DOUBLING UP THE STOPPLE KIT
DOUBLING UP THE STOPPLE KIT
By JUSTIN SWANSON
Being one of these fellows who delight in undermining their friends’ digestive apparatus with what ˇs known as camp cooking. and also more or less infected with the “golight” bug. I soon fell for a Stopple Kook Kit. And although it has proved the ideal cooking outfit for the two-party. week-end hike or fishing trip, it has its limitations when it conies to an extended trip or a larger party. Not wanting to invest in an expensive, nesting aluminum outfit, nor liking the bump that one of these make in a pack sack. I got one more Stopple (giving me two in all), and figured out the following kink. It fills the bill fine, and I can joyfully go ahead and poison six or eight at a time now if I want to. I had a tinner make me a container 24 inches wide by 94 inches long and 9 inches high, with a cover that goes down on the container 23 inches. We used the heaviest tin we could get and made it with lock seams so that heat could not melt the solder and open up the joints. Where the lower edge of the cover comes we made a small bead in the rim to stiffen it up a little. On the ends of the container and just below the cover we riveted on flat ears wide enough to take a one-inch carrying strap, and I also fasten a wire bail in these when cooking.
Into this container go my two Stopple Kits edge to edge, and I have a nice flat package that fits fine in the pack sack or carries with a shoulder strap without rolling all around my equator. Arriving at camp, I set up both grates side by side with my large container on the windward side, where it gets a lot of heat besides helping considerably as a wind- shield. This large container gives me a mulligan or spud kettle that holds about a gallon, and when I don’t need it for cooking it makes a good water pail. The inverted cover makes s good mixing pan or small stewpan. The two Stopple stew-kettles (one at each end of the grates) fix me out for coffee and dessert. The four frying pans can be used as such or as plates, and I have four cups. Sometimes I use one Stopple outfit for bailing, as per Stopple directions. There is no limit to the various combinations. Figure them out for yourself. I am going to make a waterproof canvas carrying case for the container, which will be mighty handy as an extra water pail In this country, where our water must come from the nearest well.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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