Alcohol measuring for alchy stove

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  1. UAHiker

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    so how do you guys who use alchy stoves measure out your alcohol? do you have measurements on your storage container? do you eye ball it? pack a separate measuring device? what say ye?
     
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    You can eyeball and get fairly close after using a particular stove but a simple medicine cup weighs a few grams and can fit in my fancy feast. Makes it easier.
     
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    A 1oz nalgene squeeze bottle with flip cap that I refill after use from s larger nalgene squeeze bottle with flip cap.

    They're getting hard to find though at least around here.
     
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    The little plastic cup that comes with the kids medicine, marks are already on it, nests right in the pot with a mini bic.
     
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    I started to use the same as the mighty Shug (Shug Emery youtube - alcohol stove videos) with the one oz plastic squirt bottles for a cup or so. Then I said 'hey - I'll just see where that comes up to in the FF stove and remember!" - but I never do - I just carry a one oz that fits in my Stanley Adventure kit and a 4 oz screw top thin plastic bottle that I keep in a zip lock and kinda approximate.. ok guess.
    If I was to do a trip where I had to concern myself with weight and bulk I would hav to re-think - but most day trips I'm not concerned.
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    I mostly eyeball it. I only measured my fuel into the stoves when I was very new to alchohol stoves and for testing.
     
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    Depends on the trip. I'm a fan of the SuperCat stove, btw.

    For an overnighter where I'm only worried about a couple meals, I pack the alcohol in a hand sanitizer squeeze bottle that fits in my cook set. There, I just kinda eyeball it. For longer trips, I use various size alcohol containers, from those tiny 8oz business meeting water bottles up to 20oz soda bottles. There, I just measure 3 capfuls of alcohol and that usually does it.

    I like the idea of the medicine cups... never thought of that.
     
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    as a side note - I have found that pouring from a container to a measuring device to the stove can lead to drips and dribbles and other potential messes.
    Niagara
     
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    The little cough syrup cups work for me, when I need to make it last other wise I'll just eyeball it. I've put marks on bottles but the alcohol wipes out sharpie ink.
     
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    When I use it, my imitation trangia has guage marks on the inside of it - I generally allow for a minute or so "overburn" whenever I fill it, since the O-ring had a pretty bad accident once. The more transfer, the more likely spillage, so I just use a flip-top plastic 3oz bottle and guestimate. The bottles I have are a useful 4-meal-and-tea size; I know a full one will last four full boils and a little left over, so I can judge accordingly when I pack.
     
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    Myself I eyeball it. After awhile when you get use to a stove setup you can tell just how much you need.
     
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    I mostly eyeball it, but i did add graduations to my squeeze bottle in the inverted position so that i can see how much fuel i am putting in if desired. I just used a sharpie and added 1oz at a time to the bottle and added marks
     
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    why do you need to measure it? I just pour some in, use the stove, then pour back what's left over...
     
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    Some stoves arnt as conducive to reclaiming unused fuel. Wicking stoves being one. It took me all of 2 minutes to mark my bottle. Been using it that way for going on probably 8 years now
     
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    OK, I can see that. I guess I'm just used to doing it my way. stoves that don't have a wick don't matter how much you put in and I just eyeball my CAT stove, I've been doing it long enough.

    one thing about fuel, in my experience I don't always use the same amount to boil a certain amount of water. ambient temperature and wind can affect this and I don't often heat water to full boiling anyway...
     
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    It really just comes down to personal preference. The main reason i like the markings is so i know exactly how many days of fuel i have left for longer teips
     
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    I mark the oz on the bottle to help and eyeball for the most part. I sometimes bring the little measure cup, not often anymore. Most of my stoves cap and stove unused fuel so not a big deal, mainly for my FF stove to pay attention.
     
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    I mostly use a trangia so I just top it off before I light it. I have a Vargo 8 oz bottle and a few more squeeze bottles, 4 oz 2 oz and 1 oz. I use the smaller ones with my zelph Starlyte, and yeah I just eyeball it.
     

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