Re: great stove (Alcohol stove standards)
2007-05-01 03:43:39 GMT
For what it's worth, I think it's important to be aware of the two
standards that stove makers should look at when making stoves.
The first standard is the racer stove that burns really hot and fast
and heats water (or whatever) really quickly. These stoves are real
winners at the fun "stove races" that some backpacking gatherings
hold, but they are not "fuel thrifty" stoves.
The second standard is the stove that will heat water (or whatever)
well, but sacrifices blazing speed for being a "fuel mizer" which
doesn't waste any fuel. Most of the fuel goes to heating the contents
of the pot. This results in less fuel that needs to be carried by the
backpacker on an outing.
These two standards are opposite one another, one is fast and uses
lots of fuel and the other is slower but uses little fuel. It's
useful to decide in advance which you are striving for. I don't know
of any alcohol stove design which can give both fast heating and
thrifty fuel use, although such a design would rapidly become
extremely popular with stove makers and backpackers! :^)
Best, Don L.
"hacktorious" <hacktorious <at> ...> wrote:
> I have tested 8 - 32 holes. 24 - 32 holes seems to be best. My
> latest has 24 and can boil 2 cups in about 3.5 minutes. I think
> having a larger center hole makes a bit of a difference too.
> I haven't had a chance to take any pictures yet. If I have time
> I will shoot a quick video and take some photos.
> --- In BackpackingLight <at> yahoogroups.com, <mshaner <at> > wrote:
> > Thanks Manny,
> > I'm a current member of BPL and have viewed all of the articles
> referenced. I was primarily interested in your results with fewer
> than 24 holes (size dependent I know). I even made one with 44
> - looks really cool, but performance is less than stellar. I've
> several with 24 holes in diffently locations. Nothing less than 24
> yet...on the fringe listening in since I haven't had the time to
> tinker with them the last couple of months.
> > Shane