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Offline J Griffin

to cook or not-thoughts on stoves and "stuff"
« on: September 19, 2017, 12:31:42 pm »
Most of us are vacationing, not doing epic tours, so in this spirit, and as an amateur chef, here's what I've learned on grub:  First, everybody eats, so how much work do you want to put in to this?  Second, is resupply an issue?  Third, how much junk do you really want to carry, and fourth, how many days between resupply?   Resupply's critical: if there's no chance other than the occasional trout out of the stream, it's freeze dried stuff.  You only need to boil water for this, and there's lots of food available.  It's when resupply is available that it gets interesting.  Tara Alan's book "Bike Camp Cook" is fantastic, but I don't like her choice of stove.  Whisperlites are sooty, and are a pain to properly simmer stuff.  The International model's great if you're off into some third world location though-it'll pretty much run on anything flammable.  I haul a Trangia set, and for simmering it's superb.  High enough heat to do crepes, and low enough for stews.  The little alcohol burner can turn out dishes like scampi easily where there's fresh shrimp available, or one of my favorites; crab linguine in a lemon-cream sauce.  Stews are easy since heat control is excellent  I've used pretty much every stove available, from the old Svea 123 to a Jetboil, and the Trangia does it best!

Offline Inge

Re: to cook or not-thoughts on stoves and "stuff"
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2017, 02:58:35 am »
I agree with your statement on the Whisperlite - have used an old international one for a very long time. On that one (pre-shake version) it was sort of possible to simmer food. Though you had to keep an eye on it. Last year I treated myself on a new stove: Dragonfly and got a Dragon Tamer Silent cap with it. This makes it very easy to cook anything on your stove (high heat or simmering) with not too much noise.

Reason I went for the dragonfly is the possibility toi use various types of fuel. In Europe I prefer using MSR or Primus fuel but for my nextr trip - Pacific Coast - I do not know if I will be able to bus MSR/ Primus fuel everywhere and therefor like it to be able to use petrol if need be as well.

Offline J Griffin

Re: to cook or not-thoughts on stoves and "stuff"
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 11:20:28 am »
Pacific coast USA?  MSR fuel-are you talking about the gas cylinders?  Probably doesn't matter: both the canisters and the liquid fuel are readily available all over the place.  The liquid fuel is referred to as "white gas", Coleman stove fuel, and MSR has "Superfuel".  Pretty much any place that sells sporting goods will carry both. 

Offline Inge

Re: to cook or not-thoughts on stoves and "stuff"
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 03:15:13 am »
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Pacific coast USA?  MSR fuel-are you talking about the gas cylinders?  Probably doesn't matter: both the canisters and the liquid fuel are readily available all over the place.  The liquid fuel is referred to as "white gas", Coleman stove fuel, and MSR has "Superfuel".  Pretty much any place that sells sporting goods will carry both. 

Yep - Pacific coast USA. And no I am not talking about gas cylinders but the liquid fuel. Both my old Whisperlite and the new Dragonfly only work on liquid gas/ white gas. Good to know that sporting goods places will sell it.

Offline J Griffin

Re: to cook or not-thoughts on stoves and "stuff"
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 10:37:03 am »
Sounds like it would be a great trip!  Hitting the little seaport towns for seafood would make an incredible trip!  It makes me think I should plan a "seafood" tour, hitting all the little working ports below Seattle and Eureka, Ca.  Our kids live in Eureka, and I'm very familiar with the coastline of CA, having lived there for most of my life.  So if you need any info, just let me know, and have a super trip!
Jerry


Offline Inge

Re: to cook or not-thoughts on stoves and "stuff"
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 01:35:35 am »
Sure hoping it will be. Definitely will sample some local seafood.

Will do, thanks for the offer.