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A quiet day of Come What May

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Trying to muster the motivation to get out for a day or night in the tempestuous weather we've been having this week was proving difficult. As it happened a fine day of mixed sunshine and billowing clouds punctured the cycle of heavy rain. So after chucking a load of whittling gear, fishing stuff and some heavy duty cooking hardware into Ashleys very Green motor, green because of all the moss and lichen growing on he :D, we headed off to a nice spot for quiet day of come what may. 

Car camping!

The Frontier StoveOn arrival, we set up the Frontier Stove ready for lunch, Ash got the Frontier Stove fired up while I set about pulling up some Himalayan Balsam that's trying to get a foothold in this beautiful wildlife haven. We were fully poshing it up! Along with the Frontier stove, we brought a big iron skillet, a table and our camping chairs, hopefully they wouldn't end up hoisted into the tree canopy today!

 

Once the Frontier stove was fired up and ready to go we set about cooking up lunch. Todays vittles were all locally produced items including venison sausages, lamb and mint sausages and my favourite, pork and Rattler sausages... Rattler is my favourite cyder, made here in Cornwall. To accompany them was freshly baked baguettes, plum and ginger sauce from The Cornish chilli Co. and Cornish Yarg cheese wrapped in nettles. Mouthwatering eh?

Cooking Up on the Frontier Stove

We were trying to get a feel of how to control the heat output of the Frontier Stove. There is a damper in the flue, a removable 6 inch lid section on top and also the door can be set open in a couple of positions too. Through tweaking these different elements we could have the skillet full on glowing and spitting or gently sizzling away. The advantage with this control is that once we finished cooking lunch, we left a log in there smouldering away, totally shutting down the stove. Then come 6 oclock we opened it up again and it took no time at all to get her fired up again, purely through air flow. Very efficient use of fuel and great if you want an overnight heat source in a Yurt or Bell Tent.

Once fed and watered we settled down for a bit of whittling. Ash got on with carving an owl which is soon going to be an owl spoon and I start chiselling away at a champagne cork to make a float for my undernourished fishing kit. Once I was happy with it I took up a piece of well seasoned hawthorn that I've been saving for a while now and got on with making a spoon for my friend as a birthday present. I managed to get it all sanded and oiled too... Nice to start and finish a carving in one go :)

Fishing float Another spoon

I was keen to try my new float out so we headed for the lake for a bit of a dangle, foraging some worms for bait on the way. It was crystal clear as per usual and you could see the fish cruising around. Ash was already set up, so while I was sorting my tackle, he was already casting in. Within minutes we watched a huge beast come swimming over and hoover up the worm and hook. After a short fight and a camera fail by me, it got of the hook and swam away free!

Ashley's whopper!Once I'd got set up and after nearly losing my float from a rubbish casting into a tree incident, I hooked into a small roach. Ash got one more whopper and we both had loads of nibbles, but I was just happy that my float worked ok.

Time was ticking on and the temperature had dropped somewhat, so we got the Frontier Stove stoked up again and set about cooking the rest of the sausages while huddling round it to keep warm. After emptying the charred remains from the Frontier Stove, it didn't take to long to cool down. By the time we had all our other gear packed away, we could dismantle and pack it away.

As we left, we both remarked on how lucky we were to have access to this beautiful woodland and I came away all chilled and satisfied. Getting close to nature, being outdoors, making stuff and cooking on fire. All of these things culminate into a peaceful smile and a happy chappy :) 

 

Thanks for reading

 Phil

 
Comments (6)
6 Saturday, 01 March 2014 19:40
Rude
Hi,

I saw your video's on YT a long while ago, they sure were helpful for me in the time i wanted to achieve my first friction fires, seems I stumbled upon your blog now by accident, added it to my 'must-read'-list for later. Looks great.

Regards
Rude
www.belgianbirkebeiner.wordpress.com
5 Monday, 03 June 2013 15:20
callum campbell (not logged in)
it looks like you had good time guys good story post more soon
4 Tuesday, 16 October 2012 19:39
max hill
youre so lucky to have such a forest so close
3 Monday, 17 September 2012 09:46
Paul Richards
Great story and I enjoyed reading it. Thanks Phil!
2 Monday, 27 August 2012 18:44
paul draddy
fantastic fellas,good times
1 Monday, 27 August 2012 15:20
Ross Everitt
Looks like you had a great time. :o)

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