The stove I ordered finally arrived. Unfortunately, “not as advertised” adequately describes the stove. In order to pack it down, either the base of the unit would have to be removed, or the plastic on the underside of the base needs a notch cut out of it to make everything fit together in a compact unit. Very disappointing given it would be really easy to get it right.
It’s now Wednesday, which means anything I order will arrive Friday when I’ll be coming home, unless I get really, really lucky with same day shipping (not going to happen).
I’m left with these options here:
Borrow gear - The two people I would normally borrow gear from are Doug and Aaron, because they’re reliable and Doug lives in my building. Aaron is in France, Doug is in Florida Keys. There’s one other guy who would have it, but I’m not sure I want to borrow it from him (acquaintance more than someone I regularly contact).
Buy a different stove from a local store - Something I did entertain. This requires a bit of a leap of faith in terms of design, etc. AND was something I tried already. The best option here would be getting a MSR kit from REI. Unfortunately, this is a pricey venture.
Solid fuel can - you can buy cans of solid fuel that will do in a pinch. Their BTU rating is usually 33-50% of regular Butane-Propane stoves, and I’d have to hold the container over the can the entire time. Not nearly as good, but like I said… in a pinch. Cheapest option. For a one time hit of $40 less I think I can hold a saucepan for 5 minutes.
Go without - Overall, I’m not terribly upset at the prospect of not having hot food. As long as I eat/pick up food in North Bend (~20 mi before the finish) before I leave I’ll be fine. Since this was the plan anyway I don’t see it being a huge problem. However, as this was a dry run for BC002, if I had to choose between having and not having, I would prefer to have.
I do have something on order from Amazon at this point in time, so it will likely be one of the last two options.