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The future of alcohol stoves

Postby wanderin.jack » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:44 am

There has been a number of fires caused lately by hikers not being careful with their alcohol stoves. Based on some conversations I've had with USFS staff and the up coming likely very dry summer, I wouldn't be surprised to see the USFS and NPS to put alcohol stoves in the same category as open fires. Their rational will likely be that in order to qualify as a "camp stove" it must have a hard fuel cut-off and closed fuel container none of which an alcohol stove has.


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Re: The future of alcohol stoves

Postby austex » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:56 am

I toyed with two types alcohol stoves last year. Every time I made sure there was about 24" of clear ground around them when I lit them; never a problem, but to be safe for sure. If it tipped it would soak into the dg and not spread. Also a pot lid or the like to smother the flames if necessary. In all I do agree they will ban them.
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Re: The future of alcohol stoves

Postby rlown » Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:49 pm

can alcohol be used in something like a svea 123? I honestly have no clue, but..
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Re: The future of alcohol stoves

Postby wanderin.jack » Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:00 pm

Wow, good timing here. Just saw this on the PCTA website:

In places, stoves without a positive shut-off valve and a contained fuel source will be banned in order to protect the forest. Plan ahead and consider leaving your alcohol and wood-burning stoves at home from the start.


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Re: The future of alcohol stoves

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:30 pm

This is the kind that I've made:

http://www.realfarmacy.com/how-to-turn- ... ing-stove/

A pretty fun and easy project, but it does take a bit of experimenting to get one just right. I've used it a few times car camping, but I've never taken it out backpacking.
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The future of alcohol stoves

Postby wanderin.jack » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:46 pm

Rlown, I'm pretty sure not. The whole point of an alcohol stove is how light and simple they are. Any attempt the make a positive shut-off would, at this stage of the technology, defeat the purpose.

I actually have a very nice beer can stove but I find them to be a real pain in the ass. Mainly because I boil 4-5 times a day. Many through hikers only boil once of twice a day. Anyhow, I'll stick with my jet boil.


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The future of alcohol stoves

Postby wanderin.jack » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:22 am

More on alcohol stoves. I also have burned myself badly using them: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QrGFRhjIFs ... rGFRhjIFss


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Re: The future of alcohol stoves

Postby JWreno » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:03 pm

Haven't used any stove since 2005 on a summer hike. No stove, fuel, pot, spoon, etc... Zip lock bags and my Bearikade expedition are my only food related equipment on the trail.

I own a couple of alcohol stoves and they definitely needs to be treated like an open fire with regard to wild fire safety.
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