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Backpacker Magazine – November 2008

How to Do Everything - Gear

Patch a tent hole, layer for extreme conditions, clean your stove, make an old bag warmer, and more.

by: Annette McGivney


Hiking | Packing & Planning | Camping | Gear | First Aid & Health | Cooking


Fix Your Tent | Warm Up Your Sleeping Bag, Your Clothes | Clean Your Stove/Pick the Right Matches | Two-Second Tips

CLEAN YOUR STOVE
Disassemble as much as possible and wipe clean, removing burnt gunk with a scrubby pad. Grease O rings with silicone lubricant and replace any cracked ones. If carbon has built up in the fuel line (hint: the flame is yellow and sputtering, not blue and steady), remove and scrub or sandpaper it. If your stove has a built-in jet cleaner, turn the burner upside down and shake lightly. Otherwise, use the stove's wire tool or a needle threader to unclog the jet hole.

SUPERCHARGE YOUR MATCHES
First, pick the right matches: big, fat, strike-anywheres. Melt a few paraffin candles in a double boiler and float matches in the wax for several seconds to completely coat them. Remove with tweezers and let them dry, match head up, on a piece of Styrofoam. Store in a watertight match safe or pill bottle. You've just doubled each match's burn time.



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READERS COMMENTS

Pat
Jul 10, 2009

I like how two comments skipped snow and went for the rock.

Chris
May 21, 2009

Does that mean that you have to pack-out the smooth rock? Hmmm...

Benjamin
Jan 15, 2009

wouldn't it be better to tie the knot at the end of the shockcord BEFORE cutting it, rather than after? That way you don't risk the end of the cord shooting back up the pole and having to struggle to get it back. It's also much easier to tie a knot in a long string than a short one.

ben
Jan 07, 2009

lol, forgot the TP, use a smooth rock.
wow.
this is amazing.

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