I want to try pancakes on an alcohol stove - I tried it at home. Second question - does any body have an idea what two brick hard pancakes could be used for, besides bookends (wife already suggested that)?
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To brown a pancake, you need more heat. Get a bigger alky stove. Bigger stoves have been made from 24 oz. beer cans. Has anyone tried a Cat stove with a 5 oz. tuna can for the burner under a 12.5 oz chicken can for the cover?
You do need heat to brown the pancakes. I use a pop can stove to boil water. But it takes a real fire to make decent cakes. Unless you want to carry a lot of fuel just to make pancakes, you might be better off just going to an Ihop or pancake house and get a real short stack. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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I've made pancakes a multitude of times on my cat stove. I can't say their as good as the ones made at home - nothing in the backcountry that I cook is <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />, but first thing in the AM they are awesome. Never had them turn into bookends. You might try a new mix, bigger stove, or changing any of the other variables that can create the hockey puck effect.
Bleah. Tried it once and doesn't get hot enough. If I'm determined to have pancakes, I'll just take my snow peak canister stove. it works fine for that. My rules for hiking with alky is if it can't be eaten cold or made with two cups of boiling water, I don't take it. - and in all honesty this works great. I do more complicated stuff in winter or long/group trips when I bring more stove.
I actually switched to alcohol to be able to do pancakes and baking. Gas stoves just run too hot. I use a mini zen for solo and a trangia for small groups. Try using Hungry Jack mix, a teflon fry pan, and the simmer ring on a Trangia or cover the holes of a mini zen with foil to limit the heat and lengthen the burn time. It still takes a lot of fuel but the results are wonderful!
If I wouldn't eat it at home, why would I want to eat it on the trail?