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Some people asked me about my earthenware kettle and alcohol burner (shown above) in my 'gong fu garden' video. I forgot where I purchased it, but remember it being someplace in the neighborhood of 90 bucks. Hou De is the likely source, and they are currently sold out
. I love it, but got to thinking what I would do if I ever broke it ( I have a 7 yr old son who is usually outdoor playing with me, so this is a very likely scenario.. ;D ) It took me hours of searching on the internet, but this is what I came up with so far for round one of research...
Goal: Nice portable alchohol powered hot water kit capable of keeping water near a boil for at least an hour for under 50 bucks and reasonably rugged/durable.
Please note: This is theoretical at this point. I've ordered these parts out of curiosity and will post my ongoing research here.
Cost breatkdown of round 1 testing:
Joyce Chen Ceramic Kettle - 33.50 ( free shipping at amazon )
???? tin can ??? - 0.00
Wickless Alcohol Burner - 11.75 (includes 5 dollar shipping at url below)
The Joyce Chen Ceramic Kettle is probably the best on the US market, readily available and only 35-40 bucks. It can also be used directly on an electric or gas stovetop to boil water and doesn't flavor water like metal kettles can. Your current kettle would probably work fine, but i tend to think the ceramic ones will be better for this application. Will test with both when I get the burner/base set up.
There are any number of sterno folding stoves on the market that could be used as the base, or you could make your own out of ??? coffee can, etc.
Alcohol burners of both wick and wickless variety in glass and stainless are readily available from scientific supply companies. I chose one that has a screw on lid, no wick and will not spill even if tipped over. It's also on the large side, which may end up being a problem, we'll see.
If you are really crazy you can make a fantastic little alcohol stove out of a pepsi can