|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – November 2008
Patch a tent hole, layer for extreme conditions, clean your stove, make an old bag warmer, and more.
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.