by Will Rietveld | 2005-07-05 03:00:00-06
The Go-torch by Mo-go-gear is a nicely designed open-jet alcohol stove that is well suited for group cooking. The 2.5-inch diameter burner has a 2-ounce capacity, it has a wide/sturdy pot stand, and comes with a windscreen (4 inches high x 24 inches long), heat reflector, and fuel measuring cup.
The Go-torch’s pot stand is very innovative and sturdy. It spreads out to about 4 inches in diameter, and folds flat for packing. The distance from the burner to pot bottom is 1.75 inches, which is higher than the traditional 1 inch. I queried the manufacturer on this and he replied that his tests showed that configuration worked best.
The windscreen and heat reflector (goes under the burner) are made of soft temper 36 gauge aluminum, which is very flexible and durable. It’s the same material the MSR windscreens are made of. Another nice feature is that the windscreen is adjustable for pot diameter, just set it to the desired diameter and secure it with a paper clip. For packing, the windscreen easily rolls up into a tight cylinder.
The total weight of the Go-torch is 2.4 ounces (my measurement). That is a little heavy by alcohol stove standards (you can find or make one that weighs 1 to 1.5 ounces), but remember that this stove can easily cook for two people or more. Much of the stove’s weight is in the pot stand and windscreen, which weigh 1.7 ounces together. However, these components are sturdy and will last a long time.
I tested the Go-torch both in the lab and field. My lab test results were as follows:
|Test Condition||Boil Time (minutes:seconds)||Fuel Consumption (grams)|
|Optimal (70 °F air and water)||5:11||13.6|
|Cold (40 °F air and water)||8:18||15.9|
|Wind (70 °F air and water, plus 12 mph wind)||6:40||31.8|
My tested optimal boil time is reasonably close to the manufacturer’s claimed boil time of 4:20. The discrepancy is easily accounted for by differences in elevation, fuel used, and water/air temperatures.
The Go-torch performed well in the field. It lit directly from a match in warm weather, but on a 35 °F morning I had to warm it with my hands to get it to light (which is normal). The Go-torch does not come with a simmer ring for flame control, so it is most suited for cooking quick meals by the boil and set method.
My reasons for liking the Go-torch are its suitability for group cooking, it’s a complete cooking system (sans pot), the windscreen is high quality and adjustable for pot diameter, its components are sturdily built, and it performs well. The consequence of its sturdiness is an extra ounce of weight.
"Mo-go-gear Go-torch Alcohol Stove SPOTLITE REVIEW ," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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