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Q&A When building a penny stove how do you keep the cans from splitting?

Penny stoves are usually built from two soda cans and they look like this, Image source with some variations between the builder and so on. The basic idea is you have the bottoms of two soda ca...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Could I have problems / obstacles with obtaining petrol / gasoline for a stove

I've been thinking for some time to buy a multifuel stove for use in cold and high-altitude camping as compressed gas might be unreliable, and, most importantly, difficult to obtain in remote locat...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Alexander‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the most efficient DIY alcohol stove for narrow pots?

I like to use a pot which is 8.9 cm wide (3.5 inches) - because anything bigger would be a waste of space and weight for my needs. It's identical to a Toaks 750ml titanium pot. Most of the stove s...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Features to look for when buying a stove (for car camping)

We (wife, 5 year old and me) are planning to go camping next summer (UK). It will be car camping - i.e. drive, set up tent and, knowing the UK, sit in the tent as it rains. I'm looking at equipmen...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Nicholas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the advantages and disadvantages between gas, liquid and solid fuel?

It seems you can get fuel for stoves in either gas form (butane, propane, etc.) liquid (methylated spirit) or solid fuel tablets. What are the particular advantages and disadvantages with each for...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which stove fuel has best weight to bulk to heat ratio?

Pack stoves come in a variety of flavors, consuming white gas, denatured alcohol, propane, wood, gels, unleaded, kerosene... etc. Given the assumption that I will be carrying all the fuel I need (...

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's a good back-up wood and alcohol stove?

I am looking for a back-up stove capable of burning wood and alcohol. Can you suggest one? I would like it to burn alcohol and wood (most important) be cheap be small be robust be light (least im...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Paul Paulsen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What material is the wick under the burner on a multi-fuel stove?

I've got an optimus nova stove and there is a round 'wick' under the burner that gets fuel on it when you start the stove. What is this material?

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Avoiding leaks from stove and fuel bottles?

I used to use a liquid hydrocarbon-fuel stove for backpacking, but I hated it, one of the main reasons being that the stove and/or fuel bottle were always leaking and stinking up my car and pack. M...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Ben Crowell‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you refill your alcohol stove while it's burning?

I'm collecting ideas on this topic. I'm using a DIY alcohol stove made of a soda can. I have seen a guy refilling the same stove using this, but he doesn't explain where he found it, or how he bui...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JinSnow‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of material was used to make traditional stove jacks?

A stove jack allows you to safely extend a stovepipe through the roof or wall of your tent. Modern-day stove jacks appear to be made of silicone fiberglass. However, it's my guess tha...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Wilson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why are stove jacks NOT normally made of metal?

A stove jack allows you to safely extend a stovepipe through the roof or wall of your tent. Our stove jacks are constructed of fire proof 17-ounce [0.48 kg] silicone-coated glass material (1...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Wilson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the different names for and sources of alcohol for my stove?

What are the different names for camping stove alcohol and where can I get such a fuel? Note, this is not about white gas (aka "Coleman" fuel).

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Martin F‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Coleman Propane Stove not staying lit

I have an older coleman two burner camp stove, and I am having problems keeping it burning. It will generally light right up, but the flame seems low and it won't stay burning beyound a couple min...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Patrick‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?

MSR WhisperLite backpacking stoves are ubiquitous, but they lack a key function: the ability to simmer easily. How can you set a WhisperLite to simmer without having to constantly watch the stove a...

9 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What can I add to alcohol to make the flame visible?

One of the downsides of an alcohol stove is that the alcohol is all but invisible when it burns, and so the danger is that you won't realize its going and burn yourself. I have heard that adding r...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which camp fuel type is the easiest on your stove?

In reference to this question: Avoiding leaks from stove and fuel bottles? What fuel type is the easiest on your stove as far as cleaning and maintenance are concerned? If you have a stove that c...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Fixing a Jetboil igniter

The electric igniter on my jetboil has been giving me trouble. It's not completely broken, but I'll only see a spark 5 or 10% of the time. This means I don't completely trust my stove, and have t...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Felix‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a standard way of marking cooking alcohol containers?

The alcohol used for cooking is poisonous. Denatured alcohol, also called methylated spirit (methylated spirits in Australia and New Zealand) or denatured rectified spirit, is ethanol that has...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to get a top-mount cooking burner for 20 lb propane tank?

Currently, I use this cooking setup and it is pretty convenient when the travel space is tight: However, its BTU potential is understandably modest and I would sometimes like to cook a soup or b...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a recommended type of can for building a penny stove?

Related to this question, I have had better luck with the smaller energy drink/V8 juice cans than standard 12 oz pop cans. The other question on the site mentions both beer and Redbull cans. Is th...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How are canvas tents made to be fire retardant?

While reading through this question about adding a stove jack to a canvas tent originally lacking one, I wondered about the feasibility of making an existing canvas tent fire retardant. Is it simpl...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Jonathan Landrum‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much fuel to carry for melting snow?

I'm using a multi fuel stove (MSR Dragonfly) for a 10 day ski tour, how much fuel should I allow to provide sufficient water for cooking and drinking. Meals will be mostly dehydrated just-add-water...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Simon Hodgson‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why do some prefer methane to cook food

It feels like methane is growing popularity to cook food while camping. I've only used the "classics" like methanol, propane and butane. Why would I prefer methane gas as my camp stove fuel?

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Backpacking propane canister too tall and unstable

My propane/butane/isobutane canister with stove top attached is about 6" tall. When I put a cookware filled with liquid on top of it, the center of gravity seems very high and the whole system seem...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by qazwsx‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Caveats of dual (propane, liquid) fuel stoves

My MSR Whisperlite has served me well for more than 10 years. It started leaking a few weeks ago, and I'm looking for a proper replacement. I've read some good reviews about dual fuel stoves (amaz...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Adam Matan‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How would I identify between MSR Wisperlite and Wisperlite International stoves?

About three years ago, I picked up a used "MSR Wisperlite" for a great price. At the time, I was not aware of the difference between the classic and the International versions of the stove. Since...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Jeff W‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A High Altitude Cooking - Most efficient fuel and stove type

We are planning a hike that will have us above the tree line for several days. I am interested in recommendations regarding stove and fuel types under the reduced oxygen constraints as well as wei...

0 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Citizen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Carrying a portable stove

During a long expedition, how to safely pack, place and carry a portable gas filled stove? It looks something like this: http://www.climbing.com/gear/multifuel-stoves/

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much does a full/empty jetboil canister weigh?

I have a bunch of partially-full Jetboil canisters from various trips, and I'm trying to figure out approximately how much fuel is left in each of them. How much does a full canister weigh (fuel +...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Felix‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible to buy gas cartridges on a Sunday in Reykjavik?

I'm visiting Iceland this august, will be arriving in Reykjavik. Since it's not possible to bring gas cartridges with me, I'll need to buy them there. I'll be arriving on a sunday. Is it possible t...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Peter‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do regular lighters not work at high altitude?

Here is what I would consider a regular Bic butane lighter. However I have noticed that you can buy High Altitude lighters such as this one. Is that just marketing or would a regular lighter n...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I light a spirit (ethanol) stove when it's cold?

I am very happy with my starm-proof spirit stove (similar to this model, but older. When others are struggling to find a place outside the wind, I can cook wherever I like — provided I can lighten ...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I test out my equipment before a backpacking trip?

I'm in the slow process of acquiring all of the gear I think I will need to do a week-long backpacking trip somewhere in the Midwest. Many of the more experienced backpackers I've spoken with or re...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by pheidlauf‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What situations/locations would be ideal for using a solar stove while backpacking?

After answering this question, I am wondering when it would be useful to cook with a solar stove. It certainly wouldn't make sense in an area that is constantly overcast or when speed is of the es...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Camping stove with plane allowed fuel

Is there a camping stove that works with fuel you are allowed to take on a plane? Often I fly somewhere without possibility to buy any fuel for my stove after landing. In those cases I take an Esb...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Some wandering yeti‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Refillable camping stoves for use in the UK

When I was a kid and was still living in Poland, my parents used to have these few kilo rechargeable gas bottles and compatible stove, which we used during holidays. The nice thing about this was t...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Grzenio‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which type of cooker to use above 6000m?

I'm an enthusiastic mountaineer and hiked up several 4000m - 6000m peaks till today. Now I'm faced to a problem I think many mountaineers are faced to: Which type of cooker do I use above the 6000...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Otterbein‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?

There are quite a few countries where you aren't allowed to make open fires in the great outdoors (I'm sure for at least Austria and Germany). I wondered why nobody has yet thought about electric s...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?

There are quite a few countries where you aren't allowed to make open fires in the great outdoors (I'm sure for at least Austria and Germany). I wondered why nobody has yet thought about electric s...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you know how much isobutane is in a full canister (i.e., how much if fuel wht and not cannister)?

If a isobutane canister says 4 oz, does that mean it has 4oz of fuel or is that fuel+canister weight? And I assume that is 4oz of wheight, not volume, right?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Clay Nichols‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How many gallons of water can you boil with one isobutane cannister?

I'm trying to figure out how many cannisters of isobutane to bring on a 5 day family backpacking trip. I figure we'll boil about 1.5 gallons of water per day (use this as a unit of measurement: ga...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Clay Nichols‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you boil water on top of Everest?

We recently had the question Can you get burned by boiling water on everest? and not to long ago the question Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is the ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove too good to be true?

I was looking for a loan on Kiva and found this loan in Lesotho (Africa) The product people are borrowing money for is the ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove which sounds fantastic. It is designed...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Road Trip food on the cheap

I'm planning my first road trip with a friend. We're going from UK through France, probably Germany or maybe Belgium to Denmark and over to Sweden, back down to central France and then back home. ...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A The re-hydration time for deydrated foods

I've got a lot of backpacking trips lined up this summer, including one multi-week one. I'm considering picking up a dehydrator because: It probably would be more cost effective than buying freez...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Eric‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to use all the fuel in a bottle with a MSR Whisperlite Internationale?

I make heavy use of my MSR Whisperlite Internationale, the version from 2010 or so. Virtually always I use unleaded gasoline in the small 11 fl oz (325 mL) bottle. I carry a larger bottle for ca...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Casey‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I mix fuels when using the MSR whisperlite international stove?

I have an MSR whisperlite international stove. Can I mix fuels when both require the same jet? Background: When backpacking I often just carry one fuel bottle, filled with white gas. On my last tr...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which fuel burns the cleanest? Can I use E85 for an MSR stove?

Does anyone have experience on which burns the cleanest, and would work best with the MSR? Kerosene Unleaded Gasoline / White Gas Alcohol ( isoprpyl, ethanol, methanol ) others? Naptha? I am pr...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by jmunsch‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A For a DIY wood burning stove, is there a significant advantage of the double wall "bushbuddy" style?

I made myself a simple wood burning stove from a small tomato can, and I am pretty happy with it, but now I am wondering if I would get significantly increased performance by making a more complica...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Jan Hlavacek‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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