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Just Jeff
2006-05-26, 01:05
So I normally use the JetBoil, but one of my first LW gear purchases was the OES alcohol stove. I haven't used it in over a year, but last night I decided to complete the lightweight setup instead of using the Walmart GP I was using before. I was surprised that it came out to only 2 oz! Here's the breakdown:

3/4 oz - Foster's can pot
3/8 oz - OES Alcohol stove
1/8 oz - Foil tape lid w/ handle
1/8 oz - aluminum foil ground cover
1/4 oz - aluminum foil and foil tape windscreen
3/8 oz - pot stand
Weighed together - 2 oz - 58 g

All I need to add is the fuel, bottle and a freezer bag cozy. And a spoon, I guess, but I already have the 1 g Ultralight Spoon (http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGearSULSpoon.html).

Here are pics of my kitchen:
http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGearAlcoholStove.html

Maybe I'll use this on my next hike and see if it's worth replacing the JB.

SGT Rock
2006-05-26, 04:24
I imagine you will like the wieght savings quite a bit. I can see it replacing the JB easy.

Just Jeff
2006-05-26, 11:05
We'll see - it's 13 oz lighter w/o a cozy or fuel, and quite a bit smaller, too. Of course, it's not as convenient or sturdy - I don't really have to worry about the JB getting crushed in the pack or the pot slipping off while cooking, and it has an adjustable flame - but that might be worth 13 oz since most of my cooking is just boiling water.

dgrav
2006-05-26, 11:13
I just ordered a stove from OES to replace my Snow Peak Giga. I'm tired of not knowing how full my fuel canister is so paranoia drives me to carry an extra.

This is my first experiment with using an alcohol stove. Any advice or tips?

I want to see how it compares to the Snow Peak and my old Ezbit stove.

oops56
2006-05-26, 11:32
Yep just got one oh there is more but this for a start put 2 or 3 drops of food coloring in your alcohol so you can see it if i can see the stove type i can help more

dgrav
2006-05-26, 11:40
Oops56, this is the stove I ordered: http://www.outdoorequipmentsupplier.com/alcoholstoves.htm

I doubt I will even carry the slow simmer stove. I usually just need to boil water to rehydrate meals. Usually I carry Enertia meals: http://www.trailfoods.com/

oops56
2006-05-26, 11:49
OK nice i got a lot of home made ones presoak your rehydrate meals first then put on stove saves fuel did you ever see my small shoe polish one easy to make. And good burn time about 10 min. on 1/2 oz fuel plus it will boil 20 oz water 5 to 6 min

Just Jeff
2006-05-26, 13:20
Rather than presoaking, I usually just boil water and let it soak while I do camp chores. And instead of using a cozy, I usually just wrap it in my quit. I think I want to make a cozy though - a busted freezer bag in my quilt would be bad.

Take-a-knee
2006-05-26, 15:01
I have one of those OES stoves, it works okay. His windscreen however, leaves much to be desired. It is simply made from too light of a material. He cuts notches in the bottom edge of the aluminum to vent the stove and this further weakens it. It should have holes in the bottom like the one Rock designed. It looks like a good design, it just needs a little more robust execution, ie, heavier metal. I'm not sure the pot holder rods are at the optimum height also. I've been hiking with my daughter and cooking for two on an alcohol stove uses up a lot of fuel. I'm not convinced the alcohol stove is the best way for anyone other than a warm-weather solo hiker. I've also anticipated the how-much-fuel-is-in-my canister phenomenon so I never jumped on the butane bandwagon. My MSR Whisperlite is a lot heavier than an alcohol stove but there are new stoves out that cut that weight difference in half. Nothing is more available than unleaded gas...at least for now.