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Comments

  • Evil Fluff
    Evil Fluff 6 days ago

    You should have a air mattress build into the floor to stop heat loss. I know someone trash bags and I’m going to say are you going to fill it with snow or dig down to find dry leaves.

  • pwestan oggg
    pwestan oggg 17 days ago

    It costs 30 dollars for a small piece of obsidian where I’m at

    • shawn rowley
      shawn rowley 11 days ago

      What area do you live in? If you are in Utah or near about, I’ll give you a location where you could fill a large bucket with pieces of almost any size in twenty minutes. Black, snowflake and mahogany it’s in nearly the same area.

    • SolidWarrior286
      SolidWarrior286 14 days ago

      Just got large pieco of obsidian for 15€

  • Neils Dahlberg
    Neils Dahlberg 28 days ago

    Flimsy

  • FAST///M3
    FAST///M3 Month ago

    Today I am a Man myself. I finally started a fire with two pieces of wood 🤣😁👍💪

  • D Juan
    D Juan Month ago

    I love these

  • Kayne Searle
    Kayne Searle Month ago

    thanks was really helpful

  • Melissa Brown
    Melissa Brown 2 months ago

    Any recommendation for the optimal internal diameter for mice? I just made one about 1-1/4" I.D. but I'm wondering if a little smaller would have been better.

    • Melissa Brown
      Melissa Brown 2 months ago

      @MerkWares Thank you!

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 2 months ago

      for mice I find about 1" to be good. Though yours may work just fine, though I suppose it has a higher chance of catching the mouse around the midsection.

  • Jerry John
    Jerry John 2 months ago

    Just wanted to say I love your channel and saw one of your videos on a good spot for obsidian I'm a very young flintknapper looking for something more than beer bottles do you think you could point me in the right direction?

  • Haine Tautuaa
    Haine Tautuaa 2 months ago

    😆

  • Hike2BHuman
    Hike2BHuman 2 months ago

    Nice

  • DropForgedSurvival
    DropForgedSurvival 2 months ago

    I need some of these on my next Adventure!

  • eder paulo viveiros
    eder paulo viveiros 2 months ago

    works like flint and steel ??

    • eder paulo viveiros
      eder paulo viveiros 2 months ago

      MerkWares : I am your customer., and already fis several purchases of striker., !! edervive@gmail.com

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 2 months ago

      @eder paulo viveiros Envie-me um email com suas informações de contato. Vou fazer um pedido para uma lança de aço carbono com meu próximo lote de atacantes de sílex e aço. mikhail em emberlit dot com

    • eder paulo viveiros
      eder paulo viveiros 2 months ago

      MerkWares yes ., I want to !!

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 2 months ago

      @eder paulo viveiros Eu teria que fazer isso de aço carbono para fazer faíscas. Eu posso, se você realmente quiser um.

    • eder paulo viveiros
      eder paulo viveiros 2 months ago

      @MerkWares I do not believe, pplease....

  • eder paulo viveiros
    eder paulo viveiros 2 months ago

    I will buy now

  • Brian Imlay
    Brian Imlay 2 months ago

    How wide is it?

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 2 months ago

      @Brian Imlay thank you, much appreciated

    • Brian Imlay
      Brian Imlay 2 months ago

      @MerkWares Thank you, I have ordered one.

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 2 months ago

      it is 2in wide at the tines and 4in tall

  • Calchick7
    Calchick7 2 months ago

    Wish I was standing in that beautiful water! Thanks Mikhail this helps a lot! - Elaine n Mike

  • Chi yan
    Chi yan 2 months ago

    very informative and thanks for the video ! didnt know you can use any hard sharp edge to strike ferrocerium

  • Gio's Adventure
    Gio's Adventure 2 months ago

    Best diy pole spear I've seen

  • RadicalMahem
    RadicalMahem 3 months ago

    777 views

  • shawn rowley
    shawn rowley 3 months ago

    Could you give a GPS of these locations I’ve been out to these areas and haven’t found any big enough to try to flintknap.

    • shawn rowley
      shawn rowley 11 days ago

      Treadhead how was that helpful? You could give a location so that digging might be more effective.

    • Treadhead
      Treadhead 11 days ago

      You have to dig it out.

  • Lawson One
    Lawson One 3 months ago

    Why did you insert photos into the video? You could have just shown them as a picture in picture or made a slide show or something.

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 3 months ago

      oh, they were a joke just to mess with john. That's why I only had them in for one frame.

  • Yeshuamysavior1
    Yeshuamysavior1 3 months ago

    Great video! Fuel tabs are very nice,too. Thank you!

  • Peeyoos
    Peeyoos 4 months ago

    I love your videos man. Simply great stuff.

  • John Kugelfischer
    John Kugelfischer 4 months ago

    DAmn, have you got some paws on you! The boy's'd love you down at ol' Bathhouse Barry O'Blowme's favorite bathhouse (gay sex hookup joint) on n. halsted st. in Chitcago. You could do to him things with those fingers that only his wife Mike can now.

  • shunkajun
    shunkajun 4 months ago

    Flint is found all over the world, in this country, Georgetown Texas has some of the finest flints in the world. I have been a flintknapper for 60 years and have knapped flint from all around the world.

  • ination
    ination 4 months ago

    Thank you for the instructions on how to make this amazing trap. I just wish you took a bit more time teaching us how to tie the strings and make the loops, the video skipped important parts.

  • Madras Mark
    Madras Mark 4 months ago

    Thanks Mr. Merk. I now have another fire making / survival technique to show the scouts at summer camp this year. God Bless you, MadrasMark /aka/. MidOregon Mark

  • Mike Davis
    Mike Davis 4 months ago

    waterproof at the point where the crown meets the brim because the contact of your head wil cause the water to leach. same principal as condensation in a tent

  • JD productions
    JD productions 5 months ago

    Don't lie you saw a vote for hillary sign and you said let's make this bitch useful for once

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 5 months ago

    This is by far the absolute best tutorial on how to make a pole spear. I’m going to make it and then come back and edit if it works!!

  • Naoual HIGO
    Naoual HIGO 5 months ago

    tvclip.biz/video/5FAP9O9SlWg/video.html

  • IronRain 15
    IronRain 15 5 months ago

    The REAL question is how do i load bits of these into a 12 gauge shell in such a way as to facilitate ignition at just the right time? A poor man's dragons breath option would sell like wild fire. Pun intended.

  • Mark A
    Mark A 5 months ago

    $2 space blanket will do the same

  • Mark A
    Mark A 5 months ago

    Worthless... Needs to be put up in the wind where you started the video...

  • nanomaine
    nanomaine 5 months ago

    I love the idea, and was gonna buy one, BUT: it's only 6ft long. Needs to be 7-8ft long, for taller people & sleeping bag, etc. The extra volume that needs heat, would be worth it - and should be a minor BTU requirement. A larger size, would sell like crazy.

  • B m
    B m 6 months ago

    The dnr/fwc are a terrorist group.

  • Emetereo Zacarías
    Emetereo Zacarías 6 months ago

    You have a solid knife right there! But your blade with that wedge profile just didn't cut. That's why we're letting you go.

  • Calchick7
    Calchick7 6 months ago

    I want one Mikhail - Update: Got TWO! :)

  • TJack Survival
    TJack Survival 6 months ago

    Ya buddy! It’s fish eating time!!!!

  • Joe Watson
    Joe Watson 6 months ago

    I keep hearing this "Rules Of Three" and i want to say that is the time a healthy individual in good condition would continue to have a heart beat and a pulse under the most ideal conditions... The truth of the matter is you wil well beyond the ability to self rescue long before you get to the limits... In the desert you can't live with out water more than a day in the desert... Giving people false information is a good way to get them killed....

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 6 months ago

      The rule of three's is more of an average. People have fallen on both sides of it. Your comment is a little confusing though. Please elaborate on what you think is false information.

  • jim halcom
    jim halcom 6 months ago

    Now I know why they varnish bamboo ive seen so many times. It is not just to beautify the item made out of it

  • From The Flight Deck
    From The Flight Deck 6 months ago

    Good burn

  • TJack Survival
    TJack Survival 6 months ago

    Filmed and edited like a PRO! Great information as always.

  • Ernie B
    Ernie B 6 months ago

    So I take it a bobber would be of no use with this rig but would be better used in the dropper rig?

    • Ernie B
      Ernie B 6 months ago

      @MerkWares Thanks for the videos! and a bobber video would be awesome as well lol

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 6 months ago

      Yes and no.. I use a clear bobber that can be filled with water in place of the weight. That way I can decide if I want it to float or sink. Hmm. I may do a video on using bobbers next.

  • R2 G
    R2 G 6 months ago

    I’ve been waiting so long for you to do some videos like this! Thanks!

  • Texas CAT Manuals
    Texas CAT Manuals 6 months ago

    Came over from Shawn Woods channel as many others have... and subbed as well. Awesome trap and great video. Q: Where did you source your bamboo from? Want to stick with the bamboo for awhile before trying PVC as many have stated. Kinda like cooking.. I ALWAYS follow the recipe before making changes out of respect. I can make it my own at a later time... thanks again for your time.

    • Texas CAT Manuals
      Texas CAT Manuals 6 months ago

      Cool.... have a brother who lives in Tigard. Will see if he can get me some. Thanks

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 6 months ago

      I got the bamboo from a place in oregon. www.bamboogarden.com/ I sure wish it grew here. I love the stuff and I know probably half a dozen traps that use it.

  • Hatch61
    Hatch61 6 months ago

    Great series, and really nice illustrations. Man of many talents.

  • paleo52
    paleo52 6 months ago

    Good video. Is it ok to use a carolina rig in Montana.

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 6 months ago

      Yes, but only on tuesdays

  • Ed’sNature Bushcraft

    Wonderful video good luck fishing my friend. Ed Robertson

  • Hatch61
    Hatch61 6 months ago

    LOL, this is my goto knot, quick and easy.

  • Hatch61
    Hatch61 6 months ago

    Knowing knots is very useful. Great that you are sharing this.

  • Hatch61
    Hatch61 6 months ago

    Fun series, thanks for the knots at the end.

  • Certawin
    Certawin 6 months ago

    Lol, good series. And the Bob Ross music was funny.

  • Hatch61
    Hatch61 6 months ago

    These are so much fun, I literally never go out without one. Every one of my packs, and my EDC, have one in it, and they have all caught fish. Roll a log, grab a worm, and lunch isn't far away. (All of my packs also have an EmberLit stove.) Thanks for all the great products.

  • FogsOzzieMerc
    FogsOzzieMerc 6 months ago

    Lol just drift off and fish

  • Dave the Norseman
    Dave the Norseman 6 months ago

    Nice one Mikhail. Now let's go fishing.

  • Calchick7
    Calchick7 6 months ago

    nice series Mikhail! will share on facebook page

  • Calchick7
    Calchick7 7 months ago

    nice video Mikhail - new knot for me!

  • Calchick7
    Calchick7 7 months ago

    Great video!

  • Mar Vin
    Mar Vin 7 months ago

    Hi Mikhail thanks for the call and the update regarding to my order 👍

    • 7blueyedevil
      7blueyedevil 2 months ago

      Wow dude. Looks like you're fishing in a Bob Ross painting!

  • Bluey Black
    Bluey Black 7 months ago

    Lol, if I hadn't subscribed before, that funny garbage bag scene would have done it!

  • Ed’sNature Bushcraft

    EmberLit you are wonderful. Ed

  • Christopher Holley
    Christopher Holley 7 months ago

    Spam 👍

  • Ed’sNature Bushcraft

    Emberlit Thank You For Being So Kind To Me Today. Your The Best Ed

  • Hotwire
    Hotwire 8 months ago

    Sandstone river gibbers make excellent sand paper substitute.

  • Jared Burns
    Jared Burns 8 months ago

    Great job man, I’m thinking of buying your product. Question- is the shelter one time use or Multiple times? . I do a lot of bikepacking thru different conditions. Thanks again

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 8 months ago

      it's meant to be a one emergency use. However, I tested that particular shelter for a couple of weeks. They do hold up well.

  • spirited adventure
    spirited adventure 8 months ago

    Simple and effective solution, how did you fix the clear plastic to the mylar blanket?

    • spirited adventure
      spirited adventure 8 months ago

      @MerkWares Thanks for support let me know if I can help you. Cheers.

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 8 months ago

      @spirited adventure Yup, I just got them on my site: emberlit.com/pages/the-pocket-super-shelter

    • spirited adventure
      spirited adventure 8 months ago

      @MerkWares Thanks, do you where I can get one from?

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 8 months ago

      Good news it isn't Mylar. The material used is from HeatSheets and is much more durable. The top and left seam are permanently fixed to the reflective material. The bottom and right seam use snaps made from abs about every 8 inches. This ensures the shelter will seal out the weather but not suffocate the occupant.

  • Bill Randall
    Bill Randall 8 months ago

    when you keep your head inside of such shelters, the condensation is horrible. You also have to provide lots of debris under you, which tends to poke holes in your "flooring". The plastic and mylar are very tear prone in the wind or under a load of snow, and it's dependent upon finding a flat area, not full of mud/water, with 2 trees the right distance apart. I'd much rather have my set up, I use a modified SOL Escape bivvy (two of the midget-sized normal ones joined by a full length zipper) inside of 3x8 ft bag made of PEVA shower curtain, also with a full length zipper. If there's a lot of wind, join 3 of the 18"x6 sections of aluminum foil with tape and position the foil between the PEVA outside bag and the SOL inner bag. I greatly prefer the monofilament gillnet/hammock, with muletape tree straps (one lb) I can almost always at least find ONE big tree, from which to hang a shelter (teepee fashion) and the hammock as a yukon 'slingchair. If I can't, I can always just guy-out the rifle in a muzzle up position, with the pack cover across two of the paracord guy lines for use as a back rest. I remove my boots, put them in the pack, sit on the pack, inside of the PEVA bag, leaning back on the pack cover, as in a "yukon chair" I fold up the drumliner, with the gillnet hammock inside of it and use it under my feet/legs. The PEVA and the mylar bags have to be tented,, over a ridgeline, down from bowknots around the silencer of the rifle, away from each other and from my body, or I will suffer from condensation. There WILL be condensation inside of the PEVA, even tho my head is not inside of the bags, but the SOL wont let that moisture bother me. With very lw clothing a lot of bug netting, this set up lets me sleep at 20F. With hot rocks, the UCO candle lantern, or lots of debris between the two bags and between the layers of bugnetting, I can sleep at 10F. the UCO and 2 beeswax candles is good for 10F degrees, 18 hours, which will suffice to dry out a lot of debris (along with my body heat) You can discretely heat up rocks or water, at night at least, with a Dakota fire pit and those items will warm you for 2-3 hours. You can also do calisthenics and warm yourself enough to get by nights at 0F. If you face the seated/reclining supershelter into the 9 am sun, the SOL opened up in that directions, the greenhouse effect will have the shelter be 40F warmer at noon than it was at dawn. So you can pop a sedative and sleep from 11 am to 5pm. which is enough rest, really. For below 0F, you're most unlikely to have anyone come give you grief at night, if you use the Siberian fire -lays ability to project all of its heat in one direction (up to 2m). This offers good protection from sparks burning your synthetics. You can use 4 small logs, wired into a bundle, with tinder down the middle, to swiftly ignite the protruding logs of a Siberian fire lay. With the seated position, you get more of the radiant heat from the fire or the sun and only need a 3-log siberian fire. You can put out the fire before dawn, or switch it over to a dakota pit, if it's going to be overcast-foggy, to give you one last stint of hot-water or hot rocks, to get you to the 11Am mark.

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 8 months ago

      Hi Bill. Luckily my experience in the shelter is that it has very little condensation, if any at all, at the temperatures we tested it (25F to -21F). For some reason the radiant heat of the fire changes the game compared to shelters that rely on the occupant's body to produce the heat. Also, it isn't made from Mylar. But from a material more akin to a contractors bag. You could put a fist sized hole in it and it won't tear. It is true that it will wear and get little holes in it over time, however it is meant as an emergency shelter, and one for people who aren't as inclined to carry more gear with them or have the skill and experience to construct natural shelters.

  • Survive Without
    Survive Without 8 months ago

    Heck yeah

  • Michigan Explorer
    Michigan Explorer 8 months ago

    Very impressive! What are the dimensions fully set up and when it is packed in original packaging?

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 8 months ago

      It could compact further, but as is in the resealable bag it comes in the shelter is about 2"x6"x6.5" and weighs 11oz. When set up it is 6 ft wide, 4ft deep and tall. A neighbor of mine who is 6'3" fits comfortably laying at a diagonal.

  • Matthias Dittgen
    Matthias Dittgen 8 months ago

    Really nice to see its working pretty good.

  • skywalkerInBoston
    skywalkerInBoston 8 months ago

    How do you temperature regulate? Can you leave some part open for ventilation?

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 8 months ago

      Yup, half of the front panel is fastened with little snaps. SO you can leave part of it open if you need.

  • Certawin
    Certawin 8 months ago

    Gotta say nice product you had made. Having a blast with my handline too. Have a good one.

  • anderson manok
    anderson manok 8 months ago

    Nice one.

  • Joshua Porras
    Joshua Porras 8 months ago

    When will it be in production? Do you have a link or website we can purchase it from? Also price?

  • Sierra Survival Carl Dobson

    I love the concept and could potentially save lives, I have contacted you on your website.

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 8 months ago

      HI Carl, drop me a direct email here: mikhail@emberlit.com

  • Jon Briggs
    Jon Briggs 8 months ago

    Been out that way twice but only find small stuff. Last time I went I got 3 flat tires!! I see tons of asks for coordinates of the spot with larger pieces. If you’ve shared before I’m sorry. I can’t find it

  • Kyle
    Kyle 8 months ago

    That is hella obsidian, I usually mine in Arizona with a hammer and get like tiny pieces, the stuff you called tiny at the start is big for me lol

  • ATaurian
    ATaurian 8 months ago

    Shawn guided me this way.

  • Kat D
    Kat D 8 months ago

    Fun video. And informative. Now I know I won't starve to death in my backyard. :D

  • chris hancock
    chris hancock 8 months ago

    Look a little on the short side maybe it’s for kids I don’t know. But if they are big enough I’ll be buying one

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 8 months ago

      They are 6ft wide and 4 ft deep. A friend of mine who is 6'3" was able to lay comfortably inside, albeit at an angle.

  • Bob G
    Bob G 8 months ago

    Very practical. I know, having discovered and used the same technique a while back. Works every time.. Glad to see this on video.

  • TheUpsSorry
    TheUpsSorry 8 months ago

    Idea is perfect only i would like to see/know some bamboo diameter for rats and mice.

  • Castneting Bob
    Castneting Bob 8 months ago

    What was that word in the end lura???

  • Madras Mark
    Madras Mark 9 months ago

    Went to your website & couldn't find the ferro rods for sale. A little help please.

    • Madras Mark
      Madras Mark 9 months ago

      Thanks Mr. Merk. I'm subscribing to this channel. I live in the high desert of Oregon ... lots of juniper trees & sage here.

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 9 months ago

      It's my fault. I'm working on the website and messed up the menues. It will be fixed here shortly.

  • Sam Sen
    Sam Sen 9 months ago

    13:59 is what I need to learn.

  • geneo *
    geneo * 9 months ago

    I use the emberlit stainless steel camping stove, and if you take a Rubinstein's red salmon can upside down it has a lip on the bottom to set the trangia stove into its the perfect height for the sweet spot. A plastic cat food lid fits perfect on the Rubinstein can for storing the trangia. I can either use the Coleman cook pot or my GSI cup with the Coleman lid makes the perfect nesting and storage combination. If need be I will burn sticks and broken up branches for fuel !!!

  • Mitch Etzkin
    Mitch Etzkin 9 months ago

    What's the point of the toggle?

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 9 months ago

      @Mitch Etzkin I found this vid which looks like what you are describing: tvclip.biz/video/WJo6YJlKuTo/video.html

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 9 months ago

      @Mitch Etzkin You certainly could just use the trigger by itself. It just wouldn't be as sensitive. The stronger the trap the more it will benefit from a lever/toggle to relieve pressure on the trigger. I've even seen versions that don't use a trigger at all. They just have a string that is threaded through the bamboo, the bait, the bamboo, and tied off with a knot. The rat then chews through the string to trigger it.

    • Mitch Etzkin
      Mitch Etzkin 9 months ago

      @MerkWares Thanks mark. So couldn't this be done w/o the toggle? It looks like you could just set the loop and have another line coming off of the main line that connects to the trigger. I'm just wondering if opting for a stick instead of just more ropes gives you a greater advantage in some way

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 9 months ago

      It is a lever that reduces the pressure on the trigger. Most traps are really a series of levers to ultimately reduce the pressure of the engine on the trigger so it takes very little force to trip.

  • John Averick
    John Averick 9 months ago

    Thank you for being honest about the taste. I live in FL. and wanted to go carp fishing. We have no legal carp to try to harvest in FL. I wanted Silver or Big Head carp. But they only come as far south as KY. Still 800 miles from me. But I can go 400 miles and fish for these European ( Common ) carp just above Atlanta Ga. . Looks like the Silvers taste better, But the Commons are closer to me. I guess closer wins.

    • John Averick
      John Averick 9 months ago

      @MerkWares Yep ,Yep !

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 9 months ago

      There was a little chinese restaurant near me that would trade me carp for food. Seems they knew how to cook it properly. The market for carp is enormous, and it was one of the first domesticated fish we know of. So they definitely have food value. I'm keen on exploring carp because they are plentiful and easy to catch. And there may come a day that knowledge will fill hungry bellies.

  • John Averick
    John Averick 9 months ago

    What did you think, Honestly about the taste of them ?

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 9 months ago

      a little bit muddy but mild. I smoked some of it and it was ok. It really comes down to how it is cooked.

  • John Averick
    John Averick 9 months ago

    Can you cast net them in deeper water ?

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 9 months ago

      It's possible I suppose. We just really suck at using our cast nets. This was the first time for me.

  • John Averick
    John Averick 9 months ago

    So these are Common or European carp ?

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 9 months ago

      pretty sure these are common carp. Though I think I've seen mirror carp in here too.

  • Bill Randall
    Bill Randall 9 months ago

    this is why I carry a Bic in my pocket and a zippo, with ranger bands around it, in a ziplock bag in my pack. :-) I dont consider the ferrorod to be much help, actually. I've got a fresnel lense in my pocket, and around my neck, a matchcase with a few stormproof matches and some vasolined cottonballs. One had better NOT need to be making lots of "emergency" fire starts, tho. :-) Best get to a far more plentiful resource area. The 3200 miles of the US has been crossed in 8 days on a bicycle, folks. In winter, you can be 1000 miles south in a couple of weeks, even without a vehicle. It might take a month by raft, and travel should be done at night, using NVD goggles, but get the hell out of places where there's lots of ice and snow and your life will be 10x easier.

  • Bill Randall
    Bill Randall 9 months ago

    move your body where it blocks the wind and hunching around your tinder, etc, with your poncho draped over you and the fire makings, to keep the wind/rain/snow off of the fire-stuff

  • Bill Randall
    Bill Randall 9 months ago

    if you have less than favorable weather, you'd better have ways to keep wind, rain and cold off of you, and either pine resin or lots of manmade tinder, candles, something, cause you're going to waste a lot of time otherwise.

  • Bill Randall
    Bill Randall 9 months ago

    A UCO candlelantern, beeswax candles only, is very useful for many things, but aiding me in the starting of fires is the major use I have for it. I just stack little twigs around it in a teepee and quite soon, they are burning. If I had to do a lot of such things, I'd slash the trunk of every evergreen around me, multiple times, to see to it that I soon had lots of resin to help me start fires.

  • Bill Randall
    Bill Randall 9 months ago

    if you drive your knifepoint into a tree or log, you can use both hands on the stick. That greatly aids making feathersticks.

  • Elijah
    Elijah 9 months ago

    If you don't mind, where did you source your reflective material? I'm looking to build my own portable super shelter, but having trouble finding the fabric I need for the reflector wall.

    • Elijah
      Elijah 9 months ago

      @MerkWares Thanks for the quick response!

    • MerkWares
      MerkWares 9 months ago

      I worked with Heat Sheets to manufacture it.

  • Bill Randall
    Bill Randall 9 months ago

    I use the blue masking tape to seal up all the seams, cause it's reusable if you're careful. Duct tape sticks to the mylar and the PEVA clear plastic shower curtain WAY too well. :-) The PEVA stays flexible in extreme cold and the SOL "breathable" mylar does not have the condensation problem that mylar has. I also include a bag made out of frostcloth and one made out of bugnetting. 1/2 lb each, they deal with the condensation just fine and one needs the bugnetting during the summer. It's also good for stuffing betwen the layers of your clothing when moving.

  • Bill Randall
    Bill Randall 9 months ago

    also consider a reclining yukon chair version. Create a tripod out of 3 wooden poles, or just cross a pair of trekking poles, and guy them out, as the back rest,. Sit on your pack, lean back on your poles. Then you can use a Dakota fire pit to discretely heat rocks to bring inside the shelter with you, or use the UCO candle lantern (beeswax only). Then the heat that's lost from your legs, and the heat from the rocks/candle will rise to warm your torso/head. Face the PEVA plastic into the 9 am sun and the shelter will be 40F degrees warmer at nooon than it was at dawn, due to the greenhouse effect. The hot rocks and doing calethenics can get you thru the night and early morning. Then you can pop an Ambien tablet and sleep from 11 am to 5 pm. That's enough rest if all you're trying to do is get thru a bad time, or wait for rescue, and you need minimal wood. Normally, what creates the problem in the first place is you got sick or hurt, so best not count upon being able to utilize a fire. You can also be in trouble for having a fire, so the Dakota pit is helpful in that regard. The pit wastes no heat to the sides, so you need very little fuel wood, when you use rocks to radiate the heat inside of your shelter. It works for a couple of hours, if you have either a big rock or a metal container full of rocks. If you can't find rocks, a container full of nearly boiling water works pretty well, too, and you can of course heat the water much faster than you can the rocks. If you use a low angle entrance hole, you can feed in a long log . If you have a third hole down to the pit, with the pit being 18" deep, at about a 30 degree angle from vertical, it will gravity feed the log into the flames for 2-3 hours. So you wont have to come out of your shelter very often at all. YOu can have lots of wet snow, wind, etc, that make it very, very bad news to be outside. Laying on t he ground is very bad news if you dont have at least a 1 ft thick layer of dry debris.