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Permanent Camping Cooler - No Ice Needed

The first solution that comes to mind is a "zeer", or pot-in-pot refrigerator. However, this functions best in hot and dry environments as it relies on evaporation to work. Such a device is ...
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Can a compass needle become de-magnetized over time?

Yep! If you store your compass near objects that have strong magnets in them (such as your car speakers) it can demagnetize over extended periods of time. There are a few other issues your compass ...
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What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

Putting it up in the garden sounds like a great idea, as it will let you check if: all parts are still there, everything is in working condition, you still know how to actually put it up. One ...
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Stuff or roll a tent for storage?

There are differing schools of thought on this: Rolling/folding is a lot easier to manage in my opinion, easier to keep track of all the pieces, and when camping in dirty/snowy/wet environments ...
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How to re-store an inflatable sleeping pad?

In addition to what Liam writes, since early childhood, I have found that a two-step approach gets out more air. It starts the same as Liams approach, but has some more steps. The approach below ...
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Should you store a compass flat?

According to this site there are only a few things that can go wrong with your compass: Mechanically, it can become hard to read because of a cracked dome or contaminated fluid; it can leak, causing ...
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Permanent Camping Cooler - No Ice Needed

Although technology has brought us many conveniences most of them require supporting power or other technology. You seem set on refrigeration and you say: "I am willing to go to just about any extent ...
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What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

Additionally to what April mentioned I would: Check if any of the plastic parts (if there are any) got brittle. If they did I would replace them (this should be easy if the tent is actually still ...
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Can oiling keep tools from rusting?

Ordinary vegetable oils of the type used for cooking will work but are not ideal. Over time they will gradually oxidise and may be colonised by bacteria, both of which can cause them to become acidic ...
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What factors should I be aware of when storing a kayak?

I think this site might have the answer for you. Main points there are: Protect against Hull Damage & Distortion. Do not let the kayak to bend, distort, and getting damaged. Protect from Harsh ...
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Do barrel style root cellars get colder the deeper you dig them?

For any reasonable depth (ie. something you'd be willing to dig without specialized machinery), a deeper hole makes for a more stable temperature. The extra mass of soil surrounding your cellar acts ...
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What is the best way to store paddles?

Overall I think you should be okay with just making sure that the contact points on the oars are a bit padded, or at least, the contact point is not sharp. That way it shouldn't rub on the oar and ...
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Stuff or roll a tent for storage?

There is the same discussion with paragliders getting porose due to packing methods. And there has been a lot of literature to that topic (a paraglider costs 3.000 USD after all), with a simple ...
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How to fold rope for storage?

As mentioned in comments, this option to coil a rope will get you some twists in it. So I do not recommend it for longer ropes (i.e. your climbing ropes), as twists are very inconvenient when belaying....
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Permanent Camping Cooler - No Ice Needed

You'll need to do several things: Change your habits and foods Work Combine several techniques First, you need to more carefully consider the necessity of refrigeration. Refrigerators are used to ...
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What size dry bag is best for keeping and washing clothes?

You need two separate bags. Washing clothes requires something be mostly water tight. Storing them requires airflow. These two things are mutually exclusive. For washing, you need movement inside ...
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How to safely store a propane/butane/isobutane canister in a vehicle?

The background It took me a moment to find it, but an example of a car in which this happened can be seen here. If the fuel in the canister becomes sufficiently warm the pressure can rupture the ...
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Vaseline or Teflon grease near potable water?

Teflon is a brand name. The scientific name is Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Searching more I find there are food grade PTFE lubricants available. (Super Lube) Points making PTFE appropriate ...
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How can I store skis in car without rust during ski season?

Never done this but let's answer from a physics perspective. The issue isn't the temperature - skis will rust slower in a cold environment, all else being equal. The issue is water and damp. A warm ...
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Gear storage: what gear that can be safely stocked outside?

All mountaineering gear comes with proper storage instructions. Most gear is best stored in a dry, cool, dark place. Humidity will rust your screws, crampons and axes. That box will effectively turn ...
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How to re-store an inflatable sleeping pad?

I still use the old Thermarests, which are norotiously difficult to pack down small. What I do is slightly different than what has already been suggested: Start off by quickly getting the bulk of the ...
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How to safely store a propane/butane/isobutane canister in a vehicle?

I kept a spare in my trunk for two years in the southeastern US and I never had a problem (YMMV). This, like most things in life, is not perfectly safe. So you should decide if you really need to ...
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How can I keep a water-proof barrel dry for use in a canoe?

Always inspect the seal, the closing ring and the barrel lip when buying used barrels, some are pristine and other have been somewhat abused. In certain cases the seal might look good but, from ...
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How to deal with keeping a first aid kit inside a hot car?

The two main tricks for storing things in a car in hot temperatures are, Try to keep the car as cool as possible, Park in the shade. Use a reflective windshield shade to reflect some of the heat ...
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How to deal with keeping a first aid kit inside a hot car?

Keeping things against the floor with insulation on top is often the best approach for keeping them cool. This could be under the front seats or in the spare wheel compartment, but many modern cars ...
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What is the best way to store paddles?

Don't worry about padding anything. I worked as the outdoor equipment manager for St. John's Cathedral Boys' School. We had 120 kids in the school with a 3 week canoe trip at the end of each ...
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Gear storage: what gear that can be safely stocked outside?

In addition to heat and humidity, my shed exposes my possessions to cold and damp, and worst of all to outdoor animals such as squirrels, which like to nest in large hollow things (filling them with ...
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Permanent Camping Cooler - No Ice Needed

Because water evaporates at any temperature over 32 DegF, a swamp cooler or evaporative cooler is possible in any climate that needs cooling (though perhaps not in a powerful enough fashion depending ...
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