The Esbit stove thread (mods and in use)

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  1. bacpacjac

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    The temperature is hovering around freezing here today, with wind gusting from 20 km/hr to 50 km/hr. There are snow flurries and ice pellets in our forecast all day too. The little Adventure Kiddos and I have colds, and one of them is toilet training to boot, so we're sticking close to home today. After they ate their lunch, we headed outside to the backyard for some fresh air, hoping that the wet stuff would hold off.

    While they played, I made myself some lunch using my East German Kocher, 775ml Seagull pot with improvised lid, an old broken BIC lighter, and a windscreen made from a cut-up aluminum foil roasting pan from the dollar store. I used some old Coghlans fuel tablets that have been hiding in my son's backpack for goodness knows how long. They worked just fine to boil water for simple ramen. Today was beef flavour with horseradish added for heat more flavour.

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    I love this little stove.

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    There was an Esbit stove sighting in a recent Log Shige video.
    It's the first I've seen him use one, but he usually isn't cooking on the fly ;)
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    He makes use of a windscreen folded to the height of the stove and a grill top of sorts.
     
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    That is a neat little grill setup too.
     
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    man it has been a while since I brought out my esbit. This is getting me in the mood
     
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    He's got all the cool toys :)
     
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    He runs on gas. :4:
     
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    More like rocket fuel!
     
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    this is a little Esbit stove that Don from Fourdogs used to make- it's two pieces a little holder and then a pot stand; I made a windscreen to go around it, but more for twigs than the Esbit- you can see a couple of notches- they were to hold two titanium stakes to hold the pot over the fire

    I'm going to be making another windscreen (ti foil) and will size it to fit more closely to the pot I'n currently using (SnowPeak 600)

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    I cant see the pictures can you reload them I would like to see what you have.

    GOD Bless you and your family

    Kenneth
     
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    showing up fine here, even in your quote?
     
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    Finally got around to watching the video. He does have cool toys.
     
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    I WANT one of those ultralight fire bowl thingies (at ~14mins). Any got any info?
     
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    I've always wanted one of those too, but never got around to it.

    Recently discovered the new BCB version and I believe the wind shield and ability to use liquid fuel are the mods that make the most difference. I'm cetainly getting one of those. Cheap as chips. The Dragon Fire fuel looks impressive, as well.
     
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    I've tried to track some of his stuff down and it's hard. Harder yet with no conversation or subtitles.
    Maybe he'll reply to asking him.
     
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    A little experimenting with Hand sanitizer. I already know it is not a great fuel compared to chafing gel...it does work in a way, you just have to use more of it. It does work for heating a can of Dollar store stew or Spaghetti-Os and maybe frying Bacon Grill and eggs...achieving a rolling boil is more of a challenge.

    Dollar store aluminum pot, Czech version of an Esbit stove, a couple tealight cups and Dollar Tree hand sanitizer (70% Ethanol).

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    I Tealight cup - runout @13:11 no boil measured @174F
    2 tealight cups - runout @12:33 no boil measured @200 F

    To compare:

    2 Tealight cups of chafing gel - rolling boil 212F @10:49 - runout @12:45
     
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    Affordable pico grill. 8 bucks instead of 108 :eek: add a couple of wires...

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    My Dad and my grandads going back to 1836 were tin smiths..
    If I paid that kind of $$ for two small pieces of sheet metal and some wire I’d be haunted.
     
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    I was doing the same thing...first time with it for me...there is not much ooompff in it. Got a few more things to try...I got a quart of it to burn up.
     
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    It's really more an expedient fuel...works but not great. It's an option if you're doing a Dollar store challenge...just need to use more of it. A third tealight cup after the first two would have achieved the boil. Like I said above, it would probably work to heat up a Dollar store menu of canned goods and quick cooking items.
     
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    It is good to know it does work. The stuff keeps forever. We have a huge jug of it in the bathroom, so if anyone is ever cooking in there, say making bacon and eggs... :p
     
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    Used chafer gel to make a hot chocolate. I used the same way to boil my water as I showed in my video last time. I let it run for 20mins and got decent bubbles. Not quite a rolling boil but close. My water would have been plenty hot enough after 5 mins but I wanted to see if I could get a rolling boil. I had approximately 300ml of water in my cup. Next time I am going to try put some of the gel in the bottom of a soda can to place in my esbit. I also want to try some of the ideas that @Spork suggested.
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    Cheers guys.
     
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    I went to the dollar store yesterday and found a pot that should work with my Esbit stove for what I want to do.
    Just sayin' :)
     
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    I pour a little hand sanitizer in the soda can bottom and plop a fuel tab on top.
    The sanitizer lights easily and catches the tab on fire.
     
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