#AskPaulKirtley Episode 54 – Smoky Firewood, Hardened Hands, Evaporation For Water Purification, Iodine, Leatherworking and Bushcraft Philosophy

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 54 – Smoky Firewood, Hardened Hands, Evaporation For Water Purification, Iodine, Leatherworking and Bushcraft Philosophy

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In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley, I answer your questions about surprisingly smoky firewood, clean clothes and hardened hands, water purification by evaporation, iodine for wounds and water, investing time in leatherworking skills, and my philosophical starting point for bushcraft…

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7 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley Episode 54 – Smoky Firewood, Hardened Hands, Evaporation For Water Purification, Iodine, Leatherworking and Bushcraft Philosophy

  1. Hello Mr Kirtley, Just watched episode 54 and one of the questions was about “Distilling” for drinkable water. You suggested another means of putting a clear plastic bag over a bush or tree branch to collect water… After you collect this water, would you then have to boil it to make it safe for consumption? Or, does the plant do that in the natural course of things? I either yourself or someone who comes across this could give me the answers I would be most grateful.
    Love the shows you put out, and please keep them coming.
    Kevin B.

    P.S. If you would like to shoot me an email, you can reach me at moretoxicwaste (AT) gmail (Dot) com, I check it normally at least once a day, and if you are in the County Cork area, perhaps we could have a meet up. 🙂 Thanks, Kevin B.

  2. Hi Paul,
    Thank you for another episode and thank you for answering my question. I did mean re-enactment but dyslexia and spell checkers can be fun.

    A few years ago, I did an experiment boiling water and catching the condensation in a tarp. I wanted to know if it was a viable option for sea water. It did work but was a very slow process. Obviously, it takes a lot longer to boil off the water rather than just bring it up to a rolling boil.
    I used a Trangia stove so there was no problem with smoke contaminating the water although I believe wood smoke would add some flavour as smoke particles would dissolve in the forming water droplets.



    1. Have remembered, I used an old survival blanket not a tarp.

  3. A very interesting video packed with loads of info. I’ve since bought a Millbank when the River Derwent was fast flowing and quite silty. Keep ’em coming 🙂



  4. Hi Paul
    As always an excellent episode from your busy schedule. Just a couple on comments while avoiding redundancy. Some fire woods take at least two years to cure and green pitchy fuels will smoke! Using gloves can help you avoid a hand full of bark splinters. Then-agreed its is very important to wash in the bush. Dirty socks become abrasive and will lead to nasty blisters. Finally, in even seemingly clean creeks, flesh eating bacteria infection is a real threat. Open cuts and wounds lead to this problem. I don’t know if this health threat affects Europe, etc.
    Kind Regards
    Jim- Pacific NW

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