Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stoving 4

First off, a slight correction; I said that the JetBoil was only good for boiling water. That's not quite true, as it comes with an accessory pot-holder of sorts that allows you to use it with virtually any pot, frying pan, kettle etc:

As alluded to, with the proper adapter, the Zip can be perched on top of a cheap aerosol-type butane canister:

It's not a perfect solution though. Apart from being quite tippy and top-heavy, I've found it to be inefficient as well, especially as you're trying to consume the last third or so of the contents of the canister. The pressure drops considerably and the usual 2-minute boil can take twice as long. The canister in the photo above was nearing the end, and it took a full 5 minutes to get a rolling boil, and that's indoors with no wind. I suspect however, that a full canister will perform better, but this does give a vote of confidence for the authentic JetBoil canisters. ( I should mention that I have the "Zip", the cheapest JetBoil and it does not have a fancy regulator built in to the burner. This probably exacerbates the pressure drop problem). See Here for more info on these adapters and the like.

Most of my other stove oddities are just that. I have an old Garcia Camping Gaz stove, but those C206 piercable cartridges are a thing of the past. It's kind of sad because I have the lantern too:

I have another old Coleman 5411 Picnic Stove, but it too takes an extinct butane canister. I am fooling with it in the hopes of attaching a different style:

Then of course there's the old 3-legged propane jobs. I have one but I don't like it or use it:
One more, it's just like the photo below, but the name is "World Famous"...yeah right  :)  This one you just refill like a butane lighter, by holding the butane against an inlet valve on the bottom...

One more noteworthy mention, a BBQ/Grill that sits atop the PowerFist or other similar butane stove...works like a charm, if not a little too hot. Technically not a stove I guess:

It's just as well for me to keep going. Stay tuned for Stoving 5...