Putting Away My Winter Toys

Ecclesiastes 3:1

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”

For backpackers that includes putting away the toys of winter. I spent the last few weeks tweeking my wood stove design and I am finally happy with the results:


The only mod I made from the above picture is adding a combination cleanout and draft door where the bottom holes are:


It burns about as hot as I could hope and I’ve gotten almost 5 hours from one load of wood.



Unfortunately my window for a winter snow shoeing/pulk sled trip closed last weekend. Temperatures are too warm and the snow is melting with every passing day. No worries – spring is here and in a few weeks I’ll be on the AT in Maryland for three days of hiking and hanging in my hammock. Time to break out the 3 season toys, yeah!!!

4 thoughts on “Putting Away My Winter Toys

  1. Newton and Lazarus only have three season toys but we flirt with that other season.

    The boys will be back on the AT this October. We’ll be in Virginia for 10 days from Pearisberg to Troutville.

    As always George you are welcome if you can find the time. 😉

    • You can bet if I can I will, John! October, huh? I’d like to hit that last bit between Catawba and Troutville. Shoot me the dates via email and we’ll see how it plays out.

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