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Re: StarLyte XL 4.5

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:15 am
by zelph
Mr. Heater wrote:I like the idea of a larger capacity StarLyte burner.

How about utilizing the integrated wire support stand (as on the original StarLyte) for use with a small fry pan ? :D


If I integrate a pot support then I can't utilize the fuel saving feature of the lid/cover that prevents evaporation. It's difficult to remove and replace the wire pot support. It has to have a separate pot support.

The carbon felt simmer pads will work well with this size burner for meals that require long simmer times.

If I use a carbon felt pad with the same size hole acting as an insulator in conjunction with a "regular" windscreen, I should be able to use the burner without it going into a radical, burn "HOT" mode. I would hope I can keep the regular windscreen in close proximity of the pot....say like 3/8". That means the windscreen could be at a minimum length and be at min. weight and also fit inside a small diameter pot....like a beer can pot.

Re: StarLyte XL 4.5

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:26 am
by zelph
ConnieD wrote:Does the Starlyte XL 4.5 have the capacity of the Companion burner?

If, then, is it suitable for wintertime use, or, for melting snow?

Is it, instead, a long "simmering" stove adjusted for the Caldera Cone?


Yes, it has the same capacity as the "Companion Burner"

With a Carbon Felt Simmer Pad it can be used as a looooooong simmer burner for a "cone" or regular windscreen set-up.

This type of burner might work well with the GI mess kits and also the British mess kits. They are made of heavy stainless steel and are bomb proof. I

think they hold around 4 cups of water. Their design requires a short burner with large fuel capacity. That type of kit is nice to have in your trunk for

emergency "get outta Dodge" situations. In your area melting snow is common with your amount of snow staying around for a long winter season. :D

Re: StarLyte XL 4.5

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:04 pm
by ConnieD
It is possible to melt snow, if you get the water boiling, then, add snow. Otherwise, the snow "scorches" the pan and the resulting water, if any, tastes really bad.

I would think "preppers" would like this Starlyte XL 4.5

Why not, visit a few forums to ask for feedback. It is not expensive, alone.

Even the entire Caldera Cone setup is not so expensive for people to try it.

Re: StarLyte XL 4.5

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:29 pm
by zelph
Add small amounts of snow at a time. Get a small amount melted and then add slowly to prevent premature boiling. Having some home brought water as a starter fluid is the best for the start of melting snow.

The new burner is too large for the British mess kit, tried it last night. Nothing ventured, nothing gained ;)

Re: StarLyte XL 4.5

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:31 pm
by zelph
I think a stainless steel pot support will work well with the burner.

pot with lid, 3"dia. ss pot support and burner total weight + 2.4oz.

Large diameter pot support makes for a stable kit. Fits easily inside pot.

Nice set-up for an over- nighter. Just fill the burner with 4.5oz of fuel and apply lid. No need for fuel bottle. No leaks.

Re: StarLyte XL 4.5

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:02 pm
by zelph
My welded stainless mesh arrived today. I made a pot support for the burner and now it's a "stove" :mrgreen:

weighs 1.1oz. holds 4.5oz of fuel in suspension. That means no fuel bottle for an over night/2 day trek.

Pot support is not attached.

Re: StarLyte XL 4.5

Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:55 am
by zelph
Got an email from someone interested in purchasing one of the xl4.5's (sold my prototype so I could buy wood pellets for my wood burner) have you noticed how cold it is here in the Midwest? brrr!

Anyone else out there want one. Email me and I'll put you on a list. When I get 6 interested, I'll make them up. Cost will be in the neighborhood of $35.00

Re: StarLyte XL 4.5

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:44 pm
by Ridgerunner
Yes, it has been a bit on the nippy side lately. It finally warmed up from negative numbers to about freezing :roll:

Re: StarLyte XL 4.5

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:13 pm
by zelph
It's up in the double digits today but being outside for 15 min really chills me to the bone. Can't take those temps on my face. Need to have a balaklava on all the time. Did you get freezing rain yesterday/last night?

Re: StarLyte XL 4.5

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:27 pm
by Ridgerunner
Yes but not as bad as was anticipated. The temps were 32-34.