Friday, April 18, 2014

Sterno Cooking in the Gila Wilderness

Up in the Gila I'm hiking and testing alternate gear systems. The weather has been warm and sunny during the day. At night it cools to thirty something. Because we're sleeping at 5-6 thousand feet, the air is thinner and colder.
Meeting some cool people who also love the "wild" camping. No electricity or water on site. But up at the visitor's center, both can be had.

I picked this "Sterno" type fuel up at a dollar store near the Mexican border town of Palomas. After testing it twice, I've decided it works wonderfully for a simmer, or if you're not in a hurry. The beauty of it is you don't have to keep adding fuel, you can put it out instantly by replacing the tiny metal cover, the source burns nearly odor free and you know exactly how much is left. Unlike canister cooking, once the fuel is gone, this metal container will be a useful piece of equipment.

According to the label, this fuel will last 2.5 hours.

My ultralight pot, windscreen and pot support are being used in this photo with the Sterno heat . It is placed on the metal picnic table at my campsite. As you can see, there is also a pit toilet. The Gila River is across the road.

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