It has been quite sometime since I’ve posted here that’s because I suffered a major injury (not kayak related) and have had complications as a result I have not been able to get out on the water in two years, but I’m making plans for the near future, fingers crossed!!
That said I’ve been spending much of my time researching water trails in my area and watching YouTube videos on overnight paddling canoes and kayak trips and gathering information on either homemade DIY projects to enhance a camp kitchen or Just way cool stuff that I think is awesome enough to share here.
My last kayak camping trip was multiple nights in Tahoe and I was thrilled to help out a fellow kayaker who was having problems with their stove (I tend to bring duplicates especially when I’m camping with somebody else or paddling with somebody else who might need gear especially if that gear doesn’t take up a lot of room and doesn’t weigh a lot).
It was her turn to make up the dinner and her stove was not working at all, I happen to have packed two pocket rockets with me I was able to provide enough fuel for the trip plus extra, if needed.
This “JIC” (just in case) packing proved to be a positive experience because of my friends stove breaking down, She made a great dinner that night. I also had brought an extra tarp that trip and my friends niece actually needed it because she didn’t anticipate it being so cold at night. I just thought I’d start out with that we didn’t have to suffer because I bought extra gear which didn’t take up a lot of room and worked out to everyone’s benefit.
So back to the kitchen.
I found a YouTube channel called “Simon a bloke in the woods” and was amazed at some of the products that were available to him in the UK. Some we can get here in the US and the one thing that I really liked was available on Etsy and only from the UK.
He is an outdoor enthusiast and actually built his own canoe which is beautiful.
One of the things he did was take a canvas type tri-folded shotgun cartridge case, and he added small 5 mL fliptop plastic containers to carry around his spices in. I thought this was a great idea because each trip can be customized spice wise, There’s no waste, no major bulky containers and it’s all light weight.
He also used a number of Nalgene bottles in different sizes because their food grade plastic in order to store his cooking oil or salad dressings in. These come in screw lids so as to not leak all over the place, They could also be put in their own plastic or zip type bag so if they do leak the content basically stays in the bag.
The most exciting thing I saw from him was a portable standing moveable grill pole and hook. Simon got the idea from another YouTube channel called “Zed outdoors” another outdoor enthusiast. This product is available on Etsy and it comes with a pole that breaks down into two parts, A wraught iron hook and grill, This all can get stored in a custom bag which of course is a separate price.
It’s all handmade it’s not like wait but it breaks down into something very small and affords you the opportunity of boiling water in a pot or a tea kettle and using the great right over the fire. You can use either just the hook or the hook and the grate in combination at the same time, both arms are adjustable up and down the pole so you don’t have to worry about your stuff burning or not cooking.
This system can be used over a fire pit as well as just a regular ground fire. I prefer this over using a great that’s at a campsite because you never know what’s been on them or how well they’ve been cleaned if there even is one.
The grate comes in two different sizes. The smaller great is big enough to hold a pot or a pan or a good size steak.
I was wondering if you had any DIY projects that you have used for overnight camping or just for your boat to enhance your outdoor cooking experience.
I would love to hear what you’ve done to enhance your overnight or just day trip paddling experience.