Re: Liquid Fuels
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Tue, 19 May 1992 01:13:00 EDT
Just a quick thought here then its off to bed. I'll send more in the morning!
We are talking here about chemical stoves, not?? Well...there are several
places where the BSA says "yeah, but with supervision and direction".
In the most current Scoutmasters' Handbook, page 134, it states (among giving
a litany of things to observe and remember....like "do not leave a lighted
stove or lantern unattended"....) that this use must be be with knowledgeable
adult supervision and in Scout facilities only where and when permitted.
In the Exploring Dictionary, under "Outdoor Policy", it states that ...in
particular, use of liquid fuel for cooking and light (no mention of staying
warm...Coleman has a stove that will keep a medium sized tent warm!) must be
supervised by adults following any LOCAL BSA Council guidelines....
Finally, in the BSA's FIELDBOOK, the first part of Chapter 7 states how and
why we *do* use liquid fuels in SOME camping....it will not scar the earth,
it burns nothing native to the backcountry, it operates reliably (?!?!) under
adverse conditions, it creates steady heat that won't blacken rocks or
cooking gear, it is quick and conveinnet enough to heat a cup of soup (coffee)
at midday (or any other time of the day I desire coffee...)(*had to make sure
you're still with me...*), and it makes travelers self-sufficent, able to
camp high on a rocky mountain, deep in a treeless desert or in a snowdrift.
The disadvantages are that a stove requires the CAREFUL (my insert!) handling
of flammable AND POISONOUS liquid/gasous fuels and that it must be carried
into and out of the camp and kept in good working condition. (page 106,
BSA FIELDBOOK, with personal comments where indicated)
Yes, I would lvoe to set up a campsite, chop down trees, make a warm fire
for cooking and coffeedrinking. But, in reality, there are MANY MANY places
where it is impractical or impossible due to several reasons, among them
highly, our concern for a clean and wastefree (as possible) environment.
I don't own Coleman equipment (I should, for as many times I have been out
someplace where the nearest coffeewarmers...er..campsite is far enough to
make me go "cold turkey"!), but I do attend Scouting events and activities
where they are used carefully, cautiously and supervised approviately.
Now, if you excuse, me, my bed is calling me.....and I must finish this
pot of coffee (one cup left...) more in the morning sometime!!
Settummanque!@HEY! There is no such thing as strong coffee, only weak people!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City