Nothing increases your appetite like a long stay in the cold in winter, during a hike. And there is no greater pleasure than eating in nature after a hard day. However, the process of cooking on a gas burner in a winter hike has its own characteristics.
Features of cooking on a gas burner in a winter campaign, is it possible to cook in a tent, the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The cooking process on a gas burner in frosty winter conditions can be hindered by low air temperatures, wind and other adverse weather conditions. Strong winds can make cooking very difficult. Therefore, you will first have to find some kind of natural shelter or shelter. If there are none nearby, then you will have to build an artificial barrier from the wind yourself. For example, from the snow.
Of course, it is possible to cook food on a gas burner inside your tent, although most manufacturers of tents or burners categorically do not recommend this. Why? Yes, for the reason that you can greatly harm yourself or even die.
Yes, there are many situations when there is simply no other choice than cooking inside the tent. However, this should always be the latest option, and it is always important to know and understand what and how you are doing. For your safety, follow a few simple rules:
Cooking or boiling water on a gas burner is desirable within the lobby of the tent, and not inside it..
You have repeatedly used your gas burner, you know its structure, capabilities and features.
During the whole process of cooking or boiling water, you should be near the burner and stay awake.
Good ventilation must be provided..
Danger of carbon monoxide poisoning while cooking inside the tent.
Poor ventilation greatly increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. In this case, sudden drowsiness is the first sign of such poisoning. If you are several people, then carefully monitor each other.
The first sign of a high level of carbon monoxide in the air, usually lies in the fact that the flame of the burner will begin to pulsate and “drag”. This is your rescue indicator. As soon as the flame begins to behave in this way, immediately turn off the burner and ventilate the tent. Create forced ventilation.
Camping tents are usually made from synthetic fabrics that are highly flammable. Therefore, never place a gas burner near the walls of the tent or on its open bottom. Use some kind of stand or wind protection from the same burner. Make sure that sleeping bags, clothing, or other flammable objects are not in a dangerous proximity to the cooking area..
The choice of gas for cooking on a gas burner in a winter hike.
Obviously, in winter conditions it is advisable to use specially designed winter gas. It is more convenient to use and more or less stable at temperatures up to minus 15 degrees. If summer gas is used, then it is necessary to fulfill a number of conditions:
Try to pre-heat the gas bottle in advance.
Half an hour before cooking or boiling water, warm the gas bottle. Put it in your bosom or wrap it in a sleeping bag.
If possible, then use a gas burner with pre-heating fuel..
Do not turn the gas bottle upside down.
In the instructions for some models of gas burners, the manufacturer directly indicates the possibility of its operation with an inverted gas cylinder. If this is not explicitly indicated, then turning the cylinder over will only achieve a temporary improvement in the burning power of the flame. The payback for this will be further forced non-planned cleaning of clogged nozzles of the burner. Of course, if you can make it out in the field.
Using snow or ice for cooking on a winter camping trip.
Do not throw large chunks of dense snow or ice into a pot standing on a burning burner. You risk causing severe overheating of its bottom. Then, as a result, various deformations of your camping dishes are possible. The large surface of many small pieces of snow or ice will cause them to melt faster and save your dishes. And it’s best to melt snow or ice in advance using some capacity.
steel or plastic bottle, then it can be used as a heating pad. Place the bottle inside the sleeping bag, in its lower part. Now, over the next few hours, pleasant warmth will remain inside it..
Swedish survival expert.