I busted out of town for a few miles and shot this video. I want to post a few of these from the road, too, so this was a chance to practice uploading. I'm getting down to the wire for my departure. I'm taking my bike down to the shop for packing and shipping on the 3oth. Just a few more rides, then off she goes.
(Sorry--some snafu with the video. I'll use Google next time!)
You see below my successful! attempt to make a Pepsi can alcohol stove. Many thanks to Rob over at 14degrees.org for turning me onto this technology. Apparently, long distance hikers have been using these for a while, and a recent survey of Appalachian Trail through-hikers (those who go the whole distance in one push in contrast to those who hike a long tail in sections over more than one season) found that this was the only stove with zero failures. It's made by drilling, cutting and mashing together a couple of aluminum cans. A combination of Pepsi and English ales works best. Great fun. Slam down a brew and set the living room on fire. What's not to like? It burns denatured or methyl alcohol and performs quite well. I was able to boil a liter of water in about 8.5 minutes. Fuel is more expensive than a stove that uses gasoline from the pump, but it has no moving parts, requires no pumping, and burns almost silently. It has to be refilled more often, but that's a pretty minor inconvenience given its strengths. Zen Stoves gives a good overview of this technology. Check here for instructions to build your own.