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Re: C&C 30 MK1 Pressurized alcohol stoves
Biggest issue with these, other than the hassle of preheating, is the cost of the proper fuel.. cheap methyl hydrate will plug things up so you need to use the proper alcohol.
They are also slower to heat than propane and we never did have success with the 'oven' in 10 years with a pressurized alcohol stove. We kept it for that long for all the usual reasons, but finally switched to propane and never looked back.
A bbq isn't great for toast in the morning, or that cup of coffee, so trying to go bbq alone really isn't a good plan.
If you choose to use the stove preheating is greatly simplified by heating the burner itself for a minute or two with a propane torch.. never mind the raw alcohol puddle that burns with eye stinging fumes and so close to invisible that you can't tell when it's getting away on you. Pump up the tank, heat the burner with the torch and then slowly open the fuel valve.. the burner will light off the torch flame smoothly and burn clean from that point.
Use the self lighting torch tips available at any hardware store for convenience.. it does mean having propane aboard, but with common sense that's manageable..
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