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Tents and Shelters / Arctic Oven Igloo
« on: September 29, 2018, 08:01:11 pm »
Damn...this is a nice piece of gear.  At 40 pounds with floor save it's a bit much for man hauling but way lighter than the traditional umbrella tent style AO's and better in the wind.  For skidoo and freighter canoe use I think this be the bomb!  Also takes a wood stove or propane stove with a stove pipe.  Insulated so it will be very warm. 

1st Impressions Video Here:

Tents and Shelters / Arctic Oven on Propane
« on: January 23, 2018, 12:36:48 am »
Went looking for Bison this weekend here in the Yukon and didn't find any.  Did however have a great camping experience with the Arctic Oven and the Nu-way propane stove. When you are busy there is nothing much better than the all night convenience of a safe, vented propane system and an insulated tent if you have the big home-made Siglin style skimmer and the Horse Power to carry everything.   This is the video.  Consider subscribing.  18 more subscribers to go and I crack 1000 subscribers and keep my YouTube status.  Thanks.....all about the AO Arktica and Nu-Way stove...great combo.  Added drama of being stranded at the end.

Fire and Woodstoves / Nuway Propane Stove in an Arctic Oven
« on: December 23, 2017, 08:47:26 pm »
At anything -20C and warmer I find a wood stove in the Arctic Oven a bit too hot, followed by too cold.  Hard to create a long lasting fire that's just right in the small stove box that burns low enough for an insulated, I have gone to propane.  Have a 28,000 BTU NuWay that burns about 1 pound of fuel an hour when full out.  At -20 I get the Arktica up to +10 or so for 2-3 nights on one 20 pound bottle.  If it's warmer I can burn 1/2 a pound of fuel/hour for 4-5 nights.  The thing vents out of a chimney and creates some really steady heat.  It's like staying in a cabin.  When hunting or otherwise busy it allows less time on wood prep.  When it dips below -20 wood puts out way more BTU's but even then is no where as near steady as the Nu-Way.

Playing with a damper

Winter Camping Photos and Videos / Arctic Oven Pup Tent
« on: March 28, 2016, 09:41:43 am »
Another product by Arctic Oven that I have seen almost nothing about on the Net.  This one has been replaced by the pipeline tent in the AO lineup but the Pup is free standing.  No wood-heat in this one but it gets very warm with just about any portable wood source.Great gear.

Two Bison hunting trips by snowmobile I took two different tents here in the Yukon.  Thought this might be a good chance to compare and contrast two very different systems.

Video below.

Winter Camping Photos and Videos / Up the Canol Road
« on: December 27, 2015, 02:56:32 pm »
Getting back into the swing of things started with a short jaunt up the Canol Road.  3 hour trip in..(I was on ski's my son on snowshoes).  Almost all up-hill.  I could have skied back in 30 minutes but needed to wait on the boy.  My new Pulk made up of a Paris Expedition sled and PVC pipe worked well but really too short for the amount of gear needed for hot tenting.  Too top heavy..back to the 11 foot toboggan I guess.  Next up Bison hunt in a couple of days.

Video Here.

Other Homemade Gear / Gilpatrick Trip Boxes (Canoeing)
« on: August 22, 2015, 12:29:51 pm »
I love these things.  They are about 4000cubic inches and carry food and cooking gear.  They have back pack straps and function as storage/chair/table/cooking prep area in camp.  Really nice to have multi-purpose furniture.  Made from 1/4 inch plywood and fiberglass they weight about 10 pounds empty but really make the camp a better place.

At the Camp

Starting the build

Wanted a really long and strong paddle for standing up paddling and poling in my big freighter canoe.  Where do you buy a near 8 foot paddle?  Got a clear grained spruce 2x6 and 2 hours of persuasion with a fore, axe, draw knife and crooked knife and I have a 4 pound monster.

Tents and Shelters / Arctic Oven
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:08:04 am »
Thought we would make a video on the arctic oven.  Quite a piece of gear,  Think portable Yurt rather than tent and you won't be to far off.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Fixing equipment Inuk Style.
« on: March 03, 2013, 10:17:44 am »
I was in Nunavut from 1988-2001, with one 3 year break in the middle.  Spent a lot of time on the land with Inuk people and they think outside the box.  Things like replacing a worn out outboard engine seal with a hammer flattened aluminum pot carefully filed to shape.  Once in 1989 about 100 miles out of town the ski on my skidoo broke.  I summoned my Inuk learning and used my 308 as a drill.  Got me back to town and I think the reapir lasted nearly a year until I found a new ski for free.

Picture 1:  Overlap and holes

Picture 2:  The method.  Rem 600 as a drill

Think outside the box!

Other Winter Camping Gear / The Mighty 111B stove.
« on: February 17, 2013, 07:57:03 pm »
2 Minutes to take 2 cups of water to a rolling boil.  The only thing that every beat this time is the main 18000BTU burner of the 3 burner liquid fuel coleman suitcase stove.  The 22B and MSR Dragonfly are also right there.  The smaller 123 and 8R take nearly twice as long but still pretty good!


Planning a Nov/Dec Yukon trip.  Have our new Toboggan and my son will pull a mini version.   Weather could be -10 to -30C if it's much colder we won't go.  North of the treeline so it will be Cold Tenting.  Will also combine a caribou hunt so we are going very light to leave room for 100-150 pounds of meat.

I have been teaching my kids about ho to prepare for these kinds of trips so we made a little video to discuss.  Here it is.

Sleds and Toboggans / To taper or not to taper
« on: August 30, 2012, 08:31:16 am »
Time for me to build a new toboggan.   I built two 10 years ago and one of them finally cracked.  I put a nice taper on my last builds at both front and back.  It looks nice but I didn't notice that it had any practical advantage.

I have heard two reasons....  1) less friction and 2) better turning.   I am a bit skeptical.  A 10 foot toboggan will always be a bit of a dog to turn,  and the friction thing doesn't wash for me.....  So other than cosmetic appeal is there a real purpose served by the taper? 

General Winter Camping Discussion / Yukon Quest
« on: June 12, 2012, 08:24:46 am »
My daughter Kate was one of 200 young Canadians picked to turn her Historica Fair project into a video.  She made her Video on the Yukon Quest, featuring Famous Canadian musher Frank Turner.

Watch it here and if you like it consider voting for her....(The organizers said for us to use social media sites so here I am!)


Spring break....went out for a quick overnight.  Got down to -25C but the old wood stove saved the day.  Lots of fun and the kids are a bit handier now.  They liked sawing with the Bahco Timber cut...a saw I highly recommend.

Three man tent getting too small now.  Damn

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