19655Re: [Hammock Camping] alcohol stove for hammock backpacker?
- Jan 2, 2009Vargo makes two different models of titanium "pop can" stove. I've got this one: http://www.vargooutdoors.com/store/VARGO-OUTDOORS-VARGO-TITANIUM-SERIES/c126_127/p1072/Titanium-Decagon-Backpacking-Stove/product_info.html?osCsid=c6ce3caa4d137f33d175124987917c3f
I think my homemade popcan stove works better, but this titanium stove isn't that bad. It does the job, so long as you provide a windscreen (tinfoil?). I cut ends off a tin can, drilled some holes on either side (one for air intake the other for flame/heat outtake) and put it on top of my titanium stove on top of which goes my titan kettle. The base of this stove is four inches so it fits perfect into the msr titan kettle.
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From: Blake Robert
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 9:20 AM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] alcohol stove for hammock backpacker?
As I reach the age at which every ounce is felt in backpacking---I have begun to reduce the weight of my load by going to lighter gear. The first step was in going to hammock camping. Now, I am considering leaving behind my faithful Optimus 99 (sob!!!) and using either a fuel tablet buring Esbit stove or making an alcohol stove.
The one I am considering is found on several sites with the title Cool little miniature stove-----if you google that title you will see what I am planning to make and hope to carry backpacking. I just have to figure where one can still find wire coat hangers and get a quarter handful of fiberglass insulation.
But, my real concern is that I found several sites that say that alcohol stoves made of soft drink cans do not last because the aluminum can not take the heat too many times---long trail hikers interviewed say they are lucky if such a stove lasts 500 miles.
Now that sounds like quite a bit of use---but, no matter how long a stove lasts---I don't want one that lets me down partway through a hike.
Has anyone in this forum had experience with this?
How does such a stove deteriorate? Does it warn you before its use is over or does it go straight from useful to gone?
R Blake, Flagstaff, AZ
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