Kevin, that was a great review of the advantages and disadvantages of alcohol stoves and the triangia in particular. Stateside the alcohol available in hardware stores is usually denatured alcohol, as you said, mostly ethanol. One correction on Heet...the red bottles contain isopropyl, not ehtanol. The advise to alcohol stove uses here is to avoid the red bottle and use the yellow, which is indeed methanol. I am surprised to see it work in winter. Most of my experience has been that the heat lost to convection is equal to or greater than the heat given off by the stove and water never achieves boiling temperature. However that is with home made "pop can stoves", not a triangea, I'll have to try one.
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Posted by: old_user on Mar-21-12 11:55 AM (EST)
I use a Swedish army Triangia stove a fellow paddler sold me. I like it. The main advantage is that there are no moving parts so there is nothing to break. Also, it is possible to make an alcohol stove out of a soft drink can-look it up on the internet and I have done it before. As an aside, a different paddler showed me how to fish without a reel using a soft drink can-my reel had broke on a canoe trip.