Emergency SuperCat Stove 06/29/2006

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Emergency SuperCat Stove 06/29/2006

Postby zelph » Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:50 pm

This is an "Emergency Use Only" stove.

I modified my Super Cat by removing the fiberglass wick and substituting "Super" tampons.

Let me tell you a little thing I read about. Oil lamps that use kerosene/liquid parafin have wicks that bring the fuel up to the burner. They say never let the lamp run dry/out of fuel. They say it will cause the wick to be consumed at a much faster rate.

I made tests to see if that was true, using cotton yarn of a large diameter instead of fiberglass as wick in one of my stoves it proved to be true.

If I snuffed out the flame well before the fuel was completely used up the cotton wick didn't burn. When I let it burn out completely by itself the cotton started to be consumed in a smoldering way.

These tampons should make good wicks.

Just a note: 20 mule team borax can be used to make cotton yarn flame resistant and burn with a greenish blue color.

Tests went great!!!!

1st photo shows how 2 ounces of denatured alcohol made it puff up into one huge cotton ball

2nd photo shows flame pattern surrounding pot containing 8 cups of water

Snuffed it out before fuel was consumed, cotton was only slightly singed

Boiled in 11 min.

Wick stoves are fun!!!!!!!

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