Re: Backpacking Stoves
Andrew Hagemann (hagemann@VISI.NET)
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 21:16:22 -0500
I've had my Coleman 442 multi-fuel stove for three years of intermittent
use at sealevel to 3500 feet and it has never failed me. I've seen
other less expensive Coleman models flame up, flood the base, and then
burn out of control on the same camping trips. (Probably because of
over pumping. I pump mine until I think it's ready; I don't count
strokes.) It lights off predictably, heats the generator promptly, runs
efficiently, and burns controllably from simmer to inferno.
Furthermore, it has no dangling hoses or fiddly parts to keep track of
and no o-rings to worry about getting chipped or cruddy. It fits
perfectly in a side bellows pocket of my Cabella's Alaska III backpack.
I put it in a cabinet in my blacksmith shop when I'm done with it, take
it out when I want it, fill it if necessary, and use the dickens out of
it when I'm primitive camping.
With moderate care to avoid excessive no-pot burn time, one fill up
lasts a full Scouting weekend; i.e., Friday night coffee, Saturday
morning breakfast coffee and oatmeal, Saturday lunch coffee and soup,
Saturday supper backpacker's meal and coffee, Saturday night coffee,
Sunday breakfast coffee and oatmeal, and Sunday lunch coffee and soup.
I usually carry a small refill bottle JIC. I've only had to use that
extra fuel once because I boiled a big pot of hot dogs for the Troop's
lunch one Saturday while the Scouts were swimming in the Atlantic Ocean
at Fort Story, Virginia.
I won't trade it for any other stove.
Andrew Hagemann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
SA, Troop 6
Colonial Virginia Council
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