The best thing I've ever seen made by Sterno!

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  1. Matukat

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    I found this in a bag in a thrift store for 1.91usd.
    I think it's the coolest thing I've ever seen made by Sterno.
    A normal size popcan or trangia of either size won't fit, but the old fuel can I had from a "Safety Chef" (looked army issue) did. I made an inner wall with fiberglass inner wick, popcan top burner out of the fuel can. It takes awhile to prime, but once it did, it went VERY well! (J.B. Weld joined the bottom of a Red Bull can to the top of the fuel can for the burner top.)

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    There is a chamber created in the popcan part where the alcohol has space to turn into gas. It really looked like a strong flame. :D/
    Boiled the water just about as fast as the Century brand gassie I tested earlier today!
    (well, it seemed so anyway, I did not time them)
     
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    Randy, the JB Weld will not hold up under the use of alcohol. I tried it back when and had it fall apart after about 3 days. Take care and remember no flames near old JB Weld repaired alcohol stoves.

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    Oh crapola! I thought I had seen it used on alky stoves. Back to the drawing board...
     
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    Hey Randy, pretty neat :thumbup: Too bad it wont work on popcan stoves [-X

    But then again there are small-ish cans you could use like the redbull or energy drink cans.

    Yup! JB well wont work on heat

    Ron
     
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    I just looked at the Zen stove site and it recommends the J.B. Weld. Since the alcohol in this stove sits in the tin can and not on the J.B. Weld maybe it will hold. There is a large bead of J.B. holding the top section to the tin can. Sort of a burner head as it were. We will see I guess.
     
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    A Sterno can might fit. ;)
     
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    Randy, in this usage, the JB weld is not exposed directly to the flame so as long as there is alcohol fueling the flame, heat is conducted away from the metal container to vaporize the alcohol. So you really cannot overheat the stove since the flame will go out when the cooling effect of alcohol evaporation ceases. On the other hand, I believe some epoxy is not resistant to long-term alcohol exposure.
     
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    Ian said:
    Since that is what the little kit was made for, huh? :lol: :lol:

    Yes, but you might just have to wait longer than 6 minutes for a boiling pot. By the way, the pot holds a full U.S. quart. (32oz) to the brim.

    Since the J.B. Weld is about a quarter of an inch below the flame maybe it won't reach 600 degrees f. The epoxy joint is above the fuel by about the same amount. Only time and making tea will tell!
    ATB!
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    shhh :-$ OLD THREAD
    So having read all of the above, my impression Sterno made the pot and stand in OP.
    +1 on the nice (32 oz) pot. I post to share it's lil brother, 24 oz.
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    No idea of approx. year of OP or mine. It will be a good day if I might stumble into a 32 oz like Randy's. These fit my preference for light weight camp cookware: older aluminum. I refer to pieces that an effort was made to make them to stow easy and light weight (in 20s - 70s) yet they are very durable.
    24 oz to the brim, 4 7/8 x 2 3/8 (123 x 60mm)
    thx omc
     
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    It sure looks like, 1914 Dec, Boy Scouts offered a similar Sterno Cup (a predecessor, in tin?) as part of their cooking kit.
    "No.1188 Sterno Solid Alcohol Stove". Ok.
    Anyway, here's the ad:

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    thx omc
     
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    Hi @OMC , the can says "STERNAU", later on it became "STERNO". Any idea when/why? I suspect it sounded "too German" sometime past 1914.....

    Best regards,

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    Thank you for that. Oops.
    The ad's *"Solid Alcohol" still has me mesmerized (would I ever have noticed Sternau if you hadn't mentioned it :oops:).
    Now that you mention it, re the when & why:
    S. Sternau & Co. of Brooklyn, NY, maker of chafing dishes etc. founded 1893.
    c1903 they offered their trade marked patented "Sterno-Inferno" burner <-- that seems to be the origin of the catchy Sterno name.
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    There is nothing "Sterno" in the illustration used for the 1914 ad above.

    In this 1915 American Magazine ad, we see "Sterno Canned Heat" and that the company name was not yet changed:
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    source wiki

    So, c1914 onward Sternau product names varied and it's uses varied:
    chafing dish, WW1 US Military, boy scouts, day hikes, camping etc.

    Seeing obsolete name *"Solid Alcohol Fuel" still grasps my attention.
    STERNO: invented c1900 is made from ethanol, methanol, water, a gelling agent and pink dye.
    It's origin: it is made from a gel-like by-product of explosives manufacturing.
    thx omc
     
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    I do like my sturdy Sterno 24 oz. pot/cup
    but in-general I definitely seek older and older exmples (it's a curse),
    and here you go:
    1903 Sterno Inferno shown above and this
    1909 Sternau Vapor Lamp (why Lamp? I dunno)
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    I'm not clear re what decades/years but there are plenty of "Sterno" posts on CCS
    Here is an in box example of Randy's OP speed cook stove.
    Here is the 24 oz speed cook stove, a tad newer than OP
    This is early "Pure Aluminum Cooker", Co. name may be Sternau on box? Early small but taller burner.
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    thx omc
     
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    Thanks @OMC , so it is simply a matter of "Sterno" being more 'catchy' than "Sternau".

    Very interesting post btw, I never knew they made so many nice products!

    Best regards,

    Wim
     
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    I've had a sterno on the shelf for a long time and this thread inspired me to get it out and take some pics!

    it has the 'heat intensifier' device on it, I could get the fuel can in without removing the label as per the instructions on the intensifier so did not

    I could not get images of said label, I only have a phone to take shots and it wasn't coping

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    Maybe from '61?

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    Many moons ago I picked up some 'wood alcohol' army surplus fuel cans, it reminded me of those

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    :)
     
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    ally, the pictures in your recent posts don't show up here. Are you doing something different than the CCS standard?
     
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    @Ed Winskill

    Ed, I was editing the post. You should be able to see the images now.
     
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    There they are....