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  • #3621096
    Brent R
    BPL Member

    @bgregist

    Hi everyone, just wanted to get some guidance on traveling via plane with an alcohol stove.  I’ve only ever used a canister stove, but am very interested in this alcohol stove: https://shop.mysurvivalpack.com/core-puk-micro-alcohol-stove

    Obviously this screw top stove can store 1 oz of fuel that would need to be emptied prior to getting on a plane, but what about the felt inside?  Wouldn’t the smell of denatured alcohol remain on the felt?  Would TSA flag this?

    Hiking a section of the AZT this spring and will be flying from OH.  Would love to get my cook set down to 3.7oz with this thing but don’t want to be stuck without a stove if it gets confiscated. Thank you!

     

    #3621097
    Brad P
    BPL Member

    @brawndo

    It MIGHT set off explosives detectors, but I don’t know if it will.  I recently got randomly selected to have my hands checked for explosive residue.

    If you want to be sure, take something that can be completely cleaned of fuel.

    #3621098
    Jameson T
    BPL Member

    @jamesontisch36

    Burn it dry of all fuel before you fly and you *should* be fine. Two days ago I flew to Seattle with a Zelph Starlyte stove (similarly wicking design) and had no issue with TSA in Newark. Fingers crossed no issues getting back either.

    #3621139
    Ian
    BPL Member

    @10-7

    As long as it’s dry my guess is you’ll be fine.   TSA allows hand sanitizer and booze on the plane in appropriate quantities.   If they grab it from you, you can always make a fancy feast or soda can stove when you get there

    #3621149
    David Thomas
    BPL Member

    @davidinkenai

    Locale: North Woods. Far North.

    Let it air out until you leave.  Put it in a warmest place you can find (utility room?) or, if you want to really eliminate odors:

    Rinse with water (alcohol dissolves completely in water) shake/towel it dry, and then set the oven on its lowest setting (180-200F), and put it inside.  Turn the oven off and let it sit in that warm oven as it cools down.

    #3621150
    David Thomas
    BPL Member

    @davidinkenai

    Locale: North Woods. Far North.

    For refueling an alcohol stove, I like plastic vodka bottles – 375 ml for a medium-length trip.  That shouldn’t be any issue in checked bags because alcoholic beverages are allowed there.

    #3621154
    Ian
    BPL Member

    @10-7

    I’ve never tried that David.   How clean does it burn?

    #3621191
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    I think David meant that he puts his fuel in a plastic vodka bottle – not that he’s burning vodka.  Everclear 190 in a plastic vodka bottle would seem like vodka…

    #3621192
    Ian
    BPL Member

    @10-7

    Copy that.   Thanks.

    #3621204
    Jon Fong
    BPL Member

    @jonfong

    Locale: FLAT CAT GEAR

    Remove the foam and pick up a bottle of hand sanitizer (70% ethanol).  It is easy to find but burns a little slower.  I do this all the time when traveling Internationally or by boat / plane.  My 2 cents.

    #3621212
    Brad P
    BPL Member

    @brawndo

    Rinse with water (alcohol dissolves completely in water) shake/towel it dry, and then set the oven on its lowest setting (180-200F), and put it inside.  Turn the oven off and let it sit in that warm oven as it cools down.

    Good idea for the trip out, but the oven part might be a challenge for the trip back.

    #3621214
    Dan Y
    BPL Member

    @zelph2

    Purchase 2 of those stoves, one will be a back-up.

    The raised carbon felt wicks that stick up will deteriorate quickly. The fibres will actually fuse together and prevent adding of fuel easily if not at all. Only the small center portion of the stove will be able to be used…the simmer portion.

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