Tom Tom

Started by: FAT MICK (1545) 

When I was down under having my winter break I got talking to a Maori wild camper, and he told me how he keeps warm in a tent
You put a upside down terracotta plant pot over tea light candle, and the whole of the plant pot warms up to keep the tent warm and it can also warm up a tin of soup.
Dont know what our friend Kev is using but I wonder if he knows about this idea.

Started: 13th Feb 2020 at 16:41

Posted by: tomplum (6495) 

yes I've seen that hack before, someone recommended it for keeping plants warm in a greenhouse, it works but someone has to swap the candle in the middle of the night, they only last 4 hours at best,
Kev rely's on what nature provides, insulate your own body heat, double sleeping bag in a gortex cover,

keep warm and dry

Replied: 13th Feb 2020 at 17:23

Posted by: dougie (4424) 

Tom why your on we have both been invited out for high-tea at your sisters house, I was introduced to her in the new medi-centre in Ashton today by my wife, she was very easy to talk too anyway as we got talking she was surprised I knew you (not going into it any farther on here but that's how I got my invite your's maybe coming by post

Replied: 13th Feb 2020 at 21:36

Posted by: tomplum (6495) 

high- tea, there's posh,

Replied: 13th Feb 2020 at 22:11

Posted by: FAT MICK (1545) 

I would use a thicker candle that lasted all night.

Must be nicer to have some warm air inside the tent than sat wrapped up in a bag all day and night

Replied: 13th Feb 2020 at 22:21
Last edited by FAT MICK: 13th Feb 2020 at 22:41:35

Posted by: TerryW (4789)

If this guy is ex forces which I think I have read somewhere he will know his field craft, the most important thing in cold weather is to know how to layer your clobber, preparation is the key which I suspect he will have sorted. First layer of clothes is the 'wick' that draws your moisture away from the skin and keeps you dry, wool is best. Next is your insulation, wool again or feather down jackets etc, both trap the warm air inside, last thing is to keep you dry from the weather a waterproof jacket, Gortex is good. Keep clear of fingered gloves as they separate the fingers and allow more surface area to be exposed and get cold, wool mittens are best but not good for dexterity etc, if you need to scratch your arse and stuff. Good footwear are a life saver loosen the laces a bit for circulation, Gortex again with wool socks, oh never forget a hat your bonce is a big heat loser. Keep your fluids up too. If you are getting out and about reduce all of the above body layers because you will sweat and it will freeze and you'll get very cold again.

Remember shivering is your bodies defence mechanism listen to it and wrap up.

Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 10:22

Posted by: basil brush (14456)

Don't tell me you've been an action man

Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 10:33

Posted by: TerryW (4789)

I wouldn't tell anything you are too thick to understand anything.

Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 10:40

Posted by: tomplum (6495) 

yes Terry, he is ex forces and if i was to say to you he spells the word Magic, with the letter 'g' upside down you might know what that means, He has lived feral in the woods for 12 years, All seasons, all weathers, which includes the 2 very bitter winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11, That will show you he knows how to keep warm and is no cry baby, A series of circumstances, bad luck,and misbehavior on his part led him there, he has no wish to leave the woods, yet,

Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 13:54

Posted by: TerryW (4789)

Sadly he isn't alone in this situation Tomplum. Does he know of the Armed Forces place at Molyneux house School Lane, Wigan? maybe they could help him if he wants help, many don't you know and feel they are imposing on others due to pride. Hope he stays well and safe wherever he is.

Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 14:47

Posted by: tomplum (6495) 

Yes Terry he knows there is help but, It always comes with rules and conditions, A big condition is, they'll want him to ' dry out' , Sadly alcohol is his ruler now, it helps him forget the nightmares, helps him through the days, kills the pains and eases the suffering, he'd rather be in the woods with a bottle of cider than in a home for ex soldiers on re hab for now, He's 52 years old now so I fear soon he won't have a choice, his age and lack of proper nutrients will catch up, and he's aware of that too,

Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 15:49

Posted by: TerryW (4789)

The dreaded alcohol.

Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 16:07

Posted by: FAT MICK (1545) 

Tom last year when my daughter was working on the TV series Universal Credit, she was filming one of the workers at Nice Pak and one day I went to pick her up and noticed that most of the new lamp post all along that road had felt tip messages on them from Kevin.

Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 17:06

Posted by: tomplum (6495) 

Ah I wondered when I read the credits, was it your girl, Why did't they interview him. he would have liked that and it would have got him some dosh and fame and fortune,

Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 18:13

Posted by: FAT MICK (1545) 

Its next weeks episode that she was involved with and we didnt see Kevin, just some of is art work

Replied: 14th Feb 2020 at 19:07


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