ITT: Gear you'd most likely not even realize you need. >Pocket bellows. This shit was such a gamechanger for me.

ITT: Gear you'd most likely not even realize you need
>Pocket bellows
This shit was such a gamechanger for me. I live in a climate where it's damp and humid 8 months of the year. Being able to ventilate and get a fire going with even really damp wood is pretty manageable with a tool like this. Could use it as a straw too, why not?
What's your knickknack that you see rarely recommended here?

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My hot tent stove has these perfectly sized small little air vents. When I wake up during the night and my stove has burned it's fuel down to embers, it's so easy to get a fire going quickly. Load it bottom to top, shut the door and blow two full exhalations with this. Within minutes my stove his like a strawberry again.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Might be very obvious for most, but setting an aluminum shield behind the stove was another big upgrade. All that heat was being lost radiating towards the back wall, whereas now I can redirect some of it back towards the middle.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        if you painted this green on one side would it work at hiding the fire?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          No, because the fire will illuminate whatever opening is left, and it's easy for humans to spot a fire going.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Practice the dakota fire hole and other stealth fire methods, a trenching shovel is what you need

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Yep that seems to be the only option. Feldspaten it is

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          a mirror finish might be more effective at camouflaging it

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I know how this story ends. Me and 5 elk will be abducted by chinless ETs and they'll take me to their planet just to tell me I'm not good enough and then drop me back down

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah these things are a no brainer once you have tried one, they are cheap and work great. Kinda don't realize how much easier they make life until you use one.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      tent splint works fine for me most of the time, its not as good of a billows but it weighs less and serves multiple purposes.
      >Gear you'd most likely not even realize you need
      tenacious tape until the first time i needed it

      https://i.imgur.com/nehkato.jpg

      Might be very obvious for most, but setting an aluminum shield behind the stove was another big upgrade. All that heat was being lost radiating towards the back wall, whereas now I can redirect some of it back towards the middle.

      if you have tin snips and a hole punch already you can order titanium sheets for $5 from alibaba and make a ti windscreen for a lot cheaper than they retail for btw
      the ti ones are a bit flimsier than the plates, they're good for compact setups

      https://i.imgur.com/uHA3rWP.jpg

      red LED headlamp. you can still see everything perfectly, others can barely see you, and you're not ruining your night vision. Mine takes 18650s also which is very handy.

      red light also doesn't wake up people you're camping with as easy

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Haha sounds really handy anons it must be comfy to get that little campfire going. Maybe one day I'll move to Scandinavia and I'll know the thrill of cooking a sausage on my stove and other exxtreme things that are illegal in my country.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Thinking about getting a stove fan for the winter months, anyone have any experience with one?
    Does it actually move the heated air around enough to be felt in a 4 meter diameter Tipi tent?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I know a guy who had one on a fire in his front room, Noticable if your a meter away.
      I'd rather have one than not have one even if it is just decoration

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/qgxOqgx.jpg

      My hot tent stove has these perfectly sized small little air vents. When I wake up during the night and my stove has burned it's fuel down to embers, it's so easy to get a fire going quickly. Load it bottom to top, shut the door and blow two full exhalations with this. Within minutes my stove his like a strawberry again.

      post tent

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Polystyrene tipi, 4 meter diameter in size.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yeah these work pretty amazingly, their position being right over the fire prevents the heat from immediately rising and instead circulates it around the room

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Those are so fucking expensive and for no reason.

      https://i.imgur.com/uHA3rWP.jpg

      red LED headlamp. you can still see everything perfectly, others can barely see you, and you're not ruining your night vision. Mine takes 18650s also which is very handy.

      Just fucking switch to sublumen already. This isn't Vietnam.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I have one I've used a few times, it's pretty good, but it gets pretty noisy

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    red LED headlamp. you can still see everything perfectly, others can barely see you, and you're not ruining your night vision. Mine takes 18650s also which is very handy.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I have a petzl that has a red light and I feel the same. I also imagine it's less energy intensive?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It seems like most res lights are very inefficient with power. Although the photon energy is lower, so is your sensitivity to the light and I imagine you end up using a surprising amount of wattage to get a useable intensity. And personally I find that to be case that I can get away with a few lumens of white but need the brightest red setting to do anything. It doesn't trigger the brain like a white light will tho, so good at the end of the night.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yeah these work pretty amazingly, their position being right over the fire prevents the heat from immediately rising and instead circulates it around the room

      I have a petzl that has a red light and I feel the same. I also imagine it's less energy intensive?

      Jesus Christ. You guys are stuck in the Afghanistan poppy war? We use green light now. Much better lumination visibility. Great for hunting and spotting 'targets'. Much lower chance of being spotted. Chads even use a stepless variable blue light to travel unseen. Red light is out.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Doesn't green ruin your night vision? Also deer can see green light

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I’ve had better luck with red than other colors when it comes to working around cows or wild animals. If I need to be more discrete than a red light because of people, I’ll just use the PVS-14.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >I’ll just use the PVS-14.
          Expensive though.. How are yours, Anon? Ive heard many of the used ones you can get have "spots" on the phosphorus that sorta give the appearance of dead pixels

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        it's how the rods and cones in your eyes react to the color, green shows up more but also lessens your night vision, stick with red, green does show up better in daylight though

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    picrel
    this stuff, this exact brand (gear aid)
    comes in a variety of colors. nylon patches. the main reason i shill it so hard is the adhesive is really good and i've had patches survive years and years of repeated washes. melt your puffy jacket by the fire? catch a bramble and tear your pant leg open? not a problem, the repair may as well be semi permanent and you can do it with a pocket knife or tiny scissors. its cheaper in stores than on amazog for me in america.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I have a knife made by that company that is pretty decent. I got it in one of those monthly subscription gear box deals, which I'm slightly embarrassed to admit. Huge waste of money and now I have a closet full of bullshit that I'll never use, but opening the boxes every month was so much fun. Like Christmas as child before Dad started drinking

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        i got lucky. my dad was a celebrity coke dealer and he overdosed while my mom was pregnant. one of those situations where he got pronounced dead but didn't die. he took it as a sign from above, quit using all drugs, and raised me christian. based dad.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Damn, anon. Im glad everything ended up good. I'll bet your Dad has some awesome stories too

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What's your favorite PrepHole pc? Mine is Pic rel.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Prefer the CF-30 for build quality but the CF-31 just has better stats. Can play New Vegas on this one.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I just haul my desktop, monitor on the dash, console mousepad. New Tahoes have outlets in place of the lighters.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      i got an x230
      the best PrepHole laptop is dell's knock off of the toughbook. whatever the final model without a rubber keyboard is called. forgot which one.
      old toughbooks are the coolest.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        bullshit. the best outtop is a regular thinkpad 420

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          the panasonic and dell ruggedized laptops can be submerged and don't even need to be powered off. i used to refurbish toughbooks and sell complete ones locally & the parts on ebay back in the 00's when they were more relevant. part of my local demo i would let people shoot one with a bb gun and throw it off a building or out of a moving car. hardly ever had to replace the demo unit.
          t420/x230/etc is pretty rugged and not a total shit-brick to carry around though. & better battery life.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/UKyEVst.jpg

      Prefer the CF-30 for build quality but the CF-31 just has better stats. Can play New Vegas on this one.

      holy fucking autism, what is the point of going PrepHole if you bring a fucking computer with you?

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >here's a product you didn't even realize you needed!!!

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dang nobody sells these in my country and Amazon shipping costs the same as the item itself

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Dang nobody sells these in my country and Amazon shipping costs the same as the item itself
      grab one on aliexpress/shopee/etc if you need cheap international shipping on one. they're all over those sites. its the same exact one as they sell on amazon.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Will I get cancer if I put my lips around a pocket bellows made of chinesium?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          This is unironically why I never buy chinkshit that I will have to eat or drink from.
          I made a mistake where I bought a "goetland" US army style mess kit but since I figured out the company has its headquarters in WINGWONG, China I don't wanna eat from it. It says it's 18/8 stainless steel but it's not like there's a real company guaranteeing for that.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            i hope you understand... the pocket pillows on amazon and the pocket billows on aliexpress are the same pocket billows.
            if you don't understand, search
            "what is amazon fba"
            "what is drop shipping"

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          dunno. its the exact same chinesium you were trying to buy on amazon or at your local outfitter store, just with one less middle man drop shipping it to you.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Who knows, not like you are going to be sucking on the thing 24/7 I doubt there is any toxic metal that they could use that would be cheaper than them just using stainless steel

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Get one regardless. They're incredibly useful for starting and maintaining a fire.

      https://i.imgur.com/UKyEVst.jpg

      Prefer the CF-30 for build quality but the CF-31 just has better stats. Can play New Vegas on this one.

      Used Panasonics in the army. These pieces of shit never work. An LV241 will never let you down.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    bandana for prefiltering water to get more life out of your filter.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >taking a computer with you PrepHole
    >using your phone while PrepHole outside of an emergency or for just the camera
    do anons really?

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I prefer to use diesel to start fires

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'll just bring my old FM antenna.

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