Nov 9, 2008 at 3:26 pm #1231962
For my first post, I thought that I would contribute.
I decided I needed a stove platform to help keep things off the ground while cooking, but have been unsatisfied with off the self cooking platforms. So I made my own. I went to an art store and found a sheet of corrugated plastic for $5.00, I choose this because it is light weight and fairly ridged and seems that It will stand up to numerous trail adventures.
I cut an 8”X8” section, just big enough to cooking on and keep my spoon and other things off the ground while it still fits in the pack nice, I store it the hydration sleeve of my backpack. It weighs in at exactly 1oz.Nov 9, 2008 at 4:04 pm #1458272
@mad777Locale: South Florida
Shane, that's a nice find! How ridged is that plastic? I'm wondering if it is ridged enough to serve as a frame in a frameless backpack? A larger piece would be required but, it could then be double duty!Nov 9, 2008 at 4:44 pm #1458279
I don't think that it would be ridged enough for a pack frame. For that I would use Kydex plastic sheet of which can be thermomoled.Nov 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm #1458280
@mad777Locale: South Florida
Thanks ShaneNov 9, 2008 at 5:21 pm #1458284
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
I have no idea which forum I read it on, but someone successfully used this plastic, in the form of a "Vote for __________" sign, for a frame in an UL pack. While it isn't Kydex, I don't see why it won't do very well.
ToddNov 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm #1458285
Micheal, that was my first thought when I saw it – perhaps it could be combined with a thin pad as a frame sheet – either way, nice idea for a platform. Looked at the sheet, I am guessing it is more rigid in one direction then the other?Nov 9, 2008 at 5:38 pm #1458287
@jdw01776Locale: Southeast Texas
Check out the GoLite Infinity Backpack review on this site. Golite uses the same corrugated plastic, reinforced with thin metal rods, as a framesheet.Nov 9, 2008 at 6:15 pm #1458290
Yes, It bends fairly easier along the grain, but riged enough or my cooking platform.Nov 9, 2008 at 6:38 pm #1458293
Golite uses the same corrugated plastic, reinforced with thin metal rods, as a framesheet.
Reinforce with tent stakes. Hehe.Nov 9, 2008 at 8:32 pm #1458310
Bamboo sushi mats work well as a prep mat/clean area for cooking I might add. They roll up small as well.
Another are the "disposable" cutting boards sold nowadays – they are wafer thin and fit in a pack (very UL) and last quite a few times – recyclable as well.Nov 9, 2008 at 8:49 pm #1458311
@redleaderLocale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
That materiel has been used for a MYOG frame sheet and posted about 3 years ago. The sheet may have small diameter brass tubing run through the corrugations and then "formed" by bending to match the "spinal" curve of your choice.Nov 9, 2008 at 10:16 pm #1458323
@markhurdLocale: South Texas
Do you have a source for the "disposable" cutting boards you mention. I don't think I've seen them anywhere and I would be interested in looking at one.
P.S.- Love your "Freezer Bag Cooking" Book. It has absolutely changed the way I eat on the trail.Nov 10, 2008 at 1:47 pm #1458380
Mark, I have seen them at box stores like Wal Mart and in grocery stores.
Also, my favorite outdoor food online source has a version of them:
PS: We are in final editing on book 2. I handed off the final manuscript to my husband last night :-) Very excited!Nov 10, 2008 at 1:58 pm #1458384
PS: We are in final editing on book 2. I handed off the final manuscript to my husband last night :-) Very excited!
Probably not on a timeline that'd work to be included in a Christmas list?Nov 10, 2008 at 2:03 pm #1458386
How ridged is that plastic? I'm wondering if it is ridged enough to serve as a frame in a frameless backpack?
I've seen that idear on the G4 Pack yahoo group … with a pair of small diameter brass tubes inserted in the channels … and then bent to conform to the wearer's backNov 10, 2008 at 3:35 pm #1458395
>I've seen that idear on the G4 Pack
Yup. Poster board can do quadruple duty as a pack frame, cooking board, choping board and under leg sleeping insulation. In an emergecny it also makes and ideal splint. Wonderful stuff.Nov 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm #1458420
Grinder said: I decided I needed a stove platform to help keep things off the ground while cooking
Why? I've never used a stove platform. I might try a small cutting board in the future if I try a Roger-cheese-bread-great-walk-in-France trip.
I'm not saying you should not use it and you've come up with a light and innovative solution. I'm just curious how you made the decision.Nov 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm #1458446
"Probably not on a timeline that'd work to be included in a Christmas list?"
We are hoping on January! We will be doing a pre-release to those on our site's mailing list though with a special deal ;-)
Just need the final fleshing and go to proofs. Then to print!Nov 10, 2008 at 8:30 pm #1458452
@markhurdLocale: South Texas
Thanks for the info on the cutting board.
Also, great news about the book 2. I'll be looking for it.
-MarkNov 11, 2008 at 11:01 am #1458516
>Why? I've never used a stove platform.
I find them invaluable when cooking with a canister stove on uneven ground or snow, or in the tent (not recommended).Nov 11, 2008 at 11:29 am #1458520
For me, I like the extra stability that the platfrom provides for the stove and a place I can put my food covered spoon other then a rock, a log or on the ground that will pick up less pine needles and grit.Nov 11, 2008 at 12:08 pm #1458526Nov 11, 2008 at 12:35 pm #1458541
Here's my non-UL kitchen
Looks like I need to go get help from
http://www.freezerbagcooking.com/Nov 11, 2008 at 3:13 pm #1458565
>Here's my non-UL kitchen
I would have thought that was an incredibly UL kitchen since (presumably) YOU don't have to carry anything…not even yourself.Nov 11, 2008 at 3:52 pm #1458567
no rest for the wicked 'cuz I aint got no horses
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