Making Charcoal

"I made a batch of charcoal using the mound method then stored it in baskets for later use. Charcoal is a fuel that burns hotter than the wood it's made from. This is because the initial energy consuming steps of combustion have taken place while making the charcoal driving off the volatile components of the wood (such as water and sap). The result is a nearly pure carbon fuel that burns hotter than wood without smoke and with less flame. Charcoal was primarily a metallurgical fuel in ancient times but was sometimes used for cooking too."

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+9 1. Kenuty commented 6 years ago

Ironically if this was survival, you'll have to start out buff to do what he did with breaking the logs.
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+3 2. cameramaster commented 6 years ago

Just need the saltpetre and sulphur now ;-)
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+2 3. Klemm commented 6 years ago

Any excuse to play with mud again :)

Maybe he can make an axe for himself now
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-5 4. Giselle commented 6 years ago

Did you rub sticks together to make flame for lighting the fire?
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+9 5. huldu commented 6 years ago

I've seen this guy before, he's like some superhero building "houses" with his bare hands. It's very impressive.
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+4 6. qner commented 6 years ago

I've been a frequent lurker since the torrent site (I can't remember its name anymore... something with nova?) which linked to went down. But I went ahead and made an account to give you folks more infos because I find this guy amazing!

His youtube channel name is Primitive Technology

From the description:

Making primitive huts and tools from scratch using only natural materials in the wild.I also have this blog:

Q.Where is this?
A. This is in Far North Queensland Australia.

Q.Do you live in the wild?
A.I don't live in the wild but just go into the bush to make these projects. Also I camp out here occasionally.

Q. How did you learn all this?
A. Researching books and internet plus trial and error. I'm not indigenous and have no army training.

Q. What about dangerous animals in Australia?
A. The only really dangerous ones in my area are snakes. Care must be taken when walking about and lifting things from the ground.

Q. For the mud huts what stops the rain washing the mud walls away?
A. The roof.

Q. Why don't you talk in the videos?
A. When I watch how to videos I fast forward past the talking part to see the action part. So I leave it out of my videos in favor of pure demonstration.

#3 He build one multiple times, really interesting.

#4 Essentialy yes, I like the pump drill
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+1 7. Nightcamo commented 6 years ago

Step 1: Punch wood
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0 8. buckleg08 commented 149 days ago

the original primitive tech...8-)
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0 9. Judge-Jake commented 148 days ago

i find the narration really irritating, why doesn't he just get on with it. :squirrel:
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0 10. krazeeeyez commented 148 days ago

cavemen are still with us. 8-)