The making of the muskoxen images, Melting snow for cooking and drinking water, camp 1, Dovrefjell National Park, Norway.
We kept warm water in a thermos overnight to keep it from freezing. In the morning we put some of that water in the pot, heated it, and gradually added snow. Having water to start speeds up the process a lot and snow alone in a hot pot would just burn and evaporate immediately. Note that we dug out a cooking pit in one of the two entrances of the tent; this became the designated cooking area. The pit increases the space between the stove and the tent fabric when pre-heating the gasoline stove (high flame). The pit also helps provide some shelter from the wind when lighting the stove. The fuel bottle and stove are mounted on an aluminum sheet to prevent the hot stove from sinking in the snow. On the right is a garbage bag filled with clean snow, ready for melting.
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