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What Do You Do with Almost-Empty Fuel Canisters?
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Michael L
(mpl_35) - MLife

Locale: The Palouse
It isn't respectful or considerate of others to start. on 04/02/2014 11:38:54 MDT Print View

"Now open fire and enjoy the fireballs. You get to learn just what kinda destructive power you really are humping along in yer pack, sharpen your night shooting skills and if your lucky really piss off and intimidate the neighbors."

With this kind of attitude, I hope you are never my neighbor. Then you come on here and brag about intimidating a cop that was in all likely hood just responding to a complaint about some jerks out blowing stuff up in the middle of the night.

That said, I'm all up for blowing them up during the day if there aren't any neighbors close by.

Edited by mpl_35 on 04/02/2014 11:51:53 MDT.

robert van putten

Locale: Planet Bob
but it's fun on 04/02/2014 11:52:07 MDT Print View

Awww, poor little cop. Did I traumatize him? :)
I don't think so.
And you don't care a bit about his "I seen you before Boy" routine of his?
He is allowed to disrespect citizens like that?

Also, if he had been responding to a complaint it would have been a different matter, especially that late at night, and we would have indeed been disturbing the peace and likely arrested if we had persisted!

I get the feeling you just don't like blowing things up and think it should be illegal just because?

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
Thread Hijack... on 04/02/2014 11:54:40 MDT Print View

Ummmm, can we get back to the subject at hand?

This was a sincere attempt to find out what ideas people have for using up almost empty canisters (hopefully in an environmentally responsible way -- to the extent that's possible).

And I hope, for someone's sake, that Ian doesn't find the previous posts...

robert van putten

Locale: Planet Bob
sorry on 04/02/2014 12:03:14 MDT Print View

I apologize, I'm not trying to start an argument.

At the camp ground in Reykjavik I did see lots of half empty canisters left by folk leaving Iceland, and of course many folk just arriving picked up several. Most were cycle tourists who could probably afford the room and weight of several half empty tanks, and it saved them plenty of money. They were quite expensive in Iceland.

I myself had a gasoline pressure stove on that trip, so I didn't need any.

But cycle trips where you are not as concerned about every ounce might be one way to use up several half empty tanks.

So are day hikes where you stop for a nice hot cuppa before the hike back.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Thread Hijack... on 04/02/2014 12:18:58 MDT Print View

"And I hope, for someone's sake, that Ian doesn't find the previous posts..."


That was uncalled for and rude. I realize that by me saying this will put you into an emotional tail spin but fortunately the caring souls of BPL will flood your PM inbox with messages of consolation and assurances that I'm an @$$hole... which I am.

You stay on your side of the internet and I'll stay on mine.

Regarding the OP,

I only use canister stoves when there is a fire threat so for me that's typically the Blue Mountains here in the PNW. I know from experience that the canisters I use weigh 3.5oz empty and contain 3.5oz of fuel. I also know that my stove needs .25oz of fuel to boil 16 oz of 40* water. If I have enough fuel to cover my needs for the trip, I'll bring it. Worst case scenario if I come up a bit short, the final attempt at reaching a boil should have the water hot enough to rehydrate my last meal. If I fall way short, then I rehydrate my meal with cold water... oh well.

My recommendation for someone buying a new stove is to invest a canister or two to measure its performance. Try to simulate the conditions you'll encounter in the field. Measure the canister before and after you boil the water. Try boiling water wide open, where the flame is small enough that it doesn't creep up the sides, and way low to see what your fuel consumption looks like.

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
Apologies on 04/02/2014 12:30:25 MDT Print View

Ian, I REALLY didn't mean my statement the way you interpreted it, and I apologize for it seeming that way.

I meant to indicate that, because some of the posts were quite disrespectful of police (and you are the only openly law enforcement person I've encountered on BPL) that you might have something to say about their attitude (as another poster did).

I'm sorry that you think I'm some kind of hysterical whiner. Obviously, we've never met, and you don't know me at all, but you are entitled to your opinion. I, on the other hand, think that you are a decent guy who has a great sense of can get carried away on occasion, but that is not very often.

Again, apologies. My remark was not meant to insult you; it was just a reference to your profession.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
canisters on 04/02/2014 12:32:24 MDT Print View

If you do a bivy at or near the trailhead before starting a trip, use it up to make breakfast and coffee. Similar use if car camping for a weekend, too.

As for recycling, I use a church key style can opener:

Edited by PaulMags on 04/02/2014 12:35:21 MDT.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Apologies on 04/02/2014 12:38:50 MDT Print View

Sorry for jumping the gun then. Since our few interactions have been less than wonderful, I jumped to the wrong conclusion. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt from now on.

I'll take you off of my "Do Not Hike With List" if you take me off of yours. I'll even throw in a Mountain House Chicken and Rice and boil you a coup of cowboy/girl coffee that can double as paint stripper and is often referred to as the nectar of the gods to sweeten the deal.

Edit to add: "you are the only openly law enforcement person" There are others but I'm the only one who's out of the closet lol!

Edited by IDBLOOM on 04/02/2014 12:41:04 MDT.

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
RE: Re: Apologies on 04/02/2014 12:44:48 MDT Print View

Thank you, Ian. I *might* even share my special bourbon flask with you in exchange for the cowboy coffee! :^)

I was *trying* to keep this thread on track after it had derailed quite a bit.