Posts Tagged ‘burning man cooking’

Light My Fire products

June 28, 2011

Y’all know I love my spork

It’s the only eating utensil I’ve used for…over five years, now. Randomly searching today I found some more LMF products:

Like a larger spork!

That would be fun just to carry around. With my 64oz flask. Their “spill-proof” cup

Product Features

  • Holds over 300ml (1.25 cups) and includes measuring lines for 100ml, 200ml, and 300ml.
  • Made from environmentally friendly polypropylene plastic.
  • Microwave safe. Floats.
  • Weighs just 65g (2.3 oz).
  • Design by Joachim Nordwall, J. Nordwall Design, Sweden.

A spill-free cup with a lid to keep hot beverages warm and make it easy to drink even under difficult conditions such as aboard a boat. As practical in the city as in the great outdoors. The spill-free cup is big enough for soup, has measuring lines and floats.

It seems to have a hole in the lid, presumably for a straw. I wonder how the lid stays on? Screws? Clicks? I have the Dusty Swan mug, no lid and totally spills everywhere. Then I might use a sippy cup with a straw, but it leaks through the straw and is a pain to clean. I’m sorely tempted to buy one, but need to put every spare penny towards the stupid plane ticket.

For normal camping (you know, with trees and shit) their FireForks are nifty:

At first I thought it was a flint striker firestarter thingie, but you take that colored bit off and you’ve got a…well, stick holder.

Yeah, “FireFork” sounds better. But for those squeamish about sticking stuff on the end of a “dirty” stick, this is a great solution. This survival bandana is pretty funny (fun gift)

A review: “My major gripe is that some of the “Survival” instructions printed on this tell you what you should do BEFORE you plan a hike/camping trip/ect., not what to do if you are already in survival mode. I can just see myself getting unnecessarily aggro in a survival situation when I go to get some wisdom from my survival bandana and it’s telling my what I “should” have done. ”

Back to LMF stuff.

You can get the cup and spork plus  two plates, a combined colander and cutting board,  and a small waterproof box. If I wasn’t enamored of my Orikaso (that I’m really glad didn’t sell when I tried to get rid of it) I’d probably get it. I just like the sporks that much! Lick ’em right clean  – the LMF spork and the dishes. No grey water. No paper towels.

Speaking of, the penultimate:

“Light My Fire is introducing a new annual collector’s series of Sporks. First out is the Limited Edition Spork 2010/2011: the Glowing Spork, a Spork made with phosphorus properties that give it unusual glow-in-the-dark properties. Each Limited Edition Spork comes in a black box with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity. Also included is one of the most unusual tabloids you’ve ever seen: “The Glowing News”, a miniature gossip rag that answers the age-old question: what does the Spork do at Night?”

Ha! Want! Ask me what my favorite color is! Do it! It’s glow-in-the-dark when it’s glowing! And glitter. Double ha! Here’s a review

Just kidding. Man, I want a gitd spork!

“Hey dude! I’m not sure if this thing needs a review since it’s a very simple item. It looks and feels like a regular spork except that it glows.” 

Here’s a six-minute spork review for you diehard sporkheads – warning, spork abuse. Sporkians? Sporkkies? Ooooh, you like spork torture, you naughty thing?

” I think maybe you take this stuff too seriously. Theres nothing very survivalish about this. If your surviving you would use anyhing from a stick to your fingers to eat.”

Man, I just spent waaaay too much time looking at sp0rk videos on youtube. But in this one I got a better look at that cup, confirm the hole and officializing my “how can it be spill-proof when there’s a hole in the lid?” ponderance.

Dear lord I seriously need companies to send me products to review because some of these videos are just awful (ok…the uniform and accent help)!

Sherpa tips

May 20, 2011

LNT isn’t a burn-only thing.

From Gizmodo:

Last week, Apa Sherpa made it to the summit of Mount Everest for a record-breaking 21st time. This “Super Sherpa”, who now lives in Utah, has climbed for the past several years with the Eco Everest Expedition, a team with a “leave no trace” outdoor ethic dedicated to cleaning up Everest. The group has brought down over 12 tons of garbage for disposal and four human bodies for burial over the past three years.

Bodies. Human ones. The article wasn’t quite as enlightening as I’d hoped for (solar power is good!) but it links to a plethora of Plans for Solar Cookers. In 2009 I had a neighbor who used one. I was unimpressed. When I want a grilled cheese sandwich I want it NOW, not in two days. Here’s a broke-ass method for vacuum sealing. The most interesting part to me was the Clean Mountain Can.

Clean climbing practices (aka ‘Leave No Trace Mountaineering’) on Mt. McKinley have evolved over the past thirty years. A successfully enforced “pack in-pack out” policy began in the late 1970’s, with climbers removing all their garbage from the Alaska Range. Today we take this program one step further by mandating the removal of human waste from historically contaminated areas such as the West Buttress high camp at 17,200-feet. These problem locations have not only been unsightly, but often the source of polluted snow linked to gastrointestinal illness.

More specs and background info from the National Park Service site here.

I’ve been happily using the 5-gallon bucket system for years, now. Anybody who might need a loo during Exodus or just hates the JOTS as much as I do might be interested in this lighter-weight, litter-free, sealable version.

MOOP: A definition

MOOP, noun – Matter Out Of Place; especially as it applies to Black Rock City and its Citizens. Can be anything: cigarette butts, bottle caps, glowsticks, fireworks, but is often disguised as debris, i.e., broken bits of wood, plastic, metal, glass and plants. Can also be a condition: burn scars, grey water, dunes, etc.

moop, verb – to pick up Matter Out Of Place.

Some of the most common MOOP includes:

Burning Man Blog (read it! read it!)

Let’s forget about Mother Earth and LNT and MOOP and all that jazz, for now. I’m a bad hippie. I spit on the ground, after brushing my teeth*. Let me tell you what the best part about livin’ the LNT Principle is: in 5+ years and…20+ burns (not including camping and other events) I can’t recall ever leaving with more trash than fits in a shopping bag (aka a Walmart bag).

Here’s how I do it:

First: I don’t take shit with a high probability for becoming moop. Actually, first I camp alone. Ha ha!

Glowsticks? What in the world for? Walk around with your headlamp on. Expand your mind and check out the myriad of rad light-up stuff they make for bikes and trick-or-treating kids and walking dogs. Get some EL wire – it’s fun and looks so much cooler.

No feathers. No sequins. People claim “Oh no, you just have to adhere them right.” Sure that’ll lessen the odds, if you supplement the shitty factory sewing on your generic coin and bead-laden bellydance scarf, but it doesn’t eliminate the problem. Feathers might not come lose, out of the glop of epoxy you added, but they will break. The fluff will fly off in the wind, or onto the ground when you’re making out with that guy or gal or ___ you just met. Same with sequins. They break. I know this, because I’m a seamstress and I’ve tried.

Besides that, they’re called principles for a reason. It’s not a law or a rule, it’s a principle. A way of life, a mindfulness. It’s not necessarily about making sure your peanut shells don’t touch the ground. It’s about being aware of the space you’re in, for this brief time, and the people around you. It’s thoughtfulness (which is why I suspect a lot of ‘Mericans have such a hard time with this particular principle. Everybody loves expression and inclusion to the fullest, but want to nit-pick about LNT because it’s a lot more work…) and being responsible and accountable for your actions.

Anyways. Back to practicalities:

Remove ALL packaging. Take off all the shrink wrap. Take the crackers out of the box. Take the batteries out of the cardboard and plastic. Pour your booze into a flask or thermos. Empty that can of beans into a Ziploc bag. Make hummus and chicken salad and salsa. Ziploc bags are your friends. As is Tupperware.

Saves space packing to get in, and in the amount of trash you pack out. Plus, you can use any Ziploc bags and Tupperware to store trash and treasures (ie, gifts and presents!).

Ziploc bag ice cubes last longer than small cubes of ice from a big plastic bag. And, when it’s melted, you have cold drinking water.

Freeze stuff you won’t need right away. It’ll reduce your dependence on ice. This is also a money saver, making your own ice and freezing food.

Note: I don’t drink beer or smoke, so the issues of cans and butts won’t be addressed here.

Stuff I’m going to eat and gift, I pack in cardboard boxes or paper bags I can burn, when they’re empty. Less crap to take home! Or, you can use the bag and box for your burnables or to pack out your trash and gifts.

Starting to see how this works…? A minute bit of effort before the event saves you trash and space and effort once-there. That five minutes you just spent opening batteries could have been spent dancing or getting dressed for Lamplighters or swimming or eating bacon!

At camp: I hang the aforementioned grocery bag in a corner of tent, right with the burnable bag (I also back a small paper bag, usually from a booze purchase).

Water: For years I got a few of the disposable 2-gallon thingies, I liked having the spigot. Made life easier – oh, so you know what? I did have more than a small bag of trash, I had empty and half-empty water containers. Try one of the many, many alternatives instead – no spending money on water, no dealing with the trash and getting your foot stuck when you squash it.

The collapsible ones will save you space,

since you can fill it up after you get there and collapse it when you’re done. I didn’t like it, and after using them at Burning Man, I switched to

Takes up more space, and then you have to hang onto it, but you can transport grey water out and use it for a shelf. $13 for a one-time purchase, or $10+ several times a year to buy the disposable ones…I also dumpster dived one of these

That’s the same size as the disposable 2G. So, it fits perfectly onto my shelf, just like they did.

I highly, highly recommend all Platypus products. I haven’t used their water tanks, but their 1L water bottles are all I use for “on-the-go!”

Every time you leave your tent or walk to your tent, you should be MOOPing – looking around for trash and bits you missed. Every time when I get to CF, I have to pre-moop the area. Usually beer bottle caps and cigarette butts. The occasional tampon applicator and empty condom wrapper. If those people had been out there living by the principle of LNT…it’d sure be nicer for me. Anyways, pre-moop the area, then just keep up with it the during the week/end.

That’s just me, though. I’d rather walk around when I drink my coffee in the morning for a minute, or check things out while I’m waiting for dinner to be served than spend an hour Monday LNTing the site.

So, to recap:Leave No Trace is pretty self-explanatory. The goal is to leave the space you temporarily occupy just like you found it (or better, in the case of CF and some of the pre-mooping you might have to do). Don’t leave a trace of all the debauchery and tomfoolery you just indulged in! MOOP is matter out of place. If it wasn’t there when you got there, it shouldn’t be there when you leave. Simple enough, no?

Leave anything with dangly bits that could snag/break/fall off/get pulled off at home. Unpackage everything before you pack it. Avoid packaging by making what you can. Repackage it into a Ziploc bag or Tupperware when you can. Have a trash bag and a burnables bag. Keep up with your trash and spend a few minutes a day making sure you didn’t accidentally drop something. Or maybe you intentionally did it because you were drunk and promised to get it tomorrow. Either way, MOOPing each day keeps the leave date more free for hanging out and saying good-byes.

Also, if you’re still like, “screw that…” I suggest signing up for an LNT shift. Spent a few hours walking around and really see why LNT is one of the Almighty High Holy Principles – they exist for a reason, you know! LNT is no less important than RSE or Decommodification. Plus, you might find cash, furry leg warmers or a big vial of cocaine (all true stories)

and you’ll meet hot chicks with moo-stashes.



*I did it knowing it was bad but hey, the rain will wash it away so who cares? Well, the plants care. After a particularly rainy Transformus, and watching my white pile of spit water stick right to the plants and NOT wash off, I realized I had to change my attitude on that one…

The official word, from the aforementioned Burning Man blog:

The Burner’s Guide to Leaving No Trace

The Burner’s Guide to Leaving No Trace is a series of thoughtful actions you can take, from the moment you start packing your car to the moment you hose the last playa mud off its undercarriage. Over the next several months, we’ll dive into all these issues in depth. Here’s the overview to get you started:

  • PRECYCLE – Buy less stuff in bulky packaging, or recycle and get rid of the packaging before you come to the playa. You’re gonna need the extra room on the back end!
  • BRING LESS – Bring less stuff! Less is less! Save gas, save yourself a Tetris headache and save the playa from litter by leaving out that extra, non-sturdy shade structure and seven or eight pillows you don’t NEED need.
  • DON’T LET IT HIT THE GROUND – Cigarette butts, wood chips, nails, screws, specifically. Also single-use water bottles (don’t bring ‘em!), feathers (don’t wear ‘em!) and belly dance coins from your blinged-out hips (don’t shake ‘em!).
  • MANAGE YER TRASH – Icky, yet necessary. Do it. Water, too. Separate your cans from your hams and let that soapy water evaporate instead of pouring it on the ground.
  • RECYCLE THOSE CANS – Cans = cash for local schools! Cart ‘em to Recycle Camp and take a ride on the can crusher.
  • PLAN TO MOOP YOUR CAMP – Don’t let anybody hit the road until you’ve conducted an all-camp line sweep. Make an exit plan that includes time to pick up any MOOP in your area, even if you don’t think it’s yours.


June 9, 2010

I find myself without my partner-in-crime, this summer.

She of the stove, and French press.

I’ve never camped with a stove, I bring food that doesn’t involve cooking. I wander the fields, in search of a decent cup of coffee. However, I’ve been spoiled, my last few excursions, by having neighbors who bring such luxuries as “coffee” and “stoves.” Sitting around camp in one’s skivvies, without having to put in contacts or on shoes and drink coffee until cognizance ain’t so bad.

So, then, I need a camp stove and a French press.

Less dishes to wash. I am all about not washing any dishes.

“Soto OD-1R Micro Regulator Stove”

2.6 oz, 4.5 out of 5 stars at REI, not a con listed.



Jetboil, jetgoil…I’m gonna take you ’round the world…if you’re singing along, we should hang out.

It has a little loop on the handle, you could beaner it to something. And it comes in colors, ooo, shiny! And with a coozie

…a translucent drink-though lid that lets you check on the contents of the cup so you’ll know precisely when your water begins to boil

  • Translucent measuring cup with easy-to-read lines unsnaps from the bottom of the cooking cup, giving you a convenient tool for preparing meals and hot drinks (sweet! I had this problem with some powdered eggs, not thinking I’d need to measure how much water to add)
  • … integrates the personal cooking cup and stove for fast setup and compact storage (so no stove, pot and cup, just this thing)
  • And did I mention

    Fuel = “Butane/propane canister”

    Not sure what that means. At $100 it’d be the most indulgent camping purchase I’ve ever made (tents included). But self-suffiency is priceless n’ junk. There’s a “personal” version, I’m thinking it’s just bigger (holds 1L). No, they both hold 1L. I guess the Flash just has the fancy stripes on the side, indicating when it’s boiling.

    I dig the idea of being able to hang it in a tree. This kit is the flash cup stuff, plus the french presser and a little coffee sampler. Jetboil even has a recipe’s page. I’m always more inclined to go with products made for the people, by the people (who saw a need, made the product, and made it good).

    What y’all think?


    May 17, 2009

    Food is the worst part, often, for my trips.  Most staples (crackers, granola, bagels, sandwich bread anything, noodles anything) I can’t eat.  Every time, I pack too much. Usually, that’s not really a problem-problem, since I just bring it home, and eat it eventually.

    However, we’re going grocery shopping when we get there. I don’t do coolers. I have no idea what to bring to eat.  I’m not really into junk food, like chips and such. I like to cook, but don’t do all the lugging of stuff, dishwashing, etc.

    My main concern on the playa is staying healthy, with my food, not just preventing hunger.  I’m eyeballing some


    Mountain House Western Style Scrambled Eggs and Ham For One


    type stuff, but I want to think I can do something for cheaper. But maybe ease would be worth the money.

    I juuuuust doooonnn’t knoooooow.