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Cooking oil candle stove

May 12, 2019

  I made this heater/stove for a small push cart shelter. For the main housing I used a Costco peanut can. This top view with the lid off shows the three vegetable oil candles. To make the you first need a floating wick. I used a small 3/8″ length of wine cork. I drilled a…

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Ammo box stove

May 10, 2019

This was my version of the air tight Ammo stove. The box I had was pretty small in comparison to others I’d seen. It was fun to build but the fire wouldn’t last for more than a half hour. I was hoping for a longer burn time. The bolt on the front (left) of the…

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Survival kits

May 9, 2019

First I want to say that a common space blanket is one of the best things to carry on a day hike. Here I’m exploring more than just keeping warm. In 1986 Mother Earth News asked a few Outdoor experts to come up with a DIY survival kit. They were all huge and too big…

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Survival mailbox stove

May 8, 2019

Made with a mailbox, bent electrical conduit, copper wire and a rain gutter, this was an experiment in what a person could use around their home to create a make-shift stove for cooking and boiling contaminated water in case of a natural disaster. I used a drill for holes, but you could use a nail…

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Paint can swamp cooler

May 8, 2019

This was an attempt at making a small traveling swamp cooler for a vehicle without air conditioning. The fan sucked air thru the small holes on the sides and thru the damp cloth wall lining. A small fountain pump pushed water up to the round tube. Multiple holes were drilled on the bottom of the…

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Tea candle survival stove

May 8, 2019

Made with sheet aluminum, I made three identical stands and taped them together. A jar lid was used to make the base that holds the candles. Notches were made to hold an aluminum can. I coped off the lid to the can and spray painted it with dull black stove paint. Here I’m cooking a…

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Homeless stealth bivy tent

April 12, 2019

This Bivvy bag tent was made by sewing a cheap 8 by 10 foot camouflaged tarp together. Shoes are used to maintain the opening. Rocks on a windy day. The bottom of the wood pole was carved sharp to stick in the ground, and the top was carved to fit through the top grommet hole…

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DIY Cargo bike

April 11, 2019

While perusing the internet, I discovering the amazing cargo bikes used during the Vietnam conflict by the Vietcong to transfer supplies thru undetected jungle trails. I also found this cargo carrying bike on the internet. It was made from found material by a homeless man. I envision a time in the future when a…

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