Campers: Why pay for propane refills when you can cook with free wood? Reposted from original article on my new…
Here’s a really awesome DIY Slide On Four Wheel Camper Style Pop-Up Truck Camper RV by ‘notesfromavagabond.’ It’s built on an aluminum frame he welded together himself and includes a few innovative features, such as a fold out room and a simple roof-lift mechanism.
(Thinking about building your own truck camper? (You can build them out of wood, too!) If you haven’t yet, check out my article on How To Build Your Own DIY Truck Camper RV)
Did you know you can make your own gasoline? Not much, mind you — and I wouldn’t advocate chopping down trees to do it! But as a teaching exercise, MrTeslonian shows you in this video series how one can inexpensively turn dead wood into refined gas that can run a car by capturing all the fuel gases in the form of crude oil and refining into whatever “fossil fuel” you like. Totally fascinating!
Never worry about starting a campfire again! You can easily prepare your own quick lighting emergency “char cloth” with just a tuna can, T-shirt, and a your barbecue grill.
Essentially the video describes making a quick and dirty DIY gasification stove — like the ones many backpacking survivalists use to cook food — but the focus of this project is simply to get at the valuable leftover charcoal without the (slight) added complexity of designing an efficient camp stove.
But if you already have a gasifying camp stove — like the SoloStove or another homemade version — you can now add versions of “char cloth” to your emergency kit. (I love the cotton balls idea!)
Want fresh ideas for simpler more economical ways to cook when you’re living off the grid? Look into the cheap and powerful homemade backpacking stoves used by inventive campers like this guy. They’re made to be easy to assemble from common items in your recycling bin for just a few bucks at most and run off alcohol or free wooden twigs you find lying around. All in all, much quicker and more efficient than setting up a whole campfire just to boil some water!