Re: Meths or Gaz
- From: Rob G <robkgraham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2007 05:03:49 -0700
On 6 Jun, 08:45, Peter Clinch <p.j.cli...@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Jim Ford wrote:
IMHO meths stoves rate just above the hexi ones for effectiveness. Meths
stoves are inefficient, heavy (because of the weight of the fuel),
smelly, difficult to light in the cold, and downright dangerous in the
vestibule of a tent.
They are inefficient and relatively heavy, yes, but "downright dangerous
in the vestibule of a tent"? No, not even close. I'd trust a trangia
in my tent to burble away by itself with a minimum of attention (have
done on numerous occasions).
If you want "dangerous" then priming a pressure stove has far more
potential for pyrotechnic disaster than pretty much any other method of
portable camp cooking.
Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
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Peter - I guess from your picture on your website that you are not of
the generation that grew up with paraffin primus's primed with solid
blocks (can't remember now what they were called), or come to that
meths. I went through at least 20 years of camping with school
groups, scouts, and students and there was never, that I can remember,
a 'pyrotechnic disaster' due to priming. The blocks if displaced went
out quite easily and meths generally burns at too low a temperature to
do any damage.
Ironically the only genuine disaster was with a gas stove when it
wasn't assembled properly and a punctured cartridge ignited and did a
considerable amount of damage to persons and tents.
The one problem I do remember with the primus's was winter cooking in
the tent and someone kicking out due to leg cramp, which resulted in
the soup and primus going over with the flame spreader doing a China
Syndrome down through the groundsheet - that is a memory a number of
us have and my tents were not infrequently going in to have cross
shaped holes in the groundsheet patched.
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