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Old 09-28-2018, 04:25 PM   #1
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Solid Fuel Stoves

Has anyone used these types of stoves to cook with?

http://zenstoves.net/SolidFuelBurner.htm
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Old 09-28-2018, 08:49 PM   #2
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In 1963 I used STERNO in for making coffee and heating up food stuff like MER on the beach in the Navy . It was faster and easier then making a camp fire . I would hope there is better stuff in 2018 to cook with . I got a backpacker stove I like the one in video which is much better then Sterno . Watch video till end to see how it works


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YarCVxywNVg

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Old 09-29-2018, 04:27 AM   #3
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When we used to backpack for a weekend we had a backpacker stove that used white gas and was pressurized by pumping like a regular Coleman stove but it was a single burner. As I recall it would last a couple of days with a tankful of fuel.

The question I would have on the solid fuel is how long does a chunk of it last? How easily does it light and stay lit. An alternative would be to use it as a fire starter to get the wood fire going.
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Yes, but they were best for warming rather than cooking.They are very compact though and inexpensive. We use the tabs as fire starters. Pressurized gas stoves are much better especially at higher altitudes. MSR seem to be the best but expensive. I've had good luck with Coleman backpack stoves and the little Propane/Butane stoves are decent. Check out REI,Com

https://www.rei.com/product/114890/m...rocket-2-stove

https://www.rei.com/product/114799/s...power-20-stove

https://www.rei.com/product/127968/j...cooking-system

https://www.rei.com/product/830342/m...kpacking-stove

https://www.rei.com/product/125314/c...-propane-stove
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I've had the Trangia type alcohol stove, like a brass can with a screw top. The Swedish army uses them. Some companies make them in stainless. You can get various stands and whole cooksets for them. I never had serious need, just short over nights on the AT, so alcohol was fine.

Not as hot as white gas, but hotter than solid tabs. Lightweight, nice and simple, just unscrew the top and light. You can get adjusters (shown here) to regulate the size of the flame; they help your fuel last longer. They just slip over the top and swivel.




Just Google trangia stove and images to see the loads of stuff avaiable.

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Old 09-29-2018, 07:35 AM   #6
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I use a Coleman 2 burner Dual Fuel Stove, but I also have a single burner one. They both use Coleman Fuel or gasoline, which is handy, since our camping usually involves dirt bikes.

https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Campi...+single+burner

I bought mine over 20 years ago. Back then it cost twenty somethin bucks.

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I bought one like this many years ago. lt works okay, but I think the propane cylinders get a bit pricey if you cook a lot.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-1...16&athena=true
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I used sterno back a couple hundred years ago as a Boy Scout. It worked great. I also used the military dry fuel packets as seen if you scroll down through the link. They came with old c rats that were packed during and shortly after the Vietnam war. I think they were also packed in some of the early MRE packets. Came with a small aluminum folding stove. One stove to a case so we had to share till enough cases got opened.
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Good info, thx all! I'll check out the other stoves too. I don't think the propane ones will work for bug out because of heavier weight?
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Good thing about alcohol stoves, they'll burn whiskey, bourbon, moonshine, etc.. The higher proof will burn better. It won't be as hot as straight alcohol, but you won't care......
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Good thing about alcohol stoves, they'll burn whiskey, bourbon, moonshine, etc.. The higher proof will burn better. It won't be as hot as straight alcohol, but you won't care......
I have that
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I bought one like this many years ago. lt works okay, but I think the propane cylinders get a bit pricey if you cook a lot.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-1...16&athena=true
Great to cook with but you don't want to be in a hurry for boiled coffee! I have two, slick for warming or cooking eggs!
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I use a Coleman 2 burner Dual Fuel Stove, but I also have a single burner one. They both use Coleman Fuel or gasoline, which is handy, since our camping usually involves dirt bikes.

https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Campi...+single+burner

I bought mine over 20 years ago. Back then it cost twenty somethin bucks.
Had one like that and a smaller version with folding legs, great little stoves!
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