mambwe wrote:I'm going on a 3 day/2 night backpacking trip next week and I'm not sure how much fuel to bring. I just bought a whisperlite internationale and I am new to liquid fuel. I want to melt 3 liters of water at night and enough for a couple dehydrated meals a day. I'm using white gas. I'd like to have some extra for emergency use.
How many ounces of fuel would you bring? I'm going to be in the white mountains. We'll be at ~4,000 feet.
On MSRs website they say 1 ounce of white fuel boils 1.3 liters of water. I have a 20 ounce fuel can, so using 20 ounces I should get 26 liters. How do they get these numbers? Are they testing the stoves with room temperature water inside in some lab/office? I will be melting and then boiling snow. Plus it will be around 10 degrees. Any idea how this will change how much fuel I will need?
rgg wrote:On a different note: if you're going to melt snow and boil some water as well, be it for dinner or just tea or coffee, bring two pots, almost identical in size. Fill one with snow, and a little bit of water if you have it, and put it on the stove. Put the other one on top, also with some snow and a little bit of water. By the time the bottom one starts getting hot, the residual heat doesn't all get wasted, but also melts some snow in the top one. Works like a charm - until you tople the whole thing of course, so be careful !
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