The following items are required:
Most items available from a plumbing or builders merchants
- 2 x 50mm waste access plugs
- 1 x 50mm double connector
- 1 x solvent cement (any size as very little required)
- small pot of dark grey undercoat
- small pot of black gloss paint
- small paint brush
- small piece of sandpaper
- roll of camouflage duct tape (fabric in this case, any suitable)
Step 1: Making the Container
Take the solvent cement and using the brush inside the lid (usually) brush a generous amount onto the outside of the waste access plugs and the same inside of the double connector, then press the plug into the connector twisting as you do so that the cement mixes and connects thoroughly.
Repeat this step with both of the plugs, you now have your container.
Close one of the screw tops as tight as you can by hand and then leave for painting. Leave the other screw top lid slightly loose.
Step 2: Painting It Up
Use your sandpaper to scratch across the whole surface to give it a key to improve the adhesion of the paint to be applied.
Paint surface entirely with dark grey undercoat, then two coats of black gloss, be sure to leave 4-6 hours between coats to allow them to dry fully.
Remember to paint over the end you have tightened shut as you only need one opener. Though you can use it later if required. I don't recommend tightening with a wrench or pliers as you want it to break open with hand force when needed.
Step 3: Finishing Touches & MODS
Use your camo duct tape to wrap around the centre, gives the glossy finish a grip to hold on to and it looks better blended in with a camping pack or EDC kit.
The container itself is now water proof, air tight and holds a fair bit of kit.
See the contents of mine in the next step, but whilst I've used mine as a fire kit container, this can be used for any manner of contents.
Potential MODS to be made:
I've thought of drilling a hole through the top and side and adding a carabiner, keyring or paracord lanyard, but the holes would compromise the kit to water, this could work if you put the contents into a ziploc bag first to keep the water out.
Paracord could be wrapped around the centre instead of the camo tape, and used to attach to a belt or pack.
I've added a strip of sandpaper to the bottom of mine with self adhesive tape, this can be used to strike the matches I keep inside.
I've added a button compass to the inside of the lid with super glue.
Step 4: My Fire Kit Contents
Contents of the fire kit:
- Fresnel (magnifying) lens
- Ferro rod & striker on paracord lanyard
- Promithi lightweight folding knife
- Lighter with integrated LED torch
- Strike anywhere waterproof matches in case
- Cotton balls soaked in vaseline and put into plastic bag
- Sachet of burn gel
- Match striker pad
- Button compass
Thanks for reading and I hope you have fun making your own kits!