Would one of these stoves work with a hard liquor like vodka, scotch or even gin? I ask this because my family has a pretty big cabinet of the stuff received as gifts, but nobody in my house drinks anything other than beer or wine.NastyChuck
It does burn any flammable spirit, the closer it is to pure alcohol the better it will work. The more additives it has, the more smell and black residual soot you’ll have on pots. A trick that seems to work well is adding 5% to 10% of water to reduce the soot problem.
Vodka is expensive and wont burn as efficiently as denatured alcohol, and it’s a pretty expensive fuel to use, but it can be done during an emergency. This sort of flexibility makes the tough little Trangia appealing from the survivalist point of view. 70% Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl, HEET red bottle) can be used as well but its not recommended. It can be found in most households and first aid kits or bought in most gas stations or general stores.
Do you need a tripod or something to put over the top of it to set you cooking pot on?
Yes. Some of the Trangia kits include a stand of some sort, but you don’t get one when you just buy the burner. You can’t just place a pot over the burner. What I do is just get two or three stones and improvise a stand so as to separate the pot from the burner. A couple bricks would work two. Its generally not that hard to find something to improvise a stand, I’d rather use that space/weight for items that cant be improvised so easily. One stove you might want to consider is the Vargo Titanium Triad XE stove.
It has three legs on either side that fold down. Once unfold they work as a base to separate the stove from the ground and as a stand to place the pot on top.
I watched your Trangia Stove video and God laid it on my heart to buya Trangia 27-7 cook kit for $104. It really is a must to cook smallmeals like oatmeal and tea when the power goes off. And I think thepower is going to be off for a long time here in the U.S.
I bought some denatured alcohol for the stove at the hardware store.Is this the best type of alcohol to have, you think? Also, I waswondering how long of a burn one liter of denatured alcohol willlast...Do you have any idea how much alcohol one should have beforethe collapse happens? Clearly more is better but money becomes anissue.
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Denatured alcohol is one of your best options, works well and it’s pretty inexpensive.
HEET (yellow bottle-methanol) burns well and can be found in several places including gas stations as gas line anti-freeze.
Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol, pure alcohol, grain alcohol is more expensive but burns well. When distilled for drinking, its known as “Moonshine” or “Everclear” or other brand names. These are neutral grain spirits which are almost pure alcohol (95%). This would be expensive but again, more alternatives.
My Trangia burned for 30 minutes when full with grain alcohol. Its takes about 10 minutes to have a large cup of boiling water. Since fuels and stoves have different levels of efficiency, I recommend estimating how much fuel you need per meal cooked for your entire family and stocking up a month’s worth of it. Estimate three boiling cups of water per day per person. Some of the alcohol may have other uses such as HEET, grain alcohol for disinfecting wounds even some neutral grain spirits if you drink. If you have the space though, its cheaper to just stock up on denatured alcohol. It has near indefinite shelf life so its one of those things you buy once, store well and keep for when you need it.
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