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Re: [pct-l] Stove Fuel Accidents

In a message dated 98-02-18 16:58:34 EST, ghummel@hydrogenburner.com writes:

<< The moral of the story is:  If you choose to cook inside your tent due to
weather you had better be extremely careful. >>

I took a Wilderness Basics Course in 1991 where their recommendation was:

If bad weather "forces" you to cook inside the tent, "DON'T." 

If you must cook in a sheltered area (and all you have is a tent), COOK in the
tent's vestibule. 

The time a stove is most likely to "flare up" is during the lighting, so LIGHT
the stove OUTSIDE. After it has warmed to the point where you have a blue
flame that's under your control, bring the stove just inside the vestibule out
of the rain. 

You still might want to keep that open knife handy near the "emergency exit"
at the rear of the tent. <G>

Charlie Jones
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