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. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/mini_bull_designs_sketti_alcohol_stove_spotlite_review.html, 2005-12-22 03:00:00-07.