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Can opener
A similar pot and lid can be created by the careful use of a side-cutting can opener, cutting the lid off below the rolled lip of the lid. The advantage of this method is that the rolled lip is ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Headache and Heartache For Opening ( tiny/small/medium/large/XL/SL) beer cans ?
July 26, 5:57am

Multiple layers trapping food residue?
I'm not too keen on the use of multiple layers of foil, since, when heating food like soup or pasta, it is very likely that food residue will become trapped between the layers. I don't lik...

In Make Your Own Gear » Nothing but just pot lip
July 26, 5:54am

EPE foam diffuser
I've used expanded polythene foam sheet & block for all sort of uses, for years, and the white, thin sheet (2-3mm) version makes a good diffuser for a headtorch. Same principle as the Mont...

In Make Your Own Gear » Make UL lantern out of headlamp?
July 24, 11:37am

folding Ti...?
In my experience, you won't get more that a few folds out of Ti foil before it fractures. If you have some Ti foil, experiment with a bit, and see how long it lasts. As for a template, sure...

In Make Your Own Gear » Anybody know of a template for the Esbit emergency stove?
July 04, 12:10pm

cat cut tent hems
A catenary cut on the hem of a tent allows the panel to be pulled taut, spreading the guying tension across the panel. So, unless the hem is so low as to be loosely hanging on the ground, I'd ...

In Make Your Own Gear » trailstar(copy): a lazy man's pitch
June 20, 11:58am

burner suggestions
I use a 'red bull' burner with an inward-facing jet ring and conic inner wall. You can see it on this thread:

In Make Your Own Gear » Stove for a Caldera Cone
May 22, 10:48am

folding edges
I've found an easy way to get a neat fold is to run a ballpoint pen along a straight edge where you want the fold to be, on something fairly soft, such as newspaper or cardboard. Then fold the...

In Make Your Own Gear » DIY wind screen?
April 29, 11:37am

Edge drilling
I think you may have identified the problem; trying to drill a partial hole at the edge. I'd be tempted to drill complete holes and then trim (guillotine) the edge off to get the partial hol...

In Make Your Own Gear » Having trouble drilling Aluminum
April 15, 11:20am

underlay foam
Agree that underlay foam for laminate flooring is feeble stuff. Packing sheet foam is more robust; stuff like JiffyFoam, for instance. I use bits of pink anti-static aerated polythene packing s...

In Make Your Own Gear » Foaming
April 12, 8:21am

Plastic strip
Take a large PET soda bottle (2 litre or thereabouts). Cut a spiral strip from the sidewall. That's it...

In Make Your Own Gear » Roll top closure, where to get plastic strip?
April 02, 3:22am

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