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Originally posted by jibeho
I have used a wide variety of stoves over the years and always go back to my MSR Whisperlite because it can run on a variety of fuels readily available i.e. white gas, unleaded and jet fuel. For short backpacking trips I have used small and light alcohol stoves with good success and have made a couple of my own out of old soda cans.
As for the canister stoves... They are pretty cool but you are limited to only canister fuel and have to pack out your empties.
So, that leaves us with wood power for complete versatility. Wood stoves come in all shapes and sizes but for a base camp type of situation I have a growing interest in getting a Rocket Stove.
You can make one of these or buy one. They are used around the world for heating and cooking in all sorts of climates and environments.
I enjoy fabricating my own equipment but, this little eco zoom stove is certainly on my short list of must haves this spring. Just small twigs and splits of wood is all it takes to keep this thing burning hot and very efficient
Originally posted by Ox
reply to post by Rocketman7
If I was going with gas.. I'd go with one of these.
And eat right out of the pot.. Clean it out by hand or any flowing water I could find.
Originally posted by CarpenterMatt
I cant help but feel a little uncomfortable with the reliance on liquid fuel/gas cannister stove systems. This is a redundant method limited only by the fuel you can source/carry, plus you have to carry the extra weight around with you to power the thing. It just doesn't fit with the foolproof, simplicity is safe concept that underpins the survival methodology. I like this little stove. Emberlit stove
It can be used with any of the liquid fuel or candle systems for stealth camping situations where you want to be undetected, but its main fuel source is the one lying around on the ground everywhere you go.....wood. Check it out, it's great. Also, very light if you get the titanium model at just 5.45 oz , folds flat, cost $55.
Originally posted by SweetKarma
When you are thinking of heating food etc....if in a SHTF scenario, you will eventually end up carrying your gear on your back. Cars run out of gas and there won't be much, if any, available.
For my regular trips backpacking, I take a SnowPeak cannister stove. Used correctly and judiciously, one can make one of the larger cans of fuel last 2 weeks. Not bad. But again, in that scenario, such things won't be available, so in the end this stove would be worthless.
Your gear needs to be as light as you can get it, for the conditions you expect to face. As I said, eventually, we will all be walking at some point and carrying an 80lb pack just isn't going to allow you to move very quickly, should one need to. Fully loaded, my average weight is under 30 lbs, which enables me to move as quickly as I need to, and the ability to put more miles on per day.
Originally posted by ballisticmousse
Consider the following...
Imagine if there was an outbreak of zombies. Every person who is biotten by a zombie, bites, say, 20 others.
By 5 day, the pattern would be clear, and the President, now in a fortified bunker would be advised that theonly way to stop its spread is to nuke infected cities.
By day 6, he would do so.
The same is true for any spreading catastrophy. So, if a spreading catastrophy occurs, you have just 5 days to get clear of the main urban areas and after 6 days, everything COULD be contaminated with radiation.
So, defending against radiation is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT MATTER for which ONLY a geigercounter will do. And, if you concentrate on getting "food", you're dead as it would have been netter if you had not eaten.
But if you do buy a geigercounter and have somewhere to go, even if you have no food, as the only dude on the block with one, you can always, as a last resort, trade you using your geigercounter for food.
Originally posted by saltdog
Interesting comments on here...but from reading...I am alittle confused on how long your bugging out? What I mean is, a bug out bag is to go from A to B. It shouldn't take months...it (a bug out bag) is for up to about 72 hours by definition. With that being the case, a fueled stove would be good with even 1 canister...maybe 2 if you wanted to live the life of Riley while bugging out. I don't personally expect to be, but thats me.
I kinda figure you would wanna be moving and maybe not even have a stove, just pack extra water and keep moving...after all your fleeing for your life... right? So you would stop and have 3 meals a day?
I am just curious as to what kind of event your expecting?
If your going to live in the woods, the homemade stove your talking about would be fine...if that works for you...but a bug out...I personally wouldn't wanna stop unless I had to...I would wanna get to my bug out location(BOL). There for I would not be overly concerned about cooking...there are power bars, trail mix, and jerky that should see you through your travels to your location.