So what's the issue? Well, flame spillage for one.
|Flames spilling up around the sides of a BPL Firelite 550 pot|
Hey, so no problem; the FeatherFire's flame is fully adjustable, right?
Well, yes, but with a really small pot, you really have to turn that flame down low. Some pots are going to be too small to really be practical. Today, I'd like to take a quick look at a few pots just to get an idea of what will work well.
First pot: The BPL Firelite 550, a small 550ml mug type pot. Diameter: Approximately 3 5/8" (92mm).
|A BPL Firelite 550 on a FeatherFire.|
Next up, the MSR Titan kettle, 850ml, 4.5"/114mm diameter.
|An MSR Titan kettle on a FeatherFire|
|Flame spillage on an MSR Titan kettle on a FeatherFire|
|The highly adjustable flame of a FeatherFire can be adequately tuned to work with a Titan kettle|
Next up, a 1.3 liter Evernew titanium pot.
|A 1.3 liter Evernew Ti pot on a FeatherFire|
A pot that is wider than it is tall is generally better in terms of heating efficiency. Heating things with a FeatherFire is no exception. You're going to be better off with a wide, low pot, but the Titan kettle, which is a bit more mug shaped than wide and low, worked reasonably well.
The flame on a FeatherFire is very adjustable. So adjust it. Flame spillage is just wasted heat and wasted fuel. You've got an adjustable flame. Use it. With the FeatherFire, it's possible to get efficient heating with a much wider variety of pots than with most alcohol stoves.
Alcohol stoves are quite susceptible to wind. During my testing, I sometimes saw the flame shifted way over to the side.
|Flames shifted to the side by wind|
Well, there you have it, a brief look at what pot sizes will work well with a FeatherFire alcohol stove.
Thanks for joining me on another Adventure In Stoving,
Appendix -- Pot Sizes and Diameters
Pot Size Diameter Remarks
BPL Firelite 550 550ml 3.625"/92mm Really too small
MSR Titan kettle 850ml 4.5"/114mm About as small as you'd want to use
Evernew 1.3L 1300ml 5.75"/146mm About as big as you'd want to use
All measurements were taken by hand with a ruler and should be considered approximate.
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