Using Solid Fuel Tablets

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Using Solid Fuel Tablets

Post by zelph » Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:02 pm

Anyone out there use solid fuel tablets for cooking/heating water? Tablets such as Esbit, Hexamine and Trioxane.

Here is a few pros and cons I found on the net:



Pros................................................................. Cons
•lightweight and compact........................................ (con)•no simmering (recent info says it can be made to simmer 8-13-12edited)


•surdy construction............................................... (con)•heavier than most alcohol stoves

•solid fuel can't spill.............................................. (con)•costly fuel tablets

•can be used as a campfire starter............................. (con)•slow boiling rate

•can be extinguished and relit later............................ (con)•tablets give off strong odor

•burns at high altitude........................................... (con)•burned fuel leaves residue on pot

I could not find Esbit locally :roll:
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Re: Using Solid Fuel Tablets

Post by realityguy » Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:55 pm

I have some tablets and can get the hexamine? ones locally at a surplus store.I think they may carry the esbits also..have to check on that.I don't use them.I did see about a lb package of fatwood yesterday on the wall of a thrift store for $3.99..no thanks.
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Re: Using Solid Fuel Tablets

Post by JBRanger » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:14 pm

I have a shoebox half filled with fat wood I gathered the last time I was at my grandparent's place. I keep meaning to take some with me when camping but I always forget.

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Re: Using Solid Fuel Tablets

Post by oops56 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:12 pm

if you take flat wood make it like a match size a little long wrap the end in cotton it take a spark and then it burn a home made match
Man play with fire man get burnt

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Re: Using Solid Fuel Tablets

Post by zelph » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:56 pm

Here is some information MSDS sheet via Zenstoves

http://zenstoves.net/MSDS/MSDSEsbit.pdf

According to the CDC, hexamethylenetetramine "Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire". These include formaldehyde, ammonia, carbon oxides, hydrogen cyanide and nitrogen oxides.
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Re: Using Solid Fuel Tablets

Post by JBRanger » Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:52 pm

But isn't HEET equally as dangerous, no?

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Re: Using Solid Fuel Tablets

Post by sudden » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:08 pm

zelph wrote:Here is some information MSDS sheet via Zenstoves

http://zenstoves.net/MSDS/MSDSEsbit.pdf

According to the CDC, hexamethylenetetramine "Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire". These include formaldehyde, ammonia, carbon oxides, hydrogen cyanide and nitrogen oxides.
A can of pork n beans are just as bad imo.
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Re: Using Solid Fuel Tablets

Post by zelph » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:59 pm

JBRanger wrote:But isn't HEET equally as dangerous, no?
I don't think so. No formeldehyde(known carcinogen) in it to my knowledge. Not really up on the contents and dangers of HEET to compare to recent info gotten on esbit.
A can of pork n beans are just as bad imo.
:lol: I think worse than esbit :mrgreen:

I'm trying to get some imput from users out there. so far there are none that want to come in give their views. :(

In regards to my original post, we can now say that esbit can be made to simmer according to "justtinkering" (OP has been edited)
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Re: Using Solid Fuel Tablets

Post by steamjam » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:57 pm

zelph wrote:Anyone out there use solid fuel tablets for cooking/heating water? Tablets such as Esbit, Hexamine and Trioxane.
I tried those fuel tablets out a few years ago with an esbit stove and found that not only does it take a long while for the stuff to heat water, but gives off a not to pleasant odor while burning. Those tablets work GREAT for starting a campfire in the rain/snow as long as you don't use a full tablet. (I just broke a tablet into a few little chunks)

I tried using my Esbit with that mini Monster alcohol stove I made. Works great.. But what works best is what this person did:


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Re: Using Solid Fuel Tablets

Post by zelph » Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:18 am

I was disappointed that the esbit is a little slow on lighting. Now "Weber" charcoal starters are far superior in their ability to light up fast. I'll have to do a comparison between the two on how well they heat up 2 cups of water. I'll see if the weber cubes fit in the Esbitmizer.

The video was interesting. I'm sure the guy found out that the aluminum soon melted from his hot flames. Soon meaning within a few burns to heat 2 cups of water in a canteen cup. The cups are super strong and are not the best heat conductors.
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