I recall one trip many years ago when we did not carry a stove or fuel. Lightened the load a lot. Thinking about doing it again. Something about centering your life around the fire is very appealing.
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Posted by: sweeper on Dec-12-13 7:50 PM (EST)
And rarely just one.
Posted by: jhb8426 on Dec-13-13 1:38 AM (EST)
Relying on firewood availability or the ability to have a fire is not a good thing, particularly in in the dry season when burning restrictions are common. Usually carry at least a 1 burner, sometimes 2 or also a 2 burner.
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-13-13 10:34 AM (EST)
Just dreaming a bit. |
Posted by: rpg51 on Dec-13-13 9:56 PM (EST)
Fire alone is fine|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-14-13 9:53 AM (EST)
but in most (not all ) areas in Maine remember that you need a fire permit available from the local game warden.
yep need your fire permits in me|
Posted by: tdaniel on Dec-14-13 7:36 PM (EST)
Not by choice|
Posted by: randy_morgart on Dec-15-13 10:08 AM (EST)
But I had my stove break on the first night of a five day solo in Flaming Gorge. There's not a lot of wood up there but I found enough scraps in the fire pits to cook dinner every night. My backup was an MRE with a heater and I never had to use it.
Twelve nights in Quetico in '73. We took|
Posted by: g2d on Dec-17-13 12:18 AM (EST)
a SVEA stove and maybe a pint of fuel in case we might get to a campsite in heavy rain and be unable to get a fire going.
Posted by: booztalkin on Dec-18-13 12:18 PM (EST)
One, we somehow ended up on the river with no stove, for ten days. All the food we had needed to be cooked. For example, we had Bisquick for breakfasts. You gotta cook. So that meant no fire, no food. One night a torrential downpour turned into snow and left about four inches of wet snow on the ground. Everything was wet and it took us until noon to get a decent fire going. I so wished we had a stove. And, it's a lot of work to make fires every day, twice a day. Often, You have better things to do with your time than hunt for and process wood for fires.
how much weight saved?|
Posted by: sapien on Dec-19-13 11:49 PM (EST)
my solo cook kit that I take on backpacking or kayaking trips weighs a little over 2 lbs including fuel that lasts a week and a backup stove.
Well, the idea |
Posted by: rpg51 on Dec-23-13 6:58 AM (EST)
is to learn the lessons needed to cope without it - even on a rainy trip. It can be very rewarding and what a sense of freedom it offers - not to mention warmth. Some think it adds to the adventure. Not many here obviously!
Posted by: Varmintmist on Apr-15-14 1:36 PM (EST)
.. learning to make decent meals over a pocket rocket with bags of dehydrated food is a challenge in itself. It also teaches preperation and planning by packing the meals and conserving fuel. Since most often I am camping with scouts it is a lot eaiser on everyone if they canoe like they backpack.
Love campfire cooking|
Posted by: RobW on Dec-23-13 9:20 AM (EST)
We do most of our cooking over the campfire, but always take a stove along too. In the spring it's part of the safety plan as getting a hot drink into someone quickly is a good way to restore body warmth should someone dump. In the summer it is insurance against a fire ban.
Posted by: Umnak on Jan-02-14 8:37 PM (EST)
On long kayaking trips in Southeast Alaska we take a canister and an ultrlight stove in case we need to warm someone up while the fire is starting. We've never had to use the canister stove. We use fire for all of our meals and tea. The same for backpacking.
stove or fire|
Posted by: ppine on Jan-06-14 2:34 PM (EST)
The longer the trip the more you need multiple systems. Stoves are handy for quick stops, wet weather, places with little fuel, and fire danger.
How bout a wood stove|
Posted by: jonnyboy on Apr-02-14 9:34 PM (EST)
On pretty much every trip kayak or backpacking I take either my pocket rocket or Esbit and also my Emberlite wood stove. I tend to use my Emberlite more than the others and bring minimal fuel to save weight or space and use them as a backup. Part of the fun of the trip is the hunt for firewood.