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Monthly Project - February 2012

Discussion in 'Monthly Projects' started by Zig, Feb 12, 2012.

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Which project do you want to try?

Poll closed Feb 17, 2012.
  1. Torch from Gathered Materials

    48.6%
  2. Removable/Adjustable Bail

    21.6%
  3. Pot Cozy

    29.7%
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  1. Zig

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    Please read before voting!

    Hey, fellow bushcrafters. Since we don't have a Feb project yet, I figured I'd offer up some options. I tried to keep them simple since we're already halfway through the month.

    If you aren't familiar with the Monthly Projects, here's the general gist: If you plan to take on the task, vote for your favorite option, but be prepared to take on any of them since the voting can always go one way or the other. If you don't plan on taking on the project, please just sit back and watch. After you've finished your project, post up a picture or two to show us your results!

    Here's the options:

    Option 1. Make a bushcraft torch out of gathered materials. You may use one short length of pre-made cordage. Show us a picture of it before, during, and after burning if possible. Burn time would be another plus.

    Option 2. 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 if everyone here.

    Option 3. Make a pot cozy out of whatever materials you have available to you. Anything goes on this one!

    I'll set the poll to stay open until the the 17th. That'll leave two weekends for everyone to do the winning project before the month is over.

    Happy crafting!
     
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  2. froldt

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    I've had the materials to make some pot cozy's for far too long now. So let's do that and make me use it up!
     
  3. red elm

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    I'm in what ever is decided for the project
     
  4. oldpagan

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    I'm in as well! I think a monthly project would be fun!
     
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    I like the torch idea...and the others too. Glad to see this back! I'm game for whatever is decided!
     
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    Let's make some torches!
     
  7. willy2154

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    I'm Game for any of them, but I have an idea for a Removable/Adjustable Bail. I like this it keeps you thinking and learning.
     
  8. Zig

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    Wow. I'm glad to see so much interest already! We've got a few more days of voting until it's time to start.

    If your choice doesn't win, don't worry. I'm going to recycle the unused projects into the ballot for the next month. That way we'll eventually get around to everything.

    If you have any ideas PM them to me and I'll add them to the list I've got going.


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  9. willy2154

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    When you say "gathered materials" you mean from the woods not the house correct?
     
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    1) Have never done the torch thing....

    2) Not sure what the bail thing is....

    3) Not sure what a pot cozy is either, but that sounds interesting... :D
     
  11. Zig

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    Yes. Materials gathered from a wilderness surrounding. We can do another one for household items though! I've got a few cool ideas for household stuff too.


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  12. Gryphonblade

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    Since this has been down for a while, can we just open it up to doing any or all of the three?
     
  13. Zig

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    The bail is just a wire you can use to hang a pot over an open fire. How you go about doing this is entirely up to you. Creative solutions is what makes this sub-forum fun!

    The pot cozy is a thing to surround your cook pot to insulate it, keeping your food hotter longer.


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  14. Zig

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    Everyone is free to do whatever they want (and please share with pictures and videos if you do any of the non-winning options), but if you voted the expectation is that you will at least do the one that wins the vote as a sort of group problem solving exercise.

    EDIT: Also remember that the ones that don't win will be in the running for next month as well!

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    Torches

    I think the torch would be great. But we need a minumin burn time to them i think. Or the long burn time wins!!!
     
  16. Zig

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    Alright everyone, the winning project is the torch made from gathered materials!

    There's no minimum burn time or competition here, just a venue to try some new ideas. No need to fear failure and no prizes to win means that you can try out your craziest idea just to see how it works out.

    I can't wait to see how the 38 voters build their torches. Anyone else who wishes to try it out is welcome to post as well. Let's see what we can come up with!

    Happy crafting!


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  17. willy2154

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    Here is my Second Attempt at the torch. Not much of a video but I hope you enjoy the music of Rob Boyle, We have had the pleasure of having him play at the land we lease in Brownville JCT, ME on the banks of the Pleasant River.

    http://youtu.be/KKbWaH8sIB0
     
  18. Bornacentury2l8

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    Turned out better than my first two attempts. They were bad...Good learning experience. Not giving up though. had to stop for the rain.
     
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    Great attempt and video. Seems to me you nailed it. I was thinking something similiar... but now Im going to have to change my strategy.....
     
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    OK. Here's my entry.
    I picked up the idea of this kind of torch on another forum.
    This torch was burning for about 45 minutes with periodic "feeding". The torch went out shortly after I have stopped feeding it. I could have kept it going longer, but I had other things to do as well...
    Anyhow, here is the "story" in pics.

    I used this stick (which was damp on the inside...) for the torch and you can see two strips of fatwood in the background for fuel (which I have collected on the spot).

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    I split the top into quarters by careful batoning and started to carve out some of the inside.

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    Then I broke off one "side-panel" ...

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    ..and drilled it for ventilation.

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    Some fuel in the making (note the little sticks under the knife)...

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    Everything is put together, tied, filled up with fatwood and ready to go.

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    On this photo you can see the ventilation hole as well.

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    Fire in the hole!

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    I was feeding small fatwood sticks to the torch time and time again. I used different ways, but found this "criss-cross" layering method to be the best.

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    Here, I have stopped feeding fuel...

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    ...and here the torch is out...

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  21. Bornacentury2l8

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    My 3rd attempt at a torch

    Started with bamboo.Cut slits for air to get to the fuel. It was very windy, so the torch didn't last as long as it could have.
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    Bundled fat wood inside the torch. Grass and shavings at the top to ignite it with a fire steel.
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    22 minutes later, she was all done.
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    This was my third attempt. learned a lot from this project.
     
  22. willy2154

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    Looking to see more torches posted :17: Really wanted to see what everyone would come up with.
     
  23. Zig

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    I'll be posting mine tomorrow or Wednesday. I've got to get the photos uploaded.

    I was hoping to see more projects uploaded by now as well. The idea with these projects is to vote only if you intend to participate. I know it can be hard to find the time folks, and I understand that unexpected things can come up, but 38 voters and only 3 people posting so far is VERY low turn-over.

    So two days left, let's see a mad rush of posts!

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  24. buroak

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    Here's my torch. It is made out of shagbark hickory bark. I lashed it together with slippery elm bark. It burned for about 15 minutes.

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    bamboo --fatwood and birch bark...here i come...tomorrow:9::9:
     
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    Pretty much a failure...

    I was really hoping to get a chance to redo this one when it wasn't raining, but it's raining again today and everything is soaked, so I don't think my results would be much better.

    Since everything was soaked, I figured I'd use some of he birch bark I gathered earlier in the year that I had in the yard. Turns out that was soaked through as well, but I tried anyway.

    I rolled the bark up tightly to form the torch head. My plan was to then soak the head in birch tar, but I never got around to extracting the tar, so that never happened. I tied it off with a short length of jute twine and lit it up.

    Being so soaked through it was a real hassle to keep it burning, I think if I had rolled it a bit looser it would have burned more easily. Fatwood would also have helped, but I've never found that around here and my supply is limited.

    Here's the pictures:

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    The bottom picture gives you a good idea of how it burned. It never really spread to the whole torch head. If I had a large fire to get it lit, I think things would have worked out better, but I was using a Bic.

    All in all a learning experience. I love torches everyone else built!

    In the interest of giving everyone a chance to get their stuff up, I'm going to leave this thread open until the voting is done on the March project. Hopefully a couple more folks will upload their attempts before then.

    Thanks everyone for sharing your ideas and methods.
     
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