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Steven Mattison
(scm007) - F
Stove Idea -- Simmer/Boil on 02/15/2007 18:40:39 MST Print View

Couldn't we just take a Super Cat stove optimized for boiling water and close a certain amount of ventilation holes so that it doesn't burn as hot??

Steve

Dwight Shackelford
(zydeholic) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Stove Idea -- Simmer/Boil on 02/16/2007 08:20:09 MST Print View

Well, they're really easy to make. Test it out and let us know. How are you going to switch from boil to simmer, or back?

Michael Mangold
(mkmangold) - F
Re: Re: Stove Idea -- Simmer/Boil on 02/16/2007 11:59:43 MST Print View

How about just a metal ring on the outside of the burner to cover just the lower holes?

Carter Castor
(cjcastor) - F
Re: Stove Idea -- Simmer/Boil on 02/16/2007 12:40:24 MST Print View

I think the Super Cat Stove is light enough you could just carry two for about the same weight as messing with a metal ring.

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Supercat Simmer Ring on 02/17/2007 14:32:15 MST Print View

Hi Steven,
I've actually tried this before without great success:

http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/344058483ktRMsE

I tried covering either the bottom or top holes both completely and halfway and could not get a decent simmer out of it.

Steve Smith
(bardsandwarriors) - F

Locale: Wales
Thoughts on supercat simmer on 02/18/2007 10:05:15 MST Print View

If you cover some of the holes once it has been primed, I think the flames would shoot out further from the remaining holes. The pressure inside will remain the same, and it has to go somewhere.

You might get a better result from covering some of the surface area of the meths, so that less evaporates into the chamber, creating less pressure inside it and weaker flames coming out. You might have to block some of the holes aswell, to prevent the flames retreating inside the can and being extinguished.

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Right on 02/18/2007 15:06:53 MST Print View

Steve 1,
Yes, that's exactly what happened--the flames shot out even further with the design I posted above. For less weight, I think it would be better to just pack a tea-light stove if you plan to simmer.