zelph wrote:The center portion can be blocked off with a stainless steel sink drain screen. It will still allow for the fuel to poured in. Once the wick is lit the ring of fire creates a vacuum in the center. Vapor still comes up and out and mixes with the flames and hopefully burns completely. I'll do a search locally to find the container. I would fill it with the same stuff as whats in the StarLyte and cover it with screen to see how it does. The small diameter of the opening is what determines the rate of boil and surface exposed. The Ion and StarLyte are made of the same container but burn at different rates because of area exposed and wick material. There are a lot of good things to be said about slow burning stoves. Tony from OZ likes the slow burning ones. There are a couple down sides to them also.
In the process of making paper wood fibers are made to align themselves parallel to each other.They use a vibrating copper mesh belt that the wood slurry lays upon. As it moves it vibrates and all the tiny fibers align themselves. Maybe some of you have seen how vibratory bowls align product and travel up the ramp single file to drop one by one into a feed tube. The results of that can be seen when folding a sheet of paper. Fold it with the grain and the fold is nice and clean. fold it the other direction against the grain and the fold is ragged, looks yucky. The material I use in the StarLyte is manufactured in the same way. all the fibers are aligned parallel to each other. Being parallel allows for the best capillary action to bring the fuel to the surface quickly.
long story short i used build that type michine but was for wine bottle caps
plus lots can making machine