The stoves used today by many Antarctic science parties are very similar to Scott's Nansen cooker. Using Kerosene (parafin) they are reliable and efficient.
A cooker in a double skinned tent will warm the atmosphere and with its quiet roar create a sense of security and comfort.
The form of fuel used for cooking was parrafin oil (Kerosine). Fuel supplies were carefully rationed to allow for 1 gallon to last a team of four men for 10 days. Methylated spirits was used as starter fluid.
Two problems occurred with the fuel supplies. The decision to take Bowers as a fifth man to the Pole put strain on fuel supplies. With five in the tent instead of four it took half an hour more to cook the meals. Scott also found that at depots the fuel tins had lost oil through leakage. In the warmth of the sun the oil became vapour and leaked through the stoppers.
The Nansen sledging cooker was used by Scott to cook meals. This very efficient cooker used 90% of the fuel for cooking
The fuel used is white spirits. 65 litres will be taken: 600 ml per day.
Two MSR XGKII stoves are being taken.