Joined: 14 May 2007
Location: Gallatin, TN
Real Name: Jason W. Gatliff
|Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 11:23 pm Post subject: Saving on Weight
|Most trekkers don't bother with fire irons, but kettles are often carried. Rather than using hooks to hold your kettle out of the fire, tie a piece of twine to the middle of a stick and use the stick as a stop (easily removed like a hook) to hold your kettle above the fire. Better yet is a longer forked stick tied to your tripod - you won't have to worry about the twine being burnt by the fire.
When boiling sap, I use two forked sticks tied together so there is a fork on either end to hold my kettle to the tripod.
If you are really looking to save weight (even the weight of the rope or twine), you can strip a basswood and use the bark strips to hold your kettle or tie your two sticks together. To tie the forked sticks together you will have tie in two places or wrap much of the mutual length of the forked sticks.
Submitted by: Pierre - email@example.com on November 15, 2000
Jason W. Gatliff