Alcohol Stoves

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

  1. SOP Dirt-Rider

    SOP Dirt-Rider Been here awhile

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    2 of each on order. Leaving for AZ and UT in March. This will be my main/only stove. I will also be getting the sterno stove for wind control. I will drill a series of holes in the sides of the sterno so I can adjust the height of the alcohol stove. Coffee is an absolute must first thing in the AM.:deal
  2. SOP Dirt-Rider

    SOP Dirt-Rider Been here awhile

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    So, after reading 25 pages I am shocked that no one has asked, just what do you drink that makes these wonderful stoves?
  3. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Well, for the most part it's been Bud and Bud Light that has come in these aluminum bottles. For a while, you could get Michelob Ultra too. So I was forced by my burning need to support my fellow ADVers to drink these concoctions. For a while, I could order Bud Light Lime in these bottles, and that was not so bad.

    I was a homebrewer for many years, making my own ales right from grain. Bud Light around my house was long considered heresy.

    Well, I managed to stomach the Bud Light Lime, and even become fond of it. Now for the last year or so I have not been able to get it and only have had Bud Light. I keep lime juice in the fridge to pour into my Bud Light to make it tolerable. Given the number of stoves I've sold over the last 5 years, this has been a copious amount of Bud Light. I just ran out of bottles with this last batch of stoves I made. Had to go buy a few more cases of Bud Light in aluminum bottles.

    The sacrifices I make for you FF's. :1drink
  4. Montague

    Montague UDF Adventurer

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  5. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Excellent idea! I'll try it. Maybe a spring loaded band with 2 or 3 levels of holes so it can be slid up and down as well as rotated.

    By the way I tried using 91% rubbing alcohol and it sooted up the tea pot terribly, but HEET burns clean.


  6. SOP Dirt-Rider

    SOP Dirt-Rider Been here awhile

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    Check out the Coors Light can/bottle. I have a hard time supporting Jane Fonda (major stockholder in AB).

    Wanna see a cool trick? Drink one, put the lid back on tight and toss it in a fire. Step away sharply and plug your ears:deal

  7. Creation

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    The coors bottle is weak compared to the bud light bottle.
  8. SOP Dirt-Rider

    SOP Dirt-Rider Been here awhile

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    Wow!! Stever SToves and Simmers arrived today-first impression was how cute. An ounce and a half of Heet and my travel coffee pot primed with water and grounds, bit of paper to light the stove and I was cooking coffee. Never had the pot boil over before:eek1 I was worried if I had enough Heet, next time only an ounce will be needed. Bring on the worst Mama nature:deal
  9. smithe

    smithe Been here awhile

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    Shady,

    Just got done reading every post, awesome stuff! Do you have any available?

    Thanks
  10. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Yep. Making them all the time. :D
  11. smithe

    smithe Been here awhile

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    Alright, money heading your way for one of each!
  12. OSUMatthew

    OSUMatthew Adventurer

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  13. OSUMatthew

    OSUMatthew Adventurer

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    I just got mine in the mail a few days ago, barely two business days after placing an order--that's faster than Amazon!

    As for the stove itself--the quality is fantastic. I've been boiling water like a maniac for coffee and teas, and it does exactly what Steve says it does. Boiled water very quickly, is very very light, and exceptionally strong. I've used butane and white gas stoves for backpacking and this easily beats both in simplicity, weight, and controllability. The alcohol burns hotter and less explosively than the white gas, and is much more widely available. No residue either. I also don't have to worry about hoses leaking, parts breaking, pumping and priming, or an awkward fuel bottle tipping the stove.

    I've always avoided alcohol stoves because I don't want to be cooking my food in a flimsy fancy feast cat food can, but this stove is seriously bombproof. My titanium cookware is flimsier than this thing.

    The only downside I can imagine that though I can easily blow out the stove, it's difficult to pour the remaining fuel back into the bottle because of the burner holes. That's not a big deal though--once you use it a couple times it's easy enough to gauge almost exactly how much fuel you'll need. Not to mention that pouring hot fuel back into its container probably isn't a good idea to begin with.

    For nine bucks, this thing is a steal. Walmart couldn't even sell these things at that price. Thanks for a great stove Steve, and all the work you put into making these things for us!

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    Shady, if I had to drink that much light beer, I'd definitely need the help of V-8. Do you like a red beer?
  15. hugemoth

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    I was thinking you made them out of aluminum water bottles. Picked up a couple of those water bottles for $1 each and made stoves. Took some force to push the top into the bottom but no rivet is needed and they're very sturdy. For my use 8 small holes is about right.


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  17. Bbasso

    Bbasso my name is Rob

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    All this time and I still use mine, frequently!
    I'm thinking about getting two more...
    (Just in case)
  18. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Buy all you want, I'll drink more.:1drink
  19. Mastodon

    Mastodon Mother F'n Dinosaur

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    Got my stove today! Impressed with the size, pictures make it seem much larger than it really is. Fits easily into my cook set, and still has enough room available for utensils, scraper, and a few other odds and ends. Can't wait to actually try it out.

    Probably will run to the store and buy some HEET first thing in the morning!
  20. BadBrett

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    I just received the stoves today. Great Job and Fast service!