When we were on the trip, I picked up a Swedish Military Volcano stove at Maine Military Supply. I love that place. I wish they’d open one in Colorado, but given their name, it is pretty doubtful.
Why was I interested in this stove? It was three bucks. When is the last time you went wrong for three bucks? I mean, I have a buddy who went wrong with a lady of the night in Portugal for five bucks, but that was back in the 70′s.
The Swedish Volcano stove consists of three parts; the stove, a bottle and a cup. I was a little confused in the beginning on whether to use the cup or the bottle to boil my water. In my practice round, I used the cup, which was stupid. I ended up with a blister on my lip. Chalk that up to ignorance. If you boil your cup, it is 212 degrees. Boil the bottle and you’ll lose a few degrees in the process, leaving you with a temperature in the area of just right.
As you can see, the bottle comes equipped with a cork. I haven’t tried it for holding liquid on a hike, but you can see where my concern would be. Getting everything in your pack wet is never a good idea.
I cheated a little bit on this review. I did it at the same time that I did the review on my esbit stove. I had a head cold and really didn’t feel like screwing around with twigs. I wanted it to burn and burn efficiently; no hassle. I used a couple of esbit tabs along with some twigs and it began to burn quickly.
There’s a wire adapter that is hooked to the stove. It is pretty handy for a couple of reasons. One, you can move the stove easily, if you have a glove and when you fold it into the stove, it keeps the bottle from falling down into your fire area. Very simple. I like that whoever designed this was using their brain.
I put the bottle in over the fire. I thought about using or not using the cork and tried it both ways. Using the cork helps it to boil faster, but use caution – the cork could become a projectile under heat. If you must use the cork, don’t push it tight into the hole. Let the steam breathe a little. I pulled the cork when I could hear the water in the bottle boiling. ”Volcano” fit the bill. Be careful not to get scalded.
Tea was had and it was good.
Overall, this would be a great investment. While it would take up a fair amount of room in your pack, it is aluminum and weighs next to nothing. I would suggest a carrying case to keep the resulting soot out of the inside of your bag as well. I have a bunch of old canvas that I got off the dump. If Mrs. Hotel gets into a creative mood, I’ll have her sew a sack for it.
You can’t go wrong for under three dollars. I love mine and put it into regular use.
Thanks Maine Military!
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel…..out.