BushClass outing: Split wood fire without a knife

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  1. Seahunter

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    I put up this framed shelter. I used a tripod lashing, 3 dead pine saplings and a Bushcraft outfitters tarp. The ridge pole was 20 ft long which was the right length for this set up, but it was too curved so I cut it shorter and lost about 1/3 of the living space.
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    For such a little sapling this this fire killed grey pine was hard to split.
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    I built this wood shed because it was raining out. I made it by building a tripod with 3 interlocking forked sticks and covering it with about 100 pieces of pine and oak bark. Then I filled it with split wood.
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  2. Seahunter

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    I found this little scorpion when I was collecting bark.
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    I made a bunch of sad feathers with the hatchet. I have made nice feathers with this hatchet before, but this pine was not cooperating.
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    I have never found fat wood in these gray pines, but they are covered in sap. I thought I could "make" some fatwood shavings by covering my feathers in sap.
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    I used the back of my folding saw to strike the ferro rod. The sap + feather sticks worked great.
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  3. Seahunter

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    I got the ugly no soot off my new ti pot.
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    I pulled my swiss canteen cup and a pack of instant coffee out of my survival kit. I still need to get the ugly no soot off this canteen cup.
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    Cheers and thanks for looking.
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    Looked like a fun outing. I want to give the pine sap fire starting method a go.

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    Nice trip. I like the wood shed idea!
     
  6. MJGEGB

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    Nice trip, I've got the 650 ml version of that pot without a bail. It's been a great little pot for solo trips, hard to beat the price too. Good practice using the hatchet over the knife. The more you use it the more useful it will be.
     
  7. Seahunter

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    Its something I want to work with more, but it seems to work really well. There is no way I could have used my ferro rod to light those poorly made feathers in the rain without adding something else to the mix. Most of the other tinders were wet, but sap still works when its wet out.

    Thanks. I learned it from the hardwodsmen lessons. I was going to try to do the hardwoodsmen "light a fire in the rain challenge", but it didn't rain hard enough so I did this bushclass lesson instead.

    Thanks. If the bail and handle don't fall off I will be super happy with it. It was exactly what I was looking for and a good price for titanium. If it proves to be durable I will get a larger one too. I really like scout hatchets, but I don't have the same proficiency with it as I do with a knife.
     
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    If the one I picked up is any indication it should hold up fine. Mine seems pretty bomb proof.
     
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    Awesome outing buddy like the woodshed cover too great post!
     
  10. notoiletpaperinthewoods

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    Great outing. The firewood cache you made was a really nice touch!
     
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    Thanks for sharing .
    I might recommend however not building camp in a creek bed as they tend to flood and wash every thing away .
     
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    Yep! Liking the wood shed idea myself.

    Nice trip!
     
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    Great job! Looks like an excellent outing. I really like that wood shed. Isn't Pine sap great?!
     
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    I did think about that and I agree that would be a bad place to spend the night this time of year. I picked that spot because I didn't have to clear any vegetation away for the fire and I was only going to be out for a few hours. It was forecast to rain 1" in the next 24 hrs which is about what we got the night before. I set the tarp up to keep the rain off the camera so I try for the hardwoodsmen "light a fire in the rain challenge", but then it barely rained.
    I haven't been using pine sap much because most of the fires for BushClass III are 1 stick fires. Pine sap does work really well and I am going to use it more for fire lighting.
     
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    Nice outing, well done.
     
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    Here is the only other picture I have of the wood shed. I had a layer of bark on the ground in the shed and a layer to put on top of the kindling also.
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    Nice work man!
     
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