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

Donna Saufley dsaufley at sprynet.com
Fri Apr 3 13:59:48 CDT 2009

I like using squarish mouthwash bottles (i.e., Listerine).  They come in
different sizes (which I use for differing lengths of trip and fuel needs),
have lids that really lock on so leakage has not been a problem, and those
with the right type of cap also serves as a measuring implement.  Since the
shape is nothing like my Aquafina water bottles, I have never confused them.
Spilled them, yes. Confused them, no.  All the same, I put black tape around
the fuel bottle so that others would stop to investigate before drinking.  


-----Original Message-----
From: pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2009 9:21 AM
To: Julian Plamann
Subject: Re: [pct-l] alcohol (stove) bottle size for a thru-hike.

Good morning, Julian,

If I cook I generally use about 1 fluid-oz. of alcohol per meal.  I would
just extrapolate that times the number of meals per day, and days per
resupply, to determine the required container(s) size.  I generally use
plastic beverage bottles for both water and alcohol and I want there to be a
distinct difference by feel so if I awake thirsty at night I won't glug down
the alcohol.  For that I have a choice of two different alcohol bottles:
used to hold bottled water, and it is a distinct square cross-section.  The
other bottle has a peculiar shape with knobby bumps all over it - I think it
once held "Squirt" pop.  Even groggy I will never confuse either of those
with my standard water bottles.


Hiking the Pct since before it was the PCT -- 1965



On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 12:48 AM, Julian Plamann <julian at amity.be> wrote:

> Simple question for past thru-hikers... What size alcohol (denatured/HEET)
> container did you end up taking? I'm planning on an 8oz bottle. Will this
> cover me between most esupply sources on a thru-hike? That translates to
> roughly 11 days with my stove give or take.
> Thanks!
> Julian
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