When building a survival bag, bug out bag, get home bag, whatever you want to call it, a way to heat water is essential. Heating water not only makes eating light and compact freeze-dried foods possible, as well as making treats like coffee, tea and cider, it’s a good way to disinfect water. As long as it’s relatively clean, boiling will kill just about everything that might live in that water and make you sick, toxins and pollutants not withstanding.
But what’s the best way to boil water? Fire is the best way but what’s the best way to carry around fire with you? Some form of tinder (I used Vaseline-soaked cotton balls) and an ignition source (I use Bic lighters, storm-proof matches and a BlastMatch) is how you make fire. But you can’t always build a fire and it’s not the most efficient or subtle way to heat water. Zombies can smell the smoke and see the light for miles
So you need some way to boil water quickly and easily and luckily there are many options out there. Backpackers are way ahead of the rest of us in this department. They have all manner of small, light and efficient stoves. From complete cook systems to tiny alcohol stoves and from high-tech gadgets like the Jet Boil system to old-fashioned wood stoves. I’ve selected three relatively inexpensive options that use three different types of fuel. Each stove is small, lightweight and offer relatively easy to find fuel. (more…)
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