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Our Own Shop

Earlier we announced that you could shop for Bramble Bank items from our sister site

We decided earlier this month that it would be best to sell the Bramble Bank Wood merchandise and apparel directly. In light of this decision, we have created a shop right here, exclusively for our items.

We hope you enjoy following our journey.
All proceeds go back into managing this small piece of the English countryside.

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Rocket Stove

We’ve finally built one, and it works brilliantly.

The great thing about the design we chose, is that it contains pea shingle to give it a thermal mass. This means even after the fire is out, there is heat safely radiating from it.
We tested this in our folding camper, with the stove on a stone slab, and had a very comfortable evening.

The stove is made from:

  • 2.5l Metal Paint Tin
  • Large diameter can (1 large dog food can or 2 Pineapple ring tins**)
  • Small diameter can (baked bean tin)
  • Pea Gravel

The pictures show just how little wood you need to burn to make a coffee.
We’re going to make a couple more and may even put a video on our YouTube channel. 🙂

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Seating around the fire pit

We’re always looking to rethink or refine the things we’ve done. For instance, you’ll have read we’ve done this in a number of places already. The latest of these has been the seating around the fire pit.

A single tyre

We started with low level logs, then substituted these for planked timber. But, these we’re all too low to the ground. The latest seating arrangement sees recycled tyres sunk into the ground. Not only are these less prone to damp or rot, they are also very comfortable to sit on.

We’ve placed five around the fire pit, leaving an open end where we frequently place a small table.

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A Few Things Have Changed (Part 3)


The Kitchen

The 3rd major change was the kitchen. In part 1 we alluded that the toilet had moved to the original kitchen location.

The bush stove was getting little use it its corner, and the open fire place filled the shelter with smoke until it was burning efficiently. Additionally to this, two heat sources was overkill in the one space.
The answer, move the contained stove to the fire place location.

Bushmans Stove
Bushman’s Stove

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A Few Things Have Changed (Part 2)


The Wood Store


The wood store had started life as a simple frame and had served its purpose well but was too big. As a result we’d become lazy with sizing the wood we were storing.
The wood store was also starting to look a little unsightly. As with the toilet from our previous post, we wanted to bring it into the main shelter.
Utilising part of our old garden shed we closed off a portion of the shelters open side to form a 2/3 high wall with a small roof. This made the new wood store less than half the depth of the original, it also puts the firewood next to the fire. 🙂

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A Few Things Have Changed (Part 1)

We’ve owned Bramble Bank Wood for a little over 3 years. In that time we have learned a host of new skills and we’ve made a few decisions that we’ve wanted to change. So 2020 is the year for us to make these changes.

The first thing we wanted to do is reduce the footprint of our ‘man made’ elements. The reason for this is two fold. Firstly this area is visible to our neighbours as its near to the access track. Secondly and most crucial of all to us, is that we haven’t been using the various element effectively.

The Toilet

The first structure we removed was the toilet, the tarp roof was leaking and it wasn’t pleasurable to use. You might think this a strange, but we have relocated it to where the old kitchen within the main shelter was.


The toilet setup we use has also been changed, from a HI-GEAR Portable Travel Toilet which is basically a bucket with a toilet seat, to a HI-GEAR Portable Camping Toilet (as pictured) which is a bucket that sits in a bucket with a toilet seat. 🙂
The new system brings the advantage of a removable collection bucket (with lid) enabling a cleaner emptying experience.

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We Bought A Camper

Camper at Night

Camping in the woods is great fun, but we cannot take them with us to go travelling, so over the past few years (well nearly 7 years) we’ve trialed a few things. First we went for a folding camper to join other family members and their caravan at various places around our home county. We loved the space this gave us, but it lacked a kitchen and bathroom. One morning our toddler woke us and told us he was cold, so the camper was on the market by the end of the day and we were looking to upgrade to a caravan.

We had a couple of years out of our caravan, that needed a trek across the UK to collect, but that’s not a story for this woodland blog. The upside was that our children were not cold at night and there was very little setup, but in the first of woodland ownership we couldn’t bring it to the woods. 🙁

After selling the caravan we went back to basics, a tent. We preferred to sleep in the shelter, after all the camp beds didn’t fit in the tent very easily and that meant sleeping on the floor. 🙂 It also didn’t take us long to realise that if we were to take it travelling we needed to buy so much more gear.

So in spring 2019 we thought about it again… Caravan or Folding Camper.
Well we loved the ease of a caravan, but it couldn’t come to the woods, but we loved the space of the folding camper, so that’s what we’ve bought.

  • Folding Camper and Awning
  • Folding Camper with Side Open
  • View From Camper
  • Camper at Night