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19656Re: [Hammock Camping] alcohol stove for hammock backpacker?

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  • pure mahem
    Jan 3, 2009
      For a more rugged stove you may want to check out a trangia the mini has a lid that allows you to simmer as well. Also on bplite.com ask Zelph about the Cobalt Stove it's a new design that uses the heavy aluminum beer bottles. Also on MiniBullDesign.com you have the BIOS. A lot comes down to what type of cooking you do If it's just boiling water I'ld go with the Cobalt. If you plan on using your stove for more then I would go with a mini trangia. Either stove can be had for around $20. If your looking to just build your own then keep going cause there are alot of stove designs out there that you can make and experiment with, be careful you may get addicted to it and then we'll have to call you a Stovie. The advantage about pop can stoves is that you can just build another one anytime for nothing. In my experience they don't wear out they get stepped on or crushed by accident or confiscated at the airport.

      From: Tom Frazier <wildewudu@...>
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Saturday, January 3, 2009 12:48:17 AM
      Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] alcohol stove for hammock backpacker?

      Vargo makes two different models of titanium "pop can" stove. I've got this one: http://www.vargoout doors.com/ store/VARGO- OUTDOORS- VARGO-TITANIUM- SERIES/c126_ 127/p1072/ Titanium- Decagon-Backpack ing-Stove/ product_info. html?osCsid= c6ce3caa4d137f33 d175124987917c3f

      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
      To: hammockcamping@ yahoogroups. com
      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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