Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Well here I sit at my Folks for the Long Weekend. I wish for you a good weekend as well with Family, Friends or just enjoying the happy, beautiful long weekend that is here.

For an update, I need to apologise as there has been none for quite a while. I have been busy, and just did not feel like updating for a long while, due to some not feeling very good reasons and some Techy issues. Looks like I have lost my cord to download the pics from my Camera and Cell phone again, so.. uhhmmmm no photos again, soo sorry.

Prepping and Winterizing these past few weeks;

My Astro and big truck get about the same or a bit better for the big truck.
Big truck stats;
1988 Ford PowerWagon
7.3 litre Diesel with 3 speed automatic
$1000 found on Kijiji.ca
Ambulance Package; windows, vent, insulation, now this probably had more stuff in it as there are vents on the side which I have filled in for now to keep the wind out.

When I purchased the vehicle it was down near London Ontario drove it back to Bowmanville Ontario, with only using just over a 1/4 of a tank. Rainy day, 401 traffic, fun.

The diesel is better on fuel because it is more efficient and the truck was empty. I probably will never get close to the gross rated weight limit as the front is made into my sleeping/living area.

Winterizing camper got stepped up, pics coming soon.
Picked up some through rugs for the floor to help keep the cold out. I have found that the floor is quite nice with two of them down and at the edges where there is only one, there is a lot of cold air that comes up. So I picked up some under pad which will help with some of those issues as well. The under pad will give me some insulation, add in some extra thickness and save the rugs some, which should allow me to sit there, with only slippers on, instead of winter boots. I picked up 4 heavy through rugs at the Courtice Flee Market, likely I will go back and get some more as well.

I am finishing off the insulation of the ceiling and have found a way to finish off the rear passenger side wall insulation as well without removing the entire wall and door roll up. I will be building a secondary inner wall and access door to the rear this week as well. The secondary wall will provide air proffing and insulation as well as sectioning off the living from the work areas.

The reflectix was used in a section that curved, whereas the Duroflex was used in the flatter areas. Both the Duroflex and Reflectix have very similar R-Ratings, but I am finding there is a big difference in how warm and cold they feel side by side. The Refletix feels much colder than the Duroflex insulated areas, though the material properties of the Refletix make it much better for certain surfaces. Perhaps I will add in another layer there to make it feel warmer, not sure yet.

I bought a used though in the box, never actually used Kerosene heater, this will heat my place until it gets to the more extreme cold and it is better to use Propane heating. I bought a Coleman Big Buddy heater, though I was wanting an Olympian Catalytic by U.S. Products. That one seems to be a bit better and similar pricing.

Bought some knives; K-bar, Dual throwing knives in a sheath with paracord wrapped handles, Kukri knife, along with a decent multi tool! (still looking for a good deal on a Gerber or top of the line Leatherman)

The K-bar rounds out my field and utility knife section, so with my folding locking blade MTech pocket knife, my MTech K-bar, and my Kukris knife selections I now have all the bush knifes that are needed for my type of bush work and Survivalism. I know I know there are a huge amount of nay sayers and arm chair prepper’s and survivalists out there, well good for them. I have been going to the bush for camping, living, military, survival and fun expeditions since the age of 5 yrs old. After living in the bush, and the military time, I am convinced that there are no knives that are stand alone Survival, Prepping or Bush knives. You must have more than one on you. Yes in a pure survival situation if I could only grab 1 (one) knife I would grab either the K-bar or the Kukri knife.

Now if given the chance and the fact that I carry the Locking folding blade all the time, now I have 2. One for gross work, chopping, big work, defence and building. The other knife for the fine work, skinning, utilization and detailing for building, camp projects. With two knives you can survive anywhere, anywhere. If you only have the big knife, the so be it and you try to flint nap some rocks to get a smaller work knife for camp chores and skinning. This flake is very sharp if it is done right, and you need to use a leather wrap or wooden handle so you do not cut yourself with it.



Filed under Blog post, Shelter, Survival Prepping, Vehicles

2 responses to “Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

  1. Hi WildernessReturn, My dad is always telling me that propane heat is better or more efficient. We have two kerosene heaters – still in the boxes and never even test driven yet but he thinks we should get propane. Could you tell me what you think about it? I don’t understand the WHY? I always thought you were not supposed to use propane inside closed areas. I know you need air for kerosene too but somehow I thought it was safer.


    • Here is my take on the heaters and issues with them.

      I just bought a Big Buddy heater and have not used it yet even though the temps have fallen to 0 deg celius, 32 deg far. With the little Coleman, I have to open the top vent to let the extra heat out, as it is too hot. I also have the room and have put in a portable kerosene heater I picked up from Kijiji.ca .

      Pros Kerosene is quiet, does not smell if adjusted properly, or only slight odour that I do not mind.

      Cons Expensive fuel, the 5 gal container now costs $20 and will last only 3 days of continuous use at low setting, and will last 4-5 nights / evening combos at low setting and turning it off while I sleep in under the covers. Restarting in the morning while I get breakfast and get dressed, although to be honest I do get up to pee and turn it on, then get back under the covers for a few minutes as it heats up, I am not as young as I used to be!

      Pros, comes in handy portable containers that you just plug the hose into, cost is less per ltr or gal, than kerosene so it will last longer and can be left on during the days for longer as well, when the temps drop to below freezing during the days as well.
      Cons, noisy, need to create / find a regulator so I can run my little Coleman heater until the bigger Big Buddy is needed. Right now it only uses the little one gal bottles and is quite expensive to run unless used just to heat up the area quickly and then turned off.

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