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Graphic Designer, product-tester and green-tech expert at Permaculture Magazine. Also known as 'John the Knowledge'...

John Adams |
Friday, 28th August 2015
Today's Telegraph leads with the news that ‘The Solar Boom is Over in the UK’.1 It seems that ministers are preparing to cut the feed in tariff for new domestic solar PV installations by between 90 and 100%, effective from January 2016. Despite the falling prices of PV panels this would effectively spell the end of domestic PV installations in... more
 
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Sunday, 14th June 2015
Having a Japanese Professional Ryoba Saw in my armoury of woodworking tools has proved very useful on a number of occasions. Now, the thing about these saws is they are totally unlike anything else you are likely to have in your tool-box. They consist of a thin double sided blade fitted onto a long straight handle. The blade is set with fine, very... more
 
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Tuesday, 9th September 2014
I have been using, and have quite fallen in love with, a Netherton 10 inch Traditional Frying Pan. This is, as its name suggests, a seasoned iron pan with a metal handle which is available with or without a Welsh oak handle pad. I removed the pad on mine to put it in the oven for re-seasoning and haven't felt the need to reattach it. In an age of... more
 
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Thursday, 28th August 2014
Rocket stoves have gained popularity around the world for their efficiency. Many were developed to address the twin problems of people who have to cook with wood fuel in developing countries, and of ill health caused through smoke inhalation and shortages of available fuel.  The Eco Zoom Versa Rocket Stove was created to meet just such criteria... more
 
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Friday, 22nd August 2014
There are many reasons for wishing for a high quality stainless steel water container, from helping to save the planet from being covered by discarded single use plastic water bottles, which now litter nearly every street, beach and beauty spot on the planet, to the health issues related to plastics and aluminium. It was with these concerns in... more
 
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Thursday, 19th June 2014
Having gone to Devon with my family, only to find that the AGA we had intended to use had failed, the Bon-Fire outdoor kitchen was pressed into full time service. I managed to very successfully cook a range of meals for nine people on it for several days. Highlights were roast beef, jacket potatoes and veg - I had once done a leg of lamb before... more
 
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Friday, 25th April 2014
If you are a regular reader of this column, you will probably already know I am a bit of a Helle fan.  To date I own and use three of their wonderful full tang knives. While I do use them quite a lot I tend not to wear them on my person.The reason for this is twofold: firstly I feel quite self-conscious wearing a sheath knife on my belt and feel... more
 
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Monday, 3rd February 2014
Over the last year or so LED lighting has come on in leaps and bounds. I used to associate LEDs with cheap novelty products, short range torches and low voltage Christmas lights, but not anymore. My personal eureka moment came when I fitted a LED replacement bulb in my Maglight torch last year and promptly temporarily blinded myself. Since then I... more
 
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Tuesday, 28th January 2014
As spring arrives your thoughts may well turn to summer and the prospect of BBQs. I have already started as I have been using a Netherton Cast Iron BBQ Hob and Slow Cooker this winter. This consists of an attractive 4 litre (7pt) cast iron casserole dish with a Welsh oak knob on the lid, and a cast iron BBQ bowl with Welsh oak wooden feet. The... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 31st October 2013
The Razor Edge Spoon Carving Set reviewed in PM75 proved very popular but there is more to woodcarving than just spoons so I was pleased to find the Razor Edge Combi Blade Carving Kit. This has a curved gouge and a V gouge instead of the hooked blades. It certainly works very well (above) and combined with the other blades makes a lovely portable... more
 
John Adams |
Tuesday, 10th September 2013
Such is the popularity of the BioLite Camp Stove that I have had to wait six months to get my hands on one to review. First impressions are of a tidy, well thought out design that oozes quality (right). For those of you who are new to this product, the Biolite Camp Stove is a multi-award winning compact cook stove which runs on twigs, fir cones or... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 21st August 2013
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Tuesday, 30th July 2013
I already own several knifes from the Helle range so it makes it hard to justify getting another. That said the Helle Temagami is very tempting. Designed by survival expert Les Stroud, star of the hit TV series Survivorman (Discovery channel), this is a lovely knife with a triple laminated stainless steel blade that has excellent edge retention... more
 
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Wednesday, 19th June 2013
Whenever I eat outside round a campfire, at a picnic, or out in the woods, one thing that really annoys me is that what I am eating off and drinking out of usually clashes horribly with my surroundings. I have a particular loathing for plastic cups and plates which usually look ghastly and are not at all pleasant to use. Both of these problems are... more
 
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Tuesday, 21st May 2013
This is a folding multi-tool in the great tradition of Swiss army knives but scaled up a bit. This increase in size from a small pocket knife to a full size tool makes a huge difference to its usefulness.  Now you get a 100mm (4in) locking knife blade, big enough to cut up meat (below) and vegetables or whittle wood, a saw with double teeth that... more
 

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