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How do you refill your alcohol stove while it's burning?

I'm going with "it's too dangerous, so don't do it". I have two manufactured alcohol stoves, and both contain warnings against refill while hot. That being said, my answer is "You don't". Pictured (...
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How can I measure pack volume?

Put a large trash bag (bin liner) into your bag. (Double bag it if you feel the need.) Fill the trash bag with water, either using a measured container to fill it until you reach the top of your bag, ...
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How can I fix joint between shoulder strap and chest strap?

One solution, if you don't need the strap to be adjustable along the piping (vertically), is to remove the plastic clip and sew the chest strap to the shoulder strap, in the right place for you. Any ...
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How to make DIY ice axe protectors?

I was once shown a great way to protect the blade on a wood axe or hatchet. I realize that ice axes are a different shape than wood axes, so this may not be a perfect solution, but maybe it will give ...
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Why is oilcloth made with linseed oil?

Linseed oil is used because it's a drying oil, A drying oil is an oil that hardens to a tough, solid film after a period of exposure to air. The oil hardens through a chemical reaction in which the ...
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How do you refill your alcohol stove while it's burning?

You don't, adding liquid fuel to stove with a live flame is never recommended. Related meta post Do we want a post notice for questions where people are using equipment in ways that are clearly ...
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How to make a traditional torch?

I've helped a few friends make torches for medieval events they were hosting. As I was the only one who managed to burn themselves during assembly and testing, I feel somewhat informed, if a bit ...
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How to make a traditional torch?

Stick hardwood 2 to 3ft long Wick (I guess that's suitable terminology) cotton rags Fuel lamp oil or in the context of a survival situation, animal fat.† Misc nails or fence staples ...
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How can I make Tyvek less noisy?

My other half used Tyvek when he was practicing Archery and one of the factors there was it had to be quiet, they used it for 4-6 hour stints to sit on. This is what he and some others in his club ...
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Repair broken plastic buckle in the middle of hiking or alternative way to fix it

Do you have 2 split rings (keyrings) with you? If so, here's how to make a buckle like that (or rather its D-ring predecessor): Attach both split rings to the upper strap, where the old buckle is/was....
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Paper bin waste suitable to stop an arrow?

A paper bin is going to make a fairly small stopping area. Hopefully there is something more substantial (like a wall) behind the target that will stop the arrow if you happen to miss the target ...
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How can I fix joint between shoulder strap and chest strap?

Those clips do come off, and in many designs you'd be able to thread them back on from the end. It is possible to clip them back on though. The way I've found works is to gently prise open one end ...
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Setting up a shelter

What kind of shelter you can build will depend on what is around you at the time. If you are in a forest or woodland you will obviously have more to utilise than in a desert or moorland, but from my ...
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Applying enough heat (120 ° C) to shrinking tube without damaging the fletching

A direct flame isn't a good way to set heat shrink tube as the flame is much too hot, making it very difficult to apply heat evenly without just melting the tube. The ideal thing is a hot air gun. ...
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How can I disassemble a multi-tool with no screws on it?

The tool pictured is riveted together with solid rivets. It is not designed to be repaired, as mentioned in a comment, if it is not working correctly it should be disposed of and replaced. It is ...
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Paper bin waste suitable to stop an arrow?

The simple answer is yes, you can definitely use waste paper or cardboard to stop an arrow. Various folks have used cardboard boxes, flattened, and piled up to anywhere between 6 and 12 inches thick, ...
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How can I build a board to mount climbing holds in my house?

Typically, using 3/4" (19mm) plywood board is strong enough for this use. And the bolts you want are 3/4" (19mm) plus enough each end to screw into the hold and to accept a nut. Bolts used for most ...
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Just how dangerous is it to refill fuel canisters?

You almost certainly won't be able to find propane/butane/isobutane mixes for refilling. I'm pretty sure you'll only find pure propane and the backpacking LPG stoves are made to be the most efficient ...
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What are other possible make-shift alternatives for chalk powder?

A few years back at my University climbing gym, someone posted a study performed on chalking your hands while climbing. Basically, it was discovered that there was actually a measurable decrease in ...
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How to attach snowboard to backpack during skitour?

There are three important aspects: Maneuverability, exposure to wind and firm attachment. The optimal orientation for all of those is vertical. Most of the board is then covered by the body so there ...
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When to sharpen crampons?

I usually sharp my crampons when I am expecting icy conditions, that means glare ice. Especially when you go steep and need front point technique, you need to rely on those points - all your bodys ...
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When to sharpen crampons?

According to Will Gadd, you should sharpen your crampons and ice tools after every use. If you spend just a minute or two after each trip–sometimes you won't even need a minute, just give them a look ...
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How to find natural sulfur sources?

If you are very lucky, there are rich natural sulfur deposits readily available nearby. An example of such a place is Indonesia and Eastern Java, where blocks of Sulfur can basically be picked up ...
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What are other possible make-shift alternatives for chalk powder?

There really is no good replacement for chalk but natural conditions and some tricks can help to make it easier to climb without chalk. Some areas in Germany have very strict (Elbsandstein - no ...
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Is there a device to hook anything on a branch?

You could look at bungee cord hooks. They're pretty cheap and come in a bunch of sizes, plus you can bend and adjust them to suit your purpose. You can get them attached to bungee cord, as a length ...
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How can I build a board to mount climbing holds in my house?

You will need to counter sink (fostner) the nut (bottom right) on the back side (because it will be up against the wall). A drill press would be nice. Or space the board from the wall. Any solid ...
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Just how dangerous is it to refill fuel canisters?

I'll focus on your final statement "So this question is purely environmental". As such my answer will be purely environmental and not on safety which I am unqualified to answer. If you are ...
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Just how dangerous is it to refill fuel canisters?

What this post is NOT: This post is not promotion or propagation of cartridge refilling. I do NOT promote cartridge refilling and I do not do it myself. I do NOT claim it is a safe practice. Safety ...
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How to make DIY ice axe protectors?

I can think of the following two ways to cover the blade: You can use something like a Bike Handle cover, the one that has a cap on the other end. You can get it of the size that your axe-blade fits ...
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