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How do you refill your alcohol stove while it's burning?

I'm going with "it's too dangerous, so don't do it". I have two manufactured alcohol stoves, and both contain warnings against refill while hot. That being said, my answer is "You don't". Pictured (...
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How do you refill your alcohol stove while it's burning?

You don't, adding liquid fuel to stove with a live flame is never recommended. Related meta post Do we want a post notice for questions where people are using equipment in ways that are clearly ...
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What type of fires/stove can I use in Germany?

Official Fireplaces / "Grillplätze" I think the only legal option you have is to find / plan your hike along "official fireplaces". These are specially prepared places with solid ...
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What type of fires/stove can I use in Germany?

I am from Austria and can confidently talk about the situation here, but most of it will carry over to Germany, as we are culturally quite close. As to what most people would do when hiking: for day ...
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Using "unusual" liquid fuels in a multi-fuel stove

There are a couple of reasons why you can't use alcohol or acetone: A petrol/gasoline/kerosene/diesel etc. stove needs the fuel to be vapourised, under pressure and mixed with air for it to burn (...
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What are the different names for and sources of alcohol for my stove?

There are four common types of stove alcohol: methanol, ethanol, denatured alcohol, and isopropanol. You can usually find them in hardware stores and (but not always) in camping stores. You can also ...
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Why do some prefer methane to cook food

I've never heard of a methane stove for camping but I can give some justification as to why you would not want to use it. Since methane has a much higher vapor pressure at room temperature than e.g. ...
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Is it possible to buy gas cartridges on a Sunday in Reykjavik?

I Googled and found there is a least one store (top return) that is open daily from 9AM to 5PM. It also offers 24/7 pickup and drop off of rental supplies. So yes you can get gas cartridges on a ...
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Camping stove with plane allowed fuel

The short answer is "not really". At least within the US, liquids with an alcohol content of 70% or greater are not permitted in checked bags or carry-on, and those are the most likely of ...
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When building a penny stove how do you keep the cans from splitting?

From http://www.instructables.com/id/Alcohol-Can-penny-stove/ We now need to crimp the edge of the base can so it fits inside the top can, with your pliers go around the edge of the can, grip ...
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Is there a standard way of marking cooking alcohol containers?

The answer is to not use a repurposed water bottle. Further, use completely different types of containers for fuel and water so you can't mix them up. Back in the day (the 1970's) when white gas ...
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How do you refill your alcohol stove while it's burning?

This is dangerous And the most dangerous thing about it - is that it gives the appearance of not being dangerous. Don't refill a lit alcohol stove without being aware that it could become a fireball ...
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Can I use a glass mason jar or an empty tin can as a DIY cooking pot?

Glass labware is borosilicate glass, commonly known as pyrex. Glass cookware is often also borosilicate, but the name "pyrex" is also used for tempered glass products, at least in the USA. ...
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What can I add to alcohol to make the flame visible?

You can try a non chemical way to add visibility to an almost invisible flame: a small metal net layer on top of the flame that the flame will go through and after just a few seconds will be ...
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How many gallons of water can you boil with one isobutane cannister?

1 oz of isobutane will boil about 1.8 L (about .475 gallons) of water, for a Whisperliite Universal Stove
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Is there a standard way of marking cooking alcohol containers?

The "Standard" would be to only use containers specifically designed and marked for the type of fuel it is holding. There are a number of reasons; safety, legal and physical to not repurpose used ...
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What kind of material was used to make traditional stove jacks?

I was at the Remington Carriage Museum last night and was noticing the stove jack on an old covered wagon that was heated by a wood stove. It was made out of a large square piece of sheet metal. As ...
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What's the smallest (and simplest) practical DIY wood-burning back-/bike-packing stove?

smallest [ ... ] practical DIY wood-burning back-/bike-packing stove? A scaled version of the "Nimble Will Little Dandy" stove: https://nimblewillnomad.com/little-dandy-stove/ For ...
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How are canvas tents made to be fire retardant?

They are treated with chemicals to be fire retardent. Fire retardant canvas tarps are treated with substances that lessen flammability. They are not exactly resistant to flames. When fire comes in ...
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How to get a top-mount cooking burner for 20 lb propane tank?

As mentioned a few places here already, mounting a cooking surface directly to 20lb LPG container is going to be a stability problem. If you shop for a Turkey Fryer you should find something that ...
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Refillable camping stoves for use in the UK

I know very well the Polish LPG small butane/propane cylinders that Polish use for their camping stoves and gas lanterns. They are unique because they are small and they are legally refillable by ...
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How do I light a spirit (ethanol) stove when it's cold?

As Dan explained, you need to heat the liquid above the flash point. He suggested ether, which has a flash point below -40C. Buy a bottle of automobile starter fluid, it contains a large fraction of ...
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What are the different names for and sources of alcohol for my stove?

Martin's answer is good. Adding a few tidbits: Most alcohol stoves will burn other alcohols. Denatured alcohol usually refers to ethanol with an agent added that makes it undrinkable. The 3 ...
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Using "unusual" liquid fuels in a multi-fuel stove

No alcohol - because these use a vapour phase to burn, this is best achieved by evaporation from the surface of the fuel under the heat generated by burning. Pressurizing alcohol based fuels results ...
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How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?

After reviewing many blogs on this topic and running some experiments, I think I found something else helpful. I have an old Whisperlite from around 1999 or 2000. When Coleman gas could not be ...
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Fixing a Jetboil igniter

The original answer misses the mark for the jetboil flash. Here is what is happening in a nutshell. The white insulation on the piezo ignitor wire is of a poor quality and will not withstand the ...
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Avoiding leaks from stove and fuel bottles?

To avoid leaks from stove after disconnecting the bottle, you could buy a self clearing stove like Primus Omnifuel or Optimus Polaris, etc. These stoves have ON and OFF marks on the bottle position ...
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Camping stove with plane allowed fuel

I would avoid man-made fuel based stoves all together and just use a titanium wood burning stove. They are also great for areas were large fires are prohibited, but you just want the comfort of a very ...
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Do regular lighters not work at high altitude?

I think it does not matter which lighter you use if it's filled with butane. Lighter would not work if gas temperature close to boiling temperature. For butane it's -1C. For isobutane it's -11C and ...
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