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M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 2

by Roger Caffin

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Article Summary:

Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. (OK, OK, a bit obsessive, but so what?) Several novel features were required of the design, in the interests of versatility, functionality and safety. These features are explained in Part 1. In this Part 2 the finer technical details about how the features might be implemented are addressed: all the choices which are possible. In Part 3 the final stove will be presented.

The stove is broken up into five major sections, illustrated here with a recent commercial stove (Fire Maple FMS-118). The sections are the canister connector with on/off valve (a flow control needle valve here), the hose with its connections, the stove body with the heat exchanger and control valve (which is not present here at all), and the burner column and burner head. Some of these will get a light treatment, while others will get more detail. Finally, the fifth component is the combination of pot support and stove legs. This tends to be complex and depends on other factors.


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