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    Melting snow . Not so easy building a big fire and useing a canteen cup . This is why we use the 2 gallon pot and the modified hobo stove . We've got about a quart in 20 minutes or so just useing twigs broken by hand . One thing we forgot was our seed water .Better to start with water in the pot .So if you have a wiling assistant you can have a canteen ready while you set up your camp.







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    I carry a large flask in an inside coat pocket as seed water. Never take more than a sip or two out of it.

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    I sometimes carry the GI arctic canteen but it is a heavy puppy . Think I may use your method on the upcoming hike into the Huron Natl. forest .
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    Did you compact it down to snowballs. It's is allot less insulating than snow and melts much faster. Also saw a really cool thread and fb video called Finnish marshmallows. You pack a heavy snowball on a stick and have it near a fire not above or in the fire and let it drip into a container. Also mesh bags work great for melting snow too.

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    Looks like your helper is having a great time!...which is what it's all about! I love using my hobo stove because I don't have to bring fuel!!! But when we travel with our sled dogs, we use a alcohol cooker that is basically one big pot setting inside another big pot ( so the heat wraps all around the inner pot) just to melt snow. It can be really time consuming and the colder it is, the less water you get from the same volume of snow. That's why we bring along an ice chisel if we are close to lakes or rivers...way faster to boil up some existing water than to make your own!

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    i havent seen snow in 3 years, kinda miss it..snow balls melt faster if speed is needed, that snow is perfect for snow cream

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    I had never heard or even thought of making snowballs because they will melt faster. I will have to give that a try! Best thing i've leared all year!(haha, get it? =P)

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    Further experiments with snow melting . Fluffiest unpacked snow this AM at .1 degree F .

    Two gallons in volume weigh 3 lb 4 oz

    Empty container with weighs 1 lb 6oz .



    Weight of snow 1 lb 14 oz or 1.875 pounds . Weight of 2 gallons of water 16.425 divided by 1.875 equals 8.76 . Ratio of fluffly unpacked snow to water 8.76 to 1













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