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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #425 on: September 22, 2011, 07:59:06 pm »
Vango banshee 300 arrived yay! Nice one Kim huge saving.
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MercuryKev

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #426 on: October 01, 2011, 10:36:24 am »
I just managed to pick up a Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT with foot print for a good price after deciding that my Spacepacker is a bit too much like sleeping in a coffin. 

CrinklyLion

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #427 on: October 03, 2011, 06:10:58 pm »
yesterday, i became the proud new owner of sweaty betty - a red octane 3 who may have featured in photos around here once or twice before.  i suspect she won't have quite such distant adventures with the cubs and i, but we'll do our best to keep her entertained.

jogler

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #428 on: October 03, 2011, 06:36:18 pm »
is the tent & your hair colour co-ordinated?  ;D
 :-*

Kim

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #429 on: October 03, 2011, 06:38:41 pm »
yesterday, i became the proud new owner of sweaty betty

So, when's the camping trip? :)
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peliroja

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #430 on: October 04, 2011, 07:11:11 pm »
yesterday, i became the proud new owner of sweaty betty - a red octane 3 who may have featured in photos around here once or twice before.  i suspect she won't have quite such distant adventures with the cubs and i, but we'll do our best to keep her entertained.
I'm so chuffed we found a fantastically crinkly home for Betty. I look forward to hearing about her new adventures!

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #431 on: October 04, 2011, 08:00:12 pm »
Inspired by Mercurykev (and having useless matches on the Yacf Ecosse camping weekend) I bought a firesteel last weekend.
I just want to set things alight now!
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #432 on: October 04, 2011, 08:08:11 pm »
They are only good for 3 or 4000 strikes you know!
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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #433 on: October 04, 2011, 08:10:27 pm »
I doubt I will be going camping that many times before I die, frankly!
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

Kim

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #434 on: October 04, 2011, 08:16:14 pm »
Yeahbut, they're awesome fun to play with (as well as surprisingly effective at lighting Trangias).
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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #435 on: October 04, 2011, 08:17:47 pm »
Trangias, the adjacent tent, the cornfield  next door......... ;D  (I treated myself to one great fun.)
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MercuryKev

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #436 on: October 04, 2011, 08:50:12 pm »
Inspired by Mercurykev (and having useless matches on the Yacf Ecosse camping weekend) I bought a firesteel last weekend.
I just want to set things alight now!

If you've got a gas cooker at home they are really good at lighting the hob and much more fun than pressing a button.  What you need now is some steel wool, they light that up a treat and you can burn it when it's wet.

mcshroom

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #437 on: October 04, 2011, 08:51:40 pm »
Cotton wool balls with a broad-bean sized lump of Vaseline wrapped inside - very good for lighting wood fires with a firesteel :)
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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #438 on: October 05, 2011, 08:37:24 pm »
Stop feeding my pyromania, you're all very naughty.
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #439 on: October 06, 2011, 07:43:19 am »
Inspired by Mercurykev (and having useless matches on the Yacf Ecosse camping weekend) I bought a firesteel last weekend.
I just want to set things alight now!

Interesting.  Can you use such a device to set fire to meths in a Trangia burner?

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #440 on: October 06, 2011, 07:50:48 am »
Inspired by Mercurykev (and having useless matches on the Yacf Ecosse camping weekend) I bought a firesteel last weekend.
I just want to set things alight now!

Interesting.  Can you use such a device to set fire to meths in a Trangia burner?
Yes.  :thumbsup:

Oscar's dad

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #441 on: October 06, 2011, 07:53:10 am »
^^^ Do you have to set fire to something else (like cotton wool) and then use that to light the meths?

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #442 on: October 06, 2011, 08:47:22 am »
^^^ Do you have to set fire to something else (like cotton wool) and then use that to light the meths?

Just strike it directly onto the full burner - but it works better when the meths is warm, I've found.  On a cold morning, a lighter is more effective.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #443 on: October 06, 2011, 08:51:31 am »
We use a steel for the trangias.   Sometimes it seems to take an age, sometimes it strikes first time.  Temperature and humidity seem to affect lighting efficiency of meths but I've never failed yet.

Oscar's dad

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #444 on: October 06, 2011, 09:03:25 am »
Is there any firesteel model or brand that is particularly well thought of?

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #445 on: October 06, 2011, 09:05:28 am »

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #446 on: October 06, 2011, 09:06:20 am »
We have a Swedish fire steel.   Works very well IME.

Oscar's dad

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #447 on: October 06, 2011, 09:09:13 am »
We have a Swedish fire steel.   Works very well IME.

Purchased, thanks to all  :thumbsup:

Pingu

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #448 on: October 06, 2011, 10:18:10 pm »
Mrs P has just presented me with a folding Ti spork  :thumbsup: :-*

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #449 on: October 07, 2011, 12:49:00 am »
Just strike it directly onto the full burner - but it works better when the meths is warm, I've found.  On a cold morning, a lighter is more effective.
Meths is pretty temperature dependent. To light with a firesteel, it's got to be reasonably warm.
If it's cold it isn't difficult to extinguish a burning match by dunking it in meths.