Re: My Jet Boil Saved my bacon
Best backpacking stove I've ever used for simplicity and efficiency. Boiling water is no longer a hassle or time consuming.
A fringe benefit is that the empty or low fuel canisters make for one impressive fire cracker. Last August when our hunting trip was complete, we started a fire at our campsite to burn up any paper and burnable trash. I had one of the larger size fuel canisters that was low on fuel, so after the fire was going great guns I placed the fuel container on top of the wood in the flames. We moved back about 20 yards just to be 'safe'. It took a little while before we started hearing a pinging sound of metal deformation coming from the fuel canister. Sounded like the tin being stretched tighter than a banjo string. The rate of the pinging sound increased in frequency like popcorn in the microwave.
I took a few more cautionary steps back and plugged my ears. Man oh man - what an explosive detonation!!! I saw a fireball about 7 feet in diameter for just an instant, and the concussion was like several cherry bombs had gone off at the same time. Saw part of the canister shoot high in the sky. About three times more powerful than I'd have expected. My truck was about 10 yards from the explosion so I walked over to make sure the radiator was still intact.
In studying these fuel canisters I observed that there's no pressure relief valve present like on propane or map fuel canisters. I suspect that's what allowed the container to reach such high pressure internally, and high temperature, before letting go.
Better than buying fireworks! When this fuel canister went off, there was another set of hunters about 1 mile down the river bed that had arrived earlier in the day. I quick got my binoculars out to see what they were doing and promptly saw them looking at me through their binoculars. From now on I'm saving my used JetBoil canisters for the last fire of the hunts. Truly impressive. But future fires will be about twice as far away from the truck and camp.