Gilmat. Kitchen. October 01st , 2017.
Have you heard about beverage-can stove or sometimes called pop-can stove? It is a unique alcohol stove which is one of DIY projects that is commonly created by some hiking enthusiasts. It has simple design because it has also a simple function for some simple cooking. Mostly, this stove is made from aluminum cans. Although the design is simple, the variations are limitless. This stove also offers lighter total weight. Generally, it is less than one ounce. Thus, it is not designed for any commercial purpose, but it is for a private purpose of backpacking, traveling or hiking.
There are some possible fuels that can be the source of the heat of this stove. They can be methanol, ethanol, butanol or isopropanol. Methanol is popular enough even it offers least energy. Ethanol is another alternative of efficient portable stove that offers more energy than the methanol. The butanol is not familiar enough for this stove even one can make use of this fuel. For the biggest energy, one can take benefit from isopropanol. However, different from the other fuels, isopropanol does not burn with a smokeless flame.
In order to construct this kind of stove, one needs to have two aluminum cans for the bottoms. There will be an inner wall. From the cans, this wall is cut and rolled. Then, create some holes on a ring. To secure these parts of the stove, use special glue. One can use high temperature epoxy. In general, the total height of this stove is about two inches. For more efficient use of the fuel, the dimensions can be increased.
There are some variations of this stove design. The standard stove is known as a classic ultra lightweight stove. It is designed for only one person and commonly used by backpacker. There is also another smaller stove than the standard one, inverted two pieces. However, it is difficult to fill in. Side burner is another type of this stove which also functions as pot stand. For more powerful design, pressurized stove is filled with fuel and sealed with thumbscrew.
Because of its small size, this stove is designed for only one to two persons. It is perfect to prepare some meals. However, to cook a larger meal, more than 2 cups, this stove is less efficient compared to any other powerful stoves. In order to use the stove, one needs to pour a small amount of the fuel. Warming up is required to work with alcohol stove. It is around one minute.
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