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    Winter idea: running alcohol stove on low setting under tarp?

    I had a wonderfully awful idea - what if I bring my simmering alcohol stove to my tarp and have it ready to go in the evening, that if woken up in the middle of the night because of the chill, I could fire it up as a warmer? Or if not - I could boil coffee in the morning

    Have anyone tried it? Is it a good idea, or better not do it?

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    That's how brikfist is done, laddy
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    what is brikfist? Does it have a url?

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    Low, simmer or high, I keep all flame sources far away from Sil-nylon! That can be one tragic fire.
    "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." Abraham Lincoln

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    Alcohol stoves give off very little heat, especially simmer models. Simmer stoves are less than ideal for boiling, especially so in cold weather.

    Give it a shot, but I think you'd be better off counting on your tarp and insulation to keep you warm. Save your fuel to make yourself a hot water bottle.

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    I can't figure how it could be a warmer if you wake up cold.

    For sure making a warm beverage before you are even out of the hammock is a sweet deal. I really enjoy doing that. Haven't done it as much recently because of having done a bunch of group hangs and once the camp starts to stir, someone is starting a fire and putting the coffee on. But yes, a warm beverage in the AM before even getting out of the hammock, is a wonderful thing.

    Hot water bottle is the way to go. Pour hot water into a nalgene and it will keep your feet warm and still be warm in the AM. (not as warm, but warm...or not frozen which is often key)
    Have sherpas, will travel...

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    You walk a fine line between negligible gains and sending your shelter up in flames. May the force be with you.

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    I think any small gain in heat would be immediately lost thru openings in the tarp. Even if you had it sealed nearly air tight, it sounds like a miserable condensation trap.

    You can get away with this in a tent with those small propane heaters since they put off a good deal of heat, able to keep up with the recommended door opening to ventilate.
    With our land becoming more developed and crowded, lots of people go into the woods because they are beautiful and wild. Unfortunately some people’s actions make these places much less beautiful than when they arrived (bushcrafters building chairs, tables, shelves, tripods, walls, huge fires, cutting trees, etc.) Do your best to make sure you’re not one of those people.

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    You guys are probably right. The most efficient usage of fuel and the fastest way to warm up is to boil water, drink up some hot drink with a snickers bar, put the rest of boiled water into Nalgene Bottle...

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    I know since you live in WI you can deal with some brutal winters so the SmokeHouse Outfitter could get some good use. I have one and love it. It is made by a forum member named Smokehouse. Add a wood burning stove and you can handle anything mother nature throws at you. I've had no problem maintaining 80's inside when it's zero outside.
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