Neat little folding stove

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  1. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

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  2. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I like the bigger versions, that use sterno/etc....
    A heckuva lot easier to set any decent sized pot or pan on, as opposed to those esbit or sterno types....!
    And, they are built of heavier gauge steel and should last a lot longer too.
    I got the Coghlan's brand.
    I also carry the smaller esbit type on my pistol belt, in a pouch with extra fuel tabs, just in case I should ever need one....
  3. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I have that red steel folding stove - works okay. Sterno doesn't 'cook' very well, it's intended for warming. GI Hexamine or Triox bars work better for actually boiling water for cooking. We can also use charcoal or wood in these stoves.

    I have a lighter aluminum folder from our local Publix grocery store - it works okay too.
  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    New U.S. Military M1950 Gas Stove - 144022, Mess Kits & Cooking at Sportsman's Guide

    For those collectors out there. I foresee the need to have a stove which burns standard gasoline, utilizing the siphon technique Mad-Max style while traveling. I own a Coleman stove which is similar, but the one I just linked is smaller and fits quite well inside a pack. Of course, it's expensive...which is why I cannot justify owning one myself.
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  5. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I found a great recipe for making my own sterno fuel...One problem I ran into was metric conversion/ounces...Not being into metric, makes it difficult.I made a mess the first couple times.
    It involves simple chemicals like: water, chalk (calcium carbonate), and vinegar..
    The nasty is/was the methanol to make it burn.
    Expensive for a gallon, and flammable, (not nearly as bad as acetone!).
    I planned on making 4-6 quart sized cans, and 2-1 gallon sized cans....
    Not sure, as "Seawolf1090" stated, they are not as hot burning as would be needed for real cooking, especially in any quanity!
  6. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Test the factory Sterno vs.alcohol or other fuels - not nearly as efficient. Takes much longer to heat a couple cups of water! Been there, done that. ;)
  7. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

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  8. Check out the Grover Rocket Stove; burns wood very efficiently. Or make your own rocket stove out of stove pipe. They are used all over the world.

    Grover Rocket Stove - Preparedness Saves The Day

    They also have an oven option. Very little wood used; just need sticks or kindling.
  9. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

  10. beemerphill

    beemerphill Monkey+++

  11. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    We keep tiny folders in each BOB and loads of tabs. They are my back ups for bad weather cooking. One cannot beat a "Dakota Hole" for fuel efficiency, very little smoke, and small thermal image. When car camping sometimes I use a "hobo stove" from a gallon can. Cut holes around the top, 4X4 door in the bottom, and presto-you have a grill on top that you can cook bacon, eggs, toast, etc. on.
  12. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned likes that Vargo thingy...
  13. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Me likey too! Might just have to order one...... ;)
  14. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    I've been looking at these things in Backwoodsman magazine for years. I finally ordered 2 through Amazon- turned out I was ordering from Sportsman's Guide and they were back-ordered.

    I hope they come soon. All the reviews on YouTube look good:

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  15. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Neat thing...but I think I like that Vargo thingy better...I think I just might go DIY on it..
  16. fwilliam1

    fwilliam1 Monkey++

    I picked up two Swiss "Volcano" stoves complete with aluminum water bottles for 19.99 from Sportsmans Guide. They nest together and operate using whatever sticks, twigs or debris that you can find. Reminds me of a deluxe hobo stove.

    I find them to be handy when fuel is hard to find.
  17. Outback Jack

    Outback Jack Monkey+

  18. JaxShooter

    JaxShooter Monkey+

    I like the weight of the Vargo much more than the other stoves. :) 4 oz is a lot better than 2 or 10 lbs. I have a Vargo Ti alcohol stove that works very well. I really do need to look at a wood stove. All of my small stoves use alcohol or white gas.
  19. soonerjlc

    soonerjlc Monkey+

    Thanks for these links, I am new to this forum and am a novice in getting preps set up. Nice to have honest input based on actual expereince.
  20. oth47

    oth47 Monkey+

    I like the looks of that Vargo thing myself,but I wouldn't pay 57.95 to see a pissant eat a hay bale.57.95 will buy a lot of trioxane or sterno or coffee to make a stove out of the can..seems like the simpler the stove the higher the price.
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