I knew I would get a response from ya soon thanks, I hope I get a few funny stories out of this one.
When I was at my addiction peak, i spent a looong time in the canned good aisles, imagined new stoves every time I spotted an abandonned drink, paint, food, whatever can laying in the gutter, stoked empty ones and traded with others stovacoholics...
bmwrider, When you wake up one morning to find you have no eyebrows and no hair on your knuckles, then you know you have hit rock bottom and it's time to join Alcohol Stoves Anonymous. I'd be honored to be your ASA sponsor.
_________________________ Gear Talk There's no such thing as having too many sporks!
I really WISH my stove addiction extended only to alky stoves.
I have (only) 3 alky stoves, 2 multi-fuel stoves, 3 ESBIT stoves and 3 canister stoves. Soon I'll have A caldera Cone Tri Ti wood burner. My 1st stove was a mail-order "hobo" wood burning stove bought for me by my parents in 1955. It's lost in some garbage dump. (They didn't have "landfills" then.) Thus I can blame my paents, yet again, for my aberrant behavior
"There are no comfortable backpacks. Some are just less uncomfortable than others."
I built a bazzilion stoves on my quest for the holy grail of a stove to work with my BPL 550 cup. But I never could, so I kept going back to my Tiwing esbit stove. And ended up loving sebit for the properties it has. You can see it burn, you can blow it out and re-use it, it is lighter. There are more but those are the main ones.
I did however earlier this year discover an alcy stove that is the bees kness for me and my aplication. It is the Gram Weenie Pro by end to end trails. It works perfectly with my 550.
Do I still choose esbit over alchy most time yes. But alcy is making a slow come back in my life.
Just build unitl you get sick of it. Or you may never then it is just a fun way to pass the time. But think of it this way, all the time and energy you put into building stoves can be spent backpacking.
I miss my 4.8lb base weight as a ground dweller. But I sure don't miss the ground.