Secrets of Using Stove in Cold Weather

After a long day of hiking or any other outdoor sport, it is natural that the hungry press and anxiety to cook something yummy to appear.
If after all you are a cold weather, the feeling is that hunger doubles or even triples
The need to cook for crossings as the W Circuit in Chilean Patagonia,fine-toothed saw (considered the crossing more difficult than Brazil), Crossing Petrópolis-Teresópolis, etc, it is inevitable the use of stove.
In these places there is always an extra factor found easily: the cold.
The logistics in order to use the stove in beach areas is very different to mountain locations.
So to make the stove does not fail during freezing weather, and in the winter, can result in an adventure, or a nightmare.
Factors such as strong wind can test the patience of any camper.
For this there are some secrets can be incorporated in the ritual of cooking stove in cold climate that surely will make life easier in the camping.
Remember that for every kind of camping there is a different kind of stove.
Wind protection
Be protected behind large rocks or trees, is the best option to avoid the wind impede the functioning of the stove.
If you are somewhere that is snowing, try building a small wall with snow snow.
The tent is not for cooking
If you have the curiosity to read instruction manual use of the stove, any model you’re using warns of the danger of cooking inside the tent.
Why the tents best suited for touring and camping in places of harsh climate have advances, where the EMERGENCY ROOM, must be done using the stove.
Stove inside the tent should be the last option to use, because the risk of accidents is very high, and there is always someone fumbling in the group.
The tents are made of highly inflammable synthetic materials.
In the case that there is no other option, make a small hole in the stem and check that you have good ventilation (in addition to fire the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning).
Never stop looking for the stove and look for a stable surface.
Choose the best fuel
The best choice for cold weather is the gas canister mixed with high percentage of propane, much less evaporável at low temperatures.
Even better if you have some liquid such as kerosene, or diesel if you don’t have another option available.
But don’t forget to check if the fuel is compatible with your stove, and NEVER pour your fuel anywhere.
A Brazilian did just that: didn’t check the compatibility of fuel with the stove, and when there was a setback when using shot fuel and stove in the river. The result of this was the owner’s irritation and the Valle Encantado (one of the best places to climb in South America) in Argentina
Enjoy the snow
We can’t always carry all the water we need, so melting snow is always a great option to get as much cold water as hot.
For this (melt snow) you need a wide container and a lot of patience.The bigger the pot as you can get, the greater the amount of water that can melt.
An important detail: the drier is snow more will it take to melt.
If it’s ice, it is recommended that you break in small sections to speed up the process.
Remember to drink a lot of liquid (melt snow) because in this kind of climate is critical to prevent freezing and hypothermia.
Save energy
After melting the snow never discard what hasn’t been used.
Put the water in your canteen and let the protected from the cold.
What you save can be used at the next meal and if you keep warm the flask can be used to heat up the bottom of the sleeping bag and your feet.