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Gear Talk / Re: Waterproofing Tent Advice-Suggestions
« on: September 12, 2018, 09:17:04 am »
Test the waterproofness of the fly fabric and the tent floor by using your mouth to try to draw air through the fabric.  If it is air tight, the fabric is watertight.

If so -- re-seam sealing may help.

If not, trying to re-waterproof the fabric is likely a lost cause.

FWIW: UV exposure degrades tent fabric more than rain.

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Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 27, 2018, 12:21:23 pm »
As far as half a gallon is a lot to carry, if don't want to carry two quarts, carry one, and sell or give away the rest of a gallon.
Just another followup...
I also consider a quart to be a lot to carry for an on road bicycle tour.  I figure that my 11 oz (10 oz actual useable capacity) bottle is good for a little over 7 days when backpacking and probably a good bit longer on most bike tours.  On tour I am likely to eat some diner meals and am less likely to have my morning coffee in camp.  I can probably do most of my shorter tours (8 or 9 days) with my 11 oz bottle and no refills.

Since I prefer to restock frequently rather than carry more food and fuel, the 11 oz bottle seems about right for me even on multi month tours.  I plan to use gasoline most of the time when restocking on the road and coleman fuel when I have the option of filling at home.
With "multi-fuel" versions of the MSR stoves you can burn stuff like mineral spirits, etc sold in paint stores in 1 quart quantities.

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Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:21:51 pm »
Just a follow up.  I finally did spring for a Whisperlite International and an 11 ounce fuel bottle and am pretty optimistic after testing it a little.  It seems well made, easy to use, and not too heavy.

I already had a couple old fuel bottles from the 70's that were larger (20 oz?), but the 11 ounce bottle seems about right for most of my usage.  About the only time I'd carry the larger bottle would be if I was backpacking or XC skiing and melting snow for water.
I would advise caution while using older Sigg fuel bottles with an MSR stove.  MSR developed their own line of fuel bottles after the Sigg bottles developed cracks from long term use with MSR stoves.  At the very least avoid over pumping
, inspect the bottles carefully and watch out for leaks.

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Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:41:06 am »
TSA + gasoline stove is tricky.  Checked baggage only and you need enough time for all the fuel to evaporate so the NO SMELL remains in the stove or bottle. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 02, 2018, 03:44:08 pm »
FWIW:  I used the following setup on the Pacific Coast Route last summer:

Trangia alcohol burner with simmer ring
Vargo Titanium Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove as a stand
HIGHROCK Lightweight Compact Folding Camp Stove Windscreen (amazon)
3/4 Liter pot
11 inch ceramic coated "fry pan"
1 liter plastic soda bottle for fuel

The alcohol stove is silent and easy.   With the windscreen wrapped close around the pot boil times for coffee in the morning were reasonable. The simmer ring would let me cook stuff like eggs, bacon and pancakes.

Canister stoves are great -- but finding canisters out in small towns is uncertain.

Alcohol fuel is really easy to obtain in small towns -- any paint or hardware store sells denatured alcohol  Roughly $8 for a quart.  I used 1 - 3 oz of fuel per meal -- depending on how elaborate.

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