If you are headed into the high country for your backpacking trek, a lightweight gas stove that uses white gas is essential. Dry wood for a fire will be scarce, and there may be park regulations that permit only the use of gas stoves.
There are many types of gas stoves for backcountry use. After you decide on a model, it is imperative that you learn how to operate the stove before venturing into the wilderness.
Cooking at 10,000 feet and above takes more heat and energy, because water boils at a lower temperature. As a result, cooking times will increase.
Wood-burning campfires are great for warmth, roasting marshmallows and slow cooking over a hot bed of coals. Bring your gas stove for making tea, coffee and instant oatmeal.
To build a fire that is quick-burning and good for boiling water, build a teepee fire using dead, dry branches from a pine or similar softwood.
Cooking On Coals
For traditional campfire cooking, choose an appropriate hardwood, such as hickory, oak, maple, ash or beech to make a long-burning fire that will form a bed of red-hot coals.
Article Written By Henri Bauholz
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