I’d go as far as to say the gate theory applies here – gas leads to harder substances.
Didn’t we just freak out over how it would explode? It just goes to show that success brings courage and confidence.
One very efficient way to cook, melt water from snow and warm up the tent temporarily, is to use a petrol cooker. Expeditions tend to use one in extreme conditions.
First, second and third off: you need to know what you’re doing. You need to be extra careful because the manufacturers of both the cooker and the tent you’ll use it in prohibit its use. There’s a looming fire hazard involved, should you use it incorrectly. Not to mention a risk for a carbon monoxide poisoning. Use it right and your expedition is safe. When in doubt, practice outdoors.
The tent should be tall enough and the cooker should be in a metal box. Ventilation needs to be adequate as well.
In addition to insurance not covering any damage to the tent, you could get seriously hurt. So wear non-flammable attire. Keep the lid and a fire blanket at the ready.
Needless to say, one shouldn’t store anything near the fire.
First attempts should be made far from the tent, on the yard or something. Choose a shielded yet open area and follow instructions to the letter.
For safety purposes, use the cooker on a non-flammable base. You need to be able to extinguish the flame at any point.
I also have a brand new box for my cooker and its story is an interesting one.
It’s prototype number one from a domestic design product called Absidi. The material and other qualities will be greatly improved once they hit the shelves but I’m more than happy with this purchase. I wish the makers luck with their endeavors! Maybe Santa will bring me one for Christmas!
Despite all the warnings I’ve given you, I still think it’s the best way to cook. A warm tent is such a luxury as well.
I accidentally found a Primus bottle for next to no cost but the actual cooker is an MSR Whisperlite. I learned to use one when I was attending the Harsh Open Fells class.
Other winter camping gear
I was talking about winter camping with a friend the other day and they wanted to know if it’s necessary to buy all these things in advance.
You can wear ordinary winter clothes and use layers. And keep in mind, when you’re on the move, you’ll sweat. When you stop, it’ll get cold.
If you choose a lean-to near a parking lot, you won’t need special equipment for an overnight stay. It’s perfectly okay to use a summer tent. And you can create a winter sleeping bag by putting two summer bags inside one another. Doubling and tripling works on all fronts.
Should you desire to stay more than one night in the wild, I suggest checking your gear list. Borrowing and renting equipment gives you an idea what to look for, not to mention asking a more seasoned outdoor person.
Winter hikes should start as day trips and/or one night stays.
Don’t start with buying petrol cookers, Lap’s sledges and winter tents from the get-go. Although they have great retail value, you need to be sure this is your thing.
The so called gear cycle begins when you want to spend most of the year in the wild and maybe make a living out of it.
I’m positive this is for me. #stillmissingawintertent
Seriously addicted to winter,
This article doesn’t include textbook instructions on how to use a petrol cooker. Such can be found on the package the thing comes in. Should you find yourself unable to locate instructions, ask someone who knows.