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    Yes, the Pot Cozy is the winner! I'm looking forward to seeing what materials everyone chooses. There are so many options!
     
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    Ok, you guys can clown me all you want. But as it relates to camping etc, what is a pot cozy? Is it just like a beer cozy, that keeps your drink cold, but opposite, to keep your cooking pot hot after you've cooked a meal?

    I can see why that would be a nice thing to have around i guess. Keep your food warm. Although, I think id just rather eat when the food is done. :)

    Anyway, I like the monthly task ideas. Neat stuff.
     
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    Thanks for the welcome I hope to learn new things from everyone here
     
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    just seen this didnt get chance to vote but would like to join in if thats ok. will give me something to do as am still off work ill (5 weeks so far) and am really starting to get bored.

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    Raker - Yup, that's exactly what it is. It's especially nice for rehydrating meals since that can take 10 min or more and in cold weather when everything cools off quickly. In the summer I use mine to keep soot from the fire off my other gear.

    Boon - We would love to have you participate!

    Just so everyone knows, you don't have to vote to join in. The more the merrier!


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    I picked up a thing of Reflectix last night on the way home, I should be able to whip out a few cozies this week. Thanks for doing this Zig, I've been getting idle at home so this is perfect to keep my brain occupied.
     
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    Hey Chert, no problem at all! I'm glad to do it. I really enjoyed reading and doing these a while back and it doesn't take too much effort to put it together. I'm just glad everyone else is on board!

    Here's my submission. I have two cozies now. The one for my Mor's Pot was already done, so I whipped up one for my tin can mug. The reflectix has successfully kept water brought to boiling at a steaming temperature for up to 20 minutes in sub-zero temps. I added the gaffers tape for a bit of grip to on sides and abrasion resistance to the bottom and top. The only downside to the reflectix material I've found is that it tends to stick to a hot pot. It doesn't melt though. You just need to put a bit of muscle behind getting it back off.

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    heres my offering, realised the edges hadnt been done but will do that in a mo. Cosey over my large Bulldog pot

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    Here's mine. I used aluminum foil on the inside and outside with six sheets of newspaper in between.

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    Just out of curiosity, what would one example of a repurpose non-recyclable item be other than a paper product?
     
  17. Zig

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    Anything that can't go out on the curb for recycling pickup is fair game. The first one that comes to mind for me is used cooking oil. You can save it and use it as lamp fuel.
     
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    I got bored and made two more for my nesting cups. The aluminum one was tricky because of the way the handles are placed. I made a flap that opens and closes with gaffers tape as a solution.

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    I used an old GI close foam sleeping pad and some gorilla tape to make my cozy.... Id use another type of tape if i was to every do it again. Gorilla tape is really thick and surprizingly added a bit of weight.

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    Just a quick St. Patrick's day reminder/bump because it's been a week since the thread's last activity.

    I hope everyone's projects are going well!


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    Here's mine I made with some leftover Reflectix.

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    here is my long waited cossy i have meaning to make
     

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    Here are the two I made:

    My cook kit is an Imusa 12cm pot, homemade lid, Snowpeak Solo cup w/ lid, and another titanium cup with lid. I made two cozies, one for the Imusa and one that fits both cups.
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    Here is my cozy for my GSI cup. Sorry no top, I still need to make one for this cup. I used an orphan glove we had kicking around. Picture below describe the rest. Gonna test it out this weekend.

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    Cut the fingers off the glove and sewed the bottom closed.
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    cut the glove for the handle then used a BDU button and some 550 to make a catch. Also left the little glove keeper plastic clip on, not sure if i'll need the clip but it was there.
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    Thanks for the project. What will April bring?
     
  25. Zig

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    Tomorrow is the last day to post folks! The thread will close early morning on Sunday.

    I'm loving all the ideas people have posted. I especially like the recycled glove idea. Very original and a great way to reuse old stuff.
     
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