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     As part of my Personal Goals section of my Wood Badge Ticket,
I decided to set up a formalized certification program for the
scouts in my Troop in the use of the Coleman PEAK ONE stove.

     The B.S.A. Wilderness Use Policy, and the related requirements
for Low Impact Camping have greatly altered the attitudes and
opinions of the use of chemical stoves from the time when I was a
Boy Scout.  When I was growing up, the use of "Boy Scout water" was
strictly prohibited.  If we could not get a fire going the old
fashioned way, we went cold or hungry.  As a result, now that I am
an adult Scouter, I have had little or no exposure in the use of
chemical stoves such as the PEAK ONE.  I established the following
training and certification program as much for myself, and other
adults like me as for the scouts.

     The primary concern that faces us all, above and beyond the
policies dealing with low impact camping is the safety of the
scouts.  The use of chemical stoves is one of the greatest safety
risks that we face in camping.  The everyday use of the stoves
causes us to become complacent in their use, and this is were
accidents will happen.

     The program that I have compiled is set in an outline form so
that it can be easily presented in blocks of time.

     The certification requirements are only suggestions.  These
are the  requirements that I plan on using with my Troop.  I feel
that prior to learning how to use a stove a scout should still be
able to build a fire.  Therefore I have included the requirement to
complete the Second Class firebuilding section.

     My Troop will be using the stove certification the same as a
"Totin Chip" of "Firemanship" card.  If a scout does not have the
card, he is not allowed to use the tool whether it is a knife, axe,
saw or stove.  My ultimate goal is to reduce the risk of injury to
the scouts by ensuring that they are competent in the use of a
chemical stove.

     I would appreciate any feedback regarding this program if you
have any suggestions for improvement or change.

Yours in Scouting,
Raul "Skip" Camejo  CIS# 75070,547
Troop 60  Southbury, CT

 I - B.S.A. Wilderness Policy
     A - Review Wilderness Policy
     B - Review Outdoor Code

 II - Review B.S.A. policy on use of chemical fuels
     A - Purpose
     B - Background
     C - Policy & guidelines
     D - Guidelines for using chemical stoves and lanterns
     E - Bulk storage and practices

III - Stove & Fuel types

     A - Fuel types

          1 -  Auto gas
               Will provide heat but auto gas additives will smoke and
               clog stoves.  Never burn leaded gas as it produces a
               toxic black residue.

          2 -  White gas
               This is an additive-free gasoline.  Coleman fuel is most
               widely known for camping purposes.  Available in most
               camping supply locations.  Best cold weather performance
               of chemical fuels.  Highly volatile and prone to FLAREUPS
               when priming and starting stove.

          3 -  Kerosene
               Cheaper than white gas, burns hotter, is less prone to
               flaring, and is widely available.  Kerosene is difficult
               to start, produces large quantities of smoke when first
               priming.  Spilled kerosene is smelly.

          4 -  Butane
               Cartridge type fuel.   Simplest, most convenient cooking
               fuel. Allows precise flame adjustment.  Does not work in
               cold temperatures at low altitudes.  Works well in cold
               temperatures at altitudes over 15,000 feet. Cartridges
               easy to handle, but cannot be refilled and must be packed
               in and packed out.

          5 -  Propane
               Burns hot in the cold.  Requires heavy steel containers
               to contain gas.  Works well for long term - in place
               camping.  Too heavy for backpacking as containers, which
               are heavy must be packed in and packed out and are not
               reusable.  Bulk containers of 11 pounds and 25 pounds are
               available for extended periods of in-place camping.

          6 -  Blended
               Combination fuel of propane and butane.  Added propane
               improves butane's cold weather performance.  Problems
               still occur at higher altitudes in cold weather.

          7 -  Alcohol
               Denatured (methyl) alcohol burns cooler than gasoline,
               produces about 1/2 the heat for the same weight.
               Advantages are low volatility and lack of flareup.
               Simple alcohol burner is lightest stove around.  Works
               well with windscreen.  Denatured alcohol can be expensive
               and hard to find.

          8 -  Wood/solid fuel
               Wood is still readily available in most wilderness
               settings.  Overuse of area can deplete fuel source.
               Wet weather can make use of wood extremely difficult.
               Charcoal is an easy to use solid fuel.  Charcoal is good
               fuel for novice campers as it does not require expensive
               stoves or maintenance in order to use.

     B - Stoves

          1 -  Bottled gas (butane)
               Butane stoves are usually lightweight, compact and easy
               to transport.  Use requires attaching cartridge and
               lighting.  Cartridges must be packed out and can not be

          2 -  Propane
               Easy to use.  Attach bottle and light.  Also can be used
               on large 2 burner camp stoves.  No danger of spilling
               fuel, so this is an excellent choice for the first time
               camper.  Drawback is fuel bottles are heavy and must be
               packed in and out.  Various brands of stoves range from
               very heavy 2 burner "Coleman" stoves to a lightweight
               "grasshopper" stove.

          3 -  MSR/OPTIMUS white gas stoves
               Small easy to pack stoves.  Require priming past in cold
               weather.  Some models have a small cup that fuel is
               poured into for priming.  Can result in flare ups.
               Higher amount of preventative maintenance and cleaning
               required in order to keep stove functioning.

          4 -  Coleman PEAK ONE series

               Coleman has produced three variations of the PEAK ONE
               backpacking stove.  The regular white gas model, the duel
               fuel (white gas/auto gas) model, and the multi fuel
               (gas/kerosene) model.

               The PEAK ONE stove has been designated by the Boy Scouts
               of America as a good compromise of factors in a
               backpacking stove.   Fuel is readily available.  The
               stoves do not require extensive maintenance.  They are
               reasonably easy to keep clean and reasonably easy to use.
               Parts are readily available at most outdoor outfitters
               due to popularity of Coleman products.

          5 - Solid fuel stoves

               There are various types of solid fuel stoves available.

III - Coleman PEAK ONE Stove

     A - Nomenclature

          1.   generator
          2.   grate
          3.   burner cap
          4.   burner bowl
          5.   fuel valve
          6.   fuel cap
          7.   fuel tank
          8.   legs
          9.   pump
          10.  packing nut

     B - Principles of operation

          The stove consists of 4 main components - the Tank, Pump, Fuel
          Valve and Generator.

          The tank is designed to hold both fuel and air.  To avoid a
          fuel leak during lighting, adequate air space must exist above
          the fuel level in the tank.  The tank should never be
          overfilled as this reduces the airspace available.  Fill the
          stove on a level surface.  Never tip the stove to add more

          The pump pressurizes the fuel tank.  Unscrewing the pump knob
          one turn allows air to be pumped into the tank past a check
          valve. Pumping the pump knob pressurizes the air space inside
          of the tank.

          The fuel valve controls the flow of fuel and air from the tank
          to and through the generator.  The OFF position closes the
          valve and prevents fuel flow.  The HIGH/LIGHT position allows
          fuel to flow through the valve to the generator where it is
          heated and vaporized prior to reaching the burner.

          As soon as the stove lights, it must be repressurized to
          replace the air that is flowing through the generator.  Pump
          for at least 30 seconds to fully pressurize.

          The generator is to designed to absorb heat from the burner
          and vaporize fuel passing through it.  Moving the fuel valve
          from LOW to HIGH moves a needle in and out of an orifice in
          the generator and regulates the flow of fuel.  The stove
          should always be lit with the fuel valve in the HIGH/LIGHT
          position to ensure maximum heat to the generator.


          1.   Fuel is extremely flammable.  Vapors are invisible,
               explosive and can be ignited from heat sources several
               feet away.

          2.   Use only the fuel designated for the stove in use.
               (Coleman fuel/kerosene/auto gas)

          3.   Store fuel in a RED container that can be securely
               closed.  Container must be marked as to it's contents and
               stored away from heat sources or other sources of

          4.   The stove should only be filled outdoors.  NEVER inside a
               tent.  NEVER loosen or remove tank cap or fill tank near
               flame or other ignition source.

          5.   ALWAYS light the stove outdoors.  NEVER inside a tent or
               building.  Flare-ups can occur that would ignite flammable
               materials above the stove.  Always light the stove in
               well ventilated areas.

          6.   ALWAYS use the stove in the outdoors in well ventilated
               areas.  The stove consumes oxygen and use in enclosed
               spaces can become life threatening.

          7.   Use the stove for cooking only.  The stove is not a space
               heater.  Do not modify the stove in any way.

          8.   Keep the stove away from all flammable materials such as
               tents, clothing, dry underbrush, etc.  Keep all flammable
               material at least one foot away from the sides of the
               stove and four feet away from the top of the stove.

          9.   When the stove is being used, the burner assembly and
               generator becomes extremely hot.  Do not touch these
               areas until the stove cools down.

          10.  Do not use large or heavy pots or pans on top of the
               stove.  Excessive weight or oversized cooking utensils
               can tip over spilling hot liquid or food on anyone or
               anything in the immediate vicinity.

          11.  Never pump the stove with any cooking utensils on it.
               Remove the utensil, pump the stove, then replace the

          12.  Keep the stove out of the reach of children.

     D - Filling the tank


          2.   Place stove on firm level surface.

          3.   Ensure that fuel lever is off and the pump is locked
               (turn clockwise).

          4.   Remove the fuel cap only after ensuring that there are no
               flames or other ignition sources nearby.

          5.   Use a funnel or other clean filling device to fill the
               tank with fuel.  Do not tip the stove on it's side to

          6.   Replace the fuel cap on the stove and on the fuel
               container.  Move the fuel container at least 6 feet away
               from the stove.  Wipe off any spilled fuel on the outside
               of the container.  Clean off any spilled fuel on your
               hands before lighting any matches.  Remove any rags or
               towels used to wipe up fuel spills from the area and
               dispose of properly.

     E -  Pressurize the fuel tank

          1.   Make sure the fuel lever is in the OFF position.

          2.   Open the pump knob (counter clockwise) one turn.

          3.   Place the thumb over the center hole and pump the knob
               approximately 25 full strokes.

          4.   Close the pump (clockwise) firmly.

     F -  Lighting the stove

          1.   Place stove on firm, level surface.

          2.   Light a match and place near the edge of the burner cap.

          3.   Turn the fuel lever to HIGH/LIGHT.

          4.   As soon as burner lights, unlock and pump the stove for
               30 seconds (1 stroke per second) and then close pump.

          5.   Adjust the flame to the desired heat level.

                    AVOID POSSIBLE FLAREUPS.

          6.   If lighting in extremely cold weather, preheating paste
               can be used on the stove.  Place a strip of preheating
               paste on the burner cap under the generator.  Light the
               past and allow it to heat the generator.  When the paste
               is almost consumed, follow the regular lighting

     G -   To turn stove off

          1.   Move fuel lever from OFF to HIGH several times.

          2.   Move fuel lever into locked OFF position.  Flame will
               continue to burn for a short period of time until all
               fuel is consumed.

     H -  Storage

          1.   Allow stove to cool completely.

          2.   Fold legs and place stove in carrying case.

          3.   If stove is to be stored for extended period empty any
               remaining fuel from the tank.

     I -  Maintenance

          1.   Keep stove clean of debris and dirt.

          2.   Clean off any spilled food as soon as stove has cooled.

          3.   Occasionally put a few drops of oil in the oil hole in
               the pump cap.  This will lubricate the pump to allow it
               to function properly.

                           STOVE CERTIFICATION

     A - Requirements for stove use

          1.   Chemical stoves are not to be used without adequate adult

          2.   Scouts who wish to use the chemical stove must
               successfully complete the certification requirements.

          3.   Chemical stoves may not be used on property where
               there is a prohibition against chemical stoves.

     B - Stove certification requirements

          1.   Successfully complete sections 2c and 2d in the Second
               Class Requirements.  Understand and discuss the B.S.A.
               Wilderness policy and how the use of a backpacking stove
               relates to the policy.  Understand and discuss the B.S.A.
               policy regarding the use of chemical stoves, and the
               local council's policy regarding use.

          2.   Point out and explain the purpose of the following parts
               of the PEAK ONE stove:

               a.  generator
               b.  fuel valve
               c.  fuel tank
               d.  pump
               e.  fuel cap
               f.  legs

          3.   Explain the basic concept behind the operation of the
               PEAK ONE stove. (Pump increasing air pressure in tank,
               generator preheating fuel to vaporize, etc.)

          4.   Demonstrate how to safely:

               a.  fuel the stove
               b.  light the stove
               c.  extinguish the stove
               d.  store fuel
               e.  store the stove

          5.   Understand and explain the following safety requirements:

               a.  what types of fuel to use in the stove
               b.  what type of container is used to store fuel
               c.  where the stove is filled and used
               d.  limitations of pot size on the stoves
               e.  pressurizing a lit stove

          6.   Explain what steps should be taken when:

               a.   the stove has flames showing in areas other than the
                    burner grate
               b.   fuel is spilled on the outside of the stove when


COLEMAN PEAK ONE owners manual

BOY SCOUT HANDBOOK, Tenth edition  Boy Scouts of America
Pages 80 and 81

THE SCOUTMASTER HANDBOOK, 1990 printing  Boy Scouts of America
Pages 134 and 135

FIELDBOOK, Third edition  Boy Scouts of America
Pages 105 through 109

SCOUTMASTERSHIP FUNDAMENTALS, 1990 printing  Boy Scouts of America
Page 86

POLICY ON USE OF CHEMICAL FUELS, December 1989  Boy Scouts of America


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