Frequently Asked Questions
Zip™ Cooking Fuel
How much fuel do you have to use?
It varies depending on the stove used, climatic conditions and altitude – and of course on how much water needs boiling, or the quantity of food that needs to be cooked. The large humanitarian fuel block is designed to boil 5L of water on a Boilex ™ Tower stove in c30mins, the smaller wrapped fuel cube will burn for 18-20 minutes but is designed to boil 500ml of water with a Boilex ™ Pyramid stove in c10 minutes (both in ambient conditions). Details by stove can be found in each of the separate stove pages or brochures.
What type of metal pot / pan can you use?
Any pots and pans can be used.
Is the cooking fuel waterproof?
Yes. If soaked, the Zip ™ Cooking Fuel cubes/blocks simply need to be shaken vigorously to remove the excess water and are then ready for immediate use. To support this, we have soaked the fuel (in block and wrapped cube format) in sea water for a week and it lit immediately.
How long does the cooking fuel burn for?
This varies by format. The 26g Zip™ Cooking Fuel wrapped cubes burn for 18-20 minutes, the larger Zip™ Cooking Fuel block formats burn for c30 minutes.
Where can I buy them?
The easiest place to find out where to purchase is via our website enquiry sheet or review the stockists’ page on this website.
How much do they cost?
The prices set will be set by your local retailers. If wishing to order direct, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there a help line number that I can call for assistance?
Yes, there is a contact number. Please call 01372 230655.
When and where can I use the fuel?
For indoor use with adequate ventilation and outdoor cooking, in most climatic conditions, including desert, Arctic and mountains.
Is the fuel safe for children to use unsupervised?
We do not recommend any component of a cooking system, including the fuel, is left unsupervised in the presence of children or pets.
How much ventilation is required if I use it indoors?
To use indoors there must be adequate ventilation to carry all exhaust gases and fumes outdoors; it should never be used in an enclosed space.
Can the fuel be used at high altitude?
What do you use to light the cooking fuel?
A naked flame, such as a lighter or match, or an electronic lighter, such as a car cigarette lighter.
What happens if the fuel gets wet?
Zip™ Cooking Fuel cannot be damaged by water. Simply dry the fuel or shake vigorously to remove the water; the fuel can then be lit immediately.
Can the fuel be used in all weather conditions?
Do I need any other equipment to use them?
Pots and pans for cooking, and the required utensils. A lighter or matches for lighting the fuel.
Is the cooking fuel toxic?
No. Zip™ Cooking Fuel is non-toxic and does not constitute a life hazard if it is accidentally consumed by humans or wildlife.
Are there a list of ‘don’ts’ when using the stoves or cooking fuel?
Store all fuel out of the reach of children and pets. Don’t leave the stove unattended when in use. Never use in an enclosed space that does not allow exhaust gases and fumes to escape outdoors. Always use outdoors or with an adequate ventilation system that carries fumes outdoors. Keep on a stable surface from which it cannot fall. Please adhere to the warnings on all packaging.