Dana and Marian McQuaid (mcquaid@TIAC.NET)
Sat, 15 Feb 1997 14:52:18 -0800
Sorry I took so long to answer, but the past few days my husband and I
have been putting the food and other troop supplies together. They've
gone to Tuckerman's Ravine (at the foot of Mt. Washington) tenting for 2
Stoves....MSR is a particular brand notorious for its inability to be
regulated. Dana (SM of T-7) suggests:
1. Pump the pressure up on the bottle of fuel and keep it up.
2. Be patient, you might get it to simmer.
3. When all else fails, do as he did.. Get another stove.
He recommends the Peak Apex as the best for adjusting and therefore for
baking, but ours died from abuse. The Peak Apex is rather fragile, and
while carefully and lovingly packed everytime, well it just didn't
survive long. Our troop is using 4 Whisperlights and they are great!
We have 3 Whisperlight Internationals--like a Timex, it seems to take a
licking and keep on ticking. It is adjustable to a certain extent.
The other stove is a Whisperlight Shakerjet. It is ok, but the kids
leaders prefer the International.
I should point out the our troop ONLY does backpacking, no cabins. Yup,
even with the newest kids. We also share ownership of 1.9 miles of
trail up in the White Mountains (I think it is on the Appalaichan Trail)
and are responsible for maintenance. Our troop has done the last 54
miles of the AT (Including Katahdin), and so forth. So these stoves do
get extensively used. Of course, pack them carefully and clean them.
How did he find out about them? He reads "Backpacker"Magazine
faithfully. Any gear questions are answered in the Gear Guide.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City