The "what have you made today" thread

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by Gadget, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Gadget

    Gadget Section Hiker

    Spent an enjoyable morning tea-bagging...
    Thanks to the ol' lady's overlocker and a bit off the end of her fruit straining cheesecloth
    (just don't tell her)

    Enjoying the fruit of my labour,
    a little on the large size?
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  2. Gadget

    Gadget Section Hiker

    Does coffee too!
    Separate bags methinks, perhaps different colour drawcords to ID them (or just smell 'em).
    Caffeine buzzin' off me t*ts this morning!!
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  3. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    A bag with tea inside, inspired ;)
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  4. Gadget

    Gadget Section Hiker

    I'm thinking about selling bread that comes pre-sliced next... I think it might have a future.
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  5. Gadget

    Gadget Section Hiker

    Beware the effects of caffeine on an impressionable mind...
    Mark 3,4,5,6...
    (grey cord for Earl Grey)
    Last edited: May 10, 2017
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  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

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  7. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    :nailbiting::wideyed::rolleyes::rolleyes: …… @GadgetUK You very obviously have too much time on your hands and need to "get out a bit more" :whistling::muted::biggrin:
  8. Gadget

    Gadget Section Hiker

    amen to that!
    Was supposed to be making an underquilt, but got sidetracked.
  9. slovhike

    slovhike Ultralighter

    want to explore gas stove drybaking...heat disperser wheres my kovea spider... 20170510_152354.jpg
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  10. Meadows

    Meadows Ultralighter

    Glued some panel pulls and a centre reinforcement to a tarp.

    The pull outs have had a couple of nights, 1 was a bit blowy, and show no signs of peeling.

    20170502_154942.jpg 20170502_154839.jpg
    The centre patch is a bit visually disappointing but it's only really for a bit of wear protection from my pole handle when used as a ground tarp.
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  11. captain paranoia

    captain paranoia Summit Camper

    I would probably have rounded the corners on the square patches; any sharp corners are obvious points of high stress, and likely to peel first.

    But they look nicely done. What glue did you use?
  12. Meadows

    Meadows Ultralighter

    In hindsight I wish I'd used round patches. I used Silnett applied to both sides and left to go tacky for about 30 mins before joining and clamping tight with heavy books.
    The centre one looks a mess as it has a hypalon disc so it wouldn't sit flush si I put it on a folded towel then weighted it with books.
  13. Gadget

    Gadget Section Hiker

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  14. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    Flissure cone for Toaks 750ml pot. Weighs 36g.

    Enjoyed working on this, hadn't done one in a while and courtesy of @captain paranoia's superb script/notes it was a breeze. Top Tip (as suggested by @stormin') is to glue the printed cone template to the flashing using a paper glue stick. The template is then held in place while you cut around it and the paper peels off easily afterwards. Magic!

    I made a little tweak to the top section of the cone. The Toaks' handles are quite wide apart relative to the pot circumference and even after rolling the Alu quite tightly the top section of the cone would flex too much IMO. A simple interlocking joint for the top cone section below the handles did the trick and now it holds its shape much better.


    Some total numpty sat on my Ikkle stove (unlit) while I was on the SW Coast Path :oops: :banghead: it still worked though and kept me going to the end of the hike. Anyway, here's the Old and the New!


    Edited to protect the innocent (and @paul)
    Last edited: May 16, 2017
  15. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    not guilty :D
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  16. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker I'm going to have to use the trek-lite search utility....always a first time!!
  17. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    It was @stormin' who suggested using a Pritt Stick to fix the template, I guess he's done a few!

    I wonder why members don't use the search capability more often ;)
  18. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Nice job :thumbsup:
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  19. Balagan

    Balagan Section Hiker

    Bushbuddy Junior got a small makeover today.

    Burn chamber was extracted and shortened to 8 cm and I added a base plate with an ash pan. This is the lid from another can with a JB Welded bolt holding the bottom of another can. This fits neatly into the stove's outer can.

    This is pretty much a proof of concept exercise. If it does work, I'll turn it into a Mk II with the burn chamber and ash pan made from a single can...


    Last edited: May 17, 2017
  20. Meadows

    Meadows Ultralighter

    A really neat job on the cone @Graham .
    Good tip about prittstick, I sellotaped the perimeter on mine which was a labour of love.
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  21. Balagan

    Balagan Section Hiker

    Well, that worked out well. :D

    Needs more air intake so I'll be playing a little with the testbed before I move on to Mk II.

    Stove11.jpg Stove12.jpg
    Stove13.jpg Stove14.jpg

    Full disclosure: I didn't get as nice a secondary burn as this for a really long time. ;)
    Last edited: May 17, 2017
  22. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    have you tried just a single can? - set up like your outer can but with the holes at the top added like those on the inner can?
    Boiling water, after trying loads of double can setups, I found that single worked just as well as a double can set up. Often faster.

    see post 156 here:

    pics all gone since OM migrated platforms on the last takeover

    Really, all fires 'gasify' their wood to an extent - it's just that the oxygen needed to combust the gases released is not always in the right place at the right time - the top holes help get more combustion going on.
    Last edited: May 17, 2017
  23. Balagan

    Balagan Section Hiker

    I'll give the single can a go. It's not like I don't have any empty cans to play with.

    To be honest, if I'm burning twigs, I'm not too concerned about efficiency or boil times. What I like about a closed double walled stove with an ash pan is the fact that I'm not leaving scorch marks or igniting things I don't want ignited. If I'm somewhere where this isn't an issue, I can gather some sticks and stones and have a small open fire.

    The current Heath Robinson affair is just to test out some things. Mk II will be a much simpler build.
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  24. Stuart

    Stuart Trail Blazer

    I followed Mole's OM advice several years ago on using a single can and it works a dream with very dry wood.
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  25. Meadows

    Meadows Ultralighter

    Hammock tarp 'upcycled' from an Aliexpress Knot 20d tarp.
    Trimmed to size and sewn back together.
    Ridgeline 330cm , 135cm RL to tie outs and 200cm between tie outs. Tarp, lines and Picharpak runners and bag comes in about 420g.
    Not the neatest job but functional.... I hope!

    Learnt a lot about what to do next time!

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