When I was doing the on-line research that resulted in my making the Starlyte stove knockoff I saw that there were many direction for Altoids tin stoves-using either the round tin or the rectangular one. There were also designs for a York mints tin stove.
I am perfectly happy with the Starlyte---but, today I was in the cashier's line at Albertson's grocery and saw that they had the circular Altoids tins on sale from $2.49 each to 2 for $1.00!!!!!!!!
Now, I doubt that an Altoids/York tin stove (of which there are several designs) could be a better stove than the Starlyte---but, if you do not want to buy 30 wedding favor tins, 25 circular stainless steel discs, 8 square feet on fiberglass cloth, etc., as I did---you might buy some Altoids tins while they are on sale (for a few days more) and see what you can make.
--- On Fri, 2/20/09, mrbyer <mrbyer@...> wrote:
From: mrbyer <mrbyer@...>
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Re: alcohol stove for hammock backpacker?
Date: Friday, February 20, 2009, 5:55 AM
I love the Starlyte. You can't beat its fuel efficiency and it works
great even in sub zero temps, few alcohol stoves do.
--- In hammockcamping@ yahoogroups. com, Blake Robert <xflagstaff9@ ...>
> Thank you PT.
> I ended up going with a homemade Starlyte stove as per the
instructions you get if you google Starlyte Knockoff. There is a set
of three videos about this.
> You take a 2" diameter wedding favor tin-remove the transparent
plastic window and put a stainless steel screen disk in the lid-they
come in a perfect size to dome up. Then, you cut a larger than 2"
diamter of fiberglass cloth-place this on top of-and, partially around
a wad of pink fiberglass insulation and place that in the wedding tin
bottom smoothing the cloth so it is an even layer under the screen
when you place the lid back on.
> This makes a great stove and I found it works great with a canteen
cup stand/stove. This is a lightweight "ring" that fits under a
military canteen cup-with the same shape-in fact, the cup fits around
the base of a military canteen and the reversed cup stand fits around
the cup-so the whole assembly takes up only about 2-3% more volume
than the canteen alone.
> When used as a stove/stand- you place the Starlyte on the ground-get
it going-attach the stove/stand under the cup and place the assembly
over the flame. The stand/stove has holes for ventilation.
> My main complaint about this design is you have to buy many times as
much material as you need. The smallest fiberglass cloth I found was 8
sq. feet at Walmart---admitedly only about $4.50. I found the wedding
tins at Michaels (arts & crafts) and had to buy 30!!!! The stainless
steel disks I got via ebay and had to buy 25!!!! You are supposed to
use pink insulation (no webstite says why yellow won't do) and my
insulation is yellow so I had to buy some.
> So, I ended up with enough materials to build 25 of these stoves
with excess wedding tins left after I run out of stainless steel
disks-not to mention fiberglass cloth and insulation.
> But, I like the design and I am glad I made it!!!!!
> For those interested in this-google the web with search terms:
Starlyte Knockoff and also try: Starlyte alcohol stove.
> The finnished stove weighs about 1/3rd of an ounce and the
insulation holds the alcohol in if the stove is tipped.
> I recommend these even if you are stuck with too many. I may give
mine extras out at Flagstaff Hiking Club potlucks as door prizes.