Category: Camping / Fire

Pocket Bellows Collapsible Fire Tool (video)

Use this for in case you don’t want to stick your face that close to the fire or if you have bad back…

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The Fire B.O.S.S. 33 Piece Fire Starting Kit (video)

Here’s a neat bug out fire starting kit from StanfordOutdoorSupply.com which includes quite a number of fire starting implements, including items you’d expect like a firesteel and lighter as well as “fatwood” and charcloth. There were several items I didn’t expect to see, on the other hand, such as magnesium capsules, steel wool, pocket magnifier, and a pencil sharpener (for making tinder) to name a few. At $19.99 this one looks like a winner and this video agrees…

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Backwoods Fire Starting Tricks (video)

Some good ideas on better utilizing your knife for fire starting purposes (he prefers a ) from one of the best outdoors expert on the Net…

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Perfect Fire Starting Tinder: Pencil Sharpener Shavings (video)

Like he says, go buy one of those large pencil sharpeners from your nearest hardware store (the ones used to sharpen carpenter’s pencils), pop the end off, and you’re ready to make perfect fire starting tinder!

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The Most Effective Mosquito and Insect Repellent for Camping (video)

Here’s a cost-conscious (read:free) and apparently effective way to keep bugs at bay while camping this summer… just follow the cows, lol…

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Lighter “Hack” to Avoid Wasted Fuel When Not Being Used (video)

I assumed that most folks know this but maybe not. I do this with most of my lighters that I don’t use regularly to ensure I’m not wasting fuel and, worse yet, so that I’m not expecting to rely upon a “dead” lighter when needed the most! Realize that you really should cinch the zip tie tighter than even he shows in the video because they can work loose but also understand that you may need to also cut the zip tie to get it off if you cinch it very tightly. Skip to about the 0:22 mark to get to the idea…

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5 Minute Hammock Tarp (video)

Dave Canterbury shows us how to turn an 8×8 oilcloth tarp into a hammock in about five minutes. You’re going to need a few more items besides just the tarp, specifically two metal rings (not sure where he gets them but perhaps large carabiners would work instead) and two  (he carries two 25-feet lengths), but the idea is fairly simple to implement as he demonstrates…

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Best Firesteel? (video)

This guy has way too many firesteels (and fire-starters)… I’m jealous. 🙂 Personally, I’ve never had a complaint about the but it is no doubt the only option as the following video points out…

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Crusader Cook Kit (video)

Looks to be a nice little cook kit made in the U.K. but can be found on . The one on Amazon includes the cooker, canteen, and lid but doesn’t seem to have everything shown in the video (the fire starting supplies and whatnot) so don’t expect all that’s shown in the video to be included in your order.

That said, the cooking system is the important part; you can check out their U.K. order page here or if you’d like to order from there. According to the video description if you use the phrase “FUNKYPREPPER” you get free U.K. shipping so be sure to purchase from Amazon in the U.S. Here’s the video…

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Sunjack CampLight USB Light (video)

I’ve reviewed the Sunjack Camplight previously but figured it would be a good reminder that camping season is coming up (yeah!) and that this particular setup has something new: an on/off switch so you don’t have to unplug the light and the ability to daisy-chain multiple lights together which I think is a good idea and something I wish they had when I reviewed the camplight.

Here’s a but pay attention as there are different versions of the bulb you can buy like he says. Finally, here’s the video review…

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