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post #1 of 9 Old 01-20-2011, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Alcohol stove - cheap as beer cans

Boredom has set in and resigned me to the garage - tunes and beer help me see the light!!!! Anyway - found a cool site for making alternative type stoves.
I selected the pressurized alcohol version and made a few. Here are the results - will boil water in about 4 minutes - both versions. Denatured alcohol works best and it only takes 1oz of alcohol. Stands were found at the Goodwill store - did I mention cheap?????

http://zenstoves.net/





Also found this dry box at Nothern Tools - I plan on mounting it to the aft rack for tools, stove, food etc.



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post #2 of 9 Old 01-20-2011, 09:45 PM
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Your stoves look good! I've built a few as well... Do you use the pipe cutters on the cans though? I would have thought they would crush them, I usually end up using scissors and a utility knife. Good for the next camping trip!

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The tubing cutter won't work - I tried. I used a razor knife to cut the cans.
I found that the Miller Lite aluminum bottle work best. They are heavier gauge aluminum.

The stove on the right is stainless steel - I found it at Big Lots - they are stackable spice cans with lids. Drilling the holes required a drill press!!!!!

I also found that a full un-opened can of coke make a great dialator for expanding the can size. Just a little red-neck engineering.

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Any ideas on how to build a stove that will work off of the gas in your bike?
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THAT would be dangerous!!!! I have a Coleman multi-fuel single burner stove that does use unleaded gasoline. It was $45.00 at WalMart. The stove is about 6" in diameter and about 7" tall - it takes up quite a bit of room.

I believe it is a model 553 - Coleman makes another smaller stove but it uses small butane cans that are proprietary to that stove - they are not available everywhere. It also has problems at altitude and cold temperature.

My little alcohol stove will work well for making coffee, ramen noodles or heating up a can of beef stew. That is about all that I will need before I can ride to a local eatery. I may never use it - Just playing while its to cold to ride.

Stay safe and warm all!!!!!!
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I have a really nice and small back packing stove that I use for camping but it uses caned gas. If I ever get to go to Alaska, I want to be self contained
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The best stoves I've found are "Jetboils". They get water boiling in no time at all. Though, like alcohol stoves, elevation will play a little bit of a factor in boiling time.
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I have a really nice and small back packing stove that I use for camping but it uses caned gas. If I ever get to go to Alaska, I want to be self contained

Lots of wood in Alaska...

Wood gas stove

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Cool gadjet, and can't beat the price!

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