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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    I have found that to be a good way to get a esbit tablet going especially on a windy day. Just make sure to get hand sanitizer that is 70% I have had trouble lighting 63%.

    GOD Bless you and your family

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    I always look on the bottle...and you're right, the 63% stuff is only good for your hands.
     
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    I have some errands to do this morning but I think this evening I'm going to go through this thread. I have one of these little stoves and actually forgot about it until the other day going through a pack I hadn't used in a few years. I think I've only used the stove once or twice playing around.
     
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    Got a box of the Fire Dragon fuel in the mail yesterday. Messed around with it some and had kind of an interesting burn with it.

    Followed @MrFixIt lead and cut down a pop can to set in the esbit stove to contain melting fuel.

    Lit a 1/2 block and it burned strong for about 3 minutes and started fading out...looked like it was about out so I took a piece of wire to poke at it...it had formed a "skin" over it and choked itself out...when I lifted the "skin" and exposed the remaining hot fuel it took off in a full wild burn ....
     
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    I’ve noticed that if you put the widest part down (in ther words when you open the package, that top section) down into whatever container you’re using it won’t develop that “skin” as bad.
     
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    Oh...I thought it was maybe cuz I used a pop can instead of a soda can...:4:
     
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    LOL!
    They actually work best with the bottom of a Miller High Life can...;)
     
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    Sure...I can see that making a difference...'specially after about the 6th one or so....:)
     
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    This should hold me off for a while :D
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    I might just switch to Coughlans entirely.
    I'm getting tired of opening up Esbit tabs that are cracked into 2-3 pieces.
    I've never had a broken Coughlans.
     
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    I only use Coghlans tabs.

    Here is a stove fail. I made the little stove and finally tried it out yesterday. I put the 3 screw legs through a bit of aluminum flashing. When the stove got hot, the aluminum got weak and the legs essentially collapsed. In the pic is a tin can lid. I cut it off with the ‘safety’ opener so it has a rim and is stiff. I think that will fix this stove. I’ll replace the aluminum part with the steel one. 150DE29C-0712-471A-A5DA-E3B94970BC76.jpeg
     
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    Got the BCB in the mail yesterday. Such a simple design, but I think it will work well. Super light and I paid less than £ 2.

    The smallest Esbit stove looks cool as well, but obviously lacks the two best selling points of the BCB.

    It's tacticool and could easily be a Transformers character. :14:
     
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    A bit of a blurry photo but made some chicken soup with the esbit.
     
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    Esbit stove, Paderno blue steel pan, two tealight cups of hand sanitizer and bacon...

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    The fuel just about ran out when the bacon was done. I would suggest having a couple extra tealight cups ready to fill for additional cooking time if needed.
     
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    They are 14g, I think you could get 6 in there.

    I've never bought real "Esbit" cuz of the price so cant say if they are the same physical size...but are both 14g

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