Since I seem to be trying to come out of the stone ages and trying to lighten my load some,I figured my old Svea 123 setup was on the chopping block next.I LOVE this thing,it has never failed me in 40 some odd years.....
Here's what I've carried everywhere for a LONG time......A LOOOOONG TIME! Touring/Backpacking in my younger days,just touring the last 20 or so.
Did I mention I like it alot?........
It's heavy.....2 1/4 pounds. I should have never bought a scale.....
In with the "new" lighterweight stuff......
Started out with regular tin cans fooling around to see what worked,what didn't.I checked out the Zen Stove pages,made few different kinds and settled on a low pressure type stove.
So now I need some better material to work with,some aluminum and stainless.
Off to the local second hand store to see what we can find.....Oh!.... Looky!.....an ice bucket,and old thermos,a cat dish,car blind and and old lid off something........PERFECT!!!! Up to the counter I go.....It's 25% off day! ALRIGHT!
Grand total.....$6.25.......after a little cussing and hacking......you get this.
Starting row.... left-right:
Ice bucket...Stainless inner becomes stove kettle,aluminum outer becomes wind screen.Bottom of aluminum outer becomes bottom heat sheild for stove.The lid in the picture is just left over from the ice bucket,not part of the stove,
Next row.....Cat food dish and some lid off of something.
3rd row.....Old car window shade made into cozies for the pot,lid and cup.
Last row....Cut up old thermos.....2 inner stainless cups for stove and simmer ring and 1 aluminum cup for my drinking cup.
Here's the stove,stove base and stove bottom.The stove sits on the inverted aluminum bottom to help keep the heat in the stove.
I made a few stoves out of aluminum pop cans and such,I didn't like them.They all seem to burn too fast for me,great if your boiling water,not so good if your trying to actually cook.
This stove will boil 2 cups of water in 10-12 minutes,plenty fast enough for me.On a full load,3oz,it will burn for about 45 minutes.....in simmer mode about 1 hour and 15 minutes.I can do something with that.
Looks like this in simmer mode,just a cup added on top.
Put it all together and it looks like this in cooking mode.
Get ready to eat,put my little cozies on....how cute!
Wash the dishes and put it in travel mode.
All sealed up,ready for it's bag.
And the best part.....17 ounces......saved a little over a pound.
So there you go......Amaze your friends!......Make a stainless steel alcohol stove and 4 cup kettle for $6.25 with parts from the second hand store.