Cooking for 7

Cooking for 7 means a bigger pot, more food, and boiling more water. Originally I liked the idea of alcohol stoves because they are super lightweight and the fuel can be put in lightweight containers, and you can easily measure remaining fuel. I had fun making my own stoves that work pretty nicely!

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However, the stoves don’t hold more than a few ounces of fuel before they start “spitting” out the top. We have a 3L pot and need to boil 6 cups of water each night. One of these alcohol stoves just doesn’t hold enough fuel to boil the water we need.

So, we are going with a compact isobutane/propane stove, for a few reasons. The stove is more efficient, the burner flame is adjustable, and we can easily turn the stove on / off without wasting fuel. The only real downside is the weight of the can.

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Our test meals have used just over 1oz of fuel each time, so going with an 8oz can will be enough for 4 nights, with some to spare. Coffee in the morning?

The kit so far includes the stove, fuel, a spatula, lighter, foil wind screen, and a pot and pan/lid. Other utensils will be added later.

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Everything fits nicely in the pot.

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