My interest in solid fuel tables has been rekindled, and I'm doing some patio testing of pot diameters, windscreen design, and tab-to pot distance. I bought a bunch of the Firelite tablets from BPL back in 2006, and most of them were vacuum sealed for hopefully better shelf life. This is what I've been using for my tests.
I am amazed at how much liquid "wax" is formed while using these tabs, and it doesn't seem to burn off. It just leaves a thick deposit once it cools, which is easy to scrape off the burner (I'm using an inverted small Pepsi can bottom for the stove, to contain this waxy liquid). A wing stove and a gram cracker clone didn't contain the liquid, which dripped onto the base plate. Messy...
I then bought some real Esbit tabs, as well as some of Coghlan's solid fuel tabs, and neither of these produces the same silly liquid. So, what I'm wondering about here, are those Firelite tabs known to produce lots of liquid, or are mine simply too old and have degraded somehow? Anybody have an answer?