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Old 01-06-2010, 05:01 PM
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Re: Alcohol stove???

Keep in mind a wind screen is a must.
An alcohol stove will do nothing for you with the slightest breeze and no wind screen.

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Old 01-06-2010, 06:51 PM
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Re: Alcohol stove???

dk,
Thank you for the advice, will build one tonight.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:32 AM
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Re: Alcohol stove???

How will they work with "EverClear" or "191"?....No sense carrying in the extra weight of ethanol or methanol if the stove keeps blowing out....This way at least you will have a way to drown your sorrows!
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:25 PM
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:27 PM
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Re: Alcohol stove???

I got the bug for these too. Expermented alot. Some of the best I used were from redbull cans. They are small in diameter, which keeps alot of the heat under the cup or pot, thus using more of the flame to heat from the bottom as opposed to the sides. I bought a med size titanium cup at rei. It has a lid and I can put my stove, a 3oz bottle of alcohol, lighter, homemade aluminum wire stand, packet of cocoa, packet of soup and a piece of aluminum foil (unfold and make into windscreen). Weighs next to nothing and can warm up a cold body or help you survive an unexpected stay overnight.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:35 PM
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Re: Alcohol stove???

Finally tried it on the field.
After all the process of doing research about alcohol stoves, and building some of them, I got to finally try them out. I went for a predator hunt and goose hunt in northern Mexico, it was around 50F, and I prepared breakfast with my little stove. I used pure methanol, 40ml in the stove and lasted long enough for the test and cooking. I build a windscreen that didnt work so ended putting a cooler and some boxes as seats as a wind protection device (it wasnt backpacking I know, but it was a field test), I made scrambled eggs with sausage in less than 8 minutes.


My friends (guys in the picture) enjoyed breakfast, and I was pleased with the stoves.
The ideal test would have been to boil water and measure the boiling time, but I guess that if I can cook with them, they work!!!
What type of aluminum foil can I get to build a good windscreen, regular aluminum foil wont make it because it falls around and breaks very easily, does anyone know where can I get thick aluminum foil for a windscreen? and what type: brand or name?
Thanks!!!
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:48 PM
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Re: Alcohol stove???

Good test!

I'd recommend a bit more sausage with those eggs. Italian sausage, that is
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