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by Pnw.hiker
Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: DIY Odds and Ends
Topic: Spirit Varnish
Replies: 12
Views: 28535

Re: Spirit Varnish

Here's a closeup of a test piece. The end has two coats and the inner section has one coat. It covers better than shellac, but not as hard I think. Dries quickly and tack-free. Second coat takes a little longer. SpiritVarnish_2.JPG Nearly all the resin dissolved in the denatured alcohol, but it took...
by Pnw.hiker
Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: DIY Odds and Ends
Topic: Spirit Varnish
Replies: 12
Views: 28535

Re: Spirit Varnish

zelph wrote:Well I didn't know that could be done. cool!!!

I learned about it from the traditional bow-making crowd.

zelph wrote:How did you collect the sap?

Looked for accumulations on tree trunks and scraped it into a ziplock bag with a knife.
by Pnw.hiker
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: DIY Odds and Ends
Topic: Spirit Varnish
Replies: 12
Views: 28535

Spirit Varnish

Varnish is really expensive and I don't like paying for it. So I decided to collect some tree sap on a hike to see if I could make my own, and to see how well it works. It's working really well. 1 Lb. tree sap/pitch -- I used mostly Douglas Fir Boil gently on a hot plate to remove natural turpentine...
by Pnw.hiker
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:48 am
Forum: Just For The Fun Of It
Topic: Court room reporter funnies
Replies: 2
Views: 574

Re: Court room reporter funnies

hillarious!
by Pnw.hiker
Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: WOOD BURNING STOVES
Topic: Smoker
Replies: 12
Views: 2456

Re: Smoker

There are a lot of people around here that make smokers out of 55 gallon drums. I bought a few at a yard sale for $3 a piece... That's a good deal. They go for $20 here on craigslist. Was the bird fully cooked? Yeah, it was good. How did you suspend the bird from the lid? an old metal skewer I bent...
by Pnw.hiker
Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: WOOD BURNING STOVES
Topic: Smoker
Replies: 12
Views: 2456

Re: Smoker

Did some more research on this and even a full size smokey joe is $100. :shock: I think I can build something for less that's insulated and more efficient. Here's the prototype design - a double walled insulated trash can. smoker_0.jpg Design Goals; Simple and inexpensive Efficient- several hours on...
by Pnw.hiker
Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: WOOD BURNING STOVES
Topic: Smoker
Replies: 12
Views: 2456

Re: Smoker

Thanks everyone, that's some good info. I've never done traditional smoked bbq before, so this is all new to me.

Here's a trash can smoker that looks interesting - with some insulation it could be more efficient.
by Pnw.hiker
Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: WOOD BURNING STOVES
Topic: Smoker
Replies: 12
Views: 2456

Smoker

I want to build a smoker and am looking for inexpensive designs. I've heard the Big Green Egg can burn over 24 hours on a single charge. This is what I'm looking for- low temperature long burning.

Anyone have any recommendations?
by Pnw.hiker
Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Packs-n-Bags
Topic: Quilt prototype
Replies: 21
Views: 60949

Re: Quilt prototype

Absolutely pristine wilderness and almost no one goes there. It's two days of hiking just to reach, and no developed trails - just cougars and mountain goats. I've never seen another person there while passing through. That's the area I would prefer :D Thanks for the info. Gave up fishing for what ...
by Pnw.hiker
Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Packs-n-Bags
Topic: Quilt prototype
Replies: 21
Views: 60949

Re: Quilt prototype

No doubt the lunch counter is the flat place to stop and have lunch 8-) Sure was nice of someone to stack up those rock windbreaks for hikers/climbers/backpackers. It's the hikers/climbers/backpackers themselves, just clearing a place to make camp, wherever rock is exposed. Sure looks like fun to b...

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