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Alcohol Camping Stove
Camp Stoves That Run On Alcohol
The stoves that this page will be dedicated to are the lightweight stoves that run on alcohol. I see these as more practical and lightweight than propane and kerosene stoves and simple to improvise if forced to. Where many people will be using wood for heat and cooking, that is sometimes not possible and in some parts of the world wood is a hard resource to come by. Urban survivors and people confined to the indoors would also find this form of stove useful.
Fuel that is acceptable for these stoves is Denatured Alcohol, Ever clear 90 proof grain alcohol, methyl alcohol (yellow bottle of Heet) and M1 Methanol ($3 a gallon at race shops). Isopropyl Alcohol is not recommended (red bottle of Heet).
A ready made model can be found at http://www.packafeather.com/store.html.
For step by step instructions on how to make a Penny Alcohol Backpacking Stove go to http://csun.edu/~mjurey/penny.html. You can find Instructions & FAQS as well as recipes.
In all my research thus far it seems as though Heet in the yellow bottle is the best improvised fuel for these stoves.
Check out all the different videos on youtube and decide which one you like best. There are sturdier models made from soup cans that can heat 2 cups of water in 6 minutes with 2 ounces of fuel. 2 ounces of fuel will last about 30 minutes. This could also be used as emergency heat.
The disadvantage of using methanol as opposed to propane is that it will take twice as long to heat water and food using methanol. However propane might not be as easy to find as the different kinds of alcohol and methanol.
Using grain alcohol might be the best for some. Its a dual purpose liquid that can be used for medical purposes as well as fuel. Rubbing alcohol can be used in a pinch but I've read that it isn't recommended.
The simplest method of building your own can stove I could find. It wouldn't be too big of a deal to do the same thing with a multi- tool.
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|NotAlice||Trangia stove||8||Dec 31 2012, 6:15 PM EST by NotAlice|
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If you want a bombproof alcohol stove, Trangia makes one. Not as light as a Packafeather, but strong-like tractor. :) The Swedish mess kit comes with one - yeah, I know, they cost the moon and stars nowadays, but I scored one on Ebay for $25 plus shipping a couple weeks ago. Some of the mess kits had a Svea-made Trangia stove, found one under Svea stoves, just dumb luck. (A handy survivor trait!) The trangia site has replacement O-rings and simmer caps for cheap, so that's next for the car kit.
|timberrattler||Comments? (page: 1 2)||27||Dec 31 2012, 10:48 AM EST by NotAlice|
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So what do you think? Is this info helpful or do you think I need to add more links or information?
I found out about these simple little camp stoves researching methanol and its uses. Unless you have a monster truck or a dragster this is one of the simplest ways that methanol could be put to use. It is however used to keep gas tanks free of water so you'd have to choose what you needed it for the most.
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