Re: Travel with Hikers stoves
Blaine S Nay (b.nay.scouts-l@JUNO.COM)
Sat, 29 Aug 1998 23:05:33 -0700
On Fri, 28 Aug 1998 20:31:32 -0400 Malcolm T Hughes <malhughes@JUNO.COM>
>Some friends and I are planning a backpacking trip to Lake Tahoe this
>fall. We plan to fly to Tahoe where one of the group has a timeshare
>and then move on from there.
>My dilemma is ..I recently purchased a Peak 1 butane hikers stove. I
>am wondering if anyone knows what the rules are about taking the fuel
>cannisters on an airplane (in the cargo hold) as they are pressurized
>flammable gas. In the light of the TWA 800 theories I wonder if there
>would be a problem, or should I plan on purchasing the fuel in Lake
A propane or butane stove or lantern would be ok. However, fuel, whether
compressed gas (butane, propane) or liquid is an absolute no-no! Plan on
buying what you need after you get off the plane. Don't even carry empty
propane or butane bottles! Empty or full, the fine for a compressed
flamable gas container is $10,000 - a bit more than I can afford to pay.
As for empty liquid fuel tanks, your best course of action would be to
call the airline for their policy. As an airline pilot, I can tell you
that some airline ground staff will even hassle you over empty liquid
fuel bottles and empty stove/lantern tanks.
Some travelers drain all fuel from their aluminum liquid fuel bottles,
let them dry completely, then fill with water. A bottle full of odorless
water seems to satisfy most airline agents. I wouldn't put water in a
stove or lantern tank, though. You'd likely suffer corrosion damage.
Blaine S Nay, Silverdale, Washington, USA
I used to be a Buffalo, SE-350-83
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City