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Aug 01, 2016

Make This: How To DIY Your Own Charcoal

created at: 08/01/2016

Charcoal. It's signature smokey flavor makes summer smell like...well, summer. But have you ever wondered how its made? Guess what. It's pretty straightforward, and with just a few ingredients you can make your own. Take a look.

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Jul 22, 2016

Make This! DIY Wooden Rocket Stove

Rocket StoveHere's another project that will go perfect with a long summer night at the beach. Make a portable campfire you can bring with you to light off wherever you need.   

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May 25, 2016

10 Unique Ways to Solve Problems With A Blowtorch

In the early days of building your workshop it's important to invest in tools with multiple functions so as to get the most bang for you buck. Now normally I'd think a blowtorch doesn't exactly fit that criteria, although since reading this I'm beginning to rethink that...

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Apr 25, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Modern Concrete Fire Wood Holder

For our money, this DIY project is a hit. It's handmade, but its technique and process aren't immediately obvious, so it looks like a high-end store bought item. And it's sleek, modern, built-to-last, and pretty practical. Not sure you could ask for much more from a weekend project.     

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Dec 22, 2015

The Five Hour Darth Vader Yule Log

created at: 12/20/2015Star Wars: The Force Awakens has nearly tripled the world record box office receipts for a winter release so it's a little understandable that the fervor is spreading into so many aspects of the holidays. There have been some great yule log videos now over the years (check out Nick Offerman drinking Scotch for 45 minutes), but I've never seen one like this...   

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Dec 03, 2015

How to: Build a Tabletop Hibachi Grill from Concrete

There are times when you need a large outdoor cooker: big hunks of protein cooked low and slow, hosting for a crowd, cold smoking some seasonal goodies. But some times, you just want to get your food as hot and as close to the fire as possible to create the crust and depth of flavor that only cooking over an open flame can provide.     

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Nov 16, 2015

How to: Start a Campfire with Whiskey

If you camp anything like we do, you always pack a bottle or flask of something to sip alongside your first aid kit and headlamp ever time you spend a night under the trees or stars.   

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Oct 05, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Yes, Every Man Needs a Blow Torch. Here’s What to Know.

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

Blow TorchThere's always room for a flame in the workshop... or the kitchen. Here's the run-down on blow torches and how they can be extremely useful on your next project.  

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Sep 25, 2015

Maker Series: Premium, Artisanal, Handcrafted Firewood from This is That

I'm a fan of doing things yourself. I love how much goes into creating something unique with quality materials, and the ability to customize it for the space it will live. But I can't make everything and I still appreciate a well-made product. That's where the market for artisanal pieces comes in.   

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May 13, 2015

How to: Build a Fire Like You Know What You're Doing...

Camping (and campfire) season is back, my friends. Knowing how to build a fire may sound like the most basic skill a guy could know, but mastering good technique is essential to keep you alive in trying circumstances, or to avoid looking like a zero on your next outdoor get-together with friends.  

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Apr 13, 2015

25 Camping Recipes to Blow Your Mind

created at: 04/13/2015

Easy living should mean easy (and GOOD) cooking. Get ready to burn past the campfire staples of hot dogs and canned beans to some truly knockout recipes that are hearty and delicious. Seriously, I'm probably going to cook some of these at home this weekend.   

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Apr 01, 2015

Make Your Own Beautiful Pair of Heritage Bellows

created at: 04/01/2015

Imagine stoking a fire you've made with your own hands with your very own homemade bellows. Or, don't imagine, and just find out for yourself with this stellar tutorial...   

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Nov 04, 2014

Fall Inspiration: The Blazing Block is a Portable Campfire

The Blazing Block

With fall in the air, it's best to enjoy the season around a blazing fire. This awesome piece of wood is a portable bonfire that's easy to transport and provides a nice solid fire, perfect for chilly nights.   

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Aug 06, 2014

Campfire 101

Don't let the back-to-school sales fool you, there's still plenty of summer left. And campfire season lasts well into the autumn, and weather permitting, can make cool winter nights bearable, allowing you to hang out outside even when it gets dark at 4:30 in the afternoon.    

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Jun 24, 2014

How To: Make a Wooden Log Fireplace Screen

Winter is gone, friends. Time to put that fireplace to sleep for a while, without losing the vibe! And this clever wood facade is just the trick.

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Jun 19, 2014

How to: Grill the Best, Juicy Pork Chops

During grilling season, it seems that a lot of coverage illuminates a high/low dichotomy: humble foods like chicken breasts, tough-to-eat ribs, even hearty vegetables, get elevated to something else entirely through the application of open flame, rendering them somehow newly desirable. Or, investment foods like fresh fish or the ubiquitous steak demand a seasoned griller, so as to not reduce their luxury.  

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Jun 13, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Super Efficient DIY Campfire Starter

It's the season of campfires: whether in your own backyard fire bowl, a rock ring at a weekend getaway to the lake, or a (designated) spot in a backcountry trail. And the best way to get them started? One match, and a guaranteed source of fuel. 

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Dec 03, 2013

A Introduction to Campfires: An Illustrated Guide from 1942

created at: 12/03/2013

The 1942 version of the Boy Scout Handbook featured these amazing illustrated guides to basic firemaking skills, as well as the various styles and applications of campcraft.   

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Aug 06, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Modern Concrete Fire Pit from Scratch

created at: 08/05/2013

There's no doubt about the cheer. Beside your fire you live in a private, glowing little world. All around you, fire shapes dance across rocks and bushes and tree trunks...Most of the time, you just sit and gaze at the caverns that form and crumble and then form again and gaze into the caverns that form and crumble and then form again between the incandescent logs. You build fantastic worlds among those pulsating walls and arches and colonnades. You sit, in other words, and dream. The East African has an almost limitless capacity for this masterly and delightful form of inactivity, and when his friends see him squatting there, lost, they

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Jun 12, 2013

Smoke: New Firewood Cooking

created at: 06/12/2013

For centuries, burning wood and tinder were basically the only means of cooking food (and heating one's home, and boiling water, and all sorts of other stuff.) The wood served as fuel, generating heat, thereby turning raw ingredients into completed dishes. 

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