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The Smudge Fire – Mosquito Hack

By | Bushcraft, Camp and Hike, DIY | One Comment

Hate mosquitoes? I do, and this video will show you one way I deal with them when I’m in the bush.

My first exposure to a smudge was many moons ago when my aunt passed away and some native fire keepers came in and smudged her house. Her husband was Chippewa, and after a person passed, it was their tradition to fill the house with smoke in order to purge the house of spirits (or something like that. It was a long time ago :-)

Well, it turns out that smoke is pretty good at purging areas of bugs in general, and that is what a smudge fire is all about. The basic principle is simple; make a smoky fire. Since mosquitoes (and bugs in general) hate smoke, they will keep away from it (for the most part).

In order to contain the smudge and make it portable, I use an old soup can with a wire coat hanger rigged into a handle.

This is also an excellent way to make a coal transportable over long distances. Just keep adding punk wood to the can while you hike.

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If this is your first time with us, my name is Dave, and David’s Passage is the name of my vlog. This passage in life started with a desire to share my love of the outdoors with the world. My hope is that those who tune into my videos will be inspired to venture out and enjoy all of creation for what it’s worth. This video blog features videos on an array of outdoor-related topics, as well as DIY projects that might just help you more fully enjoy the outdoors. New videos come out on Tuesdays at 3pm EST, so please subscribe and be on the lookout for new content soon!
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Intro music for this video was written and recorded by myself.

Other music in this video came from the YouTube Creator Studio.

DIY waterproofing

DIY Waterproofing

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In this video, I take you along as I make a batch of DIY waxed waterproofing solution to treat some of my outdoor gear with. This is a super simple process, that is very effective in treating any cotton or leather goods that you may have. It also seems to be popular right now to have waxed cotton goods, so you might even use this to wax your stuff to stay trendy :-)

In this recipe, I used 8 ounces of beeswax (you can also use paraffin), 4 ounces of boiled linseed oil, and 4 ounces of turpentine.

If you do decide to make this waterproofing solution, I highly suggest you do it outdoors because you are working with some flammable ingredients.

If you want to help support the channel, here are a few links to the ingredients for this project:
Beeswax: http://amzn.to/1GUXofK
Paraffin Wax: http://amzn.to/1SfzfAY
Turpentine: http://amzn.to/1Sfzrjw
Boiled Linseed Oil: http://amzn.to/1GUXF2m

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If this is your first time with us, my name is Dave, and David’s Passage is the name of my vlog. This passage in life started with a desire to share my love of the outdoors with the world. My hope is that those who tune into my videos will be inspired to venture out and enjoy all of creation for what it’s worth. This video blog features videos on an array of outdoor-related topics as well as DIY projects that might just help you more fully enjoy the outdoors. New videos come out on Tuesdays at 3pm EST, so please subscribe and be on the lookout for new content soon!
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To keep up, subscribe and visit: http://www.davidspassage.com
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See you outdoors!

Intro music for this video was written and recorded by myself.

Other music in this video came from the YouTube Creator Studio.

Pathfinder Stainless Steel Bottle Cooking Kit Hack

Pathfinder Stainless Steel Bottle Cooking Kit Hack

By | Bushcraft, Camp and Hike, DIY, Gear Reviews | No Comments

I am a big fan of the Pathfinder 32oz Stainless Steel Bottle & Nesting Cup Set. This is a super rugged cook set for anyone who spends any time outdoors. As you will see in the video, I have put this mess set through the ringer. But this isn’t so much a review video as it is a gear mod, or hack video.

In this video I show you how to make a simple steam basket for the Pathfinder Stainless Steel Bottle Cooking Kit.

Here’s how to make the alcohol stove shown in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGdJPZXU-Ts

To purchase one of these cook sets, head on over to: http://www.selfrelianceoutfitters.com/32oz-gen3-bottle-nesting-cup-set-with-bottle-stove-combo/

If you would like to try this and purchase your grill topper online, visit: http://amzn.to/1epMpO2 But I will say that I found them cheaper at my local Wal Mart.

 

Hammock Hanging

Hammock Hanging Simple and Cheap

By | Camp and Hike, DIY | One Comment

In this video I show a very simple and cheap way to hang your hammock. This is the same method I have used for years now. This is a very affordable and lightweight solution for those just getting into the hammock camping world. With just a couple of heavy duty nylon webbing straps you can make your own hanging solution that will make your hammock camping setup super easy. The nice thing about this method is that the straps you end up making will most likely fit right in to your hammock bag. The straps can also be used in other ways as well. I have used these straps as improvised waist straps and well as lashing straps to tie additional gear to my pack.

Here are the straps I used in the video.
http://amzn.to/1zVHzBC

These straps have a tensile strength of 3,500lbs, so your hammock will break before these do.

alcohol stove

Turn Trash Into a Backpacking Stove

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In this video I demonstrate how to convert a random trashed pop can into an improvised alcohol stove for backpacking, hiking, camping etc.

Back Story: So I hit the trail the other day with the intention of having some wild leeks and ramen noodles for lunch. When I got to a good spot to park things to eat, I realized that I left my alcohol stove at home. Lucky for me I was able to find someone else’s trash pop can and convert it into an improvised alcohol stove using my multitool.

Alcohol backpacking stoves are very simple to make and come in endless varieties. Add this one to your list of things to try soon!

Next time I will be sure to remember to pack my favorite alcohol stove.