Archive for December, 2016

Why should you buy a “Potjie Pot” or a three Legged Dutch Oven?

I finally had some time to put pen to paper ( or finger to keyboard lol ) and give a little info why you should get one.

these are heavy three-legged cast iron pots used in south africa to cook food …

here is why you should get one and have it as a Bug in tool :

  1. They are almost indestructible and should last a 100 years or more with the proper care.
  2. These pots make use of what ever fuel you have on hand – there are tails of people using cow dung or even small twigs and grass to fuel them when wood is scarce.
  3. They use very little fuel and once hot, stay hot for very long.
  4. They do not waste calories into the fire like a barbecue – all the fat from the meat and veg is retained
  5. The meat cooked traditionally in the pot is lower quality and tougher – because its slow cooked this doesn’t matter.
  6. You can use the lid turned upside down on the fire as a frying pan
  7. Because the fat doesn’t fall in the fire,(which causes most of the BBQ smoke ) it can be nearly smokeless.
  8. You can easily bake bread in the pot in the form of dumplings and other “pot bread”

When we go hunting we take this pot with us.. when you get up in the morning, you stoke up last nights camp fire coals and add some fresh wood, fry your breakfast on the lid .. eggs.. last nights pot bread (dumplings) and left overs from the pot …

chop up your meat and veg for the day and add it to the pot left overs etc …

pop some bread dough on the top of the meat and veg for dumplings

and take some coals from the camp fire  about 5 good fist sized coals is all you need to cook the pot for the day..

then close up the pot and walk away for 3 hours.. go fishing .. hunting … on patrol etc…

this pot does quite well unattended …

then come back around mid day and eat …

replace the ingredients and got out again …

come back 3 hours later and eat again …

leave on the fire and put in some more dumpling bread dough for the morning and let steam over night .. then repeat again the next day …

you can slow cook anything with the pot…

tactically these are very sound camp cookers

I’ve even set them up to use a solar concentrator the thickness of the pot makes them very good for solar cookers as the heat distributes evenly and the pots retain heat well…

I got my NZ firearms licence

Posted: December 8, 2016 in Survival

So I bit the bullet rhetorically and got my Category “A” firearms licence here in NZ

thought I would chat about the process for those of you looking to get it:

  1. Go to the police department and get a copy of the Arms code and the application forms ( available online too )
  2. Study it ( its not difficult )
  3. Get the required safe.
  4. and fit it …… don’t do the rest till you have the safe fitted, saves loads of time!
  5. Book your appointment to do the mountain safety course.
  6. Attend and pass it
  7. Fill in the application forms
  8. Get 2 photos
  9. Pay the fees at the Post office
  10. Hand in the forms at the police.
  11. Wait … follow up if no response in a week or 2
  12. Have the interviews —
  13. Wait …. about 2-3 weeks
  14. get first letter stating its a approved ( YAY!!! ) or declined
  15. wait another week
  16. get card in the post
  17. buy stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰
  18. ๐Ÿ™‚ Dodge wife as to why you spent $3000 you don’t have on an AR “you dont really need” and everything else (optional)

Pic of my new rifleย 


Posted: December 8, 2016 in Survival

One very important prep that is often overlooked are good area maps on Paper …. everyone should maintain a map and you would be wise to create an overlay made of clear plastic with a permanent marker and a dry wipe marker with notes on areas on interest .

the local military bases,

Food supply caches ,

hardware stores ,

and civil services in your area …

Create a map using and print it out — preferably in no more then 1:50000 resolution