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PostPosted: October 7th, 2012, 1:37 pm 
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So I've built a raised stove bottom for my new Kni-Co Alaskan. I stuck with my original idea of using steel framing track although I took the advise from a few members who said they thought using this material would make the bottom too high. So here's what I did:

1. Cut three 22" sections of steel track used for framing.
2. This didn't quite give me the 24" of width I needed so I curved the outside piece up along the edges so that it fits snug.
3. I cut the bottom of the track so that it does not sit quite so high in the stove

The three sections fit very snug and there is virtually no movement. They are also super light so there is almost no added weight. The entire project took me about 15 minutes and cost $4.00. I figure I will give it a try and see how it works. If it doesn't work it hasn't cost me hardly anything so I'm really no further behind.

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Now the only issue is how the heck I'm gonna lug all this stuff into the bush! As you can see my sled is full with just my stove and my tent Lol! I'm actually not too concerned. My main use for this will be car camping or a spot that I use that is less than a km from where I park the truck....So to make 2 trips on the sled isn't a huge deal..

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PostPosted: October 8th, 2012, 8:48 am 
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Hey Steve,
very professional looking unit. Wait until you see my DIY and you'll really like yours!

Don't forget room for your camera tripod. :thumbup:

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PostPosted: October 8th, 2012, 9:36 am 
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Lol good point Ted, there's not much room for anything with this rig!

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PostPosted: October 9th, 2012, 9:42 pm 
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Looks good.
Don't make a 2nd trip. The stove is light, put another tank/duffle under it, let the stove sit up higher if you have to.
or look for one of the orange toboggans that's a little bigger.


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PostPosted: October 9th, 2012, 9:46 pm 
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Does anyone ever lug 2 toboggans attached to each other? Is that an option?

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PostPosted: October 10th, 2012, 7:52 am 
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Having a second sled works well if the trail is relatively straight and not in deep snow. If the trail is very twisting in deep snow then not so good. The second sled has a tendency to dig into the trail edge on corners. I did it on the trail up to Blackfox Lake and only had to stop a few times to manhandle the second sled. Keep the second sled quite close to the first and the load almost perfectly balanced front to back. You don't want the second sled fish-tailing or digging in.
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PostPosted: October 10th, 2012, 3:57 pm 
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Now that you have the stove, here is the DIY sled you need:
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You can haul two sleds, one behind the other and it works OK, not great, but OK. (In flat fairly terrain, that is.) I've done it by making short poles that crossed from the front left of the pup-sled to the back right of the towing sled and vice versa. I know I have pictures of this arrangement somewhere, but I can't find it. This crossed-pole arrangement keeps the trailing sled fairly close to the lead sled and allows it to snake quite well around corners.

In my case the lead sled was a 5' sled like yours, and the back sled was shorter. Since switching to UHMW toboggan, I haven't looked back.

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PostPosted: November 2nd, 2012, 11:31 am 
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Steve are you adding the channel in the bottom of your stove to stop it from burning through? I really have no experience with wood burning stoves but just bought a new Snowtrekker and stove.

I have pulled two tobboggans (pulks) and didn't really like the travel of them attached to geather.

I made a HDPE toboggan in the summer and can't wait to try it out. Cost me less than $50 to make.

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PostPosted: November 2nd, 2012, 11:48 am 
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RR,

Yes I put the bottom in there to prevent burnout through the bottom. From what I've read (lots of great info on the Wintertrekking forum) it is suggested.

Where did you get the material for your toboggan? I'd be interested in doint that as well. How long is yours?

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PostPosted: November 2nd, 2012, 1:52 pm 
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Steve, I purchased mine at Piedmont Plastics on Trilium Drive in Kitchener. In Ontario they also list another location in Scarborough. They cut it to the size I wanted while I waited.

Here is their website.

http://www.piedmontplastics.ca/

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PostPosted: November 2nd, 2012, 2:05 pm 
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Thanks Moe! So did they cut it for you and everything?

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PostPosted: November 2nd, 2012, 2:55 pm 
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What I brought home was a piece of material 16" x 120".

I drilled and installed the appurtenances required to make it a fully functional sled.

When I was looking for the material I encountered a couple of places that would only sell a full sheet 4' 10', Piedmont cut a piece from a full sheet for me.

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PostPosted: November 2nd, 2012, 6:16 pm 
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Steve I got the HDPE at Grayco Products in Dundalk. I split a 10' sheet with two others off Wintertrekking. It was about $25/ea. They cut it in to three 16" strips. I tried to google them but can't seem to locate but I not a real good searcher. Brianw got me the address. It was a farm in the middle of nowhere and a little unorganized. They just told me to take it and sent a bill 6 weeks later. It is easy to find two others to split a sheet with you. I'd even take another strip then you'd only need one more person. I think it was $65 then a $5/cut fee plus tax.

Did you just buy your channel at a building store?


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PostPosted: November 3rd, 2012, 10:18 pm 
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I may be interested in 1/3 of a sheet....keep me posted if you're buying.


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PostPosted: November 4th, 2012, 1:04 pm 
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http://www.greycoproducts.com/contact/

Well that looks like three of us Steve. It's that simple.

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