One of the hardest things to do in nature is boil water without a metal pot. As such there has always been a need to carry a boiling vessel along with your water bottle. For many this is simply a matter of a army water bottle with the attached mug - for others a seperate pot. But always the added boiling vessel increases bulk and weight, especially for the lightweight traveller or the day hiker, after all if were just spending a day away from camp do we really want to haul in cookware etc etc?
The answer is usually no! As such many folks will carry a water bottle in their day sack but leave the pots and pans in camp.
But what happens is disaster strikes? You become geographically embarassed and have to spend the night out or you find a walker suffering from exposure or you run out of precious water and need to boil and purify some more??
Well you can light a fire and boil the water in your bottle ............ yep plastic drinks bottles will work, so will Aluminium ones but you only get one shot with the plastic as it will strink and melt (releasings all sorts of chemicals into the water as it does) and with the Ali theres the possible (yet to be confirmed) link with Altzhiemers and the risk of the bottle burning through if allowed to dry out (evaporation). Both are risks worth taking if you have no other choice of course but if you had a stainless steel water bottle things would be different.
Stainless steel is the only safe, toxin and Bisphenol-A free bottle. Bottles are reusable, durable and lightweight as well as being enviromentally friendly. But what is more in the above scenerios you could safely boil water in them without any undue risk to health or damage to your bottle.
Boiling water in a stainless steel bottle means you can warm up that chilled hiker, purify your water or make yourself a comforting nettle or pine needle tea on a unexpected sleep out!
Even better, not only wont a stainless steel water cost future generations the earth they wont hurt your wallet either the larges size retailing at only £8.99.
The old scout motto was BE PREPARED - by replacing your existing plastic or Ali bottles with stainless steel ones you will be!
Stainless Steel bottle Range with replacement/interchangable caps will be avialable on the Bearclaw bushcraft website soon.