Attn Shawn Wakefield - Re: OWNER REVIEW - AntiGravityGear Alcohol Stove
- Hi Shawn,
Welcome to BGT and thanks for your OR. Would you please clarify to the best of your ability how many nights you have used this stove in the field? Please add this info. to your report and then repost it with the word REVISED in the heading.
I'll take a look and if you have enough use to meet our requirements I'll add it to the edit queue.
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- AntiGravityGear Alcohol Stove ( Pepsi-style)
Name: Shawn Wakefield
Height: 6' 0" (1.9 Meters)
Weight: 165 Pounds (113 Kilograms)
Email address: shawn[AT]wakefieldsoft[DOT]com
City, State, Country: Tishomingo, OK, U.S.
Date: March 5, 2009
Backpacking Background: I started camping and backpacking about 25 years ago as
a teenager in the Boy Scouts. I have more recently gotten very interested in
backpacking again, and I really enjoy going lightweight now. My wife and I take
frequent backpacking trips together, and our kids (all under 13) go
occasionally. We like to hike in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas for short trips,
but enjoy Wyoming and Colorado for longer trips.
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Listed weight: 0.4 oz (11 g)
Weight as delivered: .35 oz (10 g)
Height: 1.65 in (42 mm)
Width: 2.56 in (65 mm)
Color: Silver (some of soda can printing may still be visible)
The stove comes by itself when ordered individually. If ordered as part of a
kit, some optional accessories may be included. The basic shape looks like the
bottom 1/3 of a soda pop can.
The stove is an alcohol stove, designed to burn denatured alcohol. The stove
has no moving parts, and is composed of 2 pieces that have been fitted and
sealed together with epoxy and silver heat tape. The center of the stove is open
on the top, and this is where the user pours up to 1 oz of denatured alcohol
into the stove before lighting. On the outside of the stove, around the middle,
are a series of pin sized holes 24 in all. As the fuel warms and begins to
vaporize, the side holes become jets where the burning fuel forms a ring around
I have carried the stove on many trips over the last 9 months. It has been on
multi-night backpacking trips, as well Boy Scout camping trips since I am an
adult leader (Scoutmaster). It has been used in light rain, under sunny skies,
during the day, and at night. Since most of the trips were in the central US,
elevations were all less than 3000 feet during my use of the stove. I have used the stove approximately 8 nights in the field, and has been used to heat water for approximately 25 meals.
The stove is simple, so it works the same and works well every time. I typically
need to boil 2 cups of water at a time. I first fill my 0.9L pot with 2 cups
(0.47 L) of water and cover it with the lid. Next, I set the stove on the
optional primer tray (0.3 oz / 8 g). I put a few drops of fuel in the primer
tray around the base of the stove, then I pour 1 oz (30 ml) of fuel into the
middle of the stove. Next, light the stove and the primer tray. It takes about
20 seconds for the stove to get hot enough to vaporize the fuel and for the jets
to light around the outside of the stove. Once the outside jets have ignited, I
place the pot of water directly centered over the stove. Since the pot rests on
the stove top, no pot holder or other support is necessary.
On a warm day, with temperatures around 60 F (16 C), it takes about 5 minutes to
boil 2 cups (0.47 L) of water with the 1 oz (30 ml) of fuel. Obviously on warmer
or cooler days, or with very cold water, these burn times would change slightly.
I always boil water in my cook pot, and then mix meals in a Ziploc bag, so I
don't need to simmer or cook on low heat. This stove is on or off, there is not
an adjustment for the flame or heat output.
The only real issue that I found was related to stability. If your cook pot is
very large, then you have to be careful to balance it carefully on top of the
center of the stove. It would not take much of a nudge to dump your pot off onto
The primer tray is not necessary, but gives the stove some stability. Also, have
a few drops of fuel in the primer trays, helps the stove's side jets to ignite
more quickly. As with any stove, a windscreen will improve the efficiency and
help the stove to perform better.
Since the stove is constructed of 2 nested soda cans, durability is quite good.
I carry my stove in a small plastic container that came in the Stove Set from
AntigravityGear. This protects the stove, and fits nicely into my cook pot.
Often, the simplest solution is the best, and I think that is certainly the case
with this lightweight stove from AntiGravityGear.
The alcohol stove from AntiGravityGear is a lightweight stove that burns
denatured alcohol. It is easy to setup and use, and it does not have any moving
parts to break or wear out. I don't think you could ask for anything more for
Things I like:
2. Low cost
Things I don't like:
1. Stability not great with a large pot
2. Can't simmer or slow cook (might be an issue for some)
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Thank you Shawn. It has been added to the Owner Review Queue and will be picked up by an Edit Moderator soon. If you are new to BackpackGearTest.org, welcome to the community! The Editors will work with you, within their own time constraints, to get your first two Owner Reviews approved and upload in a timely manner. Do not worry if nothing happens with it for several days. All our Editors are volunteers and your report will be subject to an official edit within fourteen days. If you have not had a response from an Edit Moderator via the Yahoo Groups list within this timeframe, please let me know directly at jdeben(at)hotmail.com
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