I need recommendations for which alchohol stove to get for a Scout Troop. I'd like to avoid the Caldera Cone since we have several different pots and would rather have a stove that will work with any pot in case the "sets" get mixed up in the gear shed. Also, I'm a bit worried that the dovetail joint won't hold up to rough handling very long...
Here are the requirements the stove must meet:
1. Commercially available (BSA rules say home-made stoves are now illegal for scouting.)
2. Must be able to be used with many types of pots. Mainly Scout Mess Kit Pot, GSI Alum 2L, + Anything a Scout might buy at Walmart, Target, Dicks, or Bass Pro.
3. Affordable (~$20 desired, ~$35 = Maybe, but may go with Pocket Rockets at that price)
4. Durable enough to not need to be stored in the pot (to avoid any fuel contamination risks)
5. Boil relatively quickly (~6-8 minutes for 2 cups of 50 degree water)
6. Be as fuel efficient as possible - given the 7 minute boil time
7. Fuel should be EASILY recoverable, or reliably stored within the stove (since the Scouts will mis-guess the fuel needs a lot).
The burner would be used with a MYOG wide pot stand and "flashing with holes" wind screen.
What should we get ? (Leading contenders = White Box (due to speed) and Tangia (due to ability to cap left-over fuel rather than drain).
Also, which pot stand type works better (in use, for packing ease, & durability): the "circle of wire mesh" or the "3 legged / V-shaped platform made of bent wire" ?