Fuel4 is a smokeless, non-toxic and environmentally-friendly cooking fuel available in either a liquid form or as a gel and over the last 12 months it's made a big impression in the lightweight backpacking community. With the emergence of resealable gas canisters back in the 80's as a clean alternative to meths the use of stoves like the Trangia declined, its combination of soot covered pans and capacity to taint the taste of food restricting its use to groups like the Scouts and backpackers worrying about gas availability and weight. Fuel4 is the latest development in what has become a growing movement to revisit the idea of spirit burning stoves using new, alternative, fuels to address the meths burner's major deficiencies.
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Driving back down the M6 early on Sunday morning I'd had one of the most enjoyable 36 hours in Langdale in over 40 years of visits, but despite having seen the iconic valley at its best I was also filled with a massive sense of frustration. The weather had behaved almost impeccably, with the rain holding off until evening was well under way, and the Kendal Mountain Festival's foray into summer season festivals had been a great success but while the setting was perfect it simply amplified the obvious failings that are preventing the area achiving anything near its potential.
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