alternative to hexy?

#1
I'm buying some ods and sods off guchi kit and was think about some sort of cooker

Now we all know that hexy is dirty and smelly but it is free and does the job its designed for

Gas cookers are okay but then you have to think about new canisters

I was toying with the idea of one of those Swedish army trangia cookers
Not the big round one's I already have one of those , but instead the ones that crop up on ebay from time to time

Any thoughts , ideally small light cheap and disposable , are there still gel cookers out there ?

blondy :)
 
#4
I normally use this one:

If used with a hexy cooker it is best when poured in a small basin.
 
#5
Remember folks, if you take a multi fuel stove overseas you need to make sure it is vented for a minimum of 48 hours before you board an A/C and it'd help to have a signed letter from someone in authority (GEF bay in the case of the RAF) to say its no longer DAC, otherwise those helpful white cap wearing tw@ts will take it off you at the airhead.

Also, those lovely handy gas canisters (which I reckon should be standard issue) aren't allowed on A/C at all, unless you could find someone who is DG qualified to package and sign them off as DG in limited quantities (which can be conveyed on a pax A/C), but as DG needs to be declared separately from pax they may arrive on a different A/C.
 
#7
If you can find some friendly yanks, blag some of those MRE cookers where you just add water. One shot wonders, but work nicely in a pinch, and will just about heat one of our boil in the bags. Good for really shitty exercises as a back up when you just can't be arrsed. Won't do much for your brews though :)
 
#8
Zoid said:
If you can find some friendly yanks, blag some of those MRE cookers where you just add water. One shot wonders, but work nicely in a pinch, and will just about heat one of our boil in the bags. Good for really shitty exercises as a back up when you just can't be arrsed. Won't do much for your brews though :)
Good advice Zoid... but we should be asking a key question........WTF is wrong with hexy???? it's a light weight, free cooker that no-one ever runs out of fuel with (unless you are having a ging-gang-gooly with yer mates) Yes, it smells a bit, Yes it leaves your tins black (I hate tea, but always chuck a bag in the last bit of hot water as it cleans the black stuff off a treat). The Yanks apparently rate our 24 hr rats quite highly......apparently
 
#9
Mobile_Infantry said:
I normally use this one:

If used with a hexy cooker it is best when poured in a small basin.
#


I use greenheat gel myself but would be interested in firestar

Is it just available in "northern krautland " ?
 
#11
Concur with mm82. The Coleman Peak 1 or multifuel....fits in it's own cooking pot unit and can brew up in a jiffy.

Only downside of the alternatives....you lose that face to face contact with local kids, seeing their little faces contorting in horror as they spit out the hexy block and start chucking things at you as you drive off into the distance. Serve the little tw@ts right for begging.
 
#12
out@last said:
Concur with mm82. The Coleman Peak 1 or multifuel....fits in it's own cooking pot unit and can brew up in a jiffy.

Only downside of the alternatives....you lose that face to face contact with local kids, seeing their little faces contorting in horror as they spit out the hexy block and start chucking things at you as you drive off into the distance. Serve the little tw@ts right for begging.
Ah, those hexy block and cam cream "chocolate biscuits" that the Bosnian kids loved so much.
 
#13
"hexi-death" caught when brewing up in the bottom of a trench!
 
#14
Try some of the MRE (Mountain Rescue Equipment) stuff. Should be available at most stores. I've had a "Whispalite" multi-fuel cooker for yonks now and it's the mutt's nuts. Fold it together and slip it inside your beret, along with the windbreaker. You'll need a SIGG bottle too, but it's not a problem to transport them empty and fill them in theatre. Brew-up for four in just over three minutes. I sh1t you not!
 
#17
Hexy is the best channel available on "Mong TV" by a long chalk. The pretty colours and dancing flames are all the entertainment you need when monging in the field.

I've tried Gas channel but I don't like the soundtrack and as for Trangia well I just don't have the time waiting for it to boil water.

No hexy is the way forward as I watch the pretty colour....s
 
#18
My mate's recently taken to abandoning the cooker and just shoving three nails into the ground with the hexi in the middle and balancing a metal mug on top. Apparently watch your fingers though...the nails warm up some.

I don't like hexi because of the minging mess it makes on the tins (which feels disturbingly like caramel). And of course in training they tell you to wipe it off on the the floor. Incidentally this is just part of a hilarious game to make recruits get grass and pine needles stuck to the bottom of the tin. (The best way to clean them is with a wet tissue while the mess tin is still warm. Comes straight off).

Most people reckon a Pocket rocket with gas is where 'it's' at.

And yet you have to a) pay for the cooker which WILL break and b) you have to pay for the gas.
The issue stuff is free......
 
#19
Bugsy7 said:
I've had a "Whispalite" multi-fuel cooker for yonks now and it's the mutt's nuts. Fold it together and slip it inside your beret
Fcuk me readers this is alright eh!
Id buy this one it keeps yer head warm as well!
 

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