Biolite Campstove

I actually have quite a bit to write about this time!!

My friend Håkan Nilsson over at https://nilssonslojd.wordpress.com/author/nilssonslojd/  has made me a beautiful knife as a gift. the materials are Sallow root bur and Reindeer horn and half tanned Reindeer leather.

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He has even incorporated my Natural Lore mark into the scrimshaw on the sheath

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You might recall the saga of the Thermarest Ultralight Cot that I bought, which had half of the parts missing https://naturallore.wordpress.com/?s=thermarest&submit=Search.

I have to say that the distributor here in Sweden; Granitbiten have been very good.  They arranged for some spare poles to be sent to me from Thermarest and they also sent me two items from the “Hydro flask” range. A 16 oz True Pint and a 21 oz Standard Mouth.

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I am particularly impressed with the flask, because unlike other metal drinks bottles, the contents did not freeze when I left it out over night at -15c.

I have also purchased a Biolite CampStove.The BioLite CampStove generates usable electricity for charging LED lights, mobile phones, and other personal devices. Burning only wood, the CampStove creates a smokeless campfire that can cook meals and boil water in minutes. Setup is easy, fuel is free, and flames are hyperefficient with performance on par with white gas stoves.  This item weighs 940grams.

There are many reviews of this product on the internet, but many of those reviewers have clearly NOT red the instructions.  Before using the CampStove for the first time, it is important to fully charge the lithium battery, which takes about six hours.  This powers a fan that significantly improves combustion.  The orange light will stop flashing once the battery is fully charged.

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I have tested the stove and am very impressed.  In this picture, the wood in the stove has just been ignited (note that I have added aluminium tape on the top to help protect it from heat and hot ash, but this may not be necessary)

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After about 10 seconds you turn on the fan by pressing a button on the battery pack an in this next picture the fan has been activated to aid combustion

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The fan has two settings, depending how much heat out-put you require.  The thermal electric generator mounted inside the battery housing first re-charges the internal lithium battery, but once the orange light turns green, you can then connect a USB device to be charged via a USB port.

The stove took just three and a half minutes to boil a can of water, and during that time it charged my mobile battery by 1%

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Some reviews show a small pot adapter included (which I really need), but this was not included in mine.  Instead I received a “USB Flexlight” which helps you see when cooking in the dark.  You just tap the back of the light to activate it and hole your finger on the back of the light to adjust the brightness.

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I contacted Biolite about the small pot adapter and they are arranging to send one to me, which is great customer service.

I will write more about this product once I have used it more, but so far I am very impressed.

http://www.bioliteenergy.com/

Tomorrow I am starting a new job.  I will be working at Gällivare tourist centre on a three month trial.  I’m sure I will be writing more about that in the future.

 

A little bit of luck

This is as close as we get to seeing the sun at the moment.

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The weather has been very strange for the past week, as it has been above freezing and temperatures have even been as high as 9 degrees C, with some rain.

I was working up on the house roof over the weekend, designing and building a platform for the chimney sweeper to be able to inspect the flue we have put up.

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I was incredibly lucky because on Monday all the snow came down from the roof and if I had still been working on the roof at the time, I would have gone with it!

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The stove installation is now complete and we used the stove for the first time yesterday.

new-woodburnerI made cheese and pickle toasties for everyone, in the oven (tonight it will be pizza’s).

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I have constructed a wooden box, which I have mounted on to a plastic sled, to use for fetching wood from the shed.

wood-sled

On Tuesday the missing poles for my Thermarest cot finally arrived.  I thought I would at least receive an apology for the inconvenience, but the only thing in the packet was the items and a business card.

thermarest-cot-cascade-designs  For the first time, I have tried using a sewing machine to make a leather bag and I was pleased with the end result (hand sewing is much more relaxing though)

reindeer-skin-bagFinally, I would just like to wish all my friends and readers….

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Snow Goose Parka

Many thanks to those of you who have contacted me with advise and tips about my future.  i really appreciate it!!

Last weekend we were at the cabin again and I did a spot of fly-fishing.

I caught a perch

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and a Grayling

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We forgot to take Kelly’s potty with us, so I built one out of plywood, scraps of wood, a piece of camping insulation matt and an old plastic container.

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Kelly was so pleased with it and it worked so well, that we have decided to keep to use as “the cabin potty”.

A friend of my dads sent him a down jacket that he bought in Canada in the late 80’s.

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It is made by Snow Goose which was the original name for Canada Goose

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and the style number is 1990.

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If anyone knows more about this jacket I would like to know more…..was it military issue for example?

I tried to run a tourist business when I moved here 6 years ago and there was very little interest, so I think I need to find something to do that there is demand for up here.  I’m considering going back to education (I left school when I was 16 without any major qualifications) and studying to do something completely different for a job e.g website building.  here is a website that I have built without a great deal of knowledge; http://www.nattavaara.net/.

Finishing touches to out-building

So last weekend I worked on the finishing touches to the out-building.

I have fixed up a metal sill over the sliding door mechanism

door guard

and used camping insulation mat screwed along both the front and back edge of the door to form a wind and snow seal, but the flexibility of the mat still allows the door to opened and closed

door seal

The sills over and under the windows are in place now

window guards

and metal trim around the roof

side view

Inside, I made more shelving;

for tools and equipment

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for timber

wood store

for work clothing and spare parts to machinery

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and a loft where we can keep skis and larger items

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On Sunday I even had time to go and saw up some Birch that I had felled in the spring.

cut birch

 

 

Fishing at the cabin

While in Killinge  a few weeks ago I tried fly-fishing for the first time and although I caught nothing, I really enjoyed it.  Not having much money at the moment I searched for a good deal on the internet and found this; http://www.flextec.co.uk/products/flextec-fly-fishing-kit-rod-reel-line-flies-and-landing-net  and order the kit.

flextec fly fishing kitI had read some reviews and all stated that Flextec is good quality equipment for the price and I would have to say that I agree.

I spent a lot of time fishing at the cabin last weekend in my inflatable canoe, both with Emma and alone

emma in canoe

I tested the fly-fishing kit and although I did not get any bites, I found it easy to get nice long casts with the rod.  The only problem was that the flies sank all the time, so I need to buy something to help keep them afloat.

I did catch 11 Perch  with a spinner and 1 Grayling

grayling laplandand Emma caught a Perch using a worm as bait.

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I’m looking forward to next summer when I can really test my new fly-fishing rod!

On Saturday evening we were treated to a fine display of Northern Lights.  Unfortunately this picture does not do them justice, but you can just see a green haze over the trees.

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Easter ice fishing

My family have been at me cabin for a week over Easter but unfortunately I was not well enough to go with them.  Really disappointed because they had a Bear visiting the cabin each night and I could have got some nice pictures!!

I spent Easter at home, but did get out to do a bit of ice fishing, though I caught nothing!!

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It was really warm in the sunshine, but there was a cold north wind blowing

pulka on ice

Of course I made fire to cook coffee

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and grill sausage

grilling sausage on ice (Large)

During the weekend I saw the first Common Cranes of the year, Rough-legged Buzzard and Pine Grosbeak.

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This and that

Last weekend I made a hard leather case for my EKA Super Swede folding knife.

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I had three small scrap pieces of leather that I use to make knife sheaths and had to sew them together to make enough leather.  It was dark when I made this so the stitching isn’t so good quality.

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I have bought another car and I hoping this one will be problem free (for a while at least).  Its a Subaru Legacy, 4 wheel drive.

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and finally a couple of pictures of a Siberian Jay that I took today.

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