Mountain house bag as a pot?
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Adam Kramer
(rbeard) - F

Locale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
Mountain house bag as a pot? on 09/16/2010 05:41:13 MDT Print View

was reading an unnamed heavy mag this morning and read a reader tip who uses his mountain house bag as a pot. can you really boil water in this thing over a stove/fire. obviously, it would be messy, but wondering if it can be done (ie, will it withstand the direct flame for 5 min). anyone tested?

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Mountain house bag as a pot? on 09/16/2010 06:17:05 MDT Print View

I'm betting they just use it for eating out of and add hot water. I don't think it will withstand a flame but I haven't used Mountain House products in years so I obviously haven't tested it.

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Mountain house bag as a pot? on 09/16/2010 06:45:49 MDT Print View

Yes,

you can boil in virtually any container. With the interior coating, etc I wouldn't want to consume the water afterward.

In addition, it won't last for many uses.

Scott Lehr
(lehrscott4) - F

Locale: Louisville - KY
boil on 09/16/2010 08:58:59 MDT Print View

You can boil in the bag no problem but you have to keep it quite a ways above the flame and it takes forever. I have even boiled water in a plastic 20oz mountain dew bottle in this manner, but the bottle was badly distorted and it took about 45 minutes with the bottle hanging about 18 inches above a fire.

Adam Kramer
(rbeard) - F

Locale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
Re: Mountain house bag as a pot? on 09/16/2010 09:35:41 MDT Print View

does anyone know if you can put one of those bags on direct flame? coals?

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Mountain house bag as a pot? on 09/16/2010 11:43:44 MDT Print View

>does anyone know if you can put one of those bags on direct flame? coals?

I doubt it. I'm no chemist, but the only reason this works is because the water inside continuously absorbs the heat energy from the fire. In addition, any material that is not touching water, i.e. the upper part of the bag, will melt.

You can boil water in a paper cup by setting it in the fire, but every bit of the cup that isn't touching the water burns off.

I think it'd be just a messy, fussy, hassle.

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Soft Boiled Egg in a Paper Cup on 09/16/2010 12:24:12 MDT Print View

As Travis mentioned, you can boil water in a paper cup by simply putting the cup full of water on a flat spot in the fire. The cup will burn down to the water level but the water will come to a boil.

I've used this technique with a Starbucks cup to soft-boil an egg. It's a fun "parlor trick."

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Mountain house bag as a pot? on 09/16/2010 13:21:59 MDT Print View

Direct contact with heat, no. The bags do burn in a fire (or more likely melt rather than burn but they do ash up).

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Mountain house bag as a pot? on 09/16/2010 13:57:14 MDT Print View

I have reduced aluminum cans to mere ashes over a camp fire. I guarantee same result with MH bags unless there's plenty of water inside -- in which case the fire will still singe it, but won't totally incinerate it.

Two other issues to think about: stability and evenness of cooking.

Edited by ben2world on 09/16/2010 14:02:23 MDT.