Stephen Coote's Blog – July 2010 Archive (3)

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

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