Just a short one. Last year I needed to devise a more suitable method of dispensing a measure of meths into my Tilley lamp preheat cup and the Trangia cooking stove. I had managed up until then quite well by simply pouring the stuff out of the bottle and mopping up any drips with kitchen roll, but on an emergency anchorage one day, sheltering from a sudden passing squall, I had the devils own job to get any liquid  into the burner to make a cup of tea. This was clearly a serious situation and I consider myself very lucky to be here to tell the tale. (As luck would have it, the squall soon passed allowing me to escape the very real horror of tea withdrawal and subsequent death.)

Lesson learnt, I set about making an easy pourer for future beverage emergencies. Here it is.

Spout for improved access to tilley pre heat cup.

Spout for improved access to tilley pre heat cup.

First, empty a small glass bottle with a large enough opening to fit a wine cork in. (Use cork not plastic bungs or it’ll just dissolve)

I find booze bottles are about the right size and more satisfying to empty.

I find booze bottles are about the right size and more satisfying to empty.

Get hold of a short piece of copper brake line from your friendly local garage.

Drill a hole in the cork and push the brake line through it.

Fill bottle with meths and push in cork.

Ta da! Perfect directional stability of pour even in the most dire of tea making conditions.

Ta da! Perfect directional stability of pour even in the most dire of tea making conditions.