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19670Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: alcohol stove for hammock backpacker?

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  • pure mahem
    Jan 4, 2009
      With 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@...>
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      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@ ...>
      > 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
      > 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

      I made a few. I found wire hanger very difficult to bend correctly. I
      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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