Venom Super Stove Give Away

Zelph recently had a Fathers Day Sale in which 2 of these Venom Super Stove sets were on sale for a measly $18 (and that included shipping). So, as any stove nut would do, I jumped on the sale and got 2 of these for my very own! At that price, I couldn’t afford not too…

So, how about the stoves? Here are some specs straight from his site:

This stove is made from an aluminum energy drink bottle. It’s a 1 piece stove, no pot stand needed.

When 1/2 ounce of fuel is used this stove has the ability to absorb and hold the fuel as a safety feature. If the stove is accidentally tipped over the fuel will not spill out.(Just like the StarLyte)

This stove is a compilation of features found in several different stoves that I have made over the years. The StarLyte, Fancee Feest, Cobalt and Cobalt Blue.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Weight – 1.6 ounce

Height – 2.75 inches – 7 centimeters

Diameter – 2.50 inches –

Fuel capacity – 1 ounce – 30ml

Will boil 2 cups of water under optimum conditions using 1/2 ounce of denatured alcohol and a 2.5 cup aluminum pot.

Material – Heavy duty aluminum beverage bottle

Recommended fuels – HEET in yellow bottle, Denatured Alcohol, “Meths” (outside the U.S.A.)

So, now you may be asking yourself why did I need 2? Well, the sale included 2 so it was kind of out of my control, however, I was not complaining! Actually, the fact that the sale included 2 set-ups was part of the reason I bought them to begin with. This way, I could keep one for myself and give the other away to my fine readers! (As if I needed to tell you that after reading the title of this post…ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ )

So, as a way of saying thank you to all of my readers, I am officially having my first give away on my blog. It includes the Venom Super Stove itself, a 4 oz clear fuel bottle with a flip-top lid and a measuring cup. (Of course the page with general info that came with the stove is included too.) I will cover shipping to the winner, so there is no cost to anyone. This is 100% free to enter to win, as well as to win. (Although, I must say that I assume no responsibility as far as use of the stove by the owner. The winner uses the stove with his/her own responsibility.)

So, what are the rules? Well, I will tell ya. Just post a comment at the bottom of this post (not by email or any other such method; Facebook, Twitter, etc… will not count) and answer 2 questions. (You must answer the 2 questions to be eligible, and of course only one entry per person please.) So, here are the questions:

  1. Why would you like to win this stove?
  2. What cook pot would you use this stove with?

That’s it! I will allow the contest to take place until Sunday, July 10th at 12:00 am (CST). Once all of the entries are posted, I will use Random.org to pick a winner. Once the winner is chosen I will make a new post here on my blog announcing the winner and will then request the winners physical address so I can get this cool new stove on the road to them! Also, I am opening the contest to anyone, anywhere, meaning I will ship outside the US if the winner selected is indeed outside the US. So, until then, please enjoy this video that I did on the stove…

So, good luck to everyone that enters! And as usual, thanks for reading!

~Stick~

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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86 Responses to Venom Super Stove Give Away

  1. Mark Papanek says:

    Intrigued that the flames seem to adapt to the width of the pot chosen. Fishing the Sierra, somehow acquired an Oriental titanium fry-pan – expensive but light…hoping the flame pattern presented by the stove is adequate/(read wide enough) to cook trout at altitude.

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    • Stick says:

      Mark,

      That is what really grabbed my attention to the stove and held it in the first place. And in the few trial burns that I have used it for it did indeed seem to adapt to the different size cook pots. As far as using it to cook trout on, I cannot tell you about that. I have never even tried cooking trout on a backpacking stove. My cooking is pretty limited to boiling water… When I first started though I did actually cook Mac N Cheese and a few other one pot meals inside my 1.8L GSI Dualist Cook Pot!

      Anyway, I have you down for the contest. Good luck!

      ~Stick~

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  2. Flight7Risk says:

    Stick,
    Sorry I just realized that I replied to the wrong post so I will re post here.
    I respect your generosity and hope you keep posting the great videos.
    I would like to add this stove to my growing collection of mostly DIY stoves. Some work much better than others, but that’s the fun in making things yourself. I only have one type of pot at this point and it’s a Heine pot. I have several that I use for different types of stoves (wood vs alcohol).

    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Flight7Risk

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  3. ~ Trillium ~ says:

    Hi Stick,

    This is the second time that I have visited your site. The first time was when I followed the link from WhiteBlaze about the kupilka cup. I’ll definitely be back because you have a lot of great info on your site. I’m going to have to check it out more thoroughly. (and you have a nice accent.)

    I would like to win the Venom Stove because currently I have a pocket rocket and the venom is lighter and I think it would be easier to resupply fuel for it while on the trail rather than having to find a store that sells the canisters.

    I have a Snow Peak Trek 700 that I will be using on the stove.

    Happy Hiking!

    ~ Trillium ~

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  4. Gizmo Joe says:

    Hi Stick,

    I just recently found your blog and I have to say I am quite impressed.

    The reason I would like to win this stove is because I would like a professionally built alcohol stove, the only one’s I have are those self made.

    Primarily on solo trips I actually wouldn’t be using a pot, I would be using a Snowpeak trek titanium bowl with an aluminum lid I made for it. Secondarily, I would be using an REI Ti 1.3 L pot.

    Thanks and I look forward for keeping up with your blog.

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  5. Sebastien Gagnon says:

    Hi Stick,
    I would love the stove as I just started playing with my home one. I just came back from a 5 days car camping and made my coffee with my alcohol stove in the morning while everybody were still asleep. I am amaze of the performance and how quiet it is.

    I would use it with my MSR cook pot set that I have, which would give me a reason to purchase something titanium like……..

    Stick thanks for the great blog , loving it and I keep on checking everyday for new stuff.

    Thanks
    Sebastien

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    • Stick says:

      Sebastien,

      I hear ya on using your stove and stuff even at home. Once the power went out and I had to finish cooking our breakfast (Pancakes) on my canister stove. However, I am constantly carrying cookpots outside and just boiling water to watch it boil. I find alky stoves very interesting and fun!

      I have you down in the contest. Good luck!

      ~Stick~

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    • Keith says:

      I keep a V8 can alcohol stove here in my basement to boil water for tea. Brewed a mug last night around midnight. My camp stoves came in handy winter before last when we lost power on a snowstorm of the century. Coleman 3 burner in the kitchen, alcohol burner in my office downstairs.

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  6. Erik Basil says:

    Well, I’d like to have and use this stove because I need to see how well one of the “pro edition” alcy stoves works and it might even be BSA legal because it’s a commercial product. I’ve been making coke can stoves since being converted to a version of ultralighting and having been mightily impressed with an alcy stove demonstration.

    I will use this stove with two pots: a Fosters can pot I just made and have only used with an Optimus Crux, and my ancient, BSA lidded cookpot that I’ve made a reflectix cozy for.

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    • Stick says:

      Erik,

      I am not sure if they are BSA legal just because they were made commercially, but then again I am not too sure on that. If you find out I would be interested to hear what the verdict is.

      Anyway, I have you down. Good luck in the contest!

      ~Stick~

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  7. LoneSomeSong says:

    1. I’d Love to win this stove because im a college student and really cant afford a stove for my trip coming up this AUG. in Yosemite been using stoves made out of cat food cans.

    2. My good old one quart pot in the cabinet. not exactly backpacker friendly(lol) but dose the job.

    Thanks

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  8. JP says:

    1. Why would you like to win this stove?
    First off, the stove is incredibly light weight and secondly it is FREE
    2. What cook pot would you use this stove with?
    Grandmothers aluminum grease pot – incredibly light weight and also FREE

    The only thing better than working well and being light is that it is FREE!

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  9. Hiker801 says:

    I would like to win because I have never used an alcohol stove before, and woulg like to see what they are like. I would use a gsi pot. thanks

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  10. Jason says:

    I want this stove because i have ultralightis. It started with heavy breathing, exhaustion, pain in my lower back and shoulders and was followed by a bruised ego. Now 20 lbs. lighter, I can’t look at foil without thinking windscreeens, I’ve searched 25 liquor stores to find the last of the 24oz heineken cans (my pot), bought bulk packs of tealights, and turned my kitchen into an equipment laboratory. It’s a sickness.

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    • Stick says:

      Jason,

      I know the feeling! But I gotta tell ya, the tea light is way lighter than this stove… ๐Ÿ™‚ But that’s ok, cause it’s a cool little stove.

      I have you down. Good luck in the contest!

      ~Stick~

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  11. Greg Hounsell says:

    Hi Stick,
    I would really love to win this stove as my wife is currently away thru-hiking the AT with my favorite stove of all – the Zelph Starlyte. I think I would pair Venom Super Stove up with an MSR Titan, my goto cookpot.

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  12. Ryan says:

    Hey,
    Love your blog!

    Why would I want to win this stove? Well, I am planning an AT thru hike for 2012 and I am experimenting with different equipment, and I will buy one of Zelph’s stoves to try if I don’t win!

    Cookpot? I am experimenting here too, but probably my Homemade Heineken pot!

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    • Stick says:

      Ryan,

      Congrats and good luck on your future hike! And I hear ya on the “experimenting” too. I am experimenting with a few myself… I really like my GSI kettle, but I think I have replaced it with the famous 0.9L Evernew cookpot…

      Anyway, thanks for entering and good luck!

      ~Stick~

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  13. Amel Drake says:

    I’d love to have this stove in my collection. Back in March we went out to the Sipsey Wilderness and I realized how much my stuff weighed. My pack was 37lbs for an overnighter! Since then I have been lightening my load and my wallet. Hammock, TQ, UQ, Tarp….etc. Would be great to add this stove as a primary. I would pair it with my Heineken pot. Thanks!

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    • Stick says:

      Amel,

      I hear ya on lightening the wallet… ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s all good though!

      Anyway, thanks for entering and good luck in the contest.

      ~Stick~

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  14. Dave J. says:

    I would like to win because I just made the switch to alcohol stoves and I would like to check this one out.

    I use a SnowPeak 700 mug/pot

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  15. chris says:

    Hi, thanks for running this contest, it’s very cool that you are doing this.

    Why would you like to win this stove? I have just got into hiking and camping this year, and I’m still trying to learn what the best equipment is. I’d love to win a stove like this because I’ve not had an alcohol burning stove, or a great super light stove like this.

    What cook pot would you use this stove with? => I’d try my coffee pot on it (I don’t know the make!) because the best thing about these quick, light stoves is that they can give you a coffee in the morning!

    Thanks again for running a contest.

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  16. Karl says:

    Hi Stick,

    I simply adore Zelphs Fancee Feest stove, the alcohol stove I use the most by far. I’d like the Venom Super Stove because an upgrade of the Fancee Feest just has to be right. And because a man just cannot have too many alcohol stoves…
    I’d use my Minibulldesign DBC as well as the QMH, my MSR Titanium kettle and my Evernew Ti 0.9 pot. Which one depends on which time of the day and on what type of outing it is.

    / Karl

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    • Stick says:

      Karl,

      I wouldn’t mind trying out one of his FF stoves either. Maybe one day I will get around to it… And it sounds like you have your cook pots covered too!

      Thanks for stopping by and entering. Good luck!

      ~Stick~

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  17. Hendrik says:

    More alcohol stoves? Sure!

    Why would you like to win this stove? => Because I plan to get back into using alcohol. And It is better to use it in a stove than drink it =)

    What cook pot would you use this stove with? => My trusty old Tibetian Titanium 1100 pot. Or Maybe the Evernew Ti 0,9 pot if it works better!

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  18. Terry Click says:

    I would love to try an alcohol stove. I currently use a pocket rocket stove and my pot is a simple grease pot from k-mart. I enjoy your posts.

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  19. i would like to win this stove because im a beginner and this would be my first piece of equipment.

    i would use a cheap wal mart pot

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    • Stick says:

      Chris,

      Welcome to the wonderful world of backpacking…and gear… ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by and entering my contest! Good luck!

      ~Stick~

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  20. Ernest Turner says:

    One can never have too many stoves, right? Zelph is a very innovative designer and he makes quality gear. I have his Starlyte stove, but I would like one that is easier to pour fuel into and has a higher capacity. Does the stove you’re giving away include a simmer ring? I use the Snowpeak Trek 900 pot.

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    • Stick says:

      Ernest,

      So true, there is no such thing as too many stoves! This is my first Zelph stove, and I must admit I am a little blown away by it!

      Anyway, thanks for entering and good luck!

      ~Stick~

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  21. Keith D. says:

    Two years ago I was bitten by the alky stove builder bug and made a bunch of them in different styles. I have been meaning to build one of these, but haven’t gotten around to collecting the materials. The spillproof and no pre-heat design is a big draw. Winning one would mean I don’t have to bash one up myself. I use a large IMUSA cup and an aluminum mess kit pot.

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    • Stick says:

      Keith,

      I hear ya, once bitten it is hard to pull away! Good luck in the contest!

      ~Stick~

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    • Keith D. says:

      Doesn’t help when your wife buys a couple of cases of Dr. Pepper and Diet Pepsi. I got cans out the wazoo.

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    • Stick says:

      haha, this is true…For a while I had a few bags of those aluminum Bud Light bottles and I occasionally pick up some of the cat food cans… Most recently, when making my Heine pot, I had a few cans of Fosters to test the can opener on. Once I went through a few of those I went and just bought a 12 pack of Dr Thunder (it was cheaper). But hey, at least it is fun, and sometimes I made a pretty decent stove to boot! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. Spencer Rush says:

    1. The reason i would like to win this stove is that i have a homemade alcohol stove and i would like to compare the efficiency and amount of fuel needed to boil.
    2. The pot I would be using is the AGG 3 cup pot

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  23. Wakis85 says:

    Great looking stove – awesome blog, keep up the good work!!!

    1. Right now I am using a cat stove
    2. K Mart grease pot

    ~Wakis85

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    • Stick says:

      Wakis85,

      Thanks for entering! I have one of the KMart Grease pots, but I have never really used it. I will include it in the video I do later though. Good luck!

      ~Stick~

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  24. Josh says:

    1) I’m just joining the world of hiking and am planning on doing a section hike in August. I’m SO new I literally have no gear, so this will be one of the first items I throw in my hypothetical bag I’ll own soon!

    2) As I said, I don’t even own a pot for my hike yet, so I’d love to hear your suggestion Stick about what kind of pot you would use?

    I only found your site within the last week or two but I’ve spent a lot of time reading past pieces of yours. You do a great job articulating your points and have a lot of information. Thanks for the opportunity to win this shove and I’ll see ya around these parts.

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    • Stick says:

      Josh,

      Welcome to the wonderful world of backpacking! Don’t get overwhelmed by all the different gear! Until your hike I would suggest borrow as much as you can to get out there and find out what works for you and then buy. Also, I found the internet forums (Backpacker.com and Whiteblaze.net) to be very helpful.

      I will say that when using an alcohol stove, take time to match the stove to the cook pot. I found out the hard way that some stove’s flame patterns are bigger than some of my cook pot;s which meant wasted fuel. But, this stove should resolve some of that issue simply because it adjust to the size cook pot that is on top of it. I still have not really used mine much, but watching some of Zelphs videos on this stove shows it in action and it looks to be true.

      As for what cook pot, try and figure out your cooking style. I do not care for actual cooking, so I usually boil water and add it to my freezer bag meals. This makes picking out a cook pot easy. And I have got to say that I really love my GSI Kettle. It is inexpensive and quite tough. Plus the wide diameter is very efficient at heating water quickly. But anyway, it is late. Good luck with finding what works for you as well as in the contest!

      ~Stick~

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  25. Kirsten says:

    I’d like to enter!
    1) I don’t have nearly as many stoves as you do. And this one looks really cool.
    2) Like many other folks, I have a Snowpeak 700. But I’d probably want to find something else to try out…

    I haven’t commented before, but I have been enjoying your blog for a while. Also – your posts about the Kupilka cups were a while back, but I did see them at Tent and Trails in NYC recently, so yes they have them.

    Thanks!

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    • Stick says:

      Kirsten,

      Thanks for entering and good luck to you! Also, thanks for the kind words about the blog, as well as the update for the Kupilka cups! I need to go back and update that post…

      It does seem that a few have the SP 700, (but that is a quite popular cookpot). I should include my BC 700 cookpot in the video I plan to do later on the stove. While it is not the same pot (or exactly diameter pot) it should give folks an idea.

      ~Stick~

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  26. Mike Mathisen says:

    Hey Stick,

    1) I would like to win this stove because winning things is awesome!
    2) I use a Snow Peak 700

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  27. matthew says:

    hey that sounds like a pretty good alcohol stove well

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  28. Jason says:

    Hi Stick,

    I’ve never had the opportunity to use an alcohol stove, so I would like to get my hands on one for my light hiking kit.

    I would use my Evernew TI 0.9L pot on this one.

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    • Stick says:

      Jason,

      Thanks for stopping by and entering! And let me just say, the first time using an alky stove for me was all it took…I was hooked! I have the same Evernew pot as you and I plan to include it in the next video I do for the stove. Keep an eye out for it. And good luck in the contest!

      ~Stick~

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  29. Kevin Harper says:

    Stick, I would like to win this stove because it would work great with my GSI Kettle, can’t afford to get anything new just yet so winning this would be great.

    I have a 6″ GSI kettle.

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    • Stick says:

      Kevin,

      I have the GSI Kettle too, great little pot! It also works beautifully with the White Box Stove (Original).

      Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest! Good luck!

      ~Stick~

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  30. Justin says:

    I would like to check this one out as my first alcohol pot to use. I like this setup for sure.

    I will be using an rei .9L pot. Thanks so much for helping out everybody and sharing your experience with us.

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    • Stick says:

      Justin,

      Thanks for entering my contest! I have the Evernew version of that .9L pot. When I do another video on the stove I will show the stoves flame pattern under that pot so keep a look out! And good luck in the contest!

      ~Stick~

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  31. Brian Green says:

    Hey Stick, looks like a great stove and I’ve read good things in the reviews I’ve seen. I’m predicting lots of comments for this one ๐Ÿ™‚

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  32. Nathan says:

    Hey Stick,

    I’d love to win this stove because I think it would be a great compliment to my Snowpeak 700. It should nest pretty nicely inside and I would be real interested to see how well the integrated pot stand works.

    Thanks for your consideration.
    Nathan

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    • Nathan says:

      Stick,

      I forgot to mention… I surprised that you didn’t light the stove! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hint Hint Hint. That might be a good idea for another video. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Stick says:

      Nathan,

      Maybe I will do a video of lighting the stove…It would be a good video to add at a later date to remind everyone that the contest is going on…

      ~Stick~

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    • Stick says:

      Nathan,

      I think that this stove would probably work pretty good with the SP 700. So, good luck in the contest!

      ~Stick~

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  33. I love using alcohol stoves, especially when backpacking with friends who’ve never seen anything except a Pocket Rocket. The coolness factor alone has converted a couple of my buds.

    For this, I’d probably use my Grease Pot. Simple, light, and it works.

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    • Stick says:

      Therocketjones,

      I agree, an alcohol stove is definitely “cool”…I love mine…

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting and good luck!

      ~Stick~

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  34. yudda says:

    Copy / Paste from Youtube.

    thanks again.
    ————————
    I would like to๏ปฟ try one of Zelphs stoves….i read about them for years but never pulled the trigger. Also you mentioned its fuel economy, i would like to see how long it would๏ปฟ boil 400ml in a Heineken pot. Its my most used pot, and as you probably know…a hard pot to fit on alot of stoves.

    Thanks for the chance !

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  35. Kevin says:

    1) Our stove is a 20yo canister deal that weighs more than my left hand.

    2) Our GSI Pinnacle Backpacker(Not ULW, but wanted something modular for more folks and needed a fry pan for the fishies ๐Ÿ™‚ – Will probably need to make a coathanger potstand, but that’s on the list anywayโ€ฆ

    Thanks mate!

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    • Stick says:

      Kevin,

      A great thing about this stove is that you don’t need a post support/stand with it since it has one built in!

      Thanks for commenting, I have added you to the list!

      Good luck!

      ~Stick~

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  36. Stick says:

    Nick, Patrick & Pat, I have you down! Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words!

    Good Luck,

    ~Stick~

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  37. Nick says:

    Q #1: I’d like to win this stove because i have officially adopted alcohol stoves to be primary cooking option.
    I am working with a homemade supercat rt now, and an upgrade would be greatly appreciated and used!!

    Q #2: Rt now i have the GSI kettle as well as the Pinnacle Dualist pot, but plan on getting some form of a Ti pot, maybe a Snow Peak….not sure yet….

    PS- i should randomly win this stove because STICK’S blog is the BEST!!!!
    and i always take a knife!!!

    Namaniac

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  38. Patrick Bloss says:

    Hi Stick, thanks for the opportunity to win the stove.

    1. Why I want the stove? I am a total FNG to hiking, with a limited budget, and have a need for a stove.

    2. What type of pot will on use on the stove? I have a 2 cup aluminum boy scout cook pot to cook with, my 1st piece of gear I acquired ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Patrick
    AKA DamnYankee

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  39. Pat Combee says:

    Why would you like to win this stove? I am an alcohol stove geek and that is one sweet stove!
    What cook pot would you use this stove with? Home made Heineken Pot.

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  40. Joey Dawson says:

    1. Big fan of my gram weenie pro – but have been eyeing this one for awhile. So would love to have a chance to try it out!
    2. I have an evernew deep .9L pot I would be using this with.

    Thanks for the gear info and reviews Stick!

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  41. John Abela says:

    1) I do not want it… I already have one ๐Ÿ™‚

    2) I have used it on everything from my baby sized MSR Titan Cup to my large MSR Titan Kettle.

    It cooks fairly hot. Not as hot as the MBD Miniatomic, but it is a lot easier to use than the miniatomic (does not require a pot stand, nor do you have to deal with a wing-nut just to fill it up). I just wish he made a smaller sized one of these.

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    • Stick says:

      John,

      Thanks for chiming in. I have not used it yet so I cannot say how it does, but since I plan to just boil water with it, the hotter the better! It is nice to see to that you have used yours on a wide range of pot diameter sizes. Just curious though, why would you want one smaller? Is it a weight issue?

      Thanks,

      ~Stick~

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  42. Mister Krabs says:

    Hi Stick,

    I’d like to win this stove because Zelph is a master. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’ve got a couple of pots to use this with, both kinds of grease pot, a heine pot, and an IMUSA mug. Depends on my mood when I’m packing.

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