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    How would you boil water without a pot? What would you use in the wilderness?


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    Well if you could find a rock with a dip in the center you could fill it with water and put it on the fire. Thatís based off luck though.

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    The indians would hang a piece of leather in the middle of three sticks, fill with water, then pull hot rocks out of the fire and put them in.

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    if you have a thick wool bucket hat you can put the water on that and throw hotrocks in it. just make sure the hat deosnt have airholes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FVR View Post
    The indians would hang a piece of leather in the middle of three sticks, fill with water, then pull hot rocks out of the fire and put them in.
    I think now days leather often has harsh chemicals in it so I would be careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owl_girl View Post
    Well if you could find a rock with a dip in the center you could fill it with water and put it on the fire. Thatís based off luck though.
    Just remember that if the rocks have any moisture in them they can explode if you put them in the fire.
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    Indians use to brain tan their hides. Most times for heating water like this they would just use rawhide that had not been tanned. Scrape off the meat and hair, wet and roll up.

    When you want to use it, soak in water so it softens and then position and fill with water.

    Rawhide is very versatile even though it's hard when dry.


    Todays tanneries use alum and a variety of acids. That is why in the pioneer days, you could eat your leggins and coat.

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    I would use tightly woven cloth (if i had it) the indians in my area used baskets with hot rocks.

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    if you dig a pit and then put a tarp in it, folowing with putting hot rocks in it
    you can boil water this way

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    You can boil water in bamboo....just making sure there are no segments with air pockets because they can easily explode and bamboo splinters in a paintfull way

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    I read somewhere, long ago, that the Indians in New England used to boil water in skunk cabbage leaves. They would make a small pot from 5 or 6 leaves, then fill it with water. The fire would burn the leaf away from the top, but all the spots that touched water survived.

    I've never tried it, but it might work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge47 View Post
    Just remember that if the rocks have any moisture in them they can explode if you put them in the fire.
    Rocks with sand in them will explode as well. It's not uncommon with some types of rock to have sand encased inside the rock and when they heat up the sand expands more and faster than the solid rock does, so be careful with heating rocks.

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    or u could walk home and get a pot
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    he he lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiL' bunny fufu View Post
    or u could walk home and get a pot
    guess you could walk home and boil water too, but the question was about out in the wilderness Since it's safe to assume that you already have fire and water...to boil water those are pretty much pre-requisites, if you have clay, you can make a pot that'll boil water, wet the clay, add some sand or any stones you can crush up (actually helps the clay harden, I'm told) smear it all over a nice round rock for shaping and throw it in the fire, voila, ceramic pot. How much time do you have in this scenario? that takes a while.
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    thats very true
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    What ive always done in the past is get a good size tree trunk and burn out the insides (I really wouldnt suggest pine for this as well) until you have a large "water tight" depression, then fill it up with water and heat golf ball sized rocks and continue to drop them in the water one after the other until it is boiling (getting the cold rocks out of it can be tricky) but if you have enough rocks it can be done.

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    thats smart
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    To boil water without a pot I know you can boil water in a green leaf (if you can find a big enough leaf or construct a bowl of leafs some how) but if your just looking for clean water you can dig a hole about 18" wide and about a foot and a half down put a tarp or a piece of plastic over the hole holding it with rocks on the outside and one rock in the center where the plastic comes to a point in the hole is where you put a cup or a can or anything to collect water.
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    just to play devils advocate.... how many of you have actually done what you are suggesting? if you have then speak of your experience if not then do not post, you are likely to get someone hurt just becuse you read it somewhere does not give you the right to pass it along as fact........

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