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Classy little camp stove

Postby Mike B » Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:30 pm

To go along with all my Dutch ovens, I picked this up at http://spenton.net:

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Just the right size for that coffee pot in the morning or for a single camper.

The solar panel was optional. It comes with a battery case that hold two AA batteries. They will run the stove for ten hours.

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Postby apratt » Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:45 pm

I went to the web site looks like a neat little stove. How easy is it to control the tempature, like simmering stew or what not? Can you use regular sawdust or dose it has to be pellets? :thumbsup:
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Postby Paw_Paw_Drew » Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:46 am

This stove used to be called The Zip Stove.

http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/store ... d=12500226

I recall readind the reviews on it years ago through backpacker mag. I will be curious how it works for you

There are numerous backpacking stoves out there using different fuel sources. Currently my favorite is a acohol stove that comes with it's own cook set and wind screen.

http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/store ... ory_rn=245
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Postby wolfix » Sat Nov 04, 2006 9:02 am

Paw_Paw_Drew wrote:There are numerous backpacking stoves out there using different fuel sources. Currently my favorite is a acohol stove that comes with it's own cook set and wind screen.



I ain't wasting any good acohol just to cook some food!!!!! :beer:
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Postby Mike B » Sat Nov 04, 2006 1:42 pm

apratt wrote:I went to the web site looks like a neat little stove. How easy is it to control the tempature, like simmering stew or what not? Can you use regular sawdust or dose it has to be pellets? :thumbsup:


There are two plugs on the side. One is low speed (low temp) and the other is high speed. High speed is 10,000 BTUs and low is 5,000 BTUs.

You can use anything that burns and allows enough oxygen into the process. Some customers have used a mix of sawdust and wood pellets, but I'm not sure if anyone has used just sawdust.

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Postby Mike B » Sat Nov 04, 2006 1:47 pm

Paw_Paw_Drew wrote:This stove used to be called The Zip Stove.


Not the same stove. Sorry. This one was designed by a guy in Colorado for third world country use. I have a friend who has had extensive conversations with this guy and he hasn't indicated that it started life as some other stove.

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Postby apratt » Sat Nov 04, 2006 4:13 pm

Mike would you feel comfortable cooking with a #6 or a 9 inch cast iron skillet on this stove???
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Postby Mike B » Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:08 am

apratt wrote:Mike would you feel comfortable cooking with a #6 or a 9 inch cast iron skillet on this stove???


I think I would. I will have to give it a try.

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Postby Podunkfla » Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:36 am

Mike B... It does look like the same principle as the Sierra Zip Stove ($59.) to me? I couldn't get a price on the Spenton stove? Just got server error. What does it cost?
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Postby Mike B » Mon Nov 06, 2006 10:08 am

Podunkfla wrote:Mike B... It does look like the same principle as the Sierra Zip Stove ($59.) to me? I couldn't get a price on the Spenton stove? Just got server error. What does it cost?


The price is $55. It probably does work the same as the Sierra Zip - a description of how it works is at http://www.woodgascampstove.com/howitworks.html

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Postby apratt » Mon Nov 06, 2006 6:06 pm

Mike I have another question for ya, can you use charcoal briquets in that stove? Like 1 or 2 briquets?
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Postby Mike B » Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:27 am

apratt wrote:Can you use charcoal briquets in that stove? Like 1 or 2 briquets?


You can use anything that burns. I used wood pellets, but others have used charcoal, pellets with sawdust, bark, etc.

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Postby mikeschn » Sat May 19, 2007 3:37 am

Mike B,

Tell me the secret about your wood pellets...

I tested my stove using chunks of pine. The pine was burned up before I got a small pot of water to come to a robust boil.

Should I be using oak? or charcoal like Aruthur said?

I find the whole thing to be quite small. I thought it would be more the size of a charcoal starter... :?

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P.S. I noticed you are running yours at the slow speed. Maybe I'll try that.
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Postby Geron » Sat May 19, 2007 5:42 am

I've made several of these coke (pepsi) can alcohol stoves.

http://zenstoves.net/How.htm#OpenJetAlcoholStove

http://tinyurl.com/a91g

If you just want to boil water for coffee or soup they work great.
Uses denatured alcohol as fuel. Runs long enough to boil 16 oz of water on a couple tbspoons of fuel. They are fun to build also :)

I can really see the advantage of full meal prep. with the pellet stove with longer burn time.

Check this out:

http://wings.interfree.it/html/johno.html
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Postby apratt » Sat May 19, 2007 11:18 am

That what held me back, I though the stove was a little to small in diameter to be stable to cook with a fair size skillet. If I was back packing and cooking with those small pots and pans then it seems like it would be fine. I remember cooking with a small gas stove and I was cooking for 3. Had a big pot full of goodies then someone bumped the picknic table and there went all our food over the table. So now I am real cautious about small stoves.
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