How to recycle fuel canisters


Ever wonder how to recycle those empty fuel canisters? This primer from MSR walks you through the four easy steps…

  1. Make sure the canister is totally empty. You should use all the gas for cooking – it’s better to burn the hydrocarbons than release them.

  2. If you think there could be some gas left you can purge it by attaching your stove, inverting it, and opening the valve. This will allow any remaining gas to leave the canister. Make sure you’re clear of any potential flame or source of sparks while doing this.

  3. Once you’re sure the canister is empty, you need to puncture it so it meets recycling requirements. You don’t need a special tool to do this just puncture it with a can opener or a sharp object like a screwdriver or an ice axe. Don’t use a saw because it can create sparks that will ignite remaining fuel. You don’t need to remove the valve to meet mixed metal requirements.

  4. Now, deposit your canister where mixed metals are accepted.

The North Country Trail...Hike the Northwoods

The North Country National Scenic Trail is America’s longest National Scenic Trail stretching from New York to North Dakota, linking 7 states and 10 National Forests and 150 Public Lands. Did you know there’s 110 miles of continuous North Country Scenic Trail in Northern Wisconsin? That's a lot of great fall hiking and leaf spotting right in our backyard. 

Strap on your hikers and hit the trail for a day trip or multi-day adventure. For a detailed trail map and everything you need to know about the trail check out

Before you head out make sure you have the essentials: A Camelbak or Osprey hydration pack or day pack, water bottle  trekking poles, hiking socks, head protection, such as a Buff or Stormy Kromer cap and snacks. Stop by Solstice Outdoors to pick up any of these essentials and don't forget your camera!

If you get out on the trail, tell us! Share a photo with us on Facebook. 

Gear up for the weekend

It’s time to gear up for the weekend…and the official start of summer. Here are a few of our favorites that you’ll find at Solstice Outdoors for a day in the park, a day on the water or a weekend camping trip with friends and family.

GSI cookware and kitchen sets

Swedish Fire Steel no matches requiredGrandpa's Firefork, the coolest marshmallow stick ever!

Bugaboo Waffle Iron

Camp fuel and bottles

Whisperlite Universal stove and other MSR stoves

Therm-A-Rest sleeping pads

Seal Line dry bags


Stop by our store on Main Street downtown Ashland to check out our camping and paddling gear for your next adventure!