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Mini Bull Designs Sketti Stove SPOTLITE REVIEW

Robust and powerful alcohol stove that doesn't require a pot stand.


by Roger Caffin | 2005-12-22 03:00:00-07

Mini Bull Designs Sketti Stove SPOTLITE REVIEW


I was looking for an alcohol stove with a bit more power than the normal one-person 'might boil in 15 minutes' variety. I wanted something adequate for two people, with a fair bit of power. But I also wanted something simple and robust, which could support several quarts of water without a pot stand. Tinny of Mini Bull Designs obliged with this Sketti.

We classify stoves into three categories: open, open with jets, and pressurised. The Sketti does look like an 'open with jets' alcohol stove, but when you put a pot on top of the rim it becomes pressurised.

Features and Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Mini Bull Designs
  • Constructed from several bits of a large, solid 25 oz Fosters beer drink can
  • Hot-rolled crimp at base with no tape or glue to melt; this seems to be tight
  • Inner wall added to create annular chamber for alcohol
  • Foster's 25.4 oz beer can with top removed: 0.8 oz (25 g)
  • 31 jets drilled around outside, about 0.75 in (20 mm) down from rim
  • Open centre well for pouring alcohol in - up to 4 oz (118 mL) capacity
  • Claimed to run for 20 minutes when filled
  • No pot stand required
  • Light centre well, then wait for jets to activate before placing pot on rim
  • Burns about 1 oz (30 mL) denatured alcohol in 5 - 6 minutes
  • Backpacking Light measured boil time for 2 cups of water: approximately 5.5 minutes
  • Backpacking Light measured weight: 0.77 oz (22 g)
  • MSRP: MSRP $12 US


"Mini Bull Designs Sketti Stove SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Roger Caffin. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2005-12-22 03:00:00-07.