The Handy dandy survival hiking stick #2
by James C. West
(Chatham County North Carolina)
Well back in November last year I wrote a tip about adding survival items to a hiking stick (to see the tip, click here). The response was great and it inspired me to write another tip, as it so often happens with me working on these sticks, I sometimes get an idea and of course have to try it out.
The following is an idea I had about the need for light and fire while out camping or night fishing. What I have done is to take a stub out (check at your local hardware store) with cap and turned it into a portable torch that fits inside the top of the hiking stick.
All you need do is drill down into the top of the stick with a large bit (insure the diameter and length is correct) the tub can be cut to whatever length you may want. I left it the size it was.
With the cap, I took and drilled a hole in the center about the size of a #2 pencils, the trick is to keep the fuel inside, to do this, I took and made a clay stopper. Take and mold the clay into a round ball then shape it to form a grommet with a hole in the middle.
After it dries (in-place!!), make sure it is a tight fit or your fuel will run out) you can then insert the wick. This can be a length of twine or yarn, or you could cut a tikki torch wick to the right size. I used lamp oil but you can use rubbing alcohol as well (NOTE: IT SHOULD GO WITHOUT SAYING DO NOT USE GAS OR KEROSENE)!!!
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I have included an example, but I encourage all to experiment with their own designs.
Safe hiking to all
James C. West
Learn to survive in the wilderness.