I finished my alcohol stove, using the instructions found in this video:http://www.metacafe.com/watch/839102/cool_little_miniature_stove/
I finally purchased some denatured alcohol from the store and tonight I got to try it out! I filled the stove's "cup" 1.5 times, pre-heated the bottom of the stove with the lighter, and lit the stove...
and nothing happened. (There might have been a small flame, but not visible without me standing in the way of the background light.)
After a couple of tries, I was able to get a flame going, but it would burn out after a second or two. I refilled the stove and tried again, with the same results.
I am curious is maybe I fiddled with the cans too long, so that the fuel cannot pressurize? Or perhaps I used the wrong kind of insulation (I just grabbed a handful from the attic)?
I'm going to get some more cans and try another one, but I'd love to know what I'm doing wrong with this one!