fuel for the TGO challenge

Discussion in 'Kitchen' started by Wandering Jay, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. Wandering Jay

    Wandering Jay Trekker

    not sure if this right place but stove = kitchen?...anyho..im doing the TGO this year, and my only real quandery is what stove/pot/fuel to use. Ive narrowed it down to either a Speedster potset or a primus 1lt pot with an alpkit koro. One of my main concerns is fuel availibility on route. We are planning to resupply at Spean bridge, Dalwhinnie, Blair Atholl, Braemar and Tarfside. Anyone know if meths is readily bought on this route or is gas canisters more available. Cheers in advance
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    You’ll get gas or biofuel at Braemar mountain sports, possibly gas at the campsite in Blair Atholl.
    I used a Jetboil on my TGO crossing, set off with one 100g cart and bought another in braemar
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  3. stormin'

    stormin' Section Hiker

    Whatever fuel you are using, it is easier to post it forward to a post office or accomodation/campsite. You will get nothing in Tarfside in the way of fuel unless someone is overstocked and giving it away on the campsite or in St Drostans hostel. As Shewie said Braemar mountain sports shop has both alcohol and gas. Blair has a campsite which may have gas, the shop may also have some.Dalwhinnie garage may have gas or meths, Spean Bridge has a shop also a garage which may also have gas or meths. Why not try giving them all a call and enquiring.
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  4. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    Technically you should not post gas canisters. The Royal Mail can simply refuse to deliver your parcel if one is discovered.

    Due to security regs all post via air is x-rayed either at the main postage hub or the airport so the likelyhood of discover is high, a high volume of postbisnfrom from Exeter to East Midlands before being transferred either by road or further flights.
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  5. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    First time, I posted meths in my food parcels. 250ml coke bottles to the brim and taped up, surrounded by food in parcel. Probably against the rules...shrug.

    Second time I used Esbit. Again, top ups sent in food parcels to Dalwhinnie and Braemar.

    A mate carried a 250g gas cart and it did the whole trip, but no lunch brews like I have.
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  6. Nigellionheart

    Nigellionheart Backpacker

    If it helps last year I set off with 1x230g gas cart x 1x100 as a spare, picked up another 100g cart in Braemar. I use my stove in mornings, lunctime for Brew & hot food on some days plus the evenings for food and 2x hot drinks. I always use a wind shield to help minimise boil times. As above no re-supply in Tarfside cant comment on other locations. Same plan for this year.
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  7. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I'll probably use Esbit; I think I'll only need 14 tabs for the whole thing.

    With current plans I'd have to carry a maximum of 9 at any one time...so 126g :geek:
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  8. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Why only 14 tabs Ed? Have you got accomodation booked every other night;)



    I used 2-3 tabs per day. 1 for 2x breakfast tea and add to muesli.
    1.5 for dinner and 2 -3 hot drinks and sometimes half a tab for a lunch brew.
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  9. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Nine nights bivvying, two rest days; some pub food.
    I don't have brews; just breakfast tea or coffee.
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  10. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Interesting... I hadn't realised others here commonly cook or heat food for day time breaks. Some days I have brew during in the day not regularly so the stove only gets used for tea at breafast and some dinner. No wonder I don't need much fuel... ;)
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  11. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    well dunno how common it is - only one post mentions heating daytime food in this thread?

    a brew on the other hand:hungry:
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  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I do have a 'special reserve' on occasion which would be a day-time heated 'meal' - soup mix with a packet of crisps crumbled into it....used it a few times to finish a long day.
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  13. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Yeah a hot soup can work wonders on one of those miserably cold wet days in the clouds - I often carry a pack of miso soup for those, with a spoon of my dried mushroom + seaweed mix to work its magic. Never say never... :D
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  14. stormin'

    stormin' Section Hiker

    Chinese won ton can do wonders when you are down.
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  15. Scottk

    Scottk Summit Camper

    A 100g gas lasts me about 7 days of 3 boils per day- breakfast porridge and a tea, soup and a coffee for lunch and a dried meal and a brew at night. Got a gas resupply in Braemar last year which was enough for me.
    I'm using a jetboil minimo.
    Last year I stayed a night in Blackburn bothy and there were 3 part canisters there. Used one for a boil while I was there.

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