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[pct-l] FWD:BOUNCE Non-member submission from ["Beth Murdoch" <dorothea@jps.net>]

From: "Beth Murdoch" <dorothea@jps.net>
To: "Ronald Moak" <ronm@fallingwater.com>, <margepr@cyberhighway.net>,
        "Pct-l" <pct-l@backcountry.net>
Subject: RE: [pct-l] Iodine Tablets and Esbit Stoves
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 22:52:48 -0800

Here is a question about the fuel tablets:  I'm assuming that my army
surplus stove that burns tablets is the same as the esbit.  It uses tablets
made of "compressed Trioxane"".  What the heck is that?  Does it do harm to
a person's body to breathe the fumes?  I'd love to find out that it is
harmless, but may be overly optimistic.

Beth Murdock, Portland, OR

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-pct-l@backcountry.net [mailto:owner-pct-l@backcountry.net]On
Behalf Of Ronald Moak
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 1999 4:04 PM
To: 'margepr@cyberhighway.net'; Pct-l
Subject: RE: [pct-l] Iodine Tablets and Esbit Stoves

Prolonged exposure (6 months or more) may cause some people to develop
iodine toxicity. However, that generally isn't a problem in short trips.
Stay tuned to the PCTA Website. There will be a whole series of articles
posted on water purification. Hopefully shortly after CrestFest. I'll
announce it here when they are up.

Esbit stoves along with alcohol stoves are becoming popular for weight
reduction. Each tablet will burn for aprox. 15 minutes, weighs 1/2 oz and
generates enough heat to boil 2 cups of water.  While not sufficient for
multiple people it works reasonably well for solo hikers. It does take some
practice, especially when cooking items like noodles that like to simmer for
a while. I used one on the last trip and it worked fine.

Ron "Fallingwater" Moak
Fallingwater Journals - www.fallingwater.com
Pacific Crest Trail Assoc. - www.pcta.org
American Long Distance Hikers Association - West -

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