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Monday, 1 Feb 2010

Coleman gas stove and lantern maintenance

I saved these links a while ago from Old Town Coleman Center, and some articles are no longer online.   Maybe be affiliated with http://www.pressure-lanterns-il.com.  Anyway, links are on this site but manuals are not written by me.  I will not be held responsible for any personal, property or any damage caused by reading and following advice in the articles below.  Use common sense when working with flammable fuel.

General operation:

http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/check valve removal.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/coleman theory of operation.pdf

Gas stoves – cleaning, assembly and disassembly:

http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/stove-dissasembly.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/stove-reassembly.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/stove-cleaning.pdf

Gas lanterns – cleaning, assembly and disassembly:

http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/doublemantle cleaning.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/doublemantle dissasembly.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/doublemantle reassembly.pdf

http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/singlemantle cleaning.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/singlemantle dissasembly.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/singlemantle reassembly.pdf

Troubleshooting  – valve and plunger repair, weak flame and pulsing

http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – lantern burns dim.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – lanterns burns yellow.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – lantern pulses.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – leaking fuel near valve.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – loss of pressure.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – nothing happens quarter turn.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – only air comes out.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – plunger stem rises.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – pump plunger no resistance.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – stove catches fire.pdf
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trouble – stove flame weak.pdf

Knives and tools

Saturday, 24 Jan 2009

Keyhole Saw

One of the tools for making a semi-permanent shelter in the woods is often overlooked.  The tool I am talking about is a saw.  This can be a pruning saw, a folding saw, or anything in between.  Many people try to use a machete, or a hatchet, or even a camp axe to chop wood.  While this works, a small saw is much lighter, and safer to use.  I have used a Fiskars folding pruning saw to cut branches, and it’s worked out great.

Recently, I purchased a small Stanley keyhole saw for a project, and it would serve very well in my BOB too.  There are two blades, a fine metal cutting blade, and an all purpose wood/plastic blade.  The handle is very light and small.  Blades can be attached in two positions to accommodate different cutting angles.  The handle plus two blades is much smaller and lighter than any pruning saw.  There are many varieties of hole saws from different manufacturers, and I found that this Stanley model is smallest and lightest of all.  AAA battery is in the picture for size comparison.  Check out the pictures below…

Stanley Keyhole Saw

Stanley Keyhole Saw

Saw Blades

Saw Blades

Shelter

Saturday, 24 Jan 2009

British IPK (Individual Protection Kit)

Pictures are here, full review coming soon…

IPK in vacuum sealed pouch

IPK in vacuum sealed pouch

IPK in vinyl poch

IPK in vinyl poch

British Individual Protection Kit

British Individual Protection Kit

British Individual Protection Kit stakes and rope

British IPK stakes and rope

Packs and bags

Friday, 1 Aug 2008

Piper Gear Long Range Bugout bag
Rating 4 of 5 stars
Design internal frame bag
Size extra large
Number of Pockets 6
Max. Load Carried untested
Price Paid $76
Pack Weight 6 lbs
Total size 4400-5550 (expanded)

Long Range Bugout bag is created by Sandpiper of California (PiperGear.com). They make various sports bags as well as travel packs, and “bugout bags”. I snagged a used Long Range Bag on eBay last week for testing and reviewing purposes.

This bag is huge, no wonder they call it the Long Range bag. Like most suitcases, there is a zipper in the back that compresses additional 3.5″ of fabric, which adds 1116 cu/in to the main compartment. Unexpanded this pack is around 4400 cubic inches. Expanded it is around 5550 cubic inches. Because of its ‘square’ design, and expandable feature, the Long Range bag reminds me of a travel suitcase. In fact there are two carry handles, and a zippered back compartment to put away the shoulder straps. This can be handy if you fly with this pack, or travel via public transportation. Material is 1000-Denier Cordura, ACU color pattern. Stitching seems pretty good, however the metal carabiner attachments at the end of shoulder straps seem flimsy for the kind of weight you can carry in this pack. The bottom attachment points for the shoulder straps could use reinforcing.

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Knives and tools

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008

Entrenching Tool review

This post will cover the US Army Entrenching Tool or e-tool. The e-tool is one of those pieces of gear that you don’t know you need, until you really need it. I think every outdoor enthusiast should have one. I am not advocating carrying it with you on every trip, but if you are “car camping” as opposed to primitive camping, then throw one of these e-tools in your trunk. If I plan on making a new campsite, I take the e-tool with me. If I visit an old campsite for the first time in the season, I take the e-tool with me to clear out new growth, and remove old ashes from the fire pit.

Entrenching tools come from many different manufacturers and from different decades. You can find an older type, with a wood handle, or the most common I see today, is the tri-fold metal handle. There are many cheap fakes from Asia, and many decent “replicas” as well. There is an excellent guide on eBay “U.S. Entrenching Tool Identification — Spot a Fake!“. According to this reviewer, my newest e-tool may be a fake. While comparing it to my old e-tool, I cannot tell any physical differences, except for stamped markings. Overall design, weight and “feel” are the same. There are several types of entrenching tool carriers; the newest type is a MOLLE pouch with buckle closure in the front. I use old-school rubber ALICE carriers with snap-ons to secure the lid. In my situation it makes no sense to pay more for the MOLLE carrier, but a soldier, who may have to hit the ground hard, the snap-on ALICE pouch can come open easier than the MOLLE carrier with buckle closure.

I have used the e-tool in the field as a shovel and a spade. I think for chopping branches, a machete or hatchet are best. The e-tools weakest points are it’s hinged parts, and chopping violently stresses them much more than digging. Size of the blade is good for camp chores like digging a fire pit, or getting rocks out from underneath the tent. One could use the e-tool as a weapon in some situations, it certainly has the weight and the edge to damage flesh and bone.

A few words about using the entrenching tool… There are several hinges, and one plastic nut on the last hinge. Twist this nut counter-clockwise to allow the hinges to work. Once this is done, unfold the e-tool into desired position, shovel, pick, or closed. Twist the nut clockwise till it stops. This will lock all the hinges, and you can use your e-tool.