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Learn To Pick Hiking Boots

June 15th, 2013 by ironcooker

Learn To Pick Hiking Boots
Are you the novice hiker who relies on the look and feel of a hiking shoe instead of selecting based on actual elements that you will encounter on the trail? Well, choosing inappropriate hiking boots will result in pinched toes, painful blisters or even injuries. Here are some tips to guide you on how to pick the right hiking boots.

Match With Your Hiking Plan

Match With Your Hiking PlanTo select boots that are designed to fit well in your plan, you should choose boots that will provide the necessary support and protection for the most complex terrain that you expect to encounter. What kind of load do you expect to carry? Ideally, boots should support your load comfortably, so heavier loads need to give you more support.

Don’t look at the size of a boot and merely judge its weight. Current technology has produced materials that have replaced the traditional metal shank and other heavy materials so that they’re more stable, better support you and are lighter as well.

Terrain and Climate

Hiking Terrain and ClimateDifferent climates and terrain call for different boots. If you are going to the mountains, you will need strong, stiff soles. You might also have to attach crampons for a better grip on the snow. Steep inclined terrains riddled with mud will need boots that are water proof, sturdier and high cut.

Trail shoes will be ideal for hiking in a dry terrain with clear paths without many rocks. They’re also ideal when carrying a light load.

Find the Best Fit

Find the Best Fit BootYou should feel comfortable when wearing your boots. Hiking shoes are not your regular sneakers, so don’t expect them to be as comfortable. But they still shouldn’t pinch, constrict your blood circulation or cause hot spots. Fitting is best done when the feet are more swollen, like in the evening.

Remember to fit them with the socks that you intend to use in the real hiking. I prefer polyester liner socks that prevent moisture build up and for the outer cushioning heavy weave-wool. Never wear cotton socks when hiking as they absorb water and allow it to build up next to your skin. This build up might result in frostbite when hiking in below freezing temperatures.

Try walking down an incline and make sure that your toes don’t scrape against the front or your feet slide forward– that means your boots are too wide.

Consider the Boot materials

Consider the Boot materialsThe materials that make the boots have an impact on their level of durability, water resistance as well as how breathable they are. Full grain leather is a good waterproof and durable but it is not as light and breathable as nylon boots are. This type is suitable for your heavy loads and extended terrain.

Synthetic leather boots are lighter and dry faster than leather boots, however, they wear out sooner due to stitching on the outside of the boots. On the other hand, split-grain leather boots are lightweight and are more breathable. Their disadvantage is that they are less resistant to water and abrasion.

Every hiker has a story to tell about his/her experiences with their boots. Do you have any tips or tricks? Have you had an experience when you wish you had better boots for your journey?  Comment on this post and share your experiences with us!

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4 Essentials For Campfire Cooking

June 7th, 2013 by ironcooker

4 Essentials Campfire Cooking

One of the highlights of any camping trip is a good meal cooked over a campfire.  There is something extraordinary about the experience.  In today’s camping society, modern cookware and specialty camping cookware make it so easy!  The camping adventure would not be complete without gathering around the fire to supervise a meal that’s finishing up, almost ready to be served.  Here’re 4 essentials to prime your campfire cooking experience!

1. Building a Campfire

Building A Campfire With RocksSelection of a campfire site is a must when it comes to building a good fire.  Sometimes camp-grounds and state parks provide campfire sites for the fire to be built in.  If a site isn’t already provided for a fire, it is best to select a site at least 8′ from the bushes and any other combustibles.  It is also very important that no tree branches hang over.  Forrest fires are very easily started and anytime you are starting a fire, careful planning is a must.

Once you’ve found a good fire building site, build a semi-circle out of rocks or stones.  Place a large rock in the back of the semi-circle and this will act as a chimney, which will help to keep the smoke spiraling upwards instead of in your face.

2. Getting the Campfire Burning

Getting The Campfire BurningGather some small sticks and branches to use as kindling.  Shredded paper and some twigs would also be great to place in the center of the circle.  It is important to cover the entire fire area in order to have a good fire going.

Using matches or a lighter, light some of the paper in different areas of the circle and watch the fire start to burn!  When you start getting larger flames, introduce logs to get a good fuel source going.  Charcoal can also be used for campfire cooking.  Once the flames have died down and the coals are glowing, you can start cooking.

3. The Grill Option

The Grill Option Dutch Oven Open FireOne option is to get a grill and put it over the fire, supporting it with level stones or rocks.  Using two level logs instead is another option.  Anything you want to cook can go directly on top of the grill, using a spatula or tongs to rotate and grill evenly.

Of course, bringing a grill out is only one option.  You can enjoy a wide range of recipes is you bring out some more sophisticated cookware, like your dutch oven.

4. What To Cook?

What To Cook Dutch Oven RecipesUsing a sharpened stick or a roasting skewer, hot dogs and marshmallows are maybe the most classic camping fair.  All you need to do is impale your food on the implement and hold it directly over the fire until it’s cooked to your preference.

Other kebabs are great for camping.  Try this: Place chopped pieces of meat on a skewer stick and add pineapple chunks between the meat, tomatoes, peppers, and onions.  Lay them on the grill until completely cooked.  Turning them often for even cooking.

Potatoes are another great option and easy to make.  Slice potatoes and add some cheese and onions along with salt and pepper and wrap in foil.  Then place directly onto the hot coals.  They will be delightful.

Of course, these aren’t the only options for enjoying a campfire meal, and cooking outdoors really can be a decadent foodie’s delight!

Do you have any campfire cooking tips and tricks that you’ve tried?  Any great recipes?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Iron Cooker Updates – The Ionia Farm Show

June 3rd, 2013 by ironcooker

Ionia Farm Power

The 2013 Ionia Farm Power Show
June  14 – 15 – 16

This years events will include daily tractor pulls & fun events for kids.
Featuring Massey Harris tractors.
Celebrating its 12 year with every year being better than before. This
is an event that is worth checking out. Great food and product vendors with many items to choose from.
Iron Cooker Iron Cooker will be there this year with some new products we have not brought
before. On request from our customers we will have several new Aebleskiver pans,
bread pans and by special request we are bringing the mountain man grillsmountain Man Grill
to this show. This is a three rack swing away grill for over your campfire.
This year we have several new campfire cooking items for you to look over,
So be sure to stop by and visit with us under the Iron Cooker tent and get to know us.
Be sure to look for the home made ice cream and watch a tractor softball game !
There are hundreds of old tractors to see and many games with lots of prizes !
So come down to the show at the fairgrounds in Ionia, We will see you there !

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Learn To Pick Hiking Boots

Saturday June 15th, 2013 in Outdoor Hiking | 1 Comment »

4 Essentials For Campfire Cooking

Friday June 7th, 2013 in Campfire Cooking | 10 Comments »

Iron Cooker Updates – The Ionia Farm Show

Monday June 3rd, 2013 in Iron Cooker Updates | 1 Comment »

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