American Bushman

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin

Monday, September 18, 2006


Over the weekend I began playing with some of the various cookers I've got around the house. I also received a complete Crusader set in the mail.

I used soda can stoves, Trangia burners, trioxane, Esbit tabs, canned gel alcohol (Sterno,) and a couple of different paraffin-based barbecue starting sachets in a variety of configurations.

So far, my favorite is the Trangia burner with the Mini-Trangia windscreen/potstand for ease of use, familiarity, and reliability. It also doesn't soot up the pans so badly as some of the others.

The paraffin-based firestarters neither burned hot enough nor long enough to do much more than dirty the bottoms of the pans. The larger version did burn for 10 minutes but the heat wasn't intense enough to bring a pint of water to a boil. It got quite warm but never a nice rolling boil.

More to come...



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