Personal setups, Stoves » Gordo’s Penny Stove

Ultralight and Durable. Sensing a need for a lightweight stove for a future of Arizona Trail tours, we built some Penny Stoves found at this link:

Comments (11)

LarryNovember 12th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

What are you doing burning the Everclear instead of drinking it?

hvac59January 10th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

If you cut the Everclear with water by 10%, it will not SOOT up your pots!

David LutyAugust 17th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I’m a convert!!! Amazing stove.

glezherNovember 20th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

So what´s the coin for ?

maelgwnNovember 20th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Re: glezher

The coin is the lid for the filling hole. Stops the fuel burning from the middle hole so it only comes out the jets.

goyoDecember 3rd, 2010 at 9:08 am

Try this website:

Lots of great ideas. I made several designs, the best is a mini sideburner from a Red Bull can. I’ll post a pic and review in the gear section.

konaunitJanuary 25th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

These homemade ideas are great i wish i was this creative what else can u burn in it that burns for awhile could u shred fire starter with a pocket knife and stuff it in there

jefe branhamJanuary 27th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

You can burn any alcohol, rubbing alcohol will leave some water so it isn’t so great, but it will burn. I use the Heet in the yellow bottle, about 2-3$ and it works great, cheaper than ever clear. Love stuff like this! Anyone come up with a good pot support. I made one out of spokes too, but it is a bit wimpy. Jefe

Rick HancockMay 19th, 2012 at 5:52 am

If I’m carrying an alcohol stove with no support I’ll set 3-4 medium size rocks around the stove and balance the cook pot on a couple of tarp stakes. I use a White Box alcohol stove side burner so no support needed.

JimSeptember 25th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I’ve tried at least 12 different ultralight stove models, including the penny stove and most of those linked on the zen site. what I’ve settled on, and used without a glitch was the Turbo Cat 11 stove linked here:
I used it every day for three months on a cycling tour of Scotland with a collapsible windscreen and pot holder made from three interlinked bike spokes cut and shaped to hold the pot. The advantage it has is that with one oz of alcohol you can boil rice and simmer for 20 minutes. The simmer ring feature is missing on most alcohol stoves, which simply do a full boil.

KevinJanuary 13th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

I used the Vargo Triad Titanium Alcohol Stove with great success on an 11 day tour of the AZ trail in the winter. Stable stove because it has small legs that stick into the ground. Stove is a pain to fill without using the vargo fuel squirt bottles, but they seem to leek like sieves…. as least to two I bought from Amazon. I tried denatured alcohol at first, but it was not so good because it burned too fast with an orange flame (not as hot) the yellow bottle HEET worked great! Only problem it was NOT available at any gas station in AZ as far as I could tell, but it is available at autozone. Nice long burn to cook pasta. Also you can also make that stove simmer with a small piece of aluminum thrown over it to cover some of the holes.

Also with any alcohol stove you NEED a windscreen. I tried the Vargo folding windscreen, but it was too small to go around my pot. Just used my MSR screen cut to fit my pot. Worked great and made the whole setup VERY stable.

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