Kitchen on the Trails: Time of Stoves and Utensils

Kitchen on the trails when in camping : time of stoves and utensils

There’s no escaping, if we go for an overnight adventure it is important to feed very well. And this requires a dinner; or lunch, although lunch during the tracks isn’t something common. And the time in which improvisation ruled the tracks; leading us to make bonfires and archaic stoves; or use cans to cook the food. Not that improvisation is an evil in itself; It turns out that nowadays there are adequate facilities that ease our lives. If employed properly will we devote more to the activity that is walk, walk, walk. But which type or model of the equipment are the most suitable? In this post we will try to answer this so simple and straightforward.

Stoves

There are two basic types:

► 1 liquid-fuel Stoves:

Various fuels such as gasoline, benzene, kerosene and some models can use up diesel. The main advantages are the consistency and strength of the flame, which makes it possible to cook in a few minutes; In addition to the durability of the equipment. As disadvantage is in need of fuel transport, which does not have good smell and usually cause dirt and residues; In addition to handling the equipment.

These stoves can be used virtually anywhere in the world; hot or cold; with or without wind. However, at high altitudes above 6,000 m of track your performance may be reduced, because there is little oxygen in the atmosphere, harming the flame.

MSR Pocket Rocket of model, gas

Source: MSR

2 ► Gas Stoves:

Presented in various models, use the propane and butane envazados already in small cylinders. The main advantages are the ease in handling, because the fire is fast and/or automatic; In addition to not cause major dirt on equipment. As disadvantage is the difficulty of finding gas fuel in distant places; In addition to the fragility of the flame.

These stoves offer better performance in environments with pleasant temperatures and in places with little wind, like Brazil. Despite working relatively well in high altitudes, extreme temperatures can cool the fuel mixture and the wind can even delete the calls, because this is not vigorously as the liquid fuel stoves.

So which model to buy?

If the purpose of the adventurer’s trail by Brazil or similar regions, a gas cooker is ideal. They are lighter, compact and practical. But you do not need to sell a kidney and acquire a robust gas stove; or get brands of “brand”! We can even use these “generic” models, virtually a “pocket” that use gas cartridges screws; and that are easily found on the market, with very affordable values.

If the goal is to go for the most demanding places, like Patagonia, extremely windy place, we can’t give up liquid-fuel stove; because fuel will be easier to find there. You see, the kerosene can be found almost anywhere in the world!

► ► Now, if you go to high mountains, don’t worry about it! Certainly the head of your expedition will have both types, brands and models certainly more robust! In addition, you have pans with radiators that leverage the calories; or at least know manufacture/improvise something similar … Mountain High usually is no place for solo activities, unless you’re an expert in the business.

Containers & Utensils

In this regard it is worth the creativity of the adventurer. Although the market offer utensils manufactured by different materials, in practice this will make very little difference. It’s a rule: only load pans, cutlery, plates and cups that are indispensable. We must carry the strictly necessary and not a gourmet cuisine. If the Pan is aluminum; non-stick or titanium; If the forks are flexible, very light and “designed by NASA”; It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the cost-benefit of such equipment.

We suggest you download one or two medium size Cookware (1 liter more or less); a spoon; a small knife or Pocket knife from Polyhobbies.com; a long-handled spoon and a plastic cup of approximately 200 ml. Take a plate, which must be made of plastic. If one of the pans have cover, dish is expendable. And provide a Catcher pots so you don’t burn your hand. Ready, certainly don’t need more than that. No pressure cooker; casseroles immense; coffee maker or something similar. In addition, pay attention to the weight: how much lighter for the container, the better!

To move food, no container. Use plastic bags or small reusable packaging. To clean use small containers perfex type cloths. If you need to use SOAP, coconut SOAP: it is lightweight and durable.

Final Considerations

► Stay tuned to acquire a gas cooker. Watch and prefer the screws because there are some models that connect to the canister through the holes; that do not allow reuse or unscrew gas stove. This can cause loss of fuel, because the packaging is reusable.

► Be careful when transporting liquid fuels. Requires special care; even avoid transporting them in ordinary plastic packaging, because some fuels corrode or melt plastic, mingling with the molten material; and with that can damage the stove. Transport in plastic bottle-only if you are sure that the fuel does not cause your corrosion! In such cases, to avoid headache, prefer metal packagings specific to this function. Including some screws and fit the hose of the stove.

► Liquid-fuel stove requires regular cleaning. But just do the cleaning equipment, otherwise you can damage it. Follow the instructions of each manufacturer.

► Some liquid fuels have high lead load. Most of the time this is detrimental to the life of the stove. If you use gasoline, prefer white gasoline.

► Or we address here the old and known espiriteira. Still beloved by many climbers, it is a primitive cooker that works with alcohol or other fuel, similar to those we use to warm lunchbox gambiarras in places with no stove. Why not approach is because handling a espiriteira can become a dangerous procedure. Alcohol is one of the fuels that percentage more cause burns to users. In addition, the espiriteira is weak, fickle and goes off with ease. So, we suggest that if possible forget this model of stove.

Good riddance to all!