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Thread: Abisko Sweden, fuel for stoves

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    Ent FishyFolk's Avatar
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    There will be plenty of dead standing.. specially on the stretch from Abisko towards the Norwegian border, as about 9 out 10 trees are dead up there. The problem is the same as here. Most of it is birch. And birch does not dry unless the bark is removed or it is split. It just rots, as the birch bark is water proof, it just retains all the moisture inside, and rots from the inside when it dies, it does not dry. It is more or less useless as fire wood. In winter it may apear to be dry, but it is in reality just a lump of frozen ice.

    You may find some patches of boreal forest with some pine trees, and the odd other type of trees. and get some fire wood from that. What the locals are doing is probably to bring dried birch wood from home on their scooters. As when it is split, and dried for a year, it is excellent fore wood.

    Gallivarre where you where the last time is low land country, while Abisko is high lands, just bellow the tree line, so the variety of trees is not that great. Mostly very small mountain birch. But you could get a good fire going from sticks, but it will burn quickly.
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    I just had a good look around the Abisko area on street view in Google maps, it looks do-able, the stove / s will be backed up by other cooking sources and are a luxury, thanks for all the info so far the dates are being firmed up a bit more and we're now looking at around the 8th to the 18th of January, not definite yet though

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    You should find alkylatie petrol easy enough. It's a very clean fuel to use in the likes of coleman/primus omni fuel stoves
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    Quote Originally Posted by rik_uk3 View Post
    You should find alkylatie petrol easy enough. It's a very clean fuel to use in the likes of coleman/primus omni fuel stoves
    Thanks, we'll look out for it

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    Alkylate petrol is not sold everywhere in Sweden, nor in Norway. But they have Aspen alkylate petrol at "the Coop Forum" hypermarked and four other places in Kiruna. It is not available in The Abisko area.


    Used some in my Optimus Nova today, and burns very clean.
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    All good info, keep it coming

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