.. who is from Switzerland. We were on the trail together this summer. After taking him to MEC to buy a whisperlite for his group trips at home, he mentioned they cost half here what they do in switzerland. I casually mentioned on the trail that if he needed another I'd just mail him one - he could always mail me something crazy swiss like one of the old borde stoves...
Well, while I had completely forgotten about that offhand comment, he had another mutual friend mule something back across the pond when they met up at a conference, and secret it onto my desk without my advance knowledge - finding this on my desk at work was a real shocker.
This thing is tiny, light and cool. while I'll have to be careful with it - I think I owe my friend a stove in the mail, or some other cool piece of Canadian gear. This is going out with me this winter.
Wow, that's a neat little gizmo. Considering white gas has roughly twice the energy density of alcohol, I could see something like this being the heat source for a small and powerful boil-and-serve cook set.
(I could also see it not passing the lawyers' muster, but that's another topic.)
Thanks for that. Not sure how practical it can be but it sure looks beautiful. Must do some research on that... I had an uncle in Geneva that made useful but beautiful items out of brass (I think) bomb shells. Franco
Now I remember. It's the Border "bomb" stove that I came across here : http://www.thebackpacker.com/trailtalk/thread/46841.php nice picture of what it looks like a newer version (Stainless steel ?) http://zenstoves.net/Petrol.htm scroll down if you go there take a look at the Modular Individual Water Heater further down, the experimental version looks interesting. Not that practical because it uses "military fuel" JP 8 , but maybe it could be adapted to white gas (?) Franco