Monday, 14 May 2012

More Alcohol Stoves....

Most of us know how to make these and have probably had a play with them at some point in time, but at the moment im on a real Alcohol stove kick as ive been trying to build a lightweight brew kit to use whilst out on bimbles.

So having had my day outside scuppered by the rain, i made a couple of pop can stoves, i was also lucky that the shop (Asda) had some cans in a lovely striped Orange Peel colour - just the job.

Each stove is made from the a couple of base sections, there is a wall inside that is cut from the side wall of the can and a series of holes drilled at regular intervals around the top of the tin, usefully, the paint job on the tin, also helps with the spacing of the holes.



Once made, i put in just enough fuel to cover the convex inner section and lit them up, they bloom surprisingly quickly, this style of burner also boils a cup of water pretty quickly as well.
I prefer this style over the typical penny stove, as it doesn't need a separate priming pan and i feel it is safer, sure, it also burns fuel quicker, but as im only going to use it/them as part of a lightweight kit to boil water in for a brew or to rehydrate some food, it fits the bill perfectly, my whole brew kit, including a small bottle of fuel (enough for four 3/4 pint brews) but excluding water, weights 8oz.
Pictured right are a few of the others ive made recently in order to try and find a style & size i like the most, from top burners that need a pot stand to side burners that don't.

Im still undecided as to which one i like the most, each has it's own merits, perfect excuse to keep playing i guess.

4 comments:

  1. How tall are you making your stoves?

    I'm planing on making a few penny stoves soon but I'm undecided on the height.

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    1. The ones with the orange paint scheme are 1 1/4" (3.5cm) high, the side burners are a little taller, as i work to the ratio of just shorter in height than the bottom of the bottle is wide

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  2. Whats your brew kit comprise of exactly? If you don't mind me asking.

    Basically I'm nosey and looking for idea's ;o)

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    1. here you go http://kepisbushcraft.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/lightweight-cook-brew-kit.html, it's a little lighter now it was in the post linked to above, as i removed the folding cup i was using in the kit.

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