19670Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: alcohol stove for hammock backpacker?
- Jan 4, 2009With alcohol stoves you want to stick to methenol not other fuels. Only use yellow heet and it should eliminate the flame up problems. Using other fuels than these can be very dangerous.
To light your stove try taking a small twig about 6 -8 inches in length about the diameter of a match and dip the tip of it in your fuel, light the twig tip and use that like a match to light your stove. be sure to extinguish the twig properly to avoid accidental fires.
Hope this helps!
From: aethericpower <aethericpower@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 4, 2009 11:12:11 PM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Re: alcohol stove for hammock backpacker?
--- In hammockcamping@ yahoogroups. com, Blake Robert <xflagstaff9@ ...>
>have begun to reduce the weight of my load by going to lighter gear.
> As I reach the age at which every ounce is felt in backpacking- --I
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.
>Cool little miniature stove-----if you google that title you will see
> The one I am considering is found on several sites with the title
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.
>alcohol stoves made of soft drink cans do not last because the
> But, my real concern is that I found several sites that say that
aluminum can not take the heat too many times---long trail hikers
interviewed say they are lucky if such a stove lasts 500 miles.
>stove lasts---I don't want one that lets me down partway through a
> Now that sounds like quite a bit of use---but, no matter how long a
>is over or does it go straight from useful to gone?
> Has anyone in this forum had experience with this?
> How does such a stove deteriorate? Does it warn you before its use
>I made a few. I found wire hanger very difficult to bend correctly. I
> R Blake, Flagstaff, AZ
wound up using the broken off bristles of street cleaners, found free
on street intersections.
I personally had two problems with such stoves. Likely from my
inexeprience using them.
1. They are hard to light. I used cotton balls or lint, and steel and
flint. I have not found a wind screen tecnique I like yet with
materials I have on hand.
2. I often get a towering inferno effect like three or five minutes
into it. Especially if I use a different kind of fuel like corn oil
(also splatters) or Tiki torch fuel (that one gets REALLY hot). I
have boiled water with three cat food can based ones under a soup can.
I don't have much expertise, but I did want to share my noice
experience with you.
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