Camp Jambalaya is Amazing in Simplicity and Flavor


Why Amazing Camp Jambalaya?

The idea for camp Jambalaya came with the latest hiking/backpacking campout with my son and other Scouts. To see why it’s called amazing camp Jambalya, you’ll have to read to the end. I volunteered to cook dinner for the “geezers” of which I am probably the geeziest. I needed an interesting meal to satiate us and not be incredibly complex to prepare.  Stews, chili, casseroles and other single pot meals poured through my head.  I searched the internet for ideas.   Then it struck me:   [click to continue…]


Camp Pan Biscuits


Why pan biscuits?

In preparing my dinner meal plan for a backpacking outing to Big Basin state park with the scouts, I wanted to offer a little more than a one pot stew (which turned into Jambalaya) for us “geezers”.  Pan biscuits seemed like a decent addition.

Remember, every pan used is one you have to clean (means wash and rinse water).  At our campsite we had to go a little over a tenth of a mile down to the water source and pump and then haul every bit of it (a pints a pound the world around) back UP the hill and at the end of a day’s hike it seemed more like 2 or 3 pounds per pint… [click to continue…]


Install bulkhead fitting in drum

tank discharge connection

Probably the trickiest part of my laundry graywater system was to install bulkhead fitting in the drum.  You need to be sure and get a bulkhead fitting that is threaded on both the inside (where you’ll install the close nipple) and on the outside (where you tighten down the retaining nut).  I recommend that you be sure the fitting has two gaskets so you can have one on both the inside and outside of the drum.

It’s really pretty simple to install bulkhead fitting in drum once you know [click to continue…]

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Charcoal chimney lighting

Charcoal chimney lighting small

I use a charcoal chimney to light the charcoal grill when I’m using my smokey joe as either a straight up grill, or when I convert it to full on smoker usage.  I’ve started my charcoal with an electric starter and with lighter fluid, but I prefer the charcoal chimney the most.

I’ve been using the charcoal chimney for years but [click to continue…]


Laundry Graywater Recycling system


Laundry graywater can be a great source of irrigation water for your landscaping needs.  You could have a system installed professionally or you can do it yourself.  Most states have rules (code) that dictates whether you are allowed to install a laundry graywater recycling (re-use, re-purpose get) system or not and if you do install one, what the specific rules and regulations are about how it is installed.

Most laundry gray-water systems are required to have a three way valve that diverts the discharged laundry water either into the landscape irrigation system or puts it directly into the drain.  A similar system can be designed or built with two isolation valves.  One would be opened to allow discharging to the sanitary sewer system and not doing any laundry graywater recycling.  If the other valve is opened then the water is sent to the laundry graywater system, not to the sewer.

The system I built is fairly simple and is nothing more than a holding tank with a [click to continue…]

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