Bud-Lite Alcohol Stove Raffle!

Another month means another stove giveaway! This month instead of a Black-Ops soda can stove it’s going to be one of my home-made Bud-Lite alcohol stoves. This is the stove that I carry with me all the time on backpacking trips and day hikes. It’s reliable, efficient, almost indestructible, and super light weight. Note: the primer pan shown in this photo is NOT included, just the stove.

Cook System Picture

I make these myself using a one-ton arbor press that I have in my garage. It’s my version of the well known Minibull BIOS stove – and as always, full credit is given to Tinny at MiniBullDesign for coming up with the original design. They’re made from aluminum beer bottles and created from a single piece by inverting the walls. Below is a photo of my garage work bench showing my arbor press and a Bud-Lite stove about to be formed using the upper mold.

My one ton press

Okay, I’d like to keep these raffles really easy from now on.  So to enter, leave a comment below listing, all of the following:

  1. The make and model of your current backpacking/hiking stove
  2. The type of pot you carry and why
  3. Why you’d like to win a Bud-Lite alcohol stove

At the end of January, I will use Random.org to pick a winner from the list of people who’ve left complete comments (only one entry per person, please).

Update: And the winner selected by random.org is!

  • Nick
  • Adriftatsea
  • Dokument
  • Duncan

Congratulations to Nick (I’ll be in touch via e-mail) and thanks to everyone else who left a comment.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15335992720987876441 Norseman

    f you said during the video I couldn’t hear it. Why the food coloring?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    Great question! Denatured alcohol is clear and when it’s carried in a small (often unmarked) container it’s easy to mistake it for something else, like water – sounds crazy but it DOES happen!

    By adding two drops of food coloring (green in this case) I visually remind myself and others that this isn’t probably something you should be drinking and it does nothing to impair the efficiency of the fuel as far as I can tell. It’s just one of those really easy little tricks that helps prevent a potentially fatal poisoning accident out on the trail :)

    Of course, I also like to clearly label the bottle I keep the alcohol in too just to make sure, but there are those of us that for whatever reason do not read labels. You know who you are and shall rename nameless – for now…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15335992720987876441 Norseman

    I didn’t me “f you” I meant “If you” by the way. That is a good idea, and I figured that was the reason, but wasn’t sure. No what you mention it I think I’ll just start using whiskey, just to be safe of course…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04516388386958235405 Dokument

    1. White Box Stove with drilled vent hole.

    2. MSR titanium kettle. Inexpensive for what it is, great for cooking in or just boiling up water for food packets, can invert pan onto top to cook biscuits while boiling water. Titanium :)

    3. My brother and I have been interested in alcohol stoves, I’ve made ~10 and he has made 100+. I really like the whitebox and his newest version. I would love to try another one out and let him stress test it. (it’s insane what he puts his stoves through)

  • Nick

    MSR Whisperlite stove

    I use the MSR Pot+pan w/lid combo. It’s pretty light, but I’ve been thinking of getting the Solo model you discussed.

    These are about the coolest lightest stoves out there. Plus I love that you don’t have to buy a $500 stove to get something reliable, and sturdy to take with you.
    nick.brender-at-yahoo.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    @Nick: If you’re looking for a new pot the GSI Soloist is fantastic and you’ll be very happy with it. However, I’m about to blog about a new 2 quart pot I got late last year that I’m really liking. It has greater flexibility of use (on top of a stove, stood in a fire pit, hanging above a camp fire, etc) and costs $13 at REI!  So stay tuned :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    @Norseman: Use whiskey for “safety” reasons. Right… :p

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15335992720987876441 Norseman

    Safety first ya know?

  • http://blog.dankim.com/ Adriftatsea

    Hey Brian, long time no see.

    Stove: an old butane stove, like the one seen here.

    Pot: A titanium nesting pot/pan set I picked up from REI. It’s very light and fits in a small carry bag. The handles fold up against the sides of the pots/pans.

    I’d love to have something smaller for when we’re hanging out on a beach and not have to carry butane canisters to fuel it. I already carry denatured alcohol on the boat as part of the toolkit/maintenance supplies.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11850574503467036093 Duncan

    Hey Brian,

    1. On my last trip I used a homemade J Falk’s 4-in-1. On my next trip I might use a fondue burner if I can fashion a suitable windbreak and potstand to fit it.

    2. Pot set is a 3-set pan/pot/kettle sold locally in Australia at Kathmandu. I got it for Christmas so that’s all I got! I like it because the pan is wide and efficient, and doubles as a pot lid. The kettle I will ditch on my next trip. Although it fits inside the pot/pan, I would rather fill that little space with other stuff.

    3. Because of all the reasons you listed! Reliability, efficiency and durability. I seem to hit 1 or 2 out of the three in my homemade soda can stoves.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00391114704711349424 Ian

    My wife and I use the Jet boil system. We really like it, BUT I’ve always heard about alcohol stoves and wanted to give one a try. I will say the one drawback to the Jet Boil is that the primer doesn’t always work as it should, leaving me with the awkward but never dull job of having to stick a match under there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10258771636679212977 Ross Polete

    Trangia
    GSI Kettle, because it is small and not very tall, cheap, durable, has a wide bottom and holds 3 cups of water at a rolling boil.
    I would like to win a bud light stove so that I can light my kitchen by getting rid of the heavier Trangia and pot stand.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10258771636679212977 Ross Polete

    Trangia Stove
    GSI Kettle, because it is small and not very tall, wide bottom, cheap and durable.
    I would like to win a bud light stove to replace my heavier Trangia and get rid of my pot stand.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    Ross, this particular giveaway is closed, but I have several stoves left and will have another Bud-lite stove giveaway very soon. Thanks for reminding me!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00391114704711349424 Ian

    My wife and I use the Jet boil system. We really like it, BUT I’ve always heard about alcohol stoves and wanted to give one a try. I will say the one drawback to the Jet Boil is that the primer doesn’t always work as it should, leaving me with the awkward but never dull job of having to stick a match under there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11850574503467036093 Duncan

    Hey Brian,

    1. On my last trip I used a homemade J Falk’s 4-in-1. On my next trip I might use a fondue burner if I can fashion a suitable windbreak and potstand to fit it.

    2. Pot set is a 3-set pan/pot/kettle sold locally in Australia at Kathmandu. I got it for Christmas so that’s all I got! I like it because the pan is wide and efficient, and doubles as a pot lid. The kettle I will ditch on my next trip. Although it fits inside the pot/pan, I would rather fill that little space with other stuff.

    3. Because of all the reasons you listed! Reliability, efficiency and durability. I seem to hit 1 or 2 out of the three in my homemade soda can stoves.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04516388386958235405 Dokument

    1. White Box Stove with drilled vent hole.

    2. MSR titanium kettle. Inexpensive for what it is, great for cooking in or just boiling up water for food packets, can invert pan onto top to cook biscuits while boiling water. Titanium :)

    3. My brother and I have been interested in alcohol stoves, I’ve made ~10 and he has made 100+. I really like the whitebox and his newest version. I would love to try another one out and let him stress test it. (it’s insane what he puts his stoves through)