Mars alcohol stove

Discussion in 'Other Barthel Brands' started by presscall, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom SotM Winner SotY Winner Subscriber

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    A product that features in THIS Barthel catalogue from 1934.

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    Here's the illustration for the stove in that catalogue.

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    There was some discussion about the stove and a Fulmen (Polish) brand clone in THIS post by @gieorgijewski, centering on the tipped-down fuel tank on both examples featured in Gieorgi's post.

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    Of course it's not a feature the Mars was intended to have, whether due to an owner adaptation (bent down to accommodate a wider base of pot) or unintentional (damage).

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    There was damage to my stove nevertheless, a bunch of stress cracks in the fuel tank, probably brought about by the deep-drawn shape and a complex pressing of the base.

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    In THIS post @orsoorso wondered how to deal with stress cracks in his alcohol stove tank. I suggested a few coats of clear lacquer should make it fuel tight and that's what I resorted to here. It's not something that I'd expect to work on a pressure stove tank (or want to try in a gasoline fuelled stove) but in a gravity-fed alcohol fuelled stove it's proved to be effective.

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    The wick/strainer is removed and inserted through the fuel cap hole.

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    Simple stove, few components, but subtly formed.

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    The pot rest/stove frame is well constructed and surprisingly strong.

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    Identifying marks, the Mars name flanked by two Gustav Barthel trade marks.

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    ... and the country of origin stamped on the burner.

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    It's a very capable performer and controllable down to a very low simmer setting as an alcohol stove can be.

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    Soon got a kettle boiling!

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    John
     
  2. Kalle

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    A very nice little stove, John!