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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it safe to add boiling water to Mylar?

Apparently there are various grades of Mylar pouches (one of the companies I work with switched from bags from some Asian seller to a marginally more expensive North-American company because the first ...
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How quickly do Oxygen Absorbers "spoil"?

Depends somewhat on what type of absorber you're using, but they're most commonly made from iron powder, which are good for hours between first opening and sealing in your bags, but that time can be ...
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Paper bin waste suitable to stop an arrow?

Yes. There are two common approaches to this: Press moistened paper into the target container, which can be a box of any sort. The paper should be wet enough and pressed hard enough that at least a ...
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What to look for in a quality archery target?

Stopping power The target should be strong enough to stop arrows reliably. It's better to work with a good margin here, especially if the target is used with different arrows (carbon tend to have a ...
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How to process iron in the wilderness?

Iron ore is called hematite. It's pretty simple to identify, just look for red rocks that appear to be rusting. Iron is the 4th most abundant element on earth, so it's pretty common in most areas. ...
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What type of rope should I use to make a 1.5" Gym Climbing rope?

Yes, it's very common to braid a fast rope for climbing out of old rock climbing rope, however the key word there is old. You would typically use whatever retired climbing rope you can get your hands ...
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Do Bee Hotels/Houses actually work?

This study (‘Bee Hotels’ as Tools for Native Pollinator Conservation: A Premature Verdict?) conducted on nearly 300 be hotels over three years in Toronto, Canada suggests that more introduced bees and ...
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Is there clay soil in the Adirondacks suitable for earthen primitive building?

I read the question more as "Does what I want exist here?" rather than "Is the stuff here going to be good enough quality?" So my answer was initially in that light. OP shows in comment that what was ...
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What can I do to be more visible to other ships’ radar when traveling in a sea kayak?

It looks like radar reflectors will not hurt but they aren't great either. The bigger and higher they are the better, which is easier to do on a sailboat than a sea kayak. According to one study, a ...
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Climbing wall on private home

Very feasible, I know of a couple houses that have a climbing wall on one side, but you'd be better off leaving the siding up, your wall is going to have bolt holes in it which will let in water. You ...
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What are the pro and cons of vacuum sealed vs mylar bags for DIY dehydrated foods?

Mylar bags vs. Vacuum sealed. Pro. durability (in general, it depends; thickness is varying); you can pour inside boiled water without additional wares; more thermal isolation and great sun ...
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Making a compass from magnet and needle -- which end is north?

Having watched what I believe to be the episode of the program in question (and if not, it was something very similar), I would say that in my recollection the specific direction of travel was not ...
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