Thursday, 19 June 2008

Why Do We Put Up With It?

Look at this link: fuel bottles.

Gas canisters are circular in section and fit nicely inside a cooking mug.

Why, when you switch to meths/"alcohol" stoves do you suddenly get something offered that looks like it fell off a Panzer in Rommel's DAK? For the sake of the 21st century, will someone not look at this glaring gap in the market and sell me the solution!

Why should I put up with jamming wee plastic bottles in the side, when the shape is determined by the size of the cookset (see yesterday). No doubt some people out there will be knitting their own fuel bottles, or are happy to carry lots of wee bottles, but not me. I'm too fashionable for that malarky.

So, come on, someone (Alpkit??) make my day.

10 comments:

BG! said...

Maybe there's a safe way to convert an empty gas canister for use with meths? Failing that, I can see about having a metal canister made to your choice of material/size/shape etc for you, if you like.
Anyway, here's a place that supply all sorts of plastic bottles, I'm told that they're happy to send samples on request: http://www.measomfreer.co.uk/
Any use?

BG! said...

Or you could try this:

http://www.fusionhobbies.com/Tamiya-German-Fuel-Drum-Set-p/ta35186.htm

:-)

BG! said...

But seriously, maybe this could be useful:

http://www.funrcboats.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=IVTANK1000

AktoMan said...

Hmm. In theory, a 100 gas canister would store about 300mm3 of meths.
pi * radius2 * height
3.14 * 4.5*4.5cm * 4.5cm (approx)
=286cm3
=286ml

at 30ml hot meal, that's enough for approx 9 meals. 4 days. A long weekend plus spare.

Downside with adding a bottle top to the canister would be any projection means less space in the holding pan.

LOL at 2nd link, but I had a look to see if they had anything useful for me.

3rd link - safer than using a Platy bag.

AktoMan said...

First link (measomfreer.co.uk) - I'm off to measure inside of ti-mug to see what size bottle it can hold.

Cheers.

Yes - I know how sad this all sounds, but wth.

AktoMan said...

Good range of bottles at
zenstoves.net/FuelStorage.htm

Next time I'm in Halfords, I'll keep an eye out. Would it look too sus if I whipped out a ti-mug and started dropping bottles in it?

Mac E said...

Good point about the fuel bottles but why do cooksets/mugs have to be round, why not oval like the Swedish Army set? I find that the oval set packs easier/takes up less space than normal round stuff.

WD said...

"Would it look too sus if I whipped out a ti-mug and started dropping bottles in it?"
No more sus than when I read Trail at Tesco's ;)

Also why is there no subscribe to comment option on here so I can get email alerts when some-one replies to a comment I made? I believe some-one had requested this feature on other blogs but... :P

Londonbackpacker said...

"Also why is there no subscribe to comment option on here so I can get email alerts when some-one replies to a comment I made? I believe some-one had requested this feature on other blogs but... :P"

I see one :-)

AktoMan said...

Sorry, missed this earlier, as Blogger's email notification on comments is flaky just now.

Mac E - aye. The Swedish set is nice. Reminds me of the Sigg oval water bottle that just made more sense than the round-section version.

WD/LBP - the email notification is only available to Google/Blogger folk. So you're both correct. I went to email Blogger about this, but looked like I could only do this via a forum, and I couldn't be bothered with signing in, posting, checking, arguing, etc. Oh, that's just on some forums ;->