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Steve Smith
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Locale: Wales
Stove pre-heaters on 01/06/2007 18:23:13 MST Print View

Been playing around with stove design lately.

A low-pressure sideburner with no preheater (eg. a Supercat Stove) takes so long to warm up that it boils a half-pint in 7:30. By the end, it is roaring.

Adding a pre-heater, ie. a ring of fire around the outside of the stove which burns for the first minute or so, cuts the time to 4:00.

This reminds me of a little experiment I tried last year, using a much hotter and longer pre-heater. I positioned two aluminium foil cake cups, one above the other, below a pot, so that the flame from the lower cup would act directly on the base of the upper cup. I set light to them both, and the lower one made the upper one boil and sizzle so fast that it burnt out in under 2 minutes.

But it wasn't a very controlled experiment, and quite inefficient. The flames leapt up around the pot, and much of the heat was lost to the air above it.

I wonder if this principle could be applied in a controlled way, to cut boil times to 2 minutes. Has anyone tried it?

Edited by bardsandwarriors on 01/06/2007 18:26:19 MST.