The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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I remember reading in a book years ago, about the 8th Army, that the tommies used to brew up on a 'Tommy Cooker' Which was just a tin, full of sand and fuel poured in over the sand. What I cant remember was what the fuel was. I would imagine, being that they were in army trucks, it would be deisel, or did trucks back then use petrol? If i tried this with petrol from my bike tank would I explode in a ball of flame or would it just provide me with a nice cup of char? Anybody had experience of this kind of cooking?
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You can test this quite easily - it does work but its not as rapid as gas or wood fire:
1. empty can (beans, soup etc)
2. half a can of sand
3. a spike to hole the can
4. a few stones for ground clearance
Remove the top of the can, spike some air holes in the side and base (in the base make only very small holes). Pour in the sand to half fill the can. Add 1/8 of a can of petrol evenly over the sand, leave it for a few mins to allow the petrol to spread out and dampen all the sand. Set can safely on stones to allow air way under the can. Light with a taper or burning stick.
i've been using a soda can stove for three years. it's easy to make, doesn't cost anything, weighs only a few ounces, doesn't have any moving parts and fuel is easy to find\use\carry. very popular in the long-distance hiking community
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The original Tommy cooker used petrol and sand. There is no truth in the reply about snipers and solidified alcohol. Interestingly, the phrase Tommy cooker was used by the Germans occupying France around D-Day when they fired on the British made Churchill Tank, which exploded and burned so easily. Therefore, "Tommycooker", for the tank crew died horribly.
Just to changethe topic slightly, has anyone any experience of using a 'kelly kettle' ?
Yep, used to have one a few years back (it got stolen). A brilliant device boiled water in next to no time with any available solid fuel (cardboard, sticks, dung - has to be solid so no splodgy cow pats!, etc.) but a bit heavy/bulky and not multifunctional enough for me to pack on my bike.
Although the soda can stoves are attractive due to their simplicity etc (like the Trangia), the meths (alcohol) is very inefficient for power/weight ratio. Gasolene or Kerosene (almost the same in energy terms) are way more efficient. This means you can carry less stove fuel and if you use gasolene, you carry many more litres in the gas tank of the bike. I've met quite a few Trangia users while out camping and they have run out of fuel early. They don't burn well any other fuel. I'll stick with my MSR which I refuel from the gas tank using quick release connectors in the fuel lines.
The improvised cooker using a can, sand and petrol was actually called a Benghazi (after the town in Libya, no doubt where the British 8th Army had got to when some bright spark invented it). Very effective; we even used a bunch of them in Algeria to mark out a desert landing strip at night.
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