Frequently Asked Questions
What type of fuel do I use for my Minibulldesign stove?
I recommend (in order of preference):
1. HEET brand fuel. Get it in the Yellow bottle.
2. Air-brake antifreeze (100% Methanol-found at most truck stops).
3. De-natured alcohol found in any hardware or paint supply.
4. In a pinch you can use high-proof (180 or higher) distilled spirits, such as Rum, Vodka or Everclear.
You have a lot of different stoves. Which one do I need?
Let's answer that question with two more:
1. What kind of cooking will I be doing while I am on the trail? -Freezer Bag, rehydration, simmering, baking, etc.
2. What size and type of pot will you be using? -Diameter, capacity, material (Titanium vs. Aluminum, Halite, etc.)
If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the answers to the above questions, I can help you choose a stove that will best meet your needs.
How does an alcohol stove perform under different conditions?
1. Temperature/Weather: A "traditional" soda-can type (open or closed top) stove will perform less than ideally in cold weather (below 30 degrees). A wick-style stove, such as the Bongo series is not affected by low temperatures.
2. Altitude: Altitude, in terms of relative air pressure, has no reported affect on either the soda-can or wick-style stoves we sell. However, the colder temperatures which come with high altitudes can have an effect, as noted under Temperature/Weather above.
3. Wind: ALL alcohol stoves operate under low pressure; therefore they are susceptible to wind. Always use a windscreen and try to stay out of direct wind whenever possible.