[pct-l] Restrictions on alcohol stoves

Dan Welch welchenergy at gmail.com
Sun Jan 18 12:36:48 CST 2015

On my thru-hike last year I used a Jetboil and was completely happy with it.
Besides fire restrictions for alcohol stoves, you would be unable (or
unwise) to use an alcohol stove inside a tent.  I don't often cook inside
the tent, but on a few wet and/or quite cold occasions, I was glad to be
able to heat some grub inside the tent and out of the elements.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Pct-L [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net] On Behalf Of Stephen
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2015 12:48 PM
To: pct-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Restrictions on alcohol stoves

Don't know about the passion level of religion and politics, but looks like
may reach the level of past bear canister discussions.  I know for me
personally, I find alcohol stoves to be a bit sketchy.  I've made a few now
just tinkering around, but have not felt real secure in the idea of tipping
can spill burning liquid fuel that is hard to see.  The first ones I made
were the penny, and then I made one that used a nickel that seemed to work
better.  If the penny or whatever pops, burning fuel gets splattered around
and becomes an instant fire.  Not cool.  I was in a reasonably safe place
but it was still quite a shocker, and I was surprised how far the burning
alcohol sprayed when it happened to me after many good test burns.  
I found some of the others to be considerably safer, but still the
possibility of tipping exists no matter how careful one is.  At least one
can stand a canister and such back up and or turn off without getting burnt.

Just thinkin out loud...  
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