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Old 02-08-2007, 08:05 AM
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Been getting things geared up for spring Fly Fishing and backpacking. *Other than rod and reel, one thing I NEVER forget and probably a little obscessive about is my coffee. *I like it fresh,hot,great quality,and strong enough to knock a mule down!
The other is my stove. *Many on the market, but over the years I have gone to an alcohol stove(I make my own). Extremely light,small(fits in the palm of my hand),cheap fuel and very earth friendly. *So, what about you guys and gals? *Are you a coffee-holic. *If so, how do you make your coffee and on what stove while front or backcountry camping? *As you can tell,I'm really suffering from cabin fever!!

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Old 02-08-2007, 08:58 AM
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When younger, I probably drank a pot of coffee in a day. This included the mornings where I would be layered up in the waders and holding the call of nature until the fishing was complete. Needless to say, there is nothing like a kidney stone to knock a man flat on his back. I still drink the coffee, just now in more moderation.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:52 AM
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I drink one cup a day, in the morning. I carry a thermos when I hike and put some in it. Ive always wanted to brew coffee next to a trout stream...never have (better put that on THE LIST). Hey DryFly1, have you seen the coffee press that fits into a standard Nalgene bottle. $20, could be worth it (?)

As far as brewing in the "wilderness", I will take a page from my papaws "Things every trout fisherman should know" Boil your water, rolling boil. Take two palm fulls of good ground coffee, throw it in. Add a splash of cool water to settle things down and enjoy. Takes a little practice, but so does everything else.

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MTN_TRT,

At one time or the other I have tried it all when it comes to making camp coffee.

There are many types of coffee presses and most work very well. *What you have to look at is price,packability and ease of cleanup! *$20.00 is not a bad price at all.

Your papaw is a smart man. *I however don't like grounds in my coffee and use a different system. *I carry a very light wt coffee mug and a small guage mesh strainer that sits right into the top of the mug. *I put my special blend of coffee into the strainer,boil some water on my alcohol stove(weighs 0.3 oz,with 91%alcohol or HEET),slowly pour it through the strainer and whala, a great cup of coffee streamside or in camp. It's cheap, no fuss and no major clean up. Just kick a hole with your boots,bury the grounds and enjoy.

By the way, the stand I use for my stove is made with a coat hanger. I'll post some pics of my set up when I get the chance.

* Mark...

This is my set up minus the coffee mug and strainer. *Very light and compact. *Strainer is smaller than stove. *Stove is made from 3 coke cans.

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DryFly,

I really like the idea of your stove and had a few questions. I know you said it was an alcohol stove but what exactly is that? Is it a solid or liquid and how cheap/easy is it to come by. I think I remember you posting a procedure for making one but I couldnt find it, so could you help my out with some instructions. Thnaks.
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Old 02-08-2007, 05:19 PM
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You can use different kinds of alcohol- all cheap and *available in most stores and automotive sections(HEET)

1. Isopropyl ,Household(70%)- Burns well,but not as hot
2. Isopropyl,Household(91%) - Burns hotter and cleaner(less water)- I like this one because of the above and it's good in the field to keep hands clean and as a antiseptic.
3. HEET- yellow bottle( Methyl alcohol)- Burns much cleaner and hotter but keep it off your hands. Found in most automotive sections. I carry #2 and #3

4. You can also use denatured alcohol- Paint thinner section. *Harder to find and I don't use it becuse of this.

How to use- * You simple poor it into the stove,about an ounce or enough to cover the bottom. Then you simple light it. It will not blow out. I also use a windscreen made from aluminum foil. *You give it about 30 seconds to warm up and the fumes are what actually burn..

Here's the link to build one. *
http://www.pcthiker.com/pages/gear/pepsistove.shtml
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Got this together in under an hour. *I thought I made it pretty precise but I had one small flame coming out of the side every once in awhile. *Is the flame supposed to be that high? *I put a cap full in and it only burned for about a minute tops, the second go around I filled it up pretty good and then got worried that I was going to set the fire alarm off in the apartment. *Anyway I really love the idea and think I will hold off on purchasing a MSR Whisperlite International.
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:53 AM
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Speaking of coffee...when I drove up to the Smokies back in November, I stopped at a convenience store off of I-40 (I was on my way to Cataloochee)...I was amazed that they had Community Coffee there; I've never seen it outside of Louisiana before. So, I got my coffee and chicory - the lady at the cash register said since they've started selling it, they can't keep enough of it around.
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if you live anywhere around downtown, please take it easy with that stove! I was awoken from my slumber at 2am wed morning by the sound of a building collapsing due to the recent downtown fire. within minutes I was evacuated from my building and sat out in the freezing cold until 5am when they finally let us back in. there were a ton of residents outside and somehow around 4:30am I ran into another evacuee wearing an RL Winston hat. so we talked about 30 minutes or so about fly fishing while breathing in large amounts of smoke and getting a little soot in my eye every couple of minutes. later they said, "oh yeah, don't turn on your HVAC because that smoke has a lot of asbestos in it" thanks guys.
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mmorgan135,

Congrats on your first alcohol stove! *Couple of things.

1. When building your stove the cleaner and straighter the cuts and tighter the fit the better the stove works. *The more the edges are buggered up the less efficient it works!

2. "Never" fill it more than 1/2 way full! Typically I fill it a little over the bottom of the stove.

3. *I wouldn't burn it in doors ever! *I test mine in the garage(door open) or outside always. The alcohol burns at greater than 750 degrees and the only way to extinguish is to place something flat over the top and then it can take a while. I have spent alot of time with different amounts of alcohol,burn time and have it down pat at this point.

4. The more you build the better you will get. *The pic of the stove I sent is the first stove I built. I have since then built about 50. Pepsi cans work best. You get better each time.

5. The holes I find work better if "centered" between the bottom and top rim.

6. I use about 24 holes.

7. Don't have any handy but will send a pic of my latest stove later.

8. If you fill it a little over the bottom you will get about 8-10 minutes of burn time. That is, if the stove is built and working properly

* Good job! * Stay safe.. * Mark...
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