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Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?

Comparing hydrocarbons with batteries As Olin Lathrop wrote, the big problem is energy density: hydrocarbon fuels simply offer a huge amount of energy per unit mass, compared to any current battery ...
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Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?

There are no electric backcountry stoves because there aren't long enough extension cords. Seriously, where do you propose to get the energy from? Batteries of current technology don't have the same ...
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How much does a full/empty jetboil canister weigh?

This information is available under the Specs on Jetboil's website. 100g canister: 100g fuel; gross weight 194g; empty weight 94g (51.5% fuel by weight) 230g canister: 230g fuel; gross weight 356g; ...
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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 much does a full/empty jetboil canister weigh?

If you don't have a scale, you can still figure out roughly how much fuel is in each canister with a simple bowl of water. Drop a full canister in bowl of water and mark the water line. Then, drop an ...
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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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The re-hydration time for deydrated foods

When I cook home-dehydrated food, I often rehydrate for a day - but not on the stove. In the morning, I boil water for coffee, pour some over dehydrated meat in a Nalgene, leave the lid on loosely ...
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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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Why do some prefer methane to cook food

This may be a contrary position, but I think methane has actually gone out of favour in many parts of the world (definitely in Europe) as propane and butane have become popular. In fact propane or ...
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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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Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?

Battery powered stoves and ovens are available, but they don't get as hot as a regular oven. They are designed to plug into a car's 12V outlet, so they need a car battery, which is impractical for ...
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Avoiding leaks from stove and fuel bottles?

In my experience, the biggest culprits for leaking fuel are bad o-rings, but replacement o-rings of the wrong size and loose caps have also played a part. Over-tightened caps can also be a problem ...
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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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Can you boil water on top of Everest?

The short answer to your question is yes you can get a stove to light and cook your egg on the top of Everest if you really wanted to do it. Backpacking stoves are pressurized All of the backpacking ...
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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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Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?

As others have pointed out, the major problem with electrical heating methods is that they require a lot of energy, and current battery technology is a long way off being able to hold that energy in a ...
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Can you boil water on top of Everest?

For butane/isobutane/propane canisters, the stove design, affecting the temperature in the canister or liquid feed pipe, and the boiling point of the gas mixture would matter. At very low temperatures ...
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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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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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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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