I know zelph is out walking around but figured I'd post this question as it was burning a hole in my brain.
As I am reading about methanol and platinum catalysis I am finding myself surprised by how many things (including various metals) can react with methanol and ethanol at temperatures as low as 75 degrees F.
So I started poking around here to see if there were comparisons of the effect of different metals in stove construction but I don't see much other than reference to conductivity and thermal feedback ... and a thread from zelph about a little red stove with a mesh flame diverting cone-thingie. I am thinking on the lines of: Would replacing the starlyte's SS screen cover with a copper mesh or platinum mesh, or placing a layer of reactive mesh under the fiberglass layer, have any effect on performance?
I think this paper is what got me wondering/bumbling along these lines: http://web.anl.gov/PCS/acsfuel/preprint ... 6_0124.pdf
Any ideas or thoughts .... or is the application of an ultra-light camp stove on such a small scale that it is a waste of a thought. I have lot of those. At least that is what my wife tells me.