I happen to like my old Hank Roberts stove, a stove that dates back to the 1960's. It's in very nice condition. I have the Mark III version.
So compact! And inside, the original accoutrements that came with the package.
Unfortunately, it's been some years since either the stove or its proprietary fuel canisters have been produced (see The Hank Roberts Stove -- With a Proper Canister for information on and photos of the original canister type). Therefore, to the original contents, I add a few "essentials," all of which are easily contained within the outer shell of the stove.
Well, let's take a look.
The silver colored cylinder is an adapter made by Henrik from Denmark who I met on an internet forum. Unfortunately, I've lost touch with Henrik. :(
The hose is a spare gas hose to a Chinese made stove that I bought on eBay. The hose screws into the threaded end of the adapter, like so:
Now, let's take a look at the stove itself. That little discus you saw earlier? Here's what it looks like assembled. Pure genius.
Here's the valve assembly.
Here's where Henrik's adapter comes in.
And voila! here we are ready to cook.
Did someone say "cook?" Now, where would we be without some flame shots?
A very nice, efficient blue flame.
The Hank Roberts Mini Stove (Mark III) really has a good strong flame.
The original proprietary canisters contained a wick. The wick conducted liquefied gas into the burner. Liquid did you say? Why then we ought to be able to invert the canister and be able to run the stove in liquid feed mode. Indeed, we can do just that.
Be sure to let the stove warm up before inverting the canister. If you don't let the stove warm up a bit first, the stove will flare. Running a gas stove in liquid feed mode allows one to operate a gas stove in much colder temperatures than in conventional upright (vapor feed) mode.
As they say, "the proof of the pudding is in the eating," so it's time for the "tea test." Handily passed.
And if tea test, then tea.
I thank you all for joining me on another Adventure In Stoving,
The Hank Roberts Mini Stove (Mark III version)
What's good about it?
Capable of operation in colder weather than conventional (upright) gas stoves
Highly adjustable flame
Good, strong flame
Stable because of nice wide base
Good pot stability because of well designed windscreen/pot support
Some wind protection from windscreen (it really needs a separate windscreen in a stronger wind)
What's bad about it?
Canisters are no longer available (but can be operated with an adapter, if you can get one)
A little heavy (about 8 oz) by modern gas stove standards
No longer available in stores (but available on eBay and such)
Hank Roberts Mini Stove: Highly Recommended (considering its era).
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