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  1. PeteStaehling

    White Gas Stoves

    I have generally travelled really light in recent years since my trips that involved flying have been bicycle touring or backpacking so taking a home made pop can alcohol burner was the answer for me. They have never been a problem. If I wanted to it would be easy enough to make a new one for...
  2. PeteStaehling

    Please put a screw-off lid on my Denatured Alcohol

    The basic idea wasn't mine. I did come up with using the piece of syringe body though. Any way I find it really handy. BTW, you may or may not find that you want/need a vent hole in the opposite side of the cap from the spout. If you use a vent hole obviously you need to use the regular cap...
  3. PeteStaehling

    It's going away

    Yep, I can relate. Interests come and go. Most of them come back again, sometimes in a little different form. It keeps life interesting. Just fill your time and energy with something else. Life is full of wonderful opportunities to pursue.
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    Please put a screw-off lid on my Denatured Alcohol

    For what it is worth... I found this little hack to be useful, It was based on a factory made cap that I used to have, but I made this one from a regular cap. It is handy for dispensing tiny amounts for priming or even filling small stoves, filling lighters, and so on. This particular beat up...
  5. PeteStaehling

    Please put a screw-off lid on my Denatured Alcohol

    I have used a smaller bottles in the shop from time to time. I use denatured alcohol as camp fuel so I often have it smaller bottles for that. For the majority of my camping use that is either bike touring backpacking where I don't need to carry much because I restock frequently so the 12 ounce...
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    Useless countdown activities

    Back in the day when I paddled all the time I was perpetually packed to head out for the weekend and just headed out each weekend after throwing a boat on the roof rack. For longer trips I did a bit more but wasn't overly obsessed with the process. When I started doing more backpacking and bike...
  7. PeteStaehling

    Painting a fiberglass canoe..??

    Interlux Brightside can yield a beautiful yacht like finish, but is a little pricey. It can be done with a foam roller tipped over with a foam brush. The technique shown on the CLC website can yield a perfect or near perfect finish if done well. If done properly there is no sign of brush or...
  8. PeteStaehling

    Can I borrow your axe?

    Yeah, no way it makes sense to loan a well loved tool. A tool that belonged to may dad or grand dad or even one that was from a yard sale years ago that I restored and feel a connection to isn't getting loaned out. Something I can buy another one just like from Lowes for $50 maybe, but even...
  9. PeteStaehling

    Reflector Oven

    This thread really brings back memories. I haven't used my reflector oven in decades. I'd guess maybe 40 years. I will say that I was a popular guy in camp when I did use it. Folks really loved some fresh baked goods in camp. I'll have to dig it out when my wife and I start travelling more...
  10. PeteStaehling

    What Do You Troll?

    It has been long enough that I don't remember how much weight, but probably less than that. We used a bit of fairly heavy mono leader for pike and I think my uncle even used wire sometimes. I am almost 70 and am remembering back from when I was a kid so memory is hazy....
  11. PeteStaehling

    What Do You Troll?

    I believe that is another that has been around over 100 years.
  12. PeteStaehling

    What Do You Troll?

    That is the one. I think it was an old favorite that had been around half a century even way back then so it is a real oldie. It celebrated it's 100 year anniversary a few years ago I think.
  13. PeteStaehling

    What Do You Troll?

    Way back in the day when I fished with my uncles and cousins in Minnesota and Wisconsin lakes we often trolled a Daredevil with good results. If memory serves we used some lead to get it down deeper sometimes and a good ball bearing swivel to keep the line from getting twisted. That was over...
  14. PeteStaehling

    Senior Consolidated Fishing License

    What a bizarre law and work around. Florida is pretty non-restrictive about knives. I will have to remember to be careful when I travel since I am in the habit of open carrying a knife and don't give it a thought. I guess I could be arrested in some states. You can open carry pretty much any...
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    Senior Consolidated Fishing License

    Here in Florida once age 65 you just have to show your resident drivers license.
  16. PeteStaehling

    The Advantages of Screwing on Gunnels !

    I agree, but, good luck sourcing ash lumber here in Tallahassee. I always loved working with ash. I could probably order some to be shipped for $$$ I guess, but would not be able to see it first. When I lived in Maryland there was a good source nearby and a 1-2 hour drive were several mills that...
  17. PeteStaehling

    nice to see turtles again

    I do enjoy the seasons and we sort of have them here, but they are a little weird and blurred. Something will be blooming any month of the year. You might see turtles and gators any month of the year. Some trees do lose their leaves though and most have gotten green or are in the process now.
  18. PeteStaehling

    ​What to do with the vehicle parked on a long trip?

    Yeah it really sucks to come back to find an undriveable vehicle. These days we are a little more likely to be able to have a smartphone and therefore a way to search for nearby, or not so nearby, services or to call for assistance if there is someone to call. That is assuming a signal, we can...
  19. PeteStaehling

    DIY Downwind Sails

    Is the Spirit sail or your copy anything but a flat cut section of a triangle with pockets for the spars (battens?) and just matching the triangle formed by the spars? Or is there a curve or different angle or something to add shape?