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Re: denatured alcohol?
> I just bought a MSR International and have heard the stories
>about it not being able to simmer. Is this true?
MSR Whisperlite International do burn hot. Great for melting snow, thin soups, etc.
but a bit of a drag with thicker soups, sauce, rice and beans, etc. dishes.
I used to bring to a boil in the pot then "simmer" stuff in a water bottle wrapped
in my sleeping bag; until I got a wet bag on a cold windy night. So, I now use a
pot cozy to save fuel (read weight), to keep the concoctions from sticking/burning,
and to save water. Works great for soup and rice/lentil dishes. However, except in
soap, pasta come out sticky.
To make a pot cozy --
Get some 1/2 inch thick closed cell foam. An over-the-hill pad works. Create a
strip a little wider than the height of your cook pot w/lid and a little longer than
the diameter of your cook pot, or its lid, at the widest point of the two. Glue
narrow ends of this strip together to make a cylinder that just fits around the pot
w/lid. Cut a circular foam top and bottom. Glue the top to the cylinder to closed
one end. Leave the other open. Cut a smaller circle of heavy foil -- the bottom of
throw-away pie plate works great. Glue this to the bottom foam piece. It keeps the
hot pot from sticking to the foam. Mine weighs about an ounce and a half.
To use the cozy --
Cook and stir as normal for about 1/4 to 1/3 the normal cooking time. At the end of
that time there should still be lots of liquid in the pot. Put the bottom circle of
foam on a level place, foil side up. Place pot w/lid on the foil. Put the foam
cylinder over the pot and lid. Let sit undisturbed for a little longer than the
normal full cooking time. In real windy situations, secure with a light rock. BTW
never put cozy on pot while it is on stove, fire, etc.!!