DIY projects, Personal setups » Alcohol stove setup


This is my ultralight cooking setup. Stove is a mini sideburner chimney design from I’ve built quite a few of these designs. I found the Snowpeak Ti cookpot on the JMT, next to a full roll of TP (not sure which they missed more!). Everything fits inside the pot, with a paper towel for cushioning and cleanup. Fuel bottle holds enough to boil three 2.5 cup pots, good for an overnighter. The stove heats fast! It pours out the heat, and doesn’t require a pot stand. It took a couple of tries to get the burner holes the right size. Preheat pan and windscreen are required, and get the stove roaring quick.
It’s very light and compact. Wind can be a problem, though. And if you step on the stove, forget it.
I used to use Heet in the yellow bottle, for drying auto fuel, but it’s toxic, so now I use denatured alcohol from the hardware store. Everclear works too, but it’s expensive (and versatile!).

Comments (2)

KevinJanuary 13th, 2015 at 1:47 pm

My experience with a the trango ti alcohol stove was that the denatured alcohol burned too hot too fast. Result was with a big pot, or when it was very cold I had to refill before pasta was done. This wasted a bunch of fuel. Yellow Heet worked much better and smelled much less toxic than the denatured alcohol, both when burning and the liquid. It burned with a nice blue flame for much longer. Only problem Heet was not avaialable at any gas station I visited in AZ, so I went to autozone. The guy at the store had never heard of it, but it was on the shelf collecting dust.

KevinJanuary 21st, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Oops I meant Vargo Titanium alcohol stove.

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