[pct-l] Water, bear canisters, stoves/fuel

Ate Tuna atetuna at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 19:57:51 CST 2011

Don't expect to find 90% rubbing alcohol on the trail or in trail towns.  If
you can find 99%, it is sooty, but works.  It's easier to find HEET in the
yellow bottle.

On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 7:02 PM, Vimal Golding <bungovi at gmail.com> wrote:

> 3. Stoves/Fuel: planyourhike.com says that alcohol stoves are the most
> common, with butane stoves (like Pocket Rocket) being the second most
> common. I'm considering a DIY alcohol stove for weight and
> availability of fuel, but I read online that even 70% rubbing alcohol
> only works marginally. It seems like at many of the resupply points
> (convenience stores and the like) I'd be lucky to find 50% rubbing
> alcohol, let alone 90% or some specialized fuel like denatured
> alcohol. Also, how do these handle altitude and cold weather? I
> already own a whisperlite, which would probably run fine on regular
> gasoline, but its really heavy and if something goes wrong I'm SOL,
> not to mention its already a second hand beater.

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