I learnt (learned, have learned?) in White Blaze forum, the easy-method to find the hottest part of the flame is to boil water, then, lift the pan high off above the flame until the boiling stops, then, lower the pan, slowly, until the boiling starts and that "pan height" is at the hottest part of the flame.
My primary reason for going through the motions of testing is to see weather or not the statement is true. I remember the comment that Connie is referring to. I read the comment also. I tried to find the thread over there at Whiteblaze but didn't luck out. At the time the comment was made I had doubts if that procedure would work. Since Connie is repeating the information here it seems like others will also pass along that information to other forums and so on and so forth. It might be "Urban Legend" It may work for the person that made the comment, we'll see if it works for us.
I'll do another test tomorrow and see where we wind up. All comments have been very helpful. Thank You!!!!
You can see the flame pattern of the StarLyte stove is 6" tall. If the hottest part of the flame is at the tip then we would be looking at making the pot support 6" from the surface of the stove.
Interestingly enough, the fastest boil time and least fuel used occured at a 2.1" pot to stove gap. I guess that this makes sense in that if it is burning hot then you need less fuel to do the job.
the most optimal wick height for overall fuel efficiency is when the wick is touching the pot at 1", it used 0.4 gms less than at 2.1" ( one cup boil). This is an interesting find that I would not have expected. Off to do more testing......
1st quote says: least fuel used occured at a 2.1" pot to stove gap
2nd quote says: overall fuel efficiency is when the wick is touching the pot at 1",
The two don't agree with each other.
Here's another video made today. The results would indicate that the pot support should be 6 inches high
Raising the pot and letting it stop boiling and then returning the pot and lowering slowly is not going to work to determine correct burner to pot distance.