Saturday, September 1, 2012

Comparison of jet stove to other stoves

I wanted to compare the performance of the jet stove to a simple alcohol stove and to a propane/butane stove.  I heated 2 cups of water from room temperature up to boiling.  I used a thermocouple for the temperature measurements and recorded the temperature every 30 seconds.  I used a small pot without a lid.

Simple alcohol stove and propane/butane stove

Jet alcohol stove

The jet alcohol stove does much worse than the other stoves as far as time to boil (it actually didn't reach a full boil before it ran out of fuel).  One way to improve this would be to move the flames closer to the pot, ie. make the stand shorter.  The temperature drops rapidly as you move away from the flame.