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John Adams |
Thursday, 18th April 2013
Mr D's Thermal Cooker is no stranger to these pages having now appeared more times than any other product. I make no apology for this as it is such a good bit of energy saving kit, and I feel almost obliged to report on any updates to the product range.  In the past I have used the thermal cooker on its own to make delicious stews and casseroles... more
 
John Adams |
Tuesday, 12th March 2013
In PM74 I reviewed a Thomas Flinn 3 Foot One Man Cross Saw which I loved and it seems many of you do too. We are very lucky to still have a company making traditional quality saws in the UK. Most saws on general sale are mass produced in the Far East and while usually reasonably priced are not much to write home about in terms of quality.Thomas... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 21st February 2013
If like me you look at a traditional oil lamp like this with a sinking heart, having had so many poorly made ones which rusted through or leaked at the drop of a hat, I have good news. Feuerhand Storm Lanterns are made in Germany from high grade sheet steel which is painted for effective rust proofing and has a replaceable glass globe is made by... more
 
John Adams |
Friday, 1st February 2013
I used to do a lot of exhibition work and my favourite tool for trimming photographs and cutting out in general was a Letraset scalpel which had inter-changeable blades held in a screw chuck. So I was intrigued to find the Razor Edge Spoon Carving Set which works on the same principle. In this kit you get a walnut handle with a brass 'Lock Jaw'... more
 
John Adams |
Friday, 30th November 2012
If you have got read the history of charcoal making and its practical applications (PM70), you may be interested to know that you can make your own charcoal at home. To do this you need a fire pit or some other suitable fireplace and a Kadai Charcoal Maker. I used a Bon-Fire Fire Pit which I slightly modified by cutting three 350mm lengths of 15mm... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 29th November 2012
Getting furniture upstairs in both modern small houses and many old ones can prove to be an almost impossible task. As it was when my son asked me to help him move a newly purchased chest of drawers into his bedroom. No problem I thought, but the master bedroom is in an attic conversion, up two flights of narrow winding stairs. He had previously... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 22nd November 2012
In PM67 I reviewed Mr D's Thermal Cooker in which I cooked some wonderfully tasty stews and casseroles. Working on the hay box principle, the cooker uses a minimal amount of energy to cook food and can be used almost anywhere. After a customer requested its Bread Tin accessory for off-grid bread making, I thought it might be worth trying it out... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 22nd November 2012
When I reviewed the Frontier Stove in PM72 I showed a picture of it with a then prototype stainless steel water heater attached to the chimney. This and a range of other accessories are now available and make this great little camping stove/cooker even better.   The Frontier Water Heater   The Frontier Water Heater holds 3 litres (5.3 pints) of... more
 
John Adams |
Tuesday, 13th November 2012
Tim Harland and I tried out the latest Burgon & Ball range of pruners in his forest garden. We have both used many different makes of pruning tools, from the very expensive to bargain buys, with sometimes unexpected results in terms of ease of use and longevity. Our selection from the range consisted of telescopic loppers, a ratchet pruner,... more
 
John Adams |
Monday, 5th November 2012
I first encountered this saw in Tim Emms' workshop and, as he had been using it for while, I asked him for a review. "I've used the Thomas Finn saw for over two years, principally to cross-cut well seasoned sweet chestnut trees of up to 50cm diameter. And what a treat it is to use. The razor sharp teeth make for impressively speedy progress... more
 
John Adams |
Friday, 3rd August 2012
Back in 2008, Backpacking Light came up with a brilliant design for a personal camping stove, the Honey Stove. This innovative little stove consists of a series of laser cut stainless steel plates which can be assembled in a number of ways to make your preferred stove. They can be heated by: esbit/hexamine tablets, night light candles, meths... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 16th May 2012
Garden Plan Pro is the easy way to draw vegetable beds, add plants and create the layout for any space. It builds on the timesaving features of the award-winning GrowVeg.com Garden Planner, which has over 100,000 users worldwide. Using an extensive database of plants and weather stations it recommends the best planting dates for your area and can... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 9th May 2012
Maddy Harland interviews Aranya and asks him why people should learn more about permaculture and who his new book Permaculture Design - a step by step guide was written for. Permaculture Design - a step by step guide is available from Green Shopping and is currently on special offer for £10.95 inc. p&p (UK only). Filmed at The Sustainability... more
 
John Adams |
Friday, 4th May 2012
The EnZo PK70 is surprisingly robust for a legal pocket knife. It is slim but features a full depth 20mm (0.8in) by 2.5mm (0.1in), CMC S230V powder coated steel blade, which is flat ground in the Scandinavian style and razor sharp. One really nice feature is the security of the blade when open which is very good for a non-lock knife. The handle... more
 
John Adams |
Tuesday, 17th April 2012
The Frontier Stove is a wonderfully thought out solution to the twin problems of portability and compactness in tent stoves. The all-steel construction features three folding legs which are secured by pins and the 2.4m (7.9ft) of flue pipe and the ash catcher, fit inside the body of the stove. Light (11kg /24lb) and easy to carry, it's quick to... more
 

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