Sunday, October 14, 2012

How to manage safety when using a stove in a can

When ever you are going to use a piece of equipment that emits a flame ~ yes even this camp cooker~ be aware of the dangers.

These include people being able to

  • have free access to the equipment 
  • the danger of being able to come too close to that equipment - even when it is in the cooling down phase.
  • Something nearby catching fire.... yes the grass is too near.
  • Danger to live forms of life underneath.  The user here has placed the camp stove on concrete.  Good thinking. The heat will not go through into the ground thus the microbes good to the earth will be safe.
  • Heat retention will occur. 
    • Touch with the back of your hand to test for heat retention.  When it is cool to touch then  you may be able to safely remove and move the stove.
    •  So if you intend to pack this stove away soon after the use make sure it is cool to touch - with the back of your hand.
  • In case of uncontrolled fire how are you going to put the flames out?  Sort this out before you ignite the flame!

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How to recognise camp fire cooking safety dangers

The differences between the canvas fly's that have been used here for years is the picture above are The main poles are normal tent poles. because of the positioning of the red side flies near the main stabilizing ropes [rope's out from the sides people are not going to be likely to run through under these ropes getting themselves either tripped up or garotted. Remembering the safely of fires and other heat appliances can you see at least ten things unsafe in this picture. Let me put it this way to start you off ... Where is the fire pit? and why would it be under canvas?
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What benefits are there for a staycation?

First off what is a staycation other than a place to stay on vacation!  Otherwise known as a camping trip.  Back to the basics and probably with all the mod cons attached.

 However this info-graph makes simple reading.

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And this knot is known as a Turkish Knot.

The end of this curtain rod is tied in a Turkish Knot.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Learning useful knots as part of a 'game

When the objective is to utilize the out of doors for activities - introducing or extra basic training is needed.  Even with young children learning the skills of first aid are important.

Here a communal Teddy Bear was basically tied up in knots.  The knot learned to tie off the sling is known as - a reef knot, a flat knot or a sailors knot.  Other games and activities were added that allowed the knots to be constantly learned by new people [young and old] revised and utilized.

Even the Teddies on the tripod swings were there supervising the knot that tied off the binding of the tripods.

That knots was a [ known by one of the names above]

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

How to 'Take this, and that' camping.

Oh, the return of the Back Packer

Backpacking into the suns glow...                                             
Way to early for Breakfast. 
Just where to look for that get up and go...
Stuck here in this weekend’s scenario.
The packing list said,...umm.... I don’t give a toss
I need the hair dryer, shaver, hair straighter, lip-gloss...
And don’t forget too dental floss.
Mum doesn't know what to pack,
I’ll sneak in one more little snack.
Recons being 'outdoorsy' should dress in ..
                           like a hessian sack!
Fashion no 1
I'm not going to come undone.
But where is the spare three socket plug when my blow dryer needs an amp
To plug in my looking good make up lamp.
My face, my hair my whole attire, why I look like a vamp

There was a piece of paper with a compact list.
So add to all that my makeup, facepack and hygine kit
[deodrant, tweasers and cream for the pesty zit.]
Oh heaven campings going to be  a bliss!

Oh no, here’s the sun

The bed yet to be made and I’m far from done.

On the camp fashion scarecrow I’m number one.

The sleeping bag to be shaken,

And if I’m mistaken

My fizzy drink bottles some ones taken.

And cold rain is a shower not to be!
I don’t think I need worry

Homeward bound I’ll hurry

By the end of next week only mum will be sorry

The mess on my bed, washing on my floor,

The back pack thrown behind the door,

Mum will want the peace and space so off I’ll go to camp once more.
Hiding 'it' well cause it's somewhere still on my bedroom floor
That piece of paper was only fit to ignore.
Even though the camp packing list still say’s: ‘no pressure sprays, radio,
Phone or mp4’
Wonder why my shoulder, neck back and legs are still so sore.

Attempt at poetry by Susan Connor

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

How to make a low cost Fire lighter.

When you need a match to catch take a small compact amount of cotton.  Wrap it.  Fluff it.  Add punk [dried leaves / grass around the cotton. Place these to things into middle of small Kindling area. Ignite flame.  Place flame next to cotton wool ... it will burn well.  Just feed the flames with small twigs now.  Cotton ....---> from washing machine - very dried out - or use a 'internal flow reducer!!!!' [use you imagination here]

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Create: Hands

Create : Fitness

Have people holding the end of the poles for safety

The first step is to lay our the inner on the ground.  Work out which way the doors are going to be facing. Fix up the poles.  In this tent there are a total of three.  Two go from corner to corner -crossing over the middle.  And one goes through the outer opening the front section of the outer.

Here is one of our Leaders explaining to three new Guides where to place the ends of the light weight pole into the tent hole. The Guide in the middle of the tent is experienced at putting this tent up. Note this Guide is not wearing shoes.  That way the internal floor is less likely to get damaged.

Mean while there are actually two Guides [you cannot see them] holding the ends of the pole ready to place these ends into the outside corner slots.

After the second pole is in place then the Guide in the middle here just simply takes the toggle on the middle of the tent and loops it over both poles - and under the other material loop.  This secures the poles to the tent.

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Explore: Life Skills

People have the mistaken impression that you go camping by throwing a few things into the car, driving there, doing activities all day and someone else has set up the shelter for the night.

This system may work one day but I have never found it to be so.  Life skills are something that excludes exporation of mistakes, celebration of successes and then evaluation of what went right, was done right in the wrong circumstances and what failed miserably.  Next time things will be better as one experience builds upon another.

This tent inner is now up.

One of the practice nights getting the inner up.
Before any camp or tenting activity was entered into the Guides would spent weeks familiarizing themselves with tent protocol. The best way to achieve this was to actually put the tents up.  They soon would realise that what worked for one tent type did not necessarily work for another. But the team work necessary was always emphasised. And it was better to get over it and get on with it it that not want to participate thus slowing everyone else down.

No matter what type of shelter
 things got done successfully
 when there was team work.
This particular purple tent is one of the new ones that a mother had purchased for her family.  It was large enough to fit eight Guides in a sleeping arrangement. 

First the tent inner had to be in place and then the tent outer put up over every thing. 
Finally the inner of the tent is up.  Then in would go all the bags and packs.  That was until the leaders made sure the tent was safe to enter.  Out came all the bags and neatly arranged they would be put back into under the outer lining.  

The leaders waited until the tent had gone  up a few times then came the challenge: To get the whole tent up, as a patrol, in less that 3 minutes. The older Guides worked out that with four people it was quicker than with 5 people or more.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Igniting an emergency fire without a match

There you are suck without a serviceable match.  How then can you start a fire?

In this post there are suggestions
how to start a fire for both warmth and food.   What you need to be aware of is that there are situations that this scenario does happen in.  Safety while you obtain both warmth and food is your primary concern.  Not gaining a spark that soon starts a blaze which is out of control.

Here are the steps you should follow pre-emptive of your fire igniting.

  1. Prepare your work surface and fire place.
    1. Is there a first aid box on hand.
    2. What about something to put out the fire with?
    3. Is there sufficient safety around the fireplace to avoid fire jumping out and causing uncontrolled fire blazes? 
    4. Will there always be an responsible coherent adult near by [very close] supervising the fire?
  2. Listed below are a few ways of igniting a flame. Please note that the area around your intended fire should be free of dry materials that can ignite.  This circular area is recommended to be 3 meters in diameter ... if not five.
    1. Fire from a buddy burner
    2. How to make fire from Ice       Refer diagram .... >
    3. How to make fire with a water bottle Refer diagram...>
    4. How to start a fire by fiction
    5. How to start a fire with an aluminium can and a chocolate bar
    6. Safety rules for pine cone firelighters
    7. Who needs a match or a lighter to start a fire
  3. Please note this disclaimer:  Fire is dangerous when allowed to be experimented with in uncontrolled and unsupervised conditions.  Be very careful you do not become an arsonist.  Be safe and well.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Never have an open flame in fire season Red Alerts.

Farm land no longer there now because houses occupy this area.
Australia is a land of contrasts.  People, time, culture, occupation, interests. Even holiday destinations and even expectations.  What does not change though is the desire to have a break in peace.  Then to return home safety. 
Up in the hills and there is a haze.
 First thought was "where;s the fire?"
Smoke on the horizon.
Lush small vegetation within a State Forest.
Sometimes things do go horribly wrong. The weather may be changeable, taxing what you have packed and have supplies for. 
The preparations that have been taken before hand  may have been the wrong ones.  However team work and leadership combined with a reasonable clear mind can hold a camping family together. 
1 year after the Boolarra fires

 During the 2009 Churchill Fires
Be careful what you teach, to who,me you teach it.  Show and give definite directions with clear and understandable boundaries.   Trees in Australia may grow again.  People, and the lives that are destroyed do not.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Safety Rules for Pine Cone firelighters

The process of making pine cone fire lighters uses flammable wax and toxic chemicals. Don’t let your children play with them. If you have small children who put everything they touch into their mouths, don’t set the pine cone firestarters on the hearth where your child could eat or chew on the pinecones. This also aplies to a family pet. Also set them up high in case your toddler decides to throw them into the fire all at once when you answer the phone.

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How to Use Pine Cone Firestarters

Be aware of the safety rules before you proceed to use these pine cones.

To use as a fire starter place the pine cone on top of the kindling and light the edge of one of the scales. Watch the beautiful colors as they catch fire and put on a wonderful light display.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Erecting a shelter fly

The tent frame is erected in the usual manner. Use slightly higher upright poles if these are available. The fly is well down to the ground on the weather side. Face the high side into a bank of natural protection, if available and/or required.

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Two tent frames erected with a difference of at least 15cm to 22cm in height. Their distance apart depends on the size of the fly, but would be about 100cm to 130cm. The fly is pulled well down to the ground on the weather side, then over the lower frame, then over the higher frame and guy out the remaining canvas. Fly ropes on the high side may have to be temporarily lengthened with additional short pieces of rope. Face the high side into some natural protection such as a bank, if available and/or required.  This would not be satisfactory with a fly smaller than 427cm x 427cm.

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Shelter fly erection

           Shelter flys provide protection from the sun, rain and wind, for food preparation, washing up and eating.
           When erecting a shelter over the fire, for protection from rain when cooking, remember to allow for the chimney on the stove.
           Select the type of fly to suit your need for protection.
           Erection of the following shelter flys is based on standard tent frames.

Note: The main
guys have been omitted from these diagrams to avoid confusion of lines

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The position of the pegs is calculated by standing with your back to the
upright, taking two paces straight out, then turn left, take two more paces and
stop. This is the place for the peg. Mallet peg into the ground (angled), to
the base of the upright. Repeat this process to the right side.














The tent frame is erected in the usual manner. The fly is centred evenly over
the ridge.

Use slightly higher upright poles if they are available.

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