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    How to make my 'micro' alcohol stove. Just one of many, but for those looking for ultralight without sacrificing BTU's, this may something to add to your collection.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0mln8lPkO4


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    Great video locorogue! A quick question though. Since the outer piece is the top piece, would it not have a problem with the possibility of fuel spilling out, or is that what the filler is for? Also, what material is the filler inside the stove? Again, great how-to and thanks!

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    Really enjoyed the video...now if I wanted to include something like this for a kit...I am guessing you can't store it filled so how do you carry along your fuel. Is that HEET you are using for fuel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by COWBOYSURVIVAL View Post
    Really enjoyed the video...now if I wanted to include something like this for a kit...I am guessing you can't store it filled so how do you carry along your fuel. Is that HEET you are using for fuel?

    Most small plastic "squirt" bottles will do the trick. You can get them in sizes as small as 2 oz. with a squirt top.

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    *'Rockgod1619' - In my R&D(), i've tried darn near every scenario, including not stripping the paint off of the inside edge. That being said, the paint needs to come off, because the two pieces will actually start to slide(move), and that's when you'll get into fuel leaks. The answer was to strip the paint, the metal to metal contact is enough to prevent any movement, to the point where it's almost impossible to separate the top & bottom. The filler is simple fiberglass insulation, acts like a sponge, it holds the fuel, thus making it more stable, distributes fuel more evenly. Is your nickname in reference to rock climbing, rock collecting, etc?

    *'Cowboysurvival' - 'Ken' hit the nail right on the head. And yes that was 'Heet'. You can also use denatured alcohol.

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    Very cool,
    Have you tried polishing the paint off before cutting?
    I have a bad habit of slicing myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter63 View Post
    Very cool,
    Have you tried polishing the paint off before cutting?
    I have a bad habit of slicing myself.
    Well i haven't cut myself yet, but if i do, i'm sure i'll start stripping pre-cut(wink wink)

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    Loco - Thanks for the info! I'll be looking into making one of these to add to my pack soon! In response to your question, my name is reference to rock music actually. Favorite genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockgod1619 View Post
    Loco - Thanks for the info! I'll be looking into making one of these to add to my pack soon! In response to your question, my name is reference to rock music actually. Favorite genre.
    Geez, didn't think of that one

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    That's ok, Crash thought that I should start flintknapping...

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    Anyone considered or made one of these alcohol burners from a shoe polish can instead of a soda can?
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    Quote Originally Posted by COWBOYSURVIVAL View Post
    Anyone considered or made one of these alcohol burners from a shoe polish can instead of a soda can?
    Yep. Post #35 in this thread. http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...+Polish&page=2
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    Thanks again Crash! Did you get it to work where it would use the burner holes? I will probably give it a try. Did you find any pro's or cons vs the ones utilizing soda cans?
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    Nice concise video rated it 5 stars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COWBOYSURVIVAL View Post
    Thanks again Crash! Did you get it to work where it would use the burner holes? I will probably give it a try. Did you find any pro's or cons vs the ones utilizing soda cans?
    It did when I used a primer pan. The shoe polis can is thicker and comes apart easily. If I were to do it again, I would follow the pressurized sod can model to see if/how that works. Of course, just the open can with burning alocohol, or an esbit tab will work too.
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    So I had to try it out.
    Things learned:
    1) Top part over the bottom, seals up better (didn't remember the video), 2nd stove worked better.
    3) Miller High Life beer cans have no paint, so you can ship the grinding step, (taste better too, I'll bet)
    4) HEET burns with almost no visible flame out doors, dumping more Heet in it while there is still a little flame, makes a real good flame thrower. Really pizzed off my pet spider living in the siding.
    5) Filling it to over flowing helps get it started, but hard on the plastic picnic table, (make sure flame is really out, first see above)
    6) I can see where a piece of fuel bar is needed unless you use a lot of matches.

    Question, If you have a fuel bar why do you need this stove?

    All in all it has a:
    "COOL" Rating of 9
    Ease of construction rating of 9
    Ease of operating 5/6?
    Would I add to the BOB food pack, don't know, as i do have the canteen stove with fuel bars in at least one canteen per pack.
    Would I carry fuel, still don't know, see above.
    Over all rating 8 (cool counts)

    Knowing that I could make one with my SAN's scissors and scrounged materials,
    Priceless.
    Thanks again for the info, was fun.............
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    911: 911, what is your emergency.
    Mrs. Hunter: I think my husband is on fire.
    911: Can you see flames?
    Mrs. Hunter: Uh, no. But he's using alcohol.
    911: What kind?
    Mrs. Hunter: Heat I think.
    911: Are you sure it's Heat 'cause that new Soy Gasoline Additive is in a yellow container, too.
    Mrs Hunter: Hang on.........I'm back. No, it's Heat. He threw it all the way to the shed and the grass is on fire there, too.
    911: Tell him to Stop, Drop and Roll.
    Mrs. Hunter: He did that and the dogs throught he was playin'. They jumped on him now they're on fire, too.
    911: You know. Wal Mart had a really good sale on Heat last week.
    Mrs. Hunter: Really?
    911: Uh huh. I think it was 50 cents off.
    Mrs. Hunter: I'll tell my husband. By the way, he's still on fire.
    911: Oh, yeah, sorry. Is he still on the ground?
    Mrs. Hunter looking out window: No. He's running down the road now. He just passed the neighbor's kid and he's riding a motor scooter.
    911: That's good. He'll run out of fuel pretty quick doin' that. When he gets home just give a glass of water.
    Mrs. Hunter: Okay, thanks.
    911: Dont' forget about the sale.

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    LOL, musta been in the bushes?

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    911: 911, what is your emergency.
    Mrs. Hunter: I think my husband is on fire.(again)

    911: Can you see flames?
    Mrs. Hunter: Uh, no. But he's using alcohol. (again)

    She usually just shakes her head and walks away, at least this time she called 911............
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    Switching to oil eh? I know I did....
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