Alcohol Stoves

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by ShadyRascal, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    The way I fill out the forms I think you'll have no problems. :evil
  2. Dekatronic

    Dekatronic Adventurer

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    Dang it, I just paypal'ed you $18 but forgot to specify which stoves. It seems I like to throw fistfulls of money at anything bike-related, lol. Anyway I'd like a Stever and a Simmer, please. I'll send you a pm as well. Cheers :beer
  3. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Gotcha covered, thanks much! I'll make them tonight, mail tomorrow, you'll be playing with alcohol by the weekend.
  4. Dekatronic

    Dekatronic Adventurer

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    Thanks Steve! I'm looking forward to the weekend!
  5. daveinoh

    daveinoh Been here awhile

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    Hello Steve,

    Sent payment for 1 of your regular stoves, looking forward to checking it out!
  6. ramp_rat

    ramp_rat n00b

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    Great idea Steve. Payment sent for 2 of each. Too many fire bans around here last season to be able to count on making a campfire.

    Thanks:clap:happay
  7. Noisymilk

    Noisymilk Run What Ya Brung

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    Hello Steve!

    I received my 2 stoves yesterday. Mere days after sending payment. Thank you very much. Went and picked up some Heet at wally world immediately and tested them last night to see how they work:

    Regular Stever stove:
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    And the Simmer stove:
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    Worked perfectly. The regular stove boiled a full pot of water in 4.5 minutes from lighting first time out. Admittedly this was inside, not out competing with any sort of temp. But still, awesome.

    Got up this morning. Made camp bread, sausages, and a bag omelette for my wife and I.
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    Figured out that the regular stove is too hot for this....melted the bag. Also, trying to bag cook 3 eggs doesn't really work. So, less egg per bag, and do it over the simmer stove once the water boils. Didn't take any pictures of the camp bread, but it turned out perfect from the pan over the regular stove.

    I think i'm going to build up some sort of thing out of a small pie pan and some BBQ grating or something to put the stoves in after igniting for balance purposes. I'll post back when I get something that works.

    Thanks Steve! I am just beginning the process of becoming a good camper, as the cost savings will facilitate more riding. :) I am hoping these will become my permanent stoves. I see no need for carrying some MSR expensive thingamajig.....not really my style.....the bike is 50 year old design with points....these fit the bill.

    Buy his stoves! They REally work.

    Be safe all!
  8. infoatnmmoto

    infoatnmmoto with the band

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    Going to Pp to order two regular.
    Thanks Shady.
  9. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    paypal just sent for one of each. I've been meaning to make an alc stove for a while now, but my procrastination tells me this is a much better deal than waiting around for me to make it!
    Thanks,
    Scott
  10. Mark or Jack

    Mark or Jack BMW F 800 GS

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    I really need to source some methyl alcohol / methanol in Australia.

    I tried my Stever Stoves with methylated spirits and although they worked, it was very messy with large orange flames, not the nice blue efficient flames I have seen in pics on here.
  11. surlywill

    surlywill Adventurer

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    Steve, sent order for 1 regular... Thanks:clap
  12. Mark or Jack

    Mark or Jack BMW F 800 GS

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    I sourced some pure methanol today, it is difficult to get small quantities here in Australia but luckily I have a neighbour who races sprint cars and has a supply :evil

    The stoves worked a treat, they definitely need a wind shield but are a good piece of kit.
  13. bete

    bete misguided adventurer

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    Paypal sent; one of each thanks. bete.
  14. infoatnmmoto

    infoatnmmoto with the band

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    Works great! Thanks.
  15. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Arrived yesterday. Thank you!
  16. 2upAussie990

    2upAussie990 Been here awhile

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    If you're bike starts to run low mate just pour a bit in the tank, just watch you don't miss the next servo though if you roar past too quick on the meth.:rofl
  17. Mark or Jack

    Mark or Jack BMW F 800 GS

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    It's always an option :evil

    Are you using these stoves in Australia?
    What fuel do you use?
  18. Noisymilk

    Noisymilk Run What Ya Brung

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    Free bump because I love this stove!

    So, yes, wind is a problem with any stove. Everywhere I've read, people are using random things as their wind block. I thought I might try one of these:

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    PIcked one up at my local mom and pop camping store (I like supporting small local business when I can) for 7 dollars. It folds up just as slick as it says.

    You can see, these are designed for burning those fuel canisters from the buffet line. Shoots a single flame straight up. Great....but Stever Stoves have the flames from all around. First time I tried...lots of heat inside and not a lot up to the pot on top. So I played around with it a bit, and with some modifications (tin snips and a bit of a soup can) I came up with this:

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    And there it is cooking my udon noodles for lunch:
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    So the hole I cut is big enough that I can put a smaller pot right on the Stever for quick boiling water and the like, but small enough that my 8 inch frying pan sits on the coughlan's, not the Stever, and the heat gets distributed all along the bottom of the pan. The hole i cut wound up being 5.25" diameter. The soup can is 1" tall.

    Early experiments caused some flaking of the paint. YMMV. I think i might clean it and use some bbq paint on it. We'll see.

    Folded up:
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    Ok. Just an idea for y'all. It will get its first testing next weekend when my daughter and I camp for her birthday. I'll snap a few pics and post back.

    Be safe all.
  19. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    works great!

    Initially I used some alcohol based, no-name brand automotive alcohol-based gas-line treatment that has been in my garage for 10 years (unopened). Result was a fireball the size of a melon.

    Went out and found the recommended yellow bottles of Heet, and the stove works great! 2 cups of water was madly boiling in 5 minutes.

    I have an ultralight MSR cannister stove which simmers well, and will come along for camping involving any real cooking, but for making coffee or tea, or just-add-boiling-water backpacking meals, the Steverstove is amazing. Maybe as a trail-side hand-warmer too?
  20. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Shady - you note that 1.5 ounces of Heet burns about ten minutes; since 2 cups of water boils in ~1/2 that time, I wondered about using less fuel. When I tried it with 1/2 the fuel (1 tablespoon) it didn't boil the water before it burned out. I haven't have time to experiment more yet.

    Is there a minimum fuel level or volume for the Steverstove?