Jan 2, 2009 at 7:14 am #1232974
I just built my first beer can stove and it seems to work well (although, I've never used one before this). It brought 16oz of tap water to a roiling boil in 6 minutes in 25-30 degree weather, then burned another 3 minutes with 1 oz of Heet. It weighs .25 oz, and the windscreen/pot support is another .5 oz.
It seems this is fine for boiling water, but what if we catch a fish or two? Has anyone cooked (rather than boiled water) with an alcohol stove? Particularly a beer can stove?
Thanks for your comments/suggestions…Jan 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm #1467590
One of the easiest methods of cooking fish is to poach them. I cut the fish into sections that will fit in my pot and use only a little water. You must keep gently "stirring" them about to cook them properly.
I haven't used an alcohol stove to do this but you might try it. I don't really think that alcohol stoves are meant to do much more than boil water. They require a very efficient wind screen to work effectively.Jan 5, 2009 at 10:12 am #1468055
@dufus934Locale: North Texas
I don't see why this wouldn't work. As long as you didn't need much time to cook it. Sounds like you would have about 10 min of cook time with the 1 oz of fuel. That should be enough time to get it cooked. Of course, you could always give it a try at home before you do it on the trail.Jan 5, 2009 at 10:45 am #1468067
How much alcohol will your stove hold?Jan 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm #1468107
My stove will hold at least two ounces, but I don't know how it burns filled that high…I have to give it a try. That would, in theory, give me about 20 minutes of burn time. I'm also tinkering with a larger aluminum can which I think could easily hold 3-4 ounces (if need be).Jan 5, 2009 at 2:28 pm #1468111
I made a "pressure" type, top jet, stove using two Fosters 24oz. cans. I made it tall enough to take 4oz.of alcohol. It's been a while ago and I don't remember how long it burns, but it allows the flexibility to burn for any time I might require. Can you post a photo of your stove?Jan 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm #1468128
Here's the stove…Jan 5, 2009 at 5:31 pm #1468144
Nice work. I only bothered to polish my stoves if they were to be gifts. I have made some similar stoves, but mine had side burner jets. They work best with large diameter pots. Is the can you used the same diameter as a coke can? If so you might use a larger diameter can to increase the volume. Alcohol stoves are fun to build. There are so many designs to try. Though they all work about the same. The big variable is the stove/pot/windscreen relationship. I believe the Caldera Cone, with most any stove, is the most efficient way to go.
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