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[pct-l] Stoves

Revised version:

Firstly, alcohol has one quarter to one half the heat per oz. of white gas
(depending on what reference you believe), so if you would carry a pound of
white gas (about a pint), figure on 2-4 pounds of alcohol.  Where is your
weight savings now?

Total weight comparisons
			Stove    Fuel*    Total

ZZ Sierra		  20	     1	   21
ZZ Sierra mod  	  15	     1	   16
Trangia		   6	    16	   22
Tin can		               3	    18 	   21

This assumes 8 days (max) between resupply and 2 one quart boils per day.
No hot water for dishes, wash up, coffee/tea in PM, etc.  If you want these
luxuries, add significantly to the liquid fuel weight.

I have modified a Sierra to save 5 oz, about 3 more can be saved, bringing
total down to about 13 oz.  Fuel for Sierra is birthday candles to start
duff, charcoal, cones.  Wet are OK.  Don't gather fuel over 9,600 feet, it
pisses off smokey.  Gather fuel at lower elevations for those high camps
(but you only have to carry one day's fuel).

Be sure you burn your fuel to clean ashes (no charcoal) and scatter them
when stone cold carefully where plants are already growing and can use the
nutrients.  Don't scatter them in a stream, even if they are clean.

If you want to participate in the ZZ Sierra mod study, clean your stove
spotlessly and mail me that you want to try modifying it.  I have some more
things I want to try.
Dave Gomberg	mailto:gomberg@wcf.com
FormMaestro  <http://www.wcf.com>
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