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#127965 - 02/03/10 11:14 AM Pepsi Can Stove
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Is there anyone out there who has ran into problems with the pepsi can stove and it starting to ripple after it has been used a number of times? does anyone have comments on the pepsi can stove? is it really meant for long distances?


Edited by Boomer (02/03/10 03:11 PM)
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#128002 - 02/03/10 05:13 PM Re: Pepsi Can Stove [Re: Boomer]
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Is there anyone out there who has ran into problems with the pepsi can stove and it starting to ripple after it has been used a number of times? No. Ive never heard of that. Ive worked with about 30 scouts and their pepsi stoves so Im not sure what youre talking about.

does anyone have comments on the pepsi can stove? Well everyone has their favorite style. Ive grown fond of the standard style (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverage-can_stove ) because:
1. easy to fill
2. I can take my pot off ANYTIME without:
a) flame going out
b) flame staying on the bottom of the pan
c) flame flare up
3. easy to see how much fuel is left in the stove.
4. requires external stand so that I dont have to do careful balancing acts of the pot. This could be a negative because now its one more piece to keep track of and haul.

Even with these nuances, backpackers have gotten around them in the other designs by just being patient.

is it really meant for long distances? Heres a picture of one after being used every day 1-3 times on the full AT. http://www.trailquest.net/BRcookset.html
Alcy stoves are the only stove that made it through the whole AT w/ 0% failure rate. Low cost and high reliability. I love it.

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#128055 - 02/03/10 09:49 PM Re: Pepsi Can Stove [Re: BarryP]
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I second Barry's comments. My canister stove has gone unused for many years after I first tried a Pepsi can stove. Properly built and cared for, they will last a very long time. Remember: the more moving parts an item has the greater the odds of it failing.

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#128056 - 02/03/10 09:53 PM Re: Pepsi Can Stove [Re: goatpacker]
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Third. I use a beer can made stove (penny stove) most of the time for same reasons. For many years...
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#128058 - 02/03/10 11:28 PM Re: Pepsi Can Stove [Re: Boomer]
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I think that any alcohol stove can be "meant for long distances".
That said, I had problems building a pepsi can stove too, bought a commercial stove (Brasslite) that worked great, then switched for a short time to Andrew Skurka's Fancy Feast (can food can) stove. Very easy to make, very lightweight, worked very well for me. I've since switched to a UL Caldera Cone setup, but if you're having trouble with the Pepsi can stove, it's pretty fast and easy to try out the Fancy Feast option.
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#128099 - 02/04/10 02:46 PM Re: Pepsi Can Stove [Re: BrianLe]
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im not having problems with mine, its built like a tank i just have used it alot and have the warm fuzzy feeling for it but dont want to get onto the PCT and have it crap out on me so i thought id do some research and found that on a website i was looking at that they may start to ripple after being used for an extended period of time. SO i just thought id ask. if anyone has experienced that.
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