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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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ndloti wrote:
Have the inflateable ones but often use my compact 2 lungfull inflateble foam hiking matress together with another slightly thicker camping one .

I would gladly use a 'self-inflating' hiking mattress (as well as a hiking tent) but SO won't.
Those hiking mattresses are amazingly comfortable.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Can someone PM me a place to buy a Dietz or equivalent

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Most specialist outdoor shops worth their salt will stock that brand .

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How much should I expect to pay for one?

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Josh, I have sent a pm to you, but for the benefit of other mites and potential buyers anything from R90 to R130 per lantern depending on specials. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Over the years, unlike some people, I have managed to collect tent pegs of various quality. Depending on how hard the ground is most have managed to bend, some badly, making them useless. I cannot bring myself to throw away a peg. Probably the reason for my collection.

I have taken to carrying around a 6 inch sturdy nail in my peg bag. I use it to make a pilot hole before attempting to hammer my pegs in. This seems to work rather well.

A useful accessory item that could be considered if you experience the same problems when on hard ground.

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I actually carry a big bag of those nails and a big bag of washers - they serve perfectly well as tent pegs! Better to use an ordinary hammer rather than a mallet for them though.

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I use nails with a loop bent in the top (made with a brazing torch).

I managed to find them again on Sunday, in anticipation of my upcoming Golden Gate camping trip

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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joshilewis wrote:
Went to several hardware stores, Game, Outdoor Warehouse, Sportsman's Warehouse, Makro and Ventures for Africa (Cresta) today, no Dietzs to be found.

Just to be clear, I saw lots of no-name Dietz-type lanterns, but none with the actual Dietz brand name. When you guys talk about Dietz lanters, I assume you're talking about Dietz brand products, not imitations. Correct?

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Correct Josh! The name is engraved on the glass and is pressed in the metal as well. I bought mine at a reputable store as well! :thumbs_up:


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@ Josh, come right with the lanterns???
If not, I now of a cycle shop where I bought my Dietz,s at different times. A cycle shop at the bottom
end of Westdene. (That be Jhb). They cater spares as well. Please PM if need be.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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There is a trick to operating and using one these lanterns. I had to learn the hard way. Removing the glass bowl in order to clean the black soot from it is no pleasurable task.

Adjust the wick till it protrudes enough then lift the
glass bowl, apply a flame to it till it burns and immediately lower the bowl again. Then without
delay begin adjusting the wick down till it almost extinguishes and up till it almost starts to smoke. Do this a few times quite briskly, then the flame will acquire a steady broad flat shape, yellow in colour.

I still can't figure out why this equipment be called a storm lamp. In a little bit of breeze the flame tends
to flare up and begin smoking thus soot forming on the glass bowl. I guess the idea is to ensure that the bowl is tightly seated and the wick turned down in windy conditions.

These lamps can be potentially dangerous in that when falling over can cause fire hazard(Remember the lantern that got tossed through the open window of a barn stacked with hay). When camping, conditions are often favourable for accidents to happen with regard to nylon groundsheets and nylon tents. Need I say more.

I prefer travelling with the lanterns empty and packed securely covered in cloth in soft surroundings.

Though when arriving one needs to fill the tank which can be messy without a funnel.
I was thinking of acquiring small wood glue containers and pre-packing these with kerosene. The quantity enough for say one evenings burning each.

The oil lantern still by far outweighs open candle flame and no campsite is complete without one of these. It seems that I am preaching away here making out that people do not know how to use
a simple oil lantern, which is not the case at all. As a matter of fact and to be quite honest can someone please teach/tell me how to make coffee on open flame. That Type in the conical jug, enamel coated. On the open wood fire (Moer koffie) A bit of a schlepp but fun nonetheless.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Just walked in the door from Golden Gate. Managed to pick up a Dietz at Trappers in Mimosa Mall (Bloemfontein). Finally got the wick trimmed nicely yesterday and it burned beautifully last night. Used very little fuel ('Bugger Off') too.

Didn't use electrical or gas light on this trip :)

EDIT: I also used very little charcoal because I used wood :)

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Hi Joshi!

I agree with your dad. The smell the compressed "charcoal" brikettes give off when you light it, is already an indication that a lot of extras (not necessarily good) went into the manufacturing of the stuff.

No, I also prefer the real thing (pure, unrecycled) hard wood. Agreed, it sometimes is a bit difficult to find here in KZN, but I have a few reliable contacts where I buy in bulk. The trick is to store your wood loose (out of the plastic packet) and off the ground - like wine bottles. That way, the wood stays dry and you won't end up being smoked out...

Now, onto another item (which, I don't think has been discussed on this thread yet...)

Stanley flasks have been part of our family holidays for as long as I can remember. Maybe because it boasts a lifetime guarantee... Last year, I
bought one at over R 600.00 and was VERY proud of my latest acquisition. Well, perhaps it was a dudd, because the only time I used the Stanley flask (exactly according to the instructions) the coffee was tepid to put it kindly. I brewed the coffee at Berg-en-Dal before gate opening and by the time we got to Afsaal (around 08h30) I realised that "they don't make things the way they used to". On this occasion, my dad used an el-cheapo model and his coffee was WAAAYYY hotter than mine...

Anyway, I returned it for a full refund. But the Store Manager was quite taken aback that my flask did not work...

PS. I noted that it says MADE IN CHINA on the base. That print does not appear on earlier models????

Any feedback in this regard?

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Who uses a groundsheet and what type do you use?

Can anyone PM me details to get some off-cuts or something similar?

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