Re: If you were bankrupt, starving and cold, could YOU burn your kit to keep you alive?
There was an old SNL skit: "What if Spartacus had a Piper Cub?"
Kinda Deja Vu here.
Also if you burned your drums to survive - you might not because of the fumes the lamination would give off when they burned. Close enough to be warm, close enough to breathe in toxic fumes.
Not 100% on that but .....