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Offline bearthedog

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SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:23:51 AM »
I did this camp trip over a week ago, but have been too busy to post until now. In this elongated winter we?re having in the Northeast I wanted to get in one more cold weather camp in before it warmed up. The low was 29F and the wind was howling like a wolf. I got a package from SOL for some products I am writing up for a magazine. They sent me what I would use as part of my base gear for an emergency or just a camp night. I went to my other camp to resurrect it and do some much needed repairs.
     With the snow still lingering in some places and the rain making a daily appearance I decided to just use a saw and fixed blade knife for all camp chores without any splitting or chopping. Shaving wood down is almost as effective as splitting small diameter wood. It took longer, but I wanted to practice this as I have before with a SAK or stick-tang knife. However, I was using a full tang because it is super comfortable, always. Harvesting smaller sticks and shaving wood down to produce twigs is often the answer. I rarely split wood!
     I tried the canon fire-lay I saw my friend do up in Siberia (Survival Russia) and did a smaller version of it for cooking and warmth. A good night with new gear, food, new skills, and Mr. Walker!

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Old Camp


Tools


Went to work constructing the Cannon fire-lay


About 4-5 feet long, but it can vary


Front view


Top view where I would cook and boil. New SOL Magnesium ferrocerium rod. Magnesium shaved off super easy and with larger pieces, while the firesteel is soft, it would ware down fast if you needed to light wood shavings.


When one end is lit, I guess it looks like a cannon firing??


Large enough to lay other things on and even sit


Chicken Stir-Fry






Finished


Back to setting up camp with my zip-tie rig?super fast set-up


Pole acted as a weight for the tarp in super, heavy winds!




Sunset




Adding some small kindling I converted it to a long-fire that would burn for hours. Eventually, it was just a long fire


Morning embers were all consolidated and with a small amount of air?it was ablaze again for some coffee and roasted SPAM!



All was great with the tarp and bivvy, which was supposed to cut 15F off your sleep system. Waterproof it was, breathable (zero condensation) it was.

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Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2018, 11:59:08 AM »
You eat well on these trips and it looks like you drink pretty good stuff too. 

Which bivvy of the several that SOL sells were you testing?

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Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2018, 01:34:07 PM »
I like your fire lay, and the reflector. :cheers:
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Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2018, 04:40:20 PM »
The whole layout Might have worked better with Hudson rye- because:  NY.

Sorry. I only looked at the pictures- ive used the bag as a cheap vapor barrier inside and a cheap bivy cover outside my bag. Never could decide which was worse. But both were warmer than the bag would have been at many degrees below the temp rating
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Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2018, 07:20:11 PM »
Looks like a GREAT trip and I love me some SPAM!
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Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2018, 09:34:33 PM »
You eat well on these trips and it looks like you drink pretty good stuff too. 

Which bivvy of the several that SOL sells were you testing?

Escape Pro.

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Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2018, 12:51:36 PM »
Thanks Rueben
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Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2018, 05:16:30 AM »
Once again, good food, great pics, and some new ideas.
Aren't the zip ties a neat trick? I don't use them regularly, but I have them in my SAR Go-bag in order to expedite shelter setup.
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