Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pop Can Alcohol Stove

Youtube is replete with plans for these alcohol burning mini camping or emergency stoves. Given my interest in stoves, not to mention other gadgetry, I decided to have a look into this intriguing area. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I just made a very basic one, using the bottom inch or so of 2 Pepsi cans. For the "alcohol", I used gas line antifreeze. As a fuel, alcohol is relatively safe as it's not too volatile. However, once you heat it a bit and get it to vaporize, it burns with a roar not unlike that of a Coleman stove. I think I'll make a more deluxe model later.
firing it up
place water on top
boiling...
This was just a quick conceptual test, but I'm going to make a better one...more to come :)

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