In this edition of UJCC, Uncle Jacko advises on stove safety, as well as discusses his view on the 'profitless pursuit of pointless pastimes' and being 'too goal-driven.' He also reminisces on the hallucinations that come when sleep deprived during a backcountry ultra-marathon.
I prefer a pikau to a pack, a tarp to a tent, and a simple one-piece stove to a pressurised blast furnace. Tiny alcohol burners fit this bill. They are easy to make and don't require expensive tools or project stock. A couple of soft-drink cans, a craft knife and some patience are all you need.
Can a stove made from three tin cans and an hour of muttering compete with a hi-tech titanium marvel? There's more to it than a scale and a stopwatch.
Since 1984, the MSR WhisperLite has been reliably turning your solvent of choice into fumes, noise and blistering heat.