anything I usually put a lot of thought into it, look at reviews and form opinions as to its use. Of course price is a big consideration as to whether you should buy the best, or whether something of lesser quality will do the job equally as well if it is not used constantly or in a rough manner. A couple of years ago my Electric Air compressor broke and I threw it away. It was always my intention to replace it with another unit of at least 8 gal capacity. At our household we have 4 cars between 3 people, plus one motorcycle. In the meantime we have been using a portable 12V unit which is frustratingly slow. I have 3 of these portable units and keep one with my bike, and one in the trunk of my commuter car. Finally one came on sale at nearly half price, so I bought it
It is sold by a big company and has a 2 or 3 year warrantee. I wanted one with wheels so I could move it around. It also came with air hoses and some accessories.
For the past few months I had also been looking at hiking stoves. We don't have any Capellas or REI's here in Canada but we do have MEC.ca Mountain Equipment Co-op as well as others which are all located on Broadway, just East of Cambie Street. In the past you had to decided upon Canister Gas or Liquid Fuel and I was humming and hawwing about which one to consider when RichardM chimed in an recommended a multi-fuel unit when I was on the verge of getting the Jet-Boil system that Troubador & Trobairitz use.
I am becoming more frugal as I age and before I spend significant funds I mull it over for a while before I actually buy anything. You don't realize how many times I have gone to websites and read reviews before I settled on the Primus Gravity II MF , MF = Multi-Fuel
This is one of those new hybrid models which can use; white gas, coleman fuel, gasoline or kerosene with the added benefit of also being able to use Canister Gas. I imagine Canister gas is similar to my single propane burner but I have never used liquid fuel, so I came home and carefully read the instructions
as compared to MSR, the Primus has the better metal pump and I also understand that the Primus fuel bottle with Primus pump will also work on an MSR stove. The Primus has a lower profile and can accept a larger pot . I think I understand how to prime and set up the flame, but I didn't have any liquid fuel so the stove was still new and unused, so I packed it back into the original box with the intention of trying it out on the weekend
I thought I made a good choice until I read Richard's blog
and noticed the brand of his stove on his packing list, which he posted on Tuesday. I was in a panic, so after work on Tuesday I rushed home, grabbed my receipt and my Primus, fuel bottle and Canister and went to MEC.ca to exchange it for . . .
an MSR Whisperlite Universal Internationale multi-fuel stove. This is the new hybrid model which can also use Canister fuel, but this time I also purchased a tin of MSR Superfuel as well as a fuel bottle . I hope to find some time on the weekend to light it up and see how it works
but first I need to buy a solo pot and cup. In the meantime I am looking into food options whilst on the road.
When Chris (Everyday Riding) was in Vancouver recently he had a broken licence plate and it was repaired by Roger. This morning while on the way to work I noticed his vehicle parked on the road so I stopped in and gave him a breakfast sandwich. We chatted briefly then I had to continue on my way to work. I noticed that they had an Ape truck in front of their shop. I didn't notice it the last time I was there with Chris
I wouldn't mind having one as my urban vehicle