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True Lite Alcohol Stove


Why use a True Lite Alcohol Stove and windscreen, you ask? There are many reasons…reliability…design simplicity…cost of fuel…

IDEAL  BACKPACKING  STOVE  FOR   HEATING MRE'S AND FREEZER  BAG MEALS..BOILS  WATER IN ONLY MINUTES
HOME EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS  STOVES..AFTER  A  DISASTER, HOW LONG WILL YOU BE WITHOUT UTILITIES?
FAST AND EFFICIENT..COOKS UP TO 35 MINUTES ON JUST 3.5 FL OZ OR 7 TABLESPOONS OF DENATURED ALCOHOL
EASE OF LOCATING  FUEL..BURNS  DENATURED  ALCOHOL..HEET..ISOPROPYL RUBBING ALCOHOL..ETHYL ALCOHOL
FUEL FOR COOKING IS SAFE CLEAN BURNING AND ODORLESS..SAFER THAN WHITE  GAS AND PETROLEUM STOVES
LIGHTEST   STOVES  AVAILABLE..NO  EXTERNAL FUEL TANKS  TO  CARRY..CARRY  FUEL IN LIGHT WEIGHT PLASTIC
NO MOVING  PARTS ON A ALCOHOL STOVE..NOTHING TO GO WRONG..LIGHTS  EVERY TIME..IDEAL  BACKUP STOVE
THIS  STOVE   DOUBLES AS ITS OWN POT STAND..PRIMARY FLAME  PORTS  LOCATED ON THE SIDE OF THE BURNER
GET THREE TIMES MORE COOKING THAN W/BEVERAGE CAN STOVE..12 COMPARED TO 35 MIN W/TRUE LITE STOVE
? Alcohol Stoves for Cooking Purposes

While alcohol stoves may be unfamiliar to most Americans, the idea was first practically applied in Germany; millions of gallons of denatured alcohol are still used annually for cooking purposes by families of moderate means. DENATURED ALCOHOL AS A FUEL FOR COOKING IS ABSOLUTELY SAFE, CLEAN AND ODERLESS. As the combustion is perfect there is no smoke, ashes nor dust. By use of proper appliances all kinds of food can be cooked rapidly, easily and far more cheaply than the same cooking performed by other means, i.e. butane, propane and white gas stoves. Denatured alcohol is distinctly a farm product; it may be distilled from corn, potatoes and other farm products. It is, therefore, the ordinary alcohol of commerce to which the word “denatured” has been applied to signify that its nature has been changed by rendering it undrinkable, or unfit for use as a beverage.

Alcohol burns well in an un-pressurized burner, so alcohol stoves are often stone-simple. THIS LACK OF COMPLEXITY MEANS THAT THERE IS VIRTUALLY NOTHING THAT CAN GO WRONG. In Roland Mueser’s book Long-Distance Hiking: Lessons from the Appalachian Trail, Mueser did a survey of stoves used by thru-hikers and found that alcohol was the only stove type with a ZERO PERCENT FAILURE RATE.

HE SURVEYED 126 THRU-HIKERS AFTER HIS 1989 THRU-HIKE ON THE PARTICULAR TYPE OF STOVE THAT THEY USED ON THEIR JOURNEY FROM GEORGIA TO MAINE. THE BELOW TABLE SUMMARIZES HIS RESULTS:
 
 

Manufacturer Number of People Using Stove Percent of Total Failure Rate
 "MSR"
Mountain Safety Research
59 47%  15%
Coleman Peak1 26   21%  8%
Optimus SVEA Suunto  19 15% 5%
Various Butane  Propane 12 9% 17%
Various Alcohol 6  5%  0%
None 4  3% --

AS CAN BE SEEN, THE DATA INDICATE THAT ALL OF THE POPULAR STOVES THAT WERE USED BY THRU-HIKERS HAD FAILED THEM AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER EXCEPT FOR THE HIKERS THAT USED ALCOHOL STOVES, THEY WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT HAD A STOVE FAILURE PERCENTAGE OF 0%. All the rest had stove failure rates between 5 and 17% of the time. NO MOVING PARTS IN AN ALCOHOL STOVE, NEVER WORRY ABOUT A CLOGGED FUEL LINE OR PUMP FAILURE...ALCOHOL STOVES LIGHT EVERY TIME. Makes the most sense for a thru-hiker (or any outdoors men) in my opinion…

Alcohol, unlike white gas, butane and propane used in many of the popular commercial models today, is not a petroleum by-product and is less damaging to the environment. Alcohol vapor is relatively light and less volatile compared to the vapor of petroleum fuels, it is less likely to concentrate and create a hazard, burning alcohol can be extinguished with water unlike petroleum products used in many of the popular commercial stoves without fear of dangerous flare ups. Alcohol stoves don’t flare up as often as white gas stoves, un-pressurized alcohol stoves are quiet and don’t intrude on the wilderness experience the way the pressurized stoves can. The price of denatured alcohol compares favorably to the cost of propane, butane and white gas. THE LACK OF COMPLEXITY IN CONSTRUCTION MEANS THAT ALCOHOL STOVES ARE OFTEN THE LIGHTEST AVAILABLE.

? Uses, Functions and Applications

PRIMARY LIGHT WEIGHT SUPER EFFICIENT BACKPACKING STOVE - 35 MINUTES OF COOKING ON JUST 7 TABLESPOONS OF FUEL - MORE THAN ENOUGH STOVE FOR THE WEEKEND WARRIOR OR THRU-HIKER
PRIMARY CAMPING STOVE - TWO STOVES ALLOW YOU TO BOIL WATER IN MINUTES WHILE COOKING SIMULTANEOUSLY ON THE OTHER - 1 HOUR OR MORE OF COOKING ON JUST 14 TABLESPOONS OF ALCOHOL
STOVE FOR HOME EMERGENCY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS  KIT - PREPARE FOOD AND BOIL QUESTIONABLE DRINKING WATER, WILL YOUR GAS AND ELECTRICITY BE DOWN FOR HOURS OR DAYS?
BACKUP BACKPACKING, CAMPING AND WILDERNESS STOVE - WILL YOU’RE BUTANE, PROPANE OR WHITE GAS STOVE WORK EVERY TIME?
DOUBLES AS EMERGENCY HEATER AND HAND WARMER, PERFECT FOR FISHERMEN - UP TO 30 MINUTES OF HEAT OVER OPEN FLAME PORTS ON JUST 7 TABLESPOONS OF FUEL
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL STOVE - COOK OVER OPEN FLAME WITH SKEWER - TOP OF STOVE HAS FUEL PORTS FOR OPEN FLAME COOKING, UP TO 30 MINUTES OF COOKING OVER OPEN FLAME  ON JUST 7 TABLESPOONS OF FUEL
BOIL QUESTIONABLE DRINKING WATER IN THE WILDERNESS - MELT SNOW FOR DRINKING WATER - ALCOHOL OR SOLID FUEL (ESBIT) STOVE (VERSATILE)

? Who Could Use a True Lite Stove?

BACKPACKERS, MINIMALIST'S, HUNTERS, HIKERS, CAMPERS, OUTDOORS MEN, FISHERMEN, GUIDES, CROSS COUNTRY SKIERS, CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, HOMEOWNERS, MILITARY, ETC...

? Operation and Performance

To use the True Lite Stove, a small amount of fuel (3.5 fl oz ~ 7 tbsp) is poured into the stove and ignited. Once lit the flame is small at first, only burning from the inner chamber, requiring about a minute the fuel is warmed and its vapor passes through the flame ports at the top of the stove, this forms a hot clean burning fire. A pot is then placed directly on top of the stove further increasing fuel pressure by blocking the top fuel ports; this stove doubles as its own pot stand (primary flame ports are on the side). Enough heat from the flame is passed to the fuel to maintain full combustion until the fuel runs out, a True Lite Stove will maintain combustion for approx 35 minutes on a full fuel reservoir (3.5 fl oz ~ 7 tbsp).

? Ratings

STOVE WEIGHT - 1.8 OZ ~ STOVE DIMENSIONS - 3 3/4 INCH HIGH X 2 5/8 INCH ROUND ~ FUEL CAPACITY 3.5 FL OZ - 7 tbsp ~ BURN TIME ON FULL FUEL RESERVOIR - 35  MINUTES ~ BOIL 2 CUPS WATER IN 4  MINUTES 20 SECONDS ~ BOIL 4 CUPS (1 PINT) WATER IN 7 MINUTES 50 SECONDS ETC…

          Heat output : ~ 4800 BTU/hour (1400 W)
          Time to boil 2 cups (1 pint = 470 ml) : ~ 4 minutes 20 seconds
          Time to boil 4 cups (1 quart = .95 liter) : ~ 7 minutes 50 seconds
          Burn time (full fuel capacity 7 tbsp = 3.5 fl oz)(105 ml) : ~ 35 minutes

The True Lite Stove can outperform many commercial models in cold or high altitude environments, where propane and butane canisters can fail. Due to the light weight compared to some commercial stoves, backpackers can reduce pack weight with this stove, which makes this design popular among ultralight backpackers. A True Lite Stove weighs only 1.8 oz, compared to three ounces for the lightest gas stoves. Many commercial stoves also require special fuel canisters, adding to overall stove weight as well as taking up much needed space in your pack. Let's face it, once empty, nobody wants to haul empty fuel canisters around with them! No such canisters are necessary in a True Lite Stove; denatured alcohol can be carried in virtually any light weight plastic bottle.

Other attributes of the True Lite Stove are its absolute silent operation and SUITABILITY AS AN EMERGENCY BACKUP STOVE IN THE EVENT YOUR PROPANE, BUTANE OR WHITE GAS STOVE FAILS. Denatured alcohol is a relatively environmentally friendly fuel,  burns exceptionally clean and doesn’t leave soot on cookware or utensils. Denatured alcohol is extremely easy to find and is commonly available at most camping outfitters as well as paint and hardware stores. TRUE LITE STOVES ARE EXTREMELY VERSATILE AND WILL ALSO OPERATE WELL ON HEET (fuel line antifreeze), ETHYL ALCOHOL (Everclear Liquor 190 and 151 proofS),  ISOPROPYL RUBBING ALCOHOL 90% AND "ESBIT" SOLID FUEL TABLETS.

? Fuels - (Denatured Alcohol recommended but also works great with the following)

1.                 DENATURED ALCOHOL…(Ethyl Alcohol)…Denatured alcohol found at your local paint store or hardware store (i.e. Home Depot, Lowe’s etc.) is mainly used in marine stoves and heaters and as a shellac thinner, mostly ethanol (ethyl alcohol) with methanol or some other irritating substance added to render it undrinkable.

2.                 HEET…Fuel line antifreeze…Yellow container HEET (do not use red container ISO-HEET) is mostly methyl alcohol (methanol) and does not have as high a heat combustion as ethyl alcohol. That said, it can be found at almost any auto parts or service station and is more easily found than ethyl alcohol.

3.                 ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL…Rubbing Alcohol…This stove will operate on 90% isopropyl alcohol in an emergency, it is the least favorable of fuels and leaves a lot of soot on pots and pans, it burns with a much lower heat output than other fuels. Isopropyl Alcohol can be found at most drug stores and markets.

4.                 PURE ETHANOL…Everclear Liquor - 190 proof… Everclear is a brand of neutral grain spirit that is available at concentrations of 95% alcohol (190 proof), in contrast to hard liquors such as rum and vodka, which typically contain 40%–60% alcohol (80–120 proof). Since 95.6% ethanol and 4.4% water form an azeotrope (meaning that simple distillation cannot remove any of the remaining water), 191-proof spirits are the maximum proof that is available from the distilled beverage industry.

5.                 ESBIT…Hexamine fuel tablet…This is a form of solid fuel in tablet form, the tablets burn smokeless, have a high energy density, do not liquefy while burning and leave no ashes. A number of alternative names are in use, including heat  and solid fuel tablet.

? WINDSCREENS

Our windscreens are for the recreational outdoors man who understands the necessity of a properly fitted windscreen, when the windscreen is limited by its inability to adjust to the users needs, the user needs to look at a windscreen that can adjust to fit those needs. So, what does the recreational backcountry cook need? Simple, a properly vented windscreen that can adjust to fit their size cook pot while allowing the ideal 1/4" to 1/2" of ventilation space around the circumference of their cooking pot.  The extra length of our 30” windscreen allows for plenty of overlap while allowing you the ideal ventilation space around the circumference of your cooking pot. By allowing the user to adjust for more space around the cook pot provides for better "chimney" venting and faster burn times, less space provides more controlled ventilation and usually, better fuel efficiency. Cut from solid stock rolled aluminum and delivered to you blank and un-vented allows the user to custom fit their new windscreens to fit their own individual cook pot and stove combination, thus allowing the user the opportunity to create the most efficient cooking system possible. Light duty tin snips can be used for custom fitting your windscreens venting and handle placement.

Experiment with your desired configuration before cutting the windscreen!

? 2 OZ. BLANK UN VENTED ALUMINUM 9 MIL WINDSCREEN MEASURES 6” HIGH x 30” LONG AND IS FULLY ADJUSTABLE, AT 30” IN LENGTH, THIS WINDSCREEN IS LONG ENOUGH TO ACCOMMODATE COOKWARE UP TO 8” IN DIA. AND CAN BE EASILY ADJUSTED DOWN TO ACCOMMODATE POTS AS SMALL AS 4” IN DIA. OR ANY SIZE COOKWARE IN BETWEEN. YOU’LL FIND THAT THE 6” WIDTH WILL ADEQUATELY PROTECT YOUR COOK POT WHILE ALSO ALLOWING SUFFICIENT ROOM FOR OUR 1 OZ. POT STAND OR OTHER ELEVATED BURN PLATFORMS. THIS 2 OZ. WINDSCREEN IS INTENDED TO BE ROLLED DURING STORAGE AND CAN EITHER BE LAID FLAT THEN STORED WITH YOUR ROLLED SLEEPING PAD OR BAG, OR SECURED WITH A RUBBER BAND AROUND YOUR CIRCULAR PLASTIC STOVE FUEL BOTTLE OR COOK POT.
 

FINDING FUEL IN AN EMERGENCY - NO PROBLEM - THIS AMAZING VERSATILE 1.8 OZ STOVE WILL OPERATE ON ANY OF THESE FUELS - 35 MINUTES OF COOKING TIME USING ONLY 7 TABLESPOONS OF FUEL - PUT ONE IN YOUR BACKPACK OR HOME EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT TODAY

“When disaster strikes the time to prepare has passed.”

IDEAL EMERGENCY STOVE FOR HOME USE
 

 WILL YOU BE PREPARED FOR A DISASTER?


Marine PARTY SS LP TOP GRILL / STOVE & OVEN

  Perfect answer to cooking problems in small spaces, stowable.

Measures 24 1/2" by 13 1/2" by 7"
Simmer, grill or broil, three ways to cook
Two pot burners with corrosion-resistant brass heads, mini grill and oven with slide out tray
Cast iron pot rests
On, off and medium simmer settings
Rubber footpads
Stainless Steel frame
Oven:  8 1/2" W by 11" Deep by 3 3/4" high
Oven rack:  6 3/4" by 7 1/4" by 2"
Oven tray:  8 by 9 1/2"
The beauty of this stove is that it will hookup to any propain source
Use this for boating, camping, picnicking, tailgate parties, cook-offs whereever you need a compact cooking unit.
Available at www.harborfreight.com



Alcohol Stove (Origo 4000) by Swego/ measures 22 1/2" X 14" X 6" tall/ Non pressurized canister system/no hoses/no pumping/no pre-heating/list new is $250.00/weights around 20 pounds/



This is an Origo Model 1500 single burner portable stove. Made in Sweden of stainless steel.  Burns denatured alcohol.  Great for boats.


Origo 3000 two burner alcohol stove.  Made in Sweden.  Stainless steel construction.  Simple to operate.  Non-pressured canister system.  No pumping, no pre-heating necessary.   Directions are printed on stove (shown in last photo).  Two easy to read dials marked #1-4 for temperature adjustments.   Add alcohol to canisters, light, and ready to use!

Measurements:  18" long, 5.25" high including the rack which can be removed for cleaning.  10.25" deep not including the knobs.  Knobs are about half inch deep and are 1.5" diameter.    Weight is approx. 14 pounds.

Stove is in good condition & is very user friendly!   Great for use on a boat or for camping!

More info at  www.Swego.com.   This model sells new for $319.00



OLD PUNKER ALCOHOL STOVE FROM SWEDEN

This is a used Kenyon 113 single burner non pressurized alcohol stove with owners manual.  The unit operates AOK.

The stove has a black glass lid (3-4 very light scratches on it) that covers the burner when not in use.

The shove requires a 12-1/4" X 12-1/4" cutout in the counter-top and measures 12-11/16" X 12-11/16" at the outer dimensions of it's mounting flange.  The lowest part of the stove measures about 5-1/4" below of the level of the mounting surface.

I pulled the stove out of service to make room for a larger 2-burner stove in my boat.  As you can see from the picture, the unit / burner works just fine.  Please note that this stove, like most other non-pressurized alcohol stoves, burns a little carbonizing and will create a little soot on the bottom of a cooking pan


VINTAGE EAST GERMAN ALCOHOL COOK STOVE w/ BOX

This is vintage MADE IN GERMANY alcohol stove made by DESCA -(German Demokratic Republic /GDR/ - East Germany.On stove tank has inscriptions:

DESCA,  Nur fur spititus, Made in GDR

MEASURES:~9 1/2" x 5 2/3"  ; STOVE IS HIGH - 2 1/2"

 STOVE IS LITTLE USED. BOX IN VINTAGE CONDITION.