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SGT Rock
2013-08-16, 20:01
I got an e-mail today from Harold Hope who a while back asked me a bunch of really good (and incite full) questions about the stove tests I conducted about 10 years ago. He was trying to replicate what I had done and was having some issues making things work out as well as I did. To be honest, there was probably an error in my math somewhere LOL.

Anyhow, Harold has done a great set of articles for his blog that dig into the subject of alcohol stove efficiency and is probably more accurate and up to date than what I did back in the last decade. I highly recommend reading them:

Stove building:
http://adropofrain.net/2013/06/make-your-own-ion-alcohol-fuel-stove-12-ounce-slx-2-cups-of-water-boil/

Stove stands:
http://adropofrain.net/2012/05/making-an-ultralight-titanium-pot-stand-for-your-alcohol-stove/

Windscreen:
http://adropofrain.net/2013/08/making-a-simple-lightweight-backpacking-alcohol-stove-wind-heat-screen-out-of-flashing/

Fuel consumption:
http://adropofrain.net/2013/08/fuel-consumption-and-pack-weight-for-alcohol-vs-canister-backpacking-stoves/

Alcohol types:
http://adropofrain.net/2013/05/alcohol-fuel-efficiency-for-backpacking-stoves-ethanol-vs-methanol/

MedicineMan4040
2013-08-16, 23:58
He's got a nice write up/style.
I went directly to alcohol types...wanting to refresh in my mind why I still carry Everclear.
I need to keep reading his blog to see how the racing fuel compared.

MedicineMan4040
2013-08-17, 00:18
Just read this part....really did laugh out loud:
'NASA lost its $125-million Mars Climate Orbiter because spacecraft engineers failed to convert from English to metric measurements when exchanging vital data before the craft was launched, space agency officials said Thursday.'
And that surprises who?

SGT Rock
2013-08-17, 10:47
Oh wow.

Superman
2013-08-17, 11:06
Just read this part....really did laugh out loud:
'NASA lost its $125-million Mars Climate Orbiter because spacecraft engineers failed to convert from English to metric measurements when exchanging vital data before the craft was launched, space agency officials said Thursday.'
And that surprises who?

That's not a new screw up.

john pickett
2013-08-17, 11:34
http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/nsa-report-on-privacy-violations-in-the-first-quarter-of-2012/395/
This screwup bothers me more than the NASA screwup.
Just sayin'

MedicineMan4040
2013-08-18, 01:10
One of my techs recently said 'what's the big deal, I'm doing nothing wrong, they can listen all they want'.
She got my lecture on the Founding Fathers/Freedom to assemble=ability to plan to counter tyranny and that modern
assembly=cell phones/e-mails/etc. Then from her I got 'Oh'......If 50 or so did begin to exchange e-mails on how to and when I bet not long before the goonships land and the black hoods cover the heads.