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    'Hop-can' stoves: made and tested 5 variations of can stoves for bikepacking

    Made several variations out of some nice hoppy beer cans. I was trying to figure out the best option for conserving fuel and boiling time. Ended up putting together a quick how-to and testing results as well:

    Hop-can Stoves: How to make 5 ultralight bikepacking stoves - Pedaling Nowhere

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    Heh.... I just made an alchy stove from Arizona Ice Tea cans... a bit bigger around than standard. I also made it extra tall. I may have gone a bit overboard with this one. It makes a flame that stands like 9" tall out of the top.

    Pics later.... it's kinda crazy. I'm not sure how useful it will be in the field.

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    Dang, be careful with that. Might boil water fast!?
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    Great write-up through that link on your process. Thanks for posting!

    I made a penny stove last year and have used it half a dozen times since. It works perfectly fine, though I am always looking for improvement. I did not, for example, crimp the top half at the side hole locations before connecting the two halves. Also, the version I copied had me put fiberglass insulation inside to absorb the alcohol. Is there a reason you did not? Have you tried that and if so, did it have any impact on performance? Is it just unnecessary?

    I usually bikepack solo and so am usually just boiling a cup or two for coffee/tea and sometimes ramen. So, time to boil and fuel consumption hasn't been a huge concern. But if going for longer or with others, it could be. I may try one of the other designs here and see what the difference is.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahday View Post
    Great write-up through that link on your process. Thanks for posting!

    I made a penny stove last year and have used it half a dozen times since. It works perfectly fine, though I am always looking for improvement. I did not, for example, crimp the top half at the side hole locations before connecting the two halves. Also, the version I copied had me put fiberglass insulation inside to absorb the alcohol. Is there a reason you did not? Have you tried that and if so, did it have any impact on performance? Is it just unnecessary?

    I usually bikepack solo and so am usually just boiling a cup or two for coffee/tea and sometimes ramen. So, time to boil and fuel consumption hasn't been a huge concern. But if going for longer or with others, it could be. I may try one of the other designs here and see what the difference is.

    Thanks again!
    Hey, thanks! No, I haven't tried the fiberglass absorb method. I have heard of it, but all of the designs I tried use only cans (except the last one that uses the rivnut and some JB Weld). I may look into it though just to see.

    Try the sideburner design, I think it is my favorite... especially just for boiling.
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