Is it possible to melt water bottles

Thaw frozen water bottles


When I camp in winter I always leave my water in my pot overnight, so all I have to do in the morning is turn on the stove and let the ice melt. If I want water for later, I usually boil it and then leave it in a good thermos that keeps it liquid for a good 24 hours at -15 ° C.

While this isn't very practical, your bucket idea will work. Remember, however, that chopping away ice in a frozen plastic bucket is an easy way to break open the bucket. Alternatives to your plastic bucket idea would be to bring freezer bags that are easier to carry and easier to get out of the ice. If you feel like it, you can bring a silicone container, like a silicone pot, that you can easily peel off your ice stone.

If you are desperate, you might be interested to know that there is no way to burn a container full of water. You can literally put a paper cup in a blazing fire and the water will boil out before the mug burns:

You can do the same with your water bottles, just hold them over your stove and they will thaw.

Ben Crowell

Interesting thoughts, +1. I don't think most of the techniques you suggest would have worked in our situation. Most of the devices you suggest would have been too heavy and lacking in capacity. However, I think you are right that the freezer bags would have been superior to the bucket.