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Aug
18
comment How to ignite coal on grill device without using kindling?
Adding as a comment, as not really sure it is an answer. My dad has said that to get their old coal furnace burning, they first used 'pea' coal, which if nothing else, was small in size, before adding from another pile. You might try smashing some coal to smaller bits, as the added surface area might help it ignite and get hot enough to start the larger chunks.
Aug
16
comment How to ignite coal on grill device without using kindling?
Do you mean charcoal, or actual mined coal?
May
15
comment Sailing with a child
Key to answering this would be context. There are many lakes in Ontario that in July or August I would quite happily take a child along with a lifejacket on and no other specific considerations. Or do you mean an ocean expedition?
Mar
20
comment Thermal rating on vintage sleeping bags
Canadian at least - I presumed it was at least common across North America...
Jan
28
comment What good factual books have you read on an outdoors topic?
Unfortunately out of print, so adding as a comment rather than answer - for Canoeing is Bill Mason's "Song of the Paddle" amazon.ca/Song-The-Paddle-Illustrated-Wilderness/dp/155013082X/… if you see one in a used store - buy it!
Jan
17
comment Long distance hiking trail markings in North America or parts thereof
@gerrit They are common in eastern canada as well, the Bruce Tail for example uses white for main trail, and blue for a side-trail, also using double-blaze for a turn as noted by Don. Likely any maintained trail will use something similar. A specific random-use non-maintained trail (e.g. hunting) perhaps not,
Jan
17
comment Long distance hiking trail markings in North America or parts thereof
@gerrit the usage of blaze is from "to blaze a trail", as in to be the first
Jan
6
comment How much heat can a candle lantern provide while winter camping?
@OlinLathrop I was picking up on the original question, asking about show caves. Indeed they can be warmed quite a bit from a single candle or even just radiated body heat.
Jan
6
comment How much heat can a candle lantern provide while winter camping?
Ahh, but Snow is indeed a much better insulator as the OP wondered in the question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R-value_(insulation) notes that it is R-1 which would make the numbers quite a bit different.
Jan
4
comment What are some effective ways of reducing itching from a mosquito bite?
After the first 10,000 bites, you start to develop an immunity... :-)
Jan
3
comment Does the solar powered fridge work as advertised whilst hiking?
For the cost of a couple of garden pots, you can "build" one yourself to try: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot-in-pot_refrigerator
Dec
6
comment Recommendations for two-way radios to use while skiing
@gerrit - one question outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/873/…
Dec
6
comment Recommendations for two-way radios to use while skiing
@gerrit - suggest you make a new/separate question for solar charge of gadgets on the go, unless there already is one - didn't look...
Dec
1
comment Performance of fur garments?
Also be aware that what you might buy today as a fur garment is also not made the same, at the very least, the cut is likely different than in previous times.
Sep
3
comment Features to look for when buying a stove (for car camping)
Propane does not work in winter/cold weather, but for three-season you would be fine.