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  1. Pictures of your pets

    Thanks, all. Hey Swede.
  2. Pictures of your pets

    Here's my "little girl", Luna:
  3. Just thought that I'd share a quick little project that I did today. I've been reading about volcano stoves, Kelly Kettles, etc, and stumbled on this little gem. It's an alcohol stove which is a variation of "The Borde Bombe" that was created by a scoutmaster for his troop. You can see the original video by its creator It cost me about 5 clams in parts at the hardware store, although this stuff is probably laying around in most people's garages. Let's start with the parts list: - A length of 1/2" copper pipe. I cut mine to about 8" long and it holds about 5 tbsp of alcohol. Try different lengths to suit your needs. - A copper "tee" or union with 1/2" ends and a 3/4" center - Copper pipe end cap of 1/2". You can substitute the pipe and cap if you can locate a copper stub (one end already sealed). - Wire hanger or some other stiff material to create a stand - A priming tray (small tin can lid) Here are the parts: Here is the completed setup: Basic operation (from what I was able to glean from the video) is relatively straightforward. Here are the steps that I took to get started: First, I slid the stand over the pipe. Next, using a syringe, I filled the pipe with denatured alcohol. Mine took about 5 tbsps of fuel. Finishing the process was the placement of the union on the top of the pipe and setting it on its side. Place the primer tray underneath the union as you are laying it down so as to catch a little of the draining alcohol. This will serve as your primer. Take out your favorite lighter (or, in my case, a firesteel) and light the fuel on the primer tray. This is what I got: After it heats up, you will begin to hear the "jet sound" (very cool) and the flame will stop coming from the bottom and get stronger at the outlet, thusly: Earlier in the day, I made a quick and dirty coffee can stove to test the Bill Bomb. Here is the setup with the burner underneath: Burner and stove in operation: I took one cup of water and placed it into a stainless cup to see how long it would take to boil. I live at 12' about sea level and the water was approx 72 degrees when I started. It took 12 minutes to come to a good simmer without a lid, although I did not get it to boil. I was able to get a stronger flame by putting my firesteel under the end to tilt the angle as fuel was running out. Here's a shot of the "business end" as it was towards the end of the fuel: In summary, it was a fun little project. I suspect that with different heights over the flame, it is possible to get a rolling boil of the water. Thanks for reading!
  4. Ham Radio Operators

    W2CLM here. Been a ham for 33 years, now. Since I was 14! Let me know if you need an "elmer" to help you along.
  5. Neck Kit

    You can get a "Merc Harness". I use them often and they work great. Instead of carrying around your neck, you carry under your arm. See: http://mercop.com/popups/mercharness1.htm You can make your own with some paracord.
  6. Survivorman no more

    I'd rather be left hungry for more, than to watch something get played out and pathetic. Good on Les. Being entrepreneurial as he is, perhaps something good will arrive in short order.
  7. Les's season Kick off

    Excellent show, indeed. IMO, the best yet as it was more relative to what the "average" person outdoors might encounter in the bush. I do not think that I may ever be in the Kalahari Desert.
  8. Got a new pack for my walks - PICS

    I have that exact same pack. It is very comfortable and wildly lightweight. Great for quick "in and out hikes".
  9. Post your fall pictures here!

    Ahhh, the colors of fall... There's something about the smell of damp leaves. Great photos, all.
  10. WolfTracker's Pictures

    Thanks for the comments, all. Glad that you liked them. I'll be sure to bring my camera along on my trips to share. Tatonka... Thanks for the clarification on the Spiny Orb as I improperly labeled it and cannot edit now. I knew that an "orb" went somewhere in the name. I appreciate all of you keeping me honest as I try to describe what I shoot. I was a freelance nature photographer awhile back. If you want to see some crazy work, check out my brother's site @ http://maltese.net/indexLen.html. My side of the site does not have any *real* nature work. Most of what I had done with the big lens was on film and I never took the time to scan it. So, the vast majority of my work is sitting in the archives. Someday, I'll get out there with the digital body and shoot some more stuff. Right now I just like trekking around with my little 8mp Sony pocket snapshooter.
  11. Winterizing

    I only have one season: Tropical. Now that we will start to see some cold fronts coming through, I will add a warm jacket, hat, and gloves to the trunk.
  12. WolfTracker's Pictures

    Thanks, gang. I might pickup a field guide for the berries. I was thinking Great Horned, as well. The dude was *large*. The Banana Spider's body, minus legs, was about 2" long. I read that there is a minimal amount of venom in their bite. Just enough to "adjust your day". I'm off to the salt mines. Talk with y'all later. Did I just say "y'all"? (the gang in Brooklyn would be howling if they heard that)
  13. WolfTracker's Pictures

    The trail overall was growing back from a heavy burn. You can also see windfall from past storm damage Charred Slash Pine Bark A view of the surrounding marshland It's everywhere Mister Owl was hooting while Mrs. Owl was hiding in a Cabbage Palm Gopher Tortoise Berries who's name is unbeknown to me Had to stop to shoot these In all, in spite of the drizzle, it was a really nice hike. Temps were down to the high 70's today and a small cold front is coming down. These photos were taken at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, FL.
  14. Golden Orb Spider - Boca Raton, FL Banana Spider - Boynton Beach, FL
  15. Defensive Driving

    Here's an old Brooklyn tip: When in traffic or at a light, leave enough distance in front of you to be able to evade an attacker by pulling to the right or left and driving away.