M Exploding Gas Canisters: The Hazard of Overheating

by Roger Caffin

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Article Summary:

Everyone 'knows' about the hazards of putting a windshield anywhere near a canister stove or of letting a canister of gas get too hot. Some brands of stoves come with quite extraordinary warnings about this, threatening immediate explosions and loss of life and limb. However, despite these warnings many experienced walkers don't hesitate to use a windshield around their stove. In fact, under some conditions a windshield is essential if you want your pot to boil at all. Curiously, precious few explosions have ever been recorded. Will canisters really explode, or is this just a myth spread by the stove companies?

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