Monday, August 25, 2008

The Wash Bucket Alcohol Stove

I've been using a tea light stove for a while now. They're slow, but efficient and very light. The main drawback is the capacity. They sometimes run out of fuel before you get a boil and require refilling. I've tried other containers as open burners such as the larger 1 oz. tea light and a wedding tin; however, their flame patterns aren't very focused. So today I browsed the aisles of Hobby Lobby and found this:


It's a miniature "wash bucket" (apparently for doll houses) made by a company called Mayberry Street Miniatures ($1.99). It has a larger capacity than the tea light stove and I wondered if the flame pattern would be as focused.

After some experimentation, I found that it produces a nice, steady flame that focuses directly on the bottom of the pot similar to the tea light stove:

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In a kitchen test, I got the following results:

Time to Boil: 7:19 min.
Total Burn Time: 13:24 min.
Weight: 0.3 oz.
Capacity: 1 fl. oz. (approx.)
Elevation: 5,300 ft.

Here is a size comparison (from left to right: regular tea light stove, Wash Bucket Stove, 1 oz. tea light stove, wedding tin stove):

I just thought those searching for a higher-capacity alternative to the tea light stove might want to try this out. For those interested, it's item #661405. I suppose I could remove the the little rings on each side that are supposed to be handles but it kind of adds a bit of charm.

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3 comments:

samh said...

Yes, the tea light is just wee bit too little volume. Good find, Jason.

sunny said...

What is the dimension across the top of this? I wonder if you could combine it with a can bottom to create a hybrid coke can stove?

Jason Klass said...

Hey Sunny,
The top is 1 3/4" and the bottom is 1 1/4". I thought about doing some kind of hybrid like you mention but it might be difficult because of the tapered walls. Let me know if you come up with anything. -Jason