Surprisingly, I couldn't find a thread on this. How's it going on this front? I used a canister stove for the first time this season, and have started to acquire a collection of empties.
A friend who recently helped me haul out a bag of trash from the Wilderness that included a half dozen canisters just sent me a Jetboil "CrunchIt." It threads into the nozzle and has a device akin to the sharp end of a church-key can opener that you can press down to puncture multiple holes in the can. This makes it safe and appropriate, they say, to recycle the canister as you would any steel or tin cans.
I use a small drill bit to drill holes in the can, then let it sit for a day to allow any gases to escape. Then, I drill big holes in it and use a 6 pound hammer to smash it as flat as possible. This usually includes driving in the valve, so any recycler can easily tell the canister no longer has any gas in it. This method has not been hazardous to me over the last 15-20 years.
"I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it." Shakespeare
I combined the Crunchit with a gizmo to let me refill one can from another, so I can consolidate them, or buy the big ones and fill little ones from that. Since they aren’t designed for infinite use, I fill a couple of times, then recycle and move on to the next.
I, like rebeccad , reuse canisters several times transferring usually from larger to the smaller cans I carry. There are some safety caveats like don't overfill, always use the same type of fuel (MSR to MSR brand) and don't refill too many times. I don't know how many that is but I definitely replace if dented or abused.
I use the above valve to fully empty the cans when it is their time, it can vent them, then usually poke a few very visible holes in the can with a screwdriver then toss in recycling.
Post by swmtnbackpacker on Oct 12, 2021 8:32:38 GMT -8
Try to recycle where I can and the “crunchit” helps (I’ll have mine waiting at hikes end or in my “bounce” box if long distance hiking). Whether the facility can accept them is another issue, but even there, imagine it’ll get consolidated with other metals, aluminums, etc..
Found out Taco Bell can sign eaters up to recycle their used sauce packets via a box that gets mailed to fill up. If they can recycle empty sauce packets …
I was wondering what you were talking about BigLoad . I haven't gone to Taco Bell in a very long time. But I found this article that is both somewhat of an explaination of the "blurbs" and cross over with surviving the outdoors: