Chuck Box – Part 1

As a lifelong outdoors man, I have hiked, rafted, backpacked and camped across most of desert southwest.  As such, I have learned very well what I do and don’t need when I leave the city. I am perfectly happy finding a clearing just off a tail and setting up a campsite.  A few years ago my wife and I purchased a four door Jeep Wrangler JK which we use quite often to go on day drives.  The challenge is load and organize all of our gear and carry it in a medium size SUV.

My goal is to build a chuck box, or camp kitchen, which is a simple box to store all the kitchen supplies needed for a successful camping trip.  The chuck box needs to balance strength, weight and most importantly for me, size.  The chuck box needs to contain all of gear and would enable to set up our campsite in no time.  I am hoping to keep it small enough and lite enough that I can easily move it with no help.  The Jeep 4 door Wrangler does not have a large about of cargo space especially for a family of three and a yellow Labrador.

I have several goals:

  1. I want the chuck box to fix in the back of the jeep with the back seats usable.
  2. The box must contain all of our cooking gear,  including a stove, pots, frying pans, dutch oven, plates, utensils, cleaning supplies, etc…
  3. Everything is carried securely AND  organized in such a way that it keeps down the noise potential when driving on the back roads.
  4. The box needs to be light weight yet strong enough to survive the pounding of camping, ‘jeepin’, etc…
I will post photos of my camp kitchen when I have some time to take them.



Projects – Startup

So, this week I have started up several projects this week, or rather, they are a continueation of projects that I have been working for a while.

Phone system:  I am in the process of migrating my home phone service into a  Linux based SIP phone server.  My goal is to improve my home phone service and dramatically decrease the monthly cost.  Many people are doing away with their home phone service and moving to cell phones, which I can respect and envy.  However, this is not an option when you have home alarms and DVR’s which requrie a phone line.

Additionally, at my house cell phone service can be spotty.  Currently, I have the server built and am working on final tuning and configuration.  More on this to follow…

Camp Kitchen:   My family and I do a lot of out of doors activity, hiking, camping, jeepin, etc…  From our last campout, my wife and I determined that it is time to build a dedicated camping kitchen.  My goal is to have a single box, which can be used to store all of our gear in a small package which easily fits into the back of our jeep with all of our other gear.  I hope to store and organize our stove, pots, pans, utensils and cleaning gear.  More on this to follow…

Website: I continue to reorganize, work on and update my website.  To that end, I have purchased the domain  for my photographs.  This domain is now powered by WordPress.  I am typically not a fan of CMS systems and there limitations quickly limit my ability to develop content to my liking.  However, with the new website, and the fact that I am now blogging more, any limitations are quickly surpassed by WordPress’s ability  to quickly and easily publish articles.  The next minor goal is to continue to find widgets to improve the site, and fix some bugs on the server.