SMALL bike camping thread

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by RAZR, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. inyang

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    but uses special fuel.

    I prefer universal fuel -read petrol - powered units, as you do not need to lug a a separate supply of fuel on multi day trips. I understand this may not be a significant issue for most people though.
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  2. Ceri JC

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    Can you recommend a (very) compact petrol stove for me? All the ones I've seen seem to require you hook up a litre water-bottle style fuel cannister of petrol to them. Anything smaller than those that deal with smaller volumes? All I want is to be able to boil water quickly on it, it to pack small and it to be reasonably durable.
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  3. xymotic

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    MSR does make a smaller bottle.
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  4. Fast1

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    4oz.. nice and compact. My selection for solo 2 or 3 day trips.

    edit... thought you were referring to compressed fuel not the size of the actual fuel containers sold by MSR.

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  5. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    but the MSR bottles use the same fuel that your bike does, so why would you want to get a smaller bottle???

    a lot of ppl put these bottles on the opposite side from the exhaust in the same location using some type of strap (exhaust strap) and connect it to your subframe.

    you might need it for your bike.
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  6. Ceri JC

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    Very good point.
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    I suppose it's force of habit of wanting to make everything as small/light as possible. In this case, as it can be used as additional bike fuel, I wouldn't mind carrying the full size bottle. A 1L bottle stuck in my tool tube lashed opposite the exhaust would be fine. Thanks.
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  8. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    i have been looking into "backpacking" websites and blogs for advice.

    i also have bicycle friends that do long trips on their bicycles. now THAT is minimalism at it's best!

    they laugh at me that i take a tent. they are all into bivy's. i just can't do that because i like a little room to chill in and i get a little claustrophobic in bivy's.

    looking at the MSR website, they have stove, plate, silverware kits that all fit into each other. that's a GREAT idea!
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  9. Fishfund

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    That is the exact reason I want the smaller bottle, so I can just fill the MSR bottle from the main tank when it is empty.

    The difference in 20 oz of fuel in the small MSR bottle vs the large bottle (32-12) will only gain you a few more miles for your motorcycle. To me that is not an advantage and a reason to pack a fuel bottle that is more than twice the size of what it can be.

    If you need more fuel for you bike, odds are you are going to need more than 20 extra ounces anyway. Just buy a bigger tank.

    my 2 cents
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  10. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    not entirely.

    i have been in situations where i can coast most of the way, then start the bike on uphills, then repeat the coasting to the nearest gas station AND/OR hitchhike to the gas station to fill the LARGER MSR bottle.:deal

    30 oz = 0.234 gallons = 10 miles up to 20 miles(if i coast and i'm easy on the throttle).
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    To each their own. I'm glad that plan works well for you.
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  12. Fast1

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    If autos are going by and you were smart enough to pack a small diameter siphon tube you could get some fuel in the MSR allot quicker than hitchhiking and leaving your prized posession and all those expensive camping supplies for others to see while away. Hitchhiking for fuel is a double issue because you also have to return back to your bike with the fuel and this may take more time than you anticipated in remote areas... I've experienced this little task once and it was no cake walk.. Plus if you are not riding solo that siphon tube works wonders when pushing your fuel supply to the limit knowing you have a potential re-supply running with you.
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  13. RLK

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    The fuel fits inside the folded stove and is included in the $3 purchase price. A quarter cube will boil 2 cups of water and there's 12 cubes inside. Buy a couple more 12packs of fuel for another $2 each if you are going out for a month without a chance to visit an Army surplus store. Id call that pretty damn cost effective hot water.
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    how long does it take to boil water with this? or cook a can of chili? seems like a great way to go for cooking simple things
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    Coleman makes quite a few.
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    depends on the type of fuel (hexamine or trioxamine or others) as well as the physical size of the tablet. Boiling room temp water would be about 10-12 minutes till you see bubbles. Most tablets last about 12-15 minutes, again depends on what type and size. I don't think I've ever had anything go into a full on rolling boil with mine, but boiled enough to use for coffee, tea, soup or instant meals.

    I carry mine when on trips but I only use it if I am staying in a bed. I put on a cup of water, hop in the shower, by the time I get out I have hot water for coffee. I have one in my weekend bag and in it are a dozen round tablets from walmart, I think those are coughlan's brand. They don't stink to high heaven like the square ones do.
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  19. Ceri JC

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    Presumably you're not talking camping then? Doesn't the hotel/motel/house have a better, safer way of boiling water (eg a kettle)? Don't get me wrong, I stay indoors some of the time on trips too, but whenever I do, I use their facilities to make tea/coffee. Aside from it being for safety reasons, it helps conserve stove fuel too.
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    I'm talking fleabag motels. If it's a chain hotel then more often than not they have a breakfast room.

    Speaking of which, I've heard of many a rider going into hotels in the morning for the complementary breakfast who have not actually spent the night in said motel. I of course would never stoop so low...............:1drink
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