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Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
Back to Back "Simmerlytes" on 10/01/2013 18:40:11 MDT Print View

I made them back to back, one regular and one simmer, and did one test. 1/2 ounce in each burner. Set it down on a sheet of silicone rubber to seal the bottom "simmer" burner while the regular burner went it's coude through the 1/2 ounce. No vapors were noticed coming from the bottom burner. I tested it occasionall with a lit match touched to the base edge. I tried turning the unit over when the top burner was almost out and whooompfh, the bottom burner lit instantly with a large amount of flame. condensed fuel was on the silicone pad aflame :-) That was a shot of adrenalin :-))))) So, the unit would have to be fueled one at a time.

It took a long time for the bottom burner to heat up to a point of not being able to hold onto for very long. I think I could have had a lid on the bottom burner while the top was boiling water. Blow out the top burner, turn over, remove lid and then light. I'll have to try that tomorrow.

Photobucket video, click on photo to view:

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Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster) - F

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
How Long Two Cups on 10/02/2013 22:48:43 MDT Print View

Thanks for the BPL deal, Zelph. Just put in an order.

Can you tell me, in moderate ambient temperatures, how long it takes to boil 2 cups with the SimmerLyte?

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
StarLyte Burner for Simmering on 10/03/2013 00:32:24 MDT Print View

Hey Dan,

Is this (simmer ring) something I can adapt to my original StarLyte, or do I need to buy a completely new stove in addition to my existing StarLyte?

Thanks, Jack

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
Re: How Long Two Cups on 10/03/2013 06:23:37 MDT Print View

"Delmar" thank you for your purchase. I'll boil 2 cups today and post the results this evening.

"backpack jack" I don't see that there is any easy way to adapt the original. It's not possible to remove the top ring without damaging it.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster) - F

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Nice! on 10/07/2013 16:33:45 MDT Print View

Got the stove today -- wow: smaller and more "professionally built" than I expected (since other stoves I've purchased look like undisguised bits of soda cans). The fit and finish is excellent. Now Zelph, do you recommend a particular height above the stove to place the pot? Or should I default to the typical two inches?

Edited by Bolster on 10/07/2013 16:35:17 MDT.

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
Re: Nice! on 10/08/2013 08:33:55 MDT Print View

thank you Delmar, make them nice or I wouldn't make them available to my friends :-)

1" from top of burner to bottom of pot.

I'm at a campground in ohio, last night I had a once in a lifetime experience. The area all around may campsite was was alive with glowing "glow worms" or some other luminescent crawling insect. I'll be back home in 2 days.

Steve Martell
(Steve) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Washington
Simmerlyte--Slow but Efficient on 10/11/2013 13:50:12 MDT Print View

Just got mine a few days ago and I'm quite impressed on its efficiency. With my current cooking setup (prototype bottle/kettle) I've managed several 2 cup boils using 12 grams of 190 proof alcohol (Everclear). When used with SLX alcohol it only reached 200F with 14 grams. I've avoided burning high ethanol alcohol in the past due to carbon/soot deposits but this stoves burns extremely clean. Now I can go back to Everclear and have a multi-use fuel. :)

Boil tests: * 2 cups (473g water) at 39F
* Heating rate (with 190proof) about 10-12 degrees (F) per minute
* Boil time 15 to 17 minutes (500' above sea level)


My Simmerlyte holds 39 grams which should equal three cold water boils--enough for a short trip w/o carrying extra fuel. Nice work Dan!

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
Re: Simmerlyte--Slow but Efficient on 10/11/2013 14:22:59 MDT Print View

Steve, thanks for the feedback.

Test it at home first to see if you can get 3 boils out of it. You may find it hard to light when going for the 3rd boil, dunno, have not tried to do that.

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
Re: "Simmerlytes" on 10/30/2013 20:05:22 MDT Print View

A couple of reviews have arrived on the SimmerLyte burner. One deals with the burner being used in a Caldera Cone. These are unsolicited.

I'm glad they are working well. Thank you for the reviews.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/reviews/display_reviews?forum_thread_id=82867&cat=Stoves%20-%20Alcohol&cid=18

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Daniel Collins
( Diablo-V )
Starlyte Simmer stove on 10/11/2013 07:30:28 MDT Report Post Print
Rating: 5 / 5

I just got my newly debuted Starlyte simmer stove from Zelph. He was monitoring a forum thread here at BPL where we were discussing a need for something that would simmer in a Caldera Cone Tri-Ti. He decided to release this on the market as the thread was ongoing.

I have not had time to post a full technical review yet but this tiny featherweight stove will earn its weight in saved fuel by allowing me to reliably simmer with a Caldera Cone. The stove comes with the cap to save unused fuel, is convenient and safe with the carbon wool holding the unburned alcohol. This is a practical answer to spirit stove cooking as no stove does EVERYTHING well. This one gets slipped in when the food has reached boil- to replace the boil stove. It should simmer as long as anyone would need. I will post numbers when I get them. Bravo and thanks for this stove.
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Steve Martell
Eastern Washington
Simmerlyte: Slow but Efficient on 10/13/2013 17:52:10 MDT
Rating: 5 / 5

I concur with the above and I'm quite impressed on the efficiency of this stove. With my current cooking setup (prototype bottle/kettle) I've managed several 2 cup boils using 12 grams of 190 proof alcohol (Everclear). When used with SLX alcohol it only reached 200F with 14 grams. I've avoided burning high ethanol alcohol in the past due to carbon/soot deposits but this stove burns extremely clean. Now I can go back to Everclear and have a multi-use fuel. :)

Boil tests:
* 2 cups (473g water) at 39F
* Heating rate (with 190proof) about 10-12 degrees (F) per minute
* Boil time 15 to 17 minutes (500' above sea level)


The Simmerlyte holds about 39 grams which should equal three cold water boils--4 if the water is warmer. This is enough for a short trip w/o carrying extra fuel. Nice work Dan!


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Adventures In DIY Stove Making

Edited by zelph on 10/30/2013 20:23:32 MDT.