by Marty Coatney | 2005-12-22 03:00:00-07
The AntiGravityGear Universal Alcohol Stove Accessory Pack is designed to improve the already excellent Tin Man alcohol stove, and can be used with most other alcohol stoves as well. The kit weighs 2.4 ounces and includes four items: a new, taller, "MSR style" windscreen; an 8-ounce hard plastic fuel bottle; a 1-ounce measuring cup; and a primer pan that fits most beverage can alcohol stoves.
Most exciting of these items is the primer pan, which Tin Man claims will reduce the time it takes his alcohol stove to reach full cooking temperature from 90 seconds to only 15 seconds. My personal tests came moderately close to attaining these claims. Without the priming pan it took an average of 80 seconds for the cold pop-can stove to light and reach full bloom. With the primer pan the average was reduced to 29 seconds. This was twice what the AntiGravityGear site claims, but still an impressive reduction.
Notes: All tests were performed in my enclosed garage with no wind and an ambient air temperature of approximately 62 °F. The website states that to use the primer pan you need to add only "¼ teaspoon or about 15 drops" of fuel, light the stove, and wait. I tested the pan three times using only 15 drops and was unable on any of the tests to get the stove to light. Best results were reached using between 20 and 25 drops of alcohol from the bottle included with the kit. I used the included windscreen on only one test. The windscreen improved the results by about 7 seconds, with a time to full bloom of 22 seconds.
The remainder of the accessory pack was less exciting. The hard plastic fuel bottle has a decent pour spout, but is heavier than a Platypus Lil' Nipper with a Backpacking Light RED Spout Cap. The included fuel bottle weighs 1.1 ounces while a Lil' Nipper with spout weighs only 0.6 ounces. The AntiGravityGear fuel bottle also can't be compressed as alcohol is used. The new AntiGravityGear windscreen increased in height from 2.5 inches to 4 inches. I was able to modify the windscreen to better fit my Evernew kettle and reduce its weight from 1.1 ounces to 0.8 ounces. Finally, if you need a measuring cup for your fuel, look in the medicine cabinet first. The included cup is identical to cups found on a bottle of cough syrup.
At a measured weight of only 2.4 ounces and a cost of $8.95 the AntiGravityGear Universal Alcohol Stove Accessory kit is quite a deal. My suggestion, though, is to buy the primer pan for $2.00 and use what you already have for the rest.
"AntiGravityGear Universal Alcohol Stove Accessory Pack SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Marty Coatney. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/antigravitygear_alcohol_stove_accessory_spotlite_review.html, 2005-12-22 03:00:00-07.