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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:17 pm    Post subject: Westy Camping Tips Reply with quote

Hi all.

I recently discovered that a tiny critter had gnawed at a Clif bar in my cupboard. (likely a squirrel. Shakes fist: "darned squirrels!" #2gunfire Wink ) I decided to start keeping gnawable stuff in containers.

Two 1.8 gal/6.8L RubberMaid "Handi Box's" (14 x 30.5 x 4") *just* fit between upper/lower shelf in my '81 Westy sink cabinet. They make pretty good use of the space.

I ran out of LP shortly after making dinner (lucky me) My first thought was: "What? No coffee tomorrow?" The grill on the fire ring was high up. Didn't want to make a big fire in the AM so....

In the fire ring, I set 2 rocks wide enough apart for the Westy stove grill to rest on. Made a small fire between rocks, and put down grill. Grill was low in ring, but steady, close to fire and worked fine. I'm sure there's another way (rocks?) but the grill allows one to move coffee away from heat.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:38 pm    Post subject: Emergency heat Reply with quote

I keep a can of Sterno handy for the "crap we're out of propane" coffee or to warm up the motor oil on a freezing morning. As a Canadian I would of thought that some emergency heat supply was required, eh?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emergency coffee stove:

http://cascadedesigns.com/msr/stoves/fast-and-light-stoves/pocketrocket/product
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Emergency heat Reply with quote

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I keep a can of Sterno handy for the "crap we're out of propane" coffee or to warm up the motor oil on a freezing morning. As a Canadian I would of thought that some emergency heat supply was required, eh?


Heh.

Well here in Vancouver, it doesn't get *that* cold. Wink

Yah thoughts of sterno came to mind. As did the Coleman portable folding stove

http://www.campingsurvival.com/foldingstove.html

buildyourown

Thanks for the link.

Still lots of useful things to buy. Seems a spare stove of some kind is one of them!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:30 pm    Post subject: Another Thought... Reply with quote

An emergency stove isn't a bad idea, I like my MSR 'Whisperlite International' because it burns just about anything that's fossil fuel and liquid.

But, I think I made the right call HERE:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=353952

Because that way I can use the emergency spare propane cylinder for my Coleman 'Black Cat' heater--or the entire propane system if I get 'flame out.'

I suggest a sleeping bag liner, which makes a real sleeping bag warmer, or lets you sack out on the bed with some bedding, and fits very easily into the central compartment.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coleman dual fuel burner. Coleman fuel or unleaded gas. Gas? I got lotsa' gas. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Another Thought... Reply with quote

msinabottle wrote:
An emergency stove isn't a bad idea, I like my MSR 'Whisperlite International' because it burns just about anything that's fossil fuel and liquid.


I have an MSR Dragon Fly for the same reason. Also, no disposable/consumable canisters. It's nice to be able to cook outside when the weather is nice too.

However, if I was looking for an emergency only stove, the pocket rocket is very small and cheap.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Another Thought... Reply with quote

msinabottle wrote:
An emergency stove isn't a bad idea, I like my MSR 'Whisperlite International' because it burns just about anything that's fossil fuel and liquid.

But, I think I made the right call HERE:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=353952

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Thanks man. Yah, I'd heard of those fancy extend-a-stay thangs.

Even though PO receipts from 2003 show a new Rego regulator etc., and works fine right now, that link is quite timely. Since the tank is empty, I think it's time to haul it out and see if it can be "preserved". The "4 corner" tag is mostly shite, but, well we'll see.

I just love making work for myself!



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill W wrote:
Coleman dual fuel burner. Coleman fuel or unleaded gas. Gas? I got lotsa' gas. Very Happy


Never knew that type of stove existed. Thanks.

Gas? Well in that case, no need for an Extend A Stay to stay warm! Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:04 pm    Post subject: In My Evil Moments... Reply with quote

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The "4 corner" tag is mostly shite, but, well we'll see.


I have evil thoughts about making a metal 'forgery' of my PERFECTLY GOOD tag--that is rusting through--out of something that wouldn't rust and sealing that onto the tank. The tank is fine, it's just the WRETCHED LABEL that's rotting off, because of the LOUSY way they attached it!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://zenstoves.net/LinksGeneral-DIY.htm

The alcohol Pepsi can stove is a personal fav we use in scouting a lot.

Of course, for the Westy, a tap system for 1 pound propane cans works well, too.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:53 pm    Post subject: Re: In My Evil Moments... Reply with quote

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The "4 corner" tag is mostly shite, but, well we'll see.


I have evil thoughts about making a metal 'forgery' of my PERFECTLY GOOD tag--that is rusting through--out of something that wouldn't rust and sealing that onto the tank. The tank is fine, it's just the WRETCHED LABEL that's rotting off, because of the LOUSY way they attached it!

Best!


Yes. Agreed. Truly Wretched. What were they thinking? (they weren't Wink )

Sadly, it seems there is a hole rusting through the middle of my tag too. I assume any alphanumeric codes, secret or otherwise, (cuz they are now) are all but gone. But as they say: when there's a will, there's a way.

Maybe I could get some fridge magnet letters to spell "Manchester"?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

r39o wrote:
http://zenstoves.net/LinksGeneral-DIY.htm

The alcohol Pepsi can stove is a personal fav we use in scouting a lot.

Of course, for the Westy, a tap system for 1 pound propane cans works well, too.


But of course. I got a gd MIG. Rolling Eyes I'm sure I could make something!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:51 am    Post subject: Re: Westy Camping Tips Reply with quote

Vanagon Nut wrote:
Hi all.

I recently discovered that a tiny critter had gnawed at a Clif bar in my cupboard. (likely a squirrel. Shakes fist: "darned squirrels!" #2gunfire Wink ) I decided to start keeping gnawable stuff in containers.

Two 1.8 gal/6.8L RubberMaid "Handi Box's" (14 x 30.5 x 4") *just* fit between upper/lower shelf in my '81 Westy sink cabinet. They make pretty good use of the space.

Neil.


Heyo Neil,

Those boxes sound perfect. Where did you buy them?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:31 am    Post subject: Re: Westy Camping Tips Reply with quote

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Vanagon Nut wrote:
Hi all.

I recently discovered that a tiny critter had gnawed at a Clif bar in my cupboard. (likely a squirrel. Shakes fist: "darned squirrels!" #2gunfire Wink ) I decided to start keeping gnawable stuff in containers.

Two 1.8 gal/6.8L RubberMaid "Handi Box's" (14 x 30.5 x 4") *just* fit between upper/lower shelf in my '81 Westy sink cabinet. They make pretty good use of the space.

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Heyo Neil,

Those boxes sound perfect. Where did you buy them?


Oh man. You're asking a lot here. The grey matter assigned to that memory is long gone... Wink

Likely Canadian Tire. Possibly London Drugs. But it looks like you're in PDX (why do Portlanders call it that?)

RubberMaid has it online:

http://www.rubbermaid.com/rubbermaid/product/product.jhtml?prodId=HPProd260059#

To be sure, here's what they look like. Of note, one drawback is they "cover" the area at front of cabinet. No tall stuff allowed.



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject: Re: Westy Camping Tips Reply with quote

[quote="Vanagon Nut"][quote="climberjohn"]
Vanagon Nut wrote:
Hi all.

But it looks like you're in PDX (why do Portlanders call it that?)



PDX is the Airport Code for Portland. For comparison, SFO is the airport code for San Francisco.

I don't know why, Portland is quirky that way.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PDX. Airport. Of course!

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: Westy Camping Tips Reply with quote

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climberjohn wrote:
Vanagon Nut wrote:
Hi all.

I recently discovered that a tiny critter had gnawed at a Clif bar in my cupboard. (likely a squirrel. Shakes fist: "darned squirrels!" #2gunfire Wink ) I decided to start keeping gnawable stuff in containers.

Two 1.8 gal/6.8L RubberMaid "Handi Box's" (14 x 30.5 x 4") *just* fit between upper/lower shelf in my '81 Westy sink cabinet. They make pretty good use of the space.

Neil.


Heyo Neil,

Those boxes sound perfect. Where did you buy them?


Oh man. You're asking a lot here. The grey matter assigned to that memory is long gone... Wink


Ok. An appropriate synapse(s) fired.

Home Depot possibly?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Westy Camping Tips Reply with quote

Vanagon Nut wrote:
Vanagon Nut wrote:
climberjohn wrote:
Vanagon Nut wrote:
Hi all.

I recently discovered that a tiny critter had gnawed at a Clif bar in my cupboard. (likely a squirrel. Shakes fist: "darned squirrels!" #2gunfire Wink ) I decided to start keeping gnawable stuff in containers.

Two 1.8 gal/6.8L RubberMaid "Handi Box's" (14 x 30.5 x 4") *just* fit between upper/lower shelf in my '81 Westy sink cabinet. They make pretty good use of the space.

Neil.


Heyo Neil,

Those boxes sound perfect. Where did you buy them?


Oh man. You're asking a lot here. The grey matter assigned to that memory is long gone... Wink


Ok. An appropriate synapse(s) fired.

Home Depot possibly?

Neil.


Looks like a Wally mart or Target item.......

Look at the Rubbermaid website and you may get lucky.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the topic of backup stoves, I've found this to be very handy.

Actually this is my primary stove for cooking, I have a coleman gas stove used as backup on rainy days or when I need a more stealthy way of cooking.

It's called the rocket stove, all you need is a handful of twigs to cook up a meal or boil some water.


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