Jun 10, 2013

Flameless Fire Pit Project

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Camping in this country can be really hit or miss.

I say that, being very much a non-camper and extremely hesitant to relinquish any comforts I've acquired through the years. The idea of sleeping on the ground, surrounded by, what can only be described as a large brightly coloured bag held in place by folding metal poles, does not appeal to me in the slightest.

I know there are many of you who love the outdoors - whether there's wind, rain, sleet or snow (and on the rare occasion - shine) and if I'm really being honest, so do I.
The outdoors can be spectacular and beautiful - especially when looking at it from the coziness of indoors.

I feel though, my days are numbered and soon my son will show his true colours and prove once and for all if he's indeed my son or not. I must embrace all eventualities. If he ends up loving camping, I'll have to play my cards well and keep trips into the wild to a minimum - for my own well being.   If he turns out to really be 'my boy' and repel the outdoors as much as me, I'll will need to be prepared and verse him in the ways of the bluff to help him 'fit in' with all the other kids. Something I've had to do my whole life. I'll show him what it's like to go camping - while not actually camping.

Ah, the role of a father is never easy..... 

And so, every little bit helps when trying to master the art of indoor camping.

You've set up the tent (in this case indoors - with running water)
You've arranged the sleeping bags and pillows for maximum comfort (and directed towards the TV)
You've hunted and you've gathered food (from any and all available cupboards - including the treat drawer)

The only thing you're missing is the camp fire. Or are you?

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How about this great idea for a Flameless Fire Pit from Free People BLDG 25 Blog

What you'll need.
1. Cut strips of lace.
2. Tree branches (make sure they’re at least 3/4 inch in diameter)
3. Aluminum foil
4. Fabric stiffener - which you could make yourself
5. Paintbrush
6. String Fairy lights
7. Rocks
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What to do.

1. Wrap each branch in aluminum foil, making sure to cover every bit of wood. This will make sure the lace doesn’t stick to your branches once it’s dry.

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Image: Free People BLDG 25 Blog
2. Apply fabric stiffener or glue to a strip of lace, making sure it’s saturated. The more you use, the sturdier your lace branch cast will be.
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3. Wrap the lace around a branch, starting at one end and working your way to the other. Make sure to overlap the lace a little so that there are no holes. Use any many strips as necessary to reach both ends.
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4. Repeat until all your branches are covered and let dry. Leave for 24 hours to make sure the lace is completely dry before moving on to the next step.
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5. Once the lace is totally dry, pick up a branch and use a sharp knife to cut one clean line into the lace, from one end to the other.
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Image: Free People BLDG 25 Blog
6. Pop the cast off of the branch, and remove the branch. Carefully peel the aluminum foil off of the interior of the lace, and discard the foil.
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7. Repeat on all branches.
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8. Arrange your rocks into a circular shape, filling the middle area with string lights. Make sure you can reach an socket.
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9. Arrange your lace branches into a cone-like shape, touching towards the top. The branches should all balance on one another, holding each other up. If you have trouble getting your branches to stay up, wedge them between the rocks.
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10. Add some more rocks and plug in your lights!
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Image: Free People BLDG 25 Blog

So that's indoor camping and a flameless camp fire sorted - the next step in the 'bluff your way through camping' conversation is to rig up a fishing rod with magnets and fill the bath tub with a couple of tins of tuna. In fact while I'm at it - I might throw in a can of beans as well.........a small can though.
I recall as a child trying to hook a mega tin of Heinz Spagetti Hoops from our kitchen sink only to lose it and half a pack of tayto to the neighbours dog and so it will be forever remembered as 'the one that got away.'

So you see, even taking part in outdoor activities, indoors - is quite the disaster for me.



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