[pct-l] alcohol (stove) bottle size for a thru-hike.

Josh 559josh at gmail.com
Fri Apr 3 13:34:04 CDT 2009

I know I don't need to defend his original post or methodology at all, but I
just want to remind people what he said:
"I use a square bottle (maybe Fiji) for my water.
I use a Strangely shaped (Squirt) bottle for my Alcohol.  This way I know
the difference with my eyes closed."

I'd surmise that not too many backpackers share water bottles so marking UR
HEET, while might be a good idea, is prob unnecessary if using his method or
something similar...and the 1st time U accidentally took a sip of the
alcohol, I'm SURE U wouldn't forget which was which! lol


-----Original Message-----
From: pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of Brian Lewis
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2009 11:27 AM
To: pct-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [pct-l] alcohol (stove) bottle size for a thru-hike.

Kent said:

"... the best bottle to use to carry alcohol?is an empty plastic Coke (or
other soda pop) bottle.? Just make sure you mark it, so someone doesn't
confuse it with water.? Of course, a HEET bottle will work, but it is not as
easy to see how much is left."

Like I think many/most (?), I too used an empty plastic soda bottle for HEET
or denatured alcohol, and this was pretty much always enough, though this
could depend on how often you anticipate refilling at trail towns or trail
angel's.  The latter was a couple of times very nice, not having to buy a
larger quantity than needed.

I personally always transferred my HEET from the original yellow bottle.
Maybe it's just me, but I didn't trust the seal of the cap on those after it
had first been opened.
My own process was to put a plastic soda bottle partially filled with
alcohol fuel inside a gallon ziplock (peace of mind) and carry this in
external mesh on my backpack.  Great system, I'd do the same again.

Brian Lewis / Gadget '08
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