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General Discussion / Re: Hi
« Last post by Sarge on Today at 07:47:24 AM »
Hey WW, glad to see you back around the campfire!
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General Discussion / Re: More Face Book censorship
« Last post by Moe M. on Today at 07:02:27 AM »
I was added to the group by a friend, I never asked to join.  I have no idea who pulled the trigger on me.   It?s of no consequence, other than to point out that censorship is a part of daily life online.

 It's not only on line, it's everywhere and it's only going to get worse, stifling opposing thought is the new weapon of choice for those insistent on transforming this country into a European type Socialist "Utopia".
 
 This is a scary time for America.   
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Gear Reviews / Re: All American Sun Oven
« Last post by Moe M. on Today at 06:49:41 AM »

  Excellent review OP,  looks like a winner that will serve to remedy quite a few cooking and baking needs, especially if one is a prepper, I for one would like to see more of your Sun Oven adventures from time to time.
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Gear Reviews / All American Sun Oven
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 11:20:07 PM »
This is my very first "gear review", so hopefully it will be complete enough to be helpful.

Our All American Sun Oven arrived via UPS yesterday, so we were anxious to test drive it.  The concept may not be new to most of you, and I have spent a couple years looking at DIY plans using everything from cardboard boxes to plywood "ovens" using aluminum foil reflectors.  We finally decided to add one of these to our "Prepper's Tool Box".  It turns out it will see much more use than just "emergencies".

The box itself is a composite material with a heat-resistant coating on the inside. It is black to absorb as much solar heat as possible.  The reflectors are Mylar coated and come with a protective plastic that needs to be removed before the oven is pressed into use.  This particular product (there are many configurations available depending upon how much you want to invest, and your intended use) comes with a gamble-style rack, 3 racks for dehydrating, or baking cookies, a 3 qt roasting pan. 2 circular roasting pans, one with an enameled lid, and one with a vented glass lid. The gamble rack is used so that the product being cooked stays level regardless of the tilt of the oven.  There is a height adjustment leg in the back so you can tilt the oven to aim directly at the sun.  You will see two white devices at the front bottom edge that are ingenious devices to aim the oven using the shadow of the sun so you get the maximum exposure during the cooking process.  The reflectors are hinged so they fold up for transport, and there is a carrying handle in the front.  Not counting the pots it weighs in at about 23 pounds.



This view is with the reflecting fins deployed, and ready to go.



The air temperature was a balmy 48F deg and we still have a few snow drifts in the yard.  After pre-heating the oven for about 20 minutes, the temperature climbed to around 300F deg.



We decided to see how it would handle chicken thighs and veggies, so we layered baby carrots, garlic cloves, 4 chicken thighs, and some Brussels sprouts in the roasting pan.



We set the pan on the gamble rack when the oven reached 350F.



After about 1 hour, condensation began to form on the glass cover of the box.  There is a gasket sealing the glass lid and box with two lugs to keep heat and moisture from escaping.  We pulled the pan to check the internal temperature of the chicken and found it to be 205F!!!  The basting buds on the lid of the roasting pan helped with browning the skin of the thighs, even with the high humidity.  Even the sprouts has a nice browning.



Dinner was served!!!



LESSONS LEARNED:

1. Cooking time is comparable to a conventional oven at a similar temperature.
2. In the future we will place a silicone baking sheet on the gamble rack to prevent and slipping/sliding of the cook ware on the rack.  The enamel surface of the pans and rack are really slick!
3. If you let the food go much beyond the point where the glass lid steams up, you will have to deal with condensation in the oven box. We went a little over the necessary time, and there was about a cup of water in the oven that needed to be mopped up.
4. As the manufacturer states: "Read the instruction -- TWICE -- before using."   ;)

CONCLUSION:

This little jewel will see a lot of use this summer when it's just too hot to want to use our kitchen oven or stove top for cooking.   
It is compact enough that it can be carried on car camping or picnic trips (it's just about the size of a 22" Weber kettle grill w/o the legs).
During our fire season here this is a perfect alternative to gas stoves when fire restrictions prevent campfires or open-flame cooking.

BONUS ITEM:

This kit came with a neat gadget called a "Multi-Fuel Water Purification Indicator (WAPI)".  It's a vile with a bit of wax inside that snaps onto a flotation device (which doubles as a carrying case for the vile).  The Indicator floats in any water filled container.  When the water reaches a temperature of 150F for at least 6 minutes, the wax melts and flows to the bottom to the vile, indicating the water has reached "pasteurization temperature" and is safe to drink.



There are other styles of WAPI which use a lanyard, but that can be a problem when used with open flames or fires. This floater doesn't have anything to catch fire if it dangles outside the pot.   ;D

The All American Sun Oven is available on Amazon, and there are several different "kits" depending upon your budget, or needs.
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General Discussion / Re: More Face Book censorship
« Last post by Unknown on Yesterday at 09:12:18 PM »
You can post on/pol/.. lol.

What is the complaint about the decision again? You were expelled from a group you made no decision to join.
   They're right. 10 mm glock ain't the end all. It's just something you got a deal on.

Don't take none of that the wrong way. I have a strong market for bear skins if you can supply
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General Discussion / Re: Hi
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 09:08:32 PM »
Ok, I think I can type with this phone.  Pretty small boxes.
I'm doing ok...some life changes pulled me away from
Bushcrafting. But not carving.  Changes are coming again,and I
Want to build up another kit. I invested in the firebox and will build around
that.  I think the last time i posted i mentioned a new fella in my
Life, im with the same one.  Im at that same place out here in central mn...
But am looking for another acerage.  Missouri even.  Ive missed this forum, and you guys.
Mnsportsman kept tabs on me off and on.  Wolfy and Moe too.  Right now im trying to refresh
My memory and get back into adventure mode.  Hah
  Ive had a couple of birthdays.....uffda .  Now tell me how you
Guys are faring? I see a few new faces.....
It came as a welcome shock when I saw one of your new posts!  Glad to know you are still among us.
I'm still muddling through in NW Montana, and watching another winter through the rear view mirror.  I still get on here once in awhile, but I'm not nearly as gabby as I used to be.  Hope to see many more of your messages on the board!  Fair thee well, WW!!
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General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by WoodsWoman on Yesterday at 06:44:44 PM »
We missed out on the last snow storm. Thank goodness.  Im down in a valley but yet on a hill by the lake. Flooding waters are on top of the ice.  We will be safe.  My worry is mud season. On my mile long driveway...and needing fuel in. Family in northwest iowa are borderline evacuees.   None are farmers so not quite the worry with them.  Ww
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General Discussion / Re: Hi
« Last post by WoodsWoman on Yesterday at 06:30:29 PM »
And for Stan...I was abducted and kept hostage in one of those windmill things.  I always knew they were alien hideouts.  When the time comes they are turning them all one direction and flying earth to a knew galaxy.....yep that's my exciting story...and I'm sticking to it.
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General Discussion / Re: Hi
« Last post by WoodsWoman on Yesterday at 06:26:34 PM »
Ok, I think I can type with this phone.  Pretty small boxes.
I'm doing ok...some life changes pulled me away from
Bushcrafting. But not carving.  Changes are coming again,and I
Want to build up another kit. I invested in the firebox and will build around
that.  I think the last time i posted i mentioned a new fella in my
Life, im with the same one.  Im at that same place out here in central mn...
But am looking for another acerage.  Missouri even.  Ive missed this forum, and you guys.
Mnsportsman kept tabs on me off and on.  Wolfy and Moe too.  Right now im trying to refresh
My memory and get back into adventure mode.  Hah
  Ive had a couple of birthdays.....uffda .  Now tell me how you
Guys are faring? I see a few new faces.....
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General Discussion / Re: More Face Book censorship
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 06:17:07 PM »
They are an anti-weapon bunch.  In their rules it states in rule 4 that anyone who even mentions a firearm or knife will be removed.

It kind of chaps that they have over 43,000 members.
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