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Making an Efficient Portable Wood Stove.

This stove is based on the plans for the "EverythingNice" stove which can be downloaded freely from the World Stove site:

I have played around with fires and stoves over the years, and the World Stove design impressed me. I think the small opening in the top of the stove is an important feature and I saw this for the…

Added by Stephen Coote on July 18, 2010 at 9:00 — 5 Comments

Figure-4 Deadfall Trigger. Great for Rats & Mice

I have caught a lot of mice and a few rats using a simple figure-4 deadfall. One thing I do, which I haven’t seen anywhere else, is to split the end of the bait stick. I force the bait well into the split so that the rodents need to push hard to get at it.

This trigger could be used to make a bigger deadfall for bigger animals. I’ve never seriously tried to do this. There is a lot less work…

Added by Stephen Coote on July 15, 2010 at 21:34 — No Comments

The Simple Sack Pack

Sack packs are a simple bag you can carry quite a load in. I think a Kiwi name for them might be pikau.

The simplest is just a feed sack or fertiliser bag with rope 'straps' tied to the bottom corners. You need something like a small pebble in each corner to stop the rope slipping off. It has been suggested that you can have onions or potatoes in the corners of the bag so you have some food with you.

The rope on a sack pack can be one…

Added by Stephen Coote on July 2, 2010 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

Bow Making and Associated Equipment

I've made dozens of bows, but I have broken most of them. Dunno for sure what the reasons for the breakages are.... probably inexperience, incompetence, and the unknown qualities of the wood I've been trying to work with.

I have some surviving bows though. One of my favourites is made from Olearia paniculata. I hope I spelt that correctly. It has a stringy bark and a yellow tinge in the leaf. Others are made from sycamore, barberry, hard beech (I think) and kanuka. Most of…

Added by Stephen Coote on June 30, 2010 at 18:41 — 3 Comments

Bottomless Bottle Candle Lantern

I don't use candles as much now that I've discovered the wonders of LED flashlights, but candles still have their place.

I've spent many nights in a fairly rough camp where it is often windy. My unprotected candles would either blow out, or the wind would shorten their life by blowing the flame sideways thus melting the little 'dam' that holds in the pool of molten wax and allowing the wax to flow away.

I pondered the problem and eventually came…

Added by Stephen Coote on June 28, 2010 at 8:00 — 3 Comments

How I Skin a Pig

This article was written in direct response as to how to deal with a pig. Other animals can be tackled in more or less the…

Added by Stephen Coote on June 27, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

Spring-Up Snares

These are the traps of our childhood cartoons.... the one where the baddie gets hauled into the air by his ankle.

Before you read further, please be aware that these traps are deadly to animal life and welfare. They should not be set unless somebody is going to check them early every day, and preferably more than once a day. There are photos below of trapped animals. Like many human generations before me, and like many of the other creatures on this planet, I am a meat…

Added by Stephen Coote on June 26, 2010 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Snaring Possums


Snares can provide an effective way to catch all sorts of animals. Sometimes they can be set to be very selective in what they catch when the habits of the local animals are well known. They are cheap to make and easy to carry. They can be improvised using a variety of readily available materials. And our ancestors have used them for a very long time.

Nowadays any form of trapping can be a ‘touchy’ subject. It can be seen as…

Added by Stephen Coote on June 25, 2010 at 9:00 — 9 Comments

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