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Daniel, i use various types of meths stoves all year round without problem, the one key ingredient is a good windshield, without one forget it, simple aluminium foil will suffice.
As for the stove, if you're looking at making one they don't come much easier than the cat can stove.
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doesn't the OP state multiday walks anyway?
using alcohol, that extra 4 or even 6 minutes of your time (over a JetBoil) waiting you can be doing something (anything!) else, and not be worrying when to turn the gas off.
windshields are essential
Caldera Cone is most efficient (I use homemade from Captain Paranoias 'Clone' print program - see Zen Stoves conical page)
I didn't rate the various Cat stoves I've 'made' and tried - I prefer a stove that doesn't need priming.
Homemade, easiest is the Red Bull Chimney stove (Zen stoves gives details)
After a lot of tinkering with various stoves and designs, I now mainly use a Starlyte stove,
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doesn't the OP state multiday walks anyway?using alcohol, that extra 4 or even 6 minutes of your time (over a JetBoil) waiting you can be doing something (anything!) else, and not be worrying when to turn the gas off.Yepwindshields are essentialCaldera Cone is most efficient (I use homemade from Captain Paranoias 'Clone' print program - see Zen Stoves conical page)I didn't rate the various Cat stoves I've 'made' and tried - I prefer a stove that doesn't need priming.Homemade, easiest is the Red Bull Chimney stove (Zen stoves gives details)After a lot of tinkering with various stoves and designs, I now mainly use a Starlyte stove,
It's relative to the meths system you have Daniel, with the cone clone set ups i use i can boil 300ml for a cuppa with 12ml, and 500ml with as little as 18ml or so depending on conditions, i have 3 different set ups though, all home made, i've no idea how these figures match up to a commercially purchased option like the Trangia or the stuff tinny sells etc so can only go on my set up.
It's a niche thing that requires a certain amount of practice before you head out relying on it imo, other options are far easier unless you're really into lightweight long weekends at all costs, and beyond long weekends gas becomes much more user friendly imo.
Have a play at making a couple of burners and see how it goes.
another vote for the CAT STOVE ...I dont wait for proper priming whilst I hold pan above flame, then place down "directly" on top of stove - no pot support needed
I dont recommend too narrow a pot though like a Heiny (beer can).
but any normal sized pan is fine. I use kitchen foil doubled over into a "beanie" shape, lasts a year or two for me & again virtually FREE
Andy Skurka uses one, among millions of other people. (the stove that is)
for day walks a thermos might be better though?
I don't seem to get on with the CAT stoves
I have tried Skurkas version and some from 2 other sites, including printing out templates. (different hole patterns) I was also nerdy enough to do timings for boiling and fuel efficiency (which I've also done for many other stoves)
I didn't rate it really. They often went out as the pan gets put on, need to wait for up to a minute for priming. The double row of holes version was fast(when it got going) but not efficient, and the single row efficient but slow and easy to blow out
And, to me, sideburners seem wrong with narrow pans, as the centre of the pan doesn't get heated - a Catfood can is relatively wide. I'd rather have a concentrated flame
(and I don't reckon they'd work that well with a cone)
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