Click on picture to see videos
bottlestoves.com
Camping, Backpacking and other Amazon Outdoor Products

Blogs and Reviews
blogs and reviews

Photos from my summer AT trip

davidbackpacking
mount washington
train tracks
blue tarp
david standing on building
holding missile
david with sign
danger sign
david on bridge
porcupine
out house on trail
at scenery
at people
steep trail on AT
rocks
ordinance
jeff
waterfall










































































                    
    
 
 
BottleStoves.com
Lightweight and Durable Alcohol Stoves
For $7 to $8 Each
Order on Paypal Storefront

stoves smaller 1standing on stovesquare350  
Videos

Benefits of This Type of Stove

Durability/Reliability: My stoves are made from aluminum bottles that are several times thicker than aluminum cans.
They won't crush under the weight of other gear in your pack. The bottom photo shows me standing on my stove.
Durability Demonstration Video

Weight: There aren't many durable stoves that weigh less than one of these. They weigh just a few grams, and don't use a stand.

Fuel availability and Cost: These stoves can burn gas-line antifreeze (Heet), isopropyl alcohol, and ethanol. You can buy fuel at most supermarkets,
drug stores, hardware stores, auto parts stores, as well as some gas stations. I recommend using Heet (in the yellow bottle).

Social Media

Wordpress

Flickr

YouTube

Blogspot

Linkedin

Facebook

Twitter

Paint Jobs: Here are all the color designs that I've come across as of 7/22/12.  You may tell me the letters of your preferred color designs starting with your first choice. Then do the same for additional stoves (if you order more than one). For example, "gihladefm." means that
your first choice is G, your second choice is I, and so on.  I can't guarantee that you will get the paint job you want unless I say you will get it in
an email.  However, I am doing my best to address preferences.
Click the pictures for enlarged photos to see in greater detail. My email is Dsmolinski123@gmail.com if you choose to communicate preferences.
letters one smaller letters two smaller
Why I Leave the Paint on the Stoves
  • Some companies claim that the paint of these stoves burns to create harmful fumes. I would argue that the fumes created from burning fuel
  • should also be treated as harmful and you should avoid breathing any fumes by not breathing directly over your stove. Also, very little paint ends
  • up burning. I tested the stove in the top left photo, and you can see that it retained most of its paint.
  • The paint protects the aluminum from oxidation.
  • The designs printed on the aluminum bottles I use look cool.

Company History

It began with a trip…..

This past summer I took almost three months off to hike some of the Appalachian Trail.  I started out cooking twice a day on a white gas (Optimus Nova) stove.  I ended up cutting a lot of my cooking in order to save time, but the one meal I couldn't give up was cabbage.  I love cabbage because it is cheap, round, lasts forever, and provides important nutrients.  I eventually traded out my white gas stove for a canister stove (which I ended up using for the rest of the trip).  After the trip was over I began thinking about the next long stroll I would go on and I began looking for a lighter method of cooking cabbage. 

I wanted a stove where I could buy cheap fuel in town, do my cooking, and leave with little or no fuel leftover.  I saw people use alcohol stoves, and I liked them because they were small, simple, and fuel was easy to find.  After learning about various alcohol stove designs, I came across the aluminum bottle design.  It had all the features I wanted (fuel efficiency, low priming time, durability, minimal weight, and a design that is easy to pack without puncturing my other gear).  Since I enjoy making things (and had little money) I decided I would make my own bottle stove.

Creating a stove for myself….

I used a car jack to crimp my stoves against a variety of surfaces (a desk, a truck, and part of my parent’s house).  All these surfaces were uneven or didn’t provide enough force.  I then made a crimping jig out of scrap wood, and it worked.  It was then that I realized that making and selling stoves would be a fun, profitable venture.

The birth of bottlestoves.com….

To determine if it was legal to make and sell this product, I conducted searches on the US patent website (http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.htm).  I also found numerous other people and companies who were already making and selling these stoves.

                 Production became more efficient as I bought and made industrial equipment.  Approximately 40 of my stoves were made with a wooden jig.  After that, I switched to an arbor press.  Early on, I gave people choices as to how many jets their stoves would have, and what the diameters would be.  Then I decided to make my stoves with 24 jets of a 1/32” diameter because I ran tests that showed that this configuration is efficient.  Customers should email to discuss custom made stoves (which will cost more). I am always looking for ways to cut production costs, and reduce my environmental impact without reducing the product performance.  I have had customers from around the world who have enjoyed my quality product.  Happy trails!

The Disadvantages of Making Your Own Stove
You need a press that will provide immense, even pressure (enough pressure to lift up a vehicle, maybe more).
Power tools help to make the stoves accurately, and quickly. You may not have these.
You can't drill holes smaller than 1/16 " with your average drill.
You will have to buy special drill bits to do this.
Dimensions

My Budweiser stoves are 5.8 cm wide and have the dimensions of the stove in the top left picture.

They have 24 jets, each with a diameter of 1/32". I did some recent tests, and discovered this to be the best size.

My venom stoves are 6.5 cm wide, and have 32 jets, each with a diameter of 1/32".
Order on Paypal Storefront
Pricing
  • the stoves
    • Budweiser
      • $8 each for 1
      • $7.50 each for 2
      • $7 each for up to 6
      • contact me for more than 6
    • Venom  (Temporally out of stock)
      • $11 for 1
      • $10.50 each for 2
      • $10 each for up to 6
      • contact me for more than 6
  • Shipping
    • $3 for the continental USA
    • prices vary for international orders depending on weight. Please email with number of stoves and location and I will determine cost.
Please e-mail me with the following:
  • your name
  • your country (if it isn't on the list of confirmed countries I ship to)
  • your color preference for the stove in the order of most preferred to least preferred (Budweiser blue, white, and red)
  • any custom order you want to do
E-mail:  dsmolinski123@gmail.com

Refund Policy: Once you order a stove and pay with Paypal.
please plan on receiving the stove. They are very inexpensive and
I spend time packaging/mailing and cannot afford to handle returns.

Stoves on rare occasions are damaged during shipping. Please
contact me if this happens.


Buy (PayPal), click here
(for orders of 1-3 stoves)
  • For order over 3 stoves please contact me.
  • If your country is not on my list, please contact me before placing an order.
  • Please contact me before ordering Venom stoves to make sure they are in stock

How to Use

  1. Place the stove on a level surface.
  2. Pour some fuel in the center of the stove. Don't go over the line of holes.
  3. Light the center of the stove.
  4. You may hold a pot over the stove while it primes, just don't cover it.
  5. Once the flames start coming out of the jets, the stove is primed. Place a pot on it. 

This is a pot pressurized stove. Once primed, it must be covered with a pot to burn properly. I recommend placing rocks around the stove to prevent the possibility of your pot falling over and burning you with hot water. Let the stove cool before refueling. In cold weather, insulate the bottom of the stove. This can be done by placing it on an upside down can, or a non-flammable, insulated surface.

Warning

  • Use alcohol only
    • Do not use gasoline.
    • Do not use camp stove fuel.
    • Do not use any fuel other than alcohol. 
  • Clear flammable objects within a five foot radius of the stove.
  • Do not use the stove in an area with strong winds.
  • Use on a level surface.
  • Keep flammable clothes away when lighting.
    • Roll up sleeves when using a short lighter.
  • Do not pour fuel into a lit or hot stove.
    • It is difficult to see the flame of some fuels in sunlight.  Shade the stove with a non-flammable object to see the flame.
  • Fuel fumes are mildly toxic. Try not to breathe them.
  • Go to bottlestoves.com for more safety information.

Disclaimer

When used properly, this stove is safe. I am not responsible for
any accidents that occur while using this stove.

Made in Massachusetts, USA


Back to Top