Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

MYOG Meth Stove

My Sunday afternoon project today was a MYOG meth stove. I am very happy with my BushBuddy Ultra, though for those very rainy and wet days or when I would be too tired to go and find dry wood, a small top burner stove would just be what can have me sit down in my tent and boil a cup of water. I followed the Basic Top Burner stove instructions on Zenstoves.net but also had a look at The Other Face's (in German) stove.

Go get the following tools, I'll walk you through this! You need:

- two Redbull cans
- scissors
- this template from Zenstoves.net
- a sharp cutter knife
- some tape
- a hole punch
- a needle or similar

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Start!

Take one Redbull can, and start cutting the bottom out of the can. I found it most simple to mark out the the place to be cut a few times and then add more pressure for the cut. The material is very thin, and this method has worked well for me.

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Finished hole in the bottom.

Next I turned the can with the hole down, took a book of 2,5 cm height and marked the can where I want to cut it off.

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Marking the can.

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Cut bottom piece.

Next I set the just cut piece on the other can and widened it carefully. The more effort you invest now here, the easier its going to be later. I then took my trusty Bundeswehr knife and marked the holes, and then opened them with a needle. After that I went once more back with the knife and made the holes a bit bigger.

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Widening the top piece carefully.

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Making holes.

I put the finished top piece aside and took the bottomless can, made a cut straight down the can with the scissors and along the top to get the big piece of aluminum.

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Cut down...

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... and you end up with such a piece.

I cut a 2,5 cm strip of the aluminum and punched four half holes in the bottom, made two cuts and had the finished middle piece.

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Punching holes.

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Middle piece finished!

Next I took the other can, and cut the bottom of, again at 2,5 cm height. A book is a good guide for your cutter knife, as you saw already above, and makes the cutting substantially easier.

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Three finished pieces, time for assembly.

Before you start assembling, its a smart move to make a dry fit, and see how the ring fits in the top and bottom part.

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Almost done.

Set this inner ring in the bottom piece, and then carefully and precise fit the top piece with the holes over it. If you're not careful enough a piece might rip, and you need to redo it, so restrain from using force and try it gently. If you got the top piece over the bottom piece, gently slide it down and look that the inner ring goes where its supposed to be. Zenstoves.net even glues the whole thing and lets it dry over night, which I didn't find necessary.

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Finished!

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It works.

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Its ultralight: 6g!

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It fits inside my BushBuddy Ultra together with my FireSteel and cotton balls!

I hope you found this little guide interesting and inspiring to try it yourself. Its an easy task and takes around 30 minutes, and doesn't need special tools. I know there are a few
(new) BushBuddy Ultra owners out there, so this could be an interesting project for them ;)

Gear Talk: Rab Microlite Vest

I got myself a Microlight Vest from Rab, and I had it with me on last weeks trip and was thankful for the warmth it gave me in the fresh morning. It also functioned very well as a pillow at night, the 130g of goose down make a very comfortable and kept my head warm at night. Multipurpose items are one of the ideas of UL backpacking, and this piece of equipment will keep you warm and makes a superb pillow, what else do you want?!

Rab Microvest

I really like the weight of this beautifully constructed piece of clothing, at 214g in my size S its ridiculously light, and the pack size, as seen in the next photo is what any UL backpacker will like. It packs easily into its own chest pocket, and the elasticized hand pockets are above the hipbelt of my ULA Ohm, allowing me to warm my hands in the pockets. The Pertex outer protects you from the wind, and the collar is useful if its windy as well, protecting your neck and keeping it warm without the need for a scarf or buff.

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Comparison to a 1l Nalgene.

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Inside.

The long-term test will be on my autumn trip, about which I will tell more soon. You can get one at Ultralight Outdoor Gear or check for a stockist near you.

Pirkan Taival Trail Trip Report

Once again I was on the Pirkan Taival trail, this time with my friend Clemens who spontaneously decided to come and visit me for a week. I planned a three day trip of 50 km for us, going from Kuru via the Helvetinjärvi National Park to Ruovesi, though due to Clemens's ankle which he twisted last week we only walked from Kuru to the Iso Kalliojärvi (Big Rock lake) and back.

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Follow the sign.

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An interesting bicycle.

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You have hiked from...

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Passing by a field.

The beginning of the trail leads through the village of Kuru, which we reached after 70 minutes in the bus from Tampere. The weather forecast promised 25°C for all three days, so we decided to not take the rain gear and take shorts instead of long pants. Good decision that was! After 3 km on the trail we left civilization behind us, and entered the wild.

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A mushroom.

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The trail.

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Wild flowers.

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Rocks covered in moss, fir and birch trees, that's Finnish nature!

Because of Clemens' ankle we walked slow, and made frequent breaks and enjoyed the nature. I saw a stag while walking up one hill, and before I was able to take a photo of him he hoofed it and was gone. Woodpeckers, butterflies and dragonflies were equally skilled in evading my camera, so you need to believe my words that we saw them. Off! was a welcome aid to keep the mosquitos off, of whom I probably could have taken a photo if I would have bothered.

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Chanterelle. We weren't 100% sure so didn't eat them. Damn - next time the guide book comes along!

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Blueberry fields.

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The trail continues.

We picked a good time to go hiking, as there were plenty of blueberries, raspberries; and if we would have known which mushrooms one is able to eat without dying we could have enhanced our dinner significantly. Repeated stops were made to grab some blueberries and raspberries, which were delicious. Around 18.30 o'clock we reached the Iso Kalliojärvi lean-to shelter, and took a swim in the wonderfully warm water. We swam for a while before I got the BushBuddy Ultra out and cooked our food.

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A bridge.

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The lean-to shelter at Iso Kalliojärvi.

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The loo on the trail. These are next to all camp sites, fire sites and lean-to shelters.

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Dinner with a view.

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Nightcap is brewing.

We went to sleep early, and during the night we saw how the full moon was wandering over the lake. If I wouldn't have been too tired I would have taken a photo. It was a cool night, and I got a bit cold in my Halti Megalite sleeping bag, even with wearing some insulation layers. So I got up at 05.30 o'clock and started a fire to warm myself up. The mist was hanging heavily over the lake, and it was a beautiful sight to look upon.

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Morning fog.

After a light breakfast and the decision to go back to Kuru we started walking at 07.30 o'clock, and after a good one and half hour walking we made a break on a bridge, boiled some water and had some soup in a cup. It was already warm, and we were thankful for the shorts and short sleeved shirts. And also for Off!

Walking down the same hill I saw the stag the day before, I didn't believe my eyes as I saw a black adder on the path enjoying the sun! Lo and behold, this time I was fast enough with the camera, and was able to snap a few photos! At 13.00 o'clock we reached Kuru, and with a well deserved ice cream we sat down in the shadow to wait for the bus home.

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Black adder.

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View.