Probably it would be more correct to call this device a stand for tablets made of dry alcohol. But translating Pocket stove Pocket oven sounds better and more like it. This pocket oven arrived in this package, as a bonus there were eight tablets of dry alcohol. As it turned out later, most likely they were overdue.
Pocket stove or a pocket stove working on tablets of dry alcohol, description, overview.
The pocket stove is made neatly, without obvious jambs, not loose, the thickness of the metal sheet is 0.6 0.7 mm. The furnace in the unfolded state is fixed in two positions.
Of course, I immediately wanted to test it and see what the pocket stove is capable of, to find out its efficiency. 0.5 liter of water was poured into the cupboard, the temperature outside was + 3 degrees, and a little wind. The pedestal was not covered with a lid, wind protection was not set.
The incomprehensible began from the first minutes. Already dealt with foreign tablets of dry alcohol, including expired ones, but their behavior during combustion was a surprise. When burning, the tablet began to release fluid !? The flame is kind of torn and unstable, the smell is barely felt, unlike domestic tablets of dry alcohol. Therefore, they decided that the pills that came from the pocket oven were past due. One such tablet burns for about 6 minutes, to bring the water to a gentle boil, it took three and a half tablets. Very poor rate.
To try to restore faith in the functionality of this pocket stove, a second take of water heating was made using domestic-made dry alcohol tablets.
And it turned out that not everything is so bad. Such a tablet of dry alcohol burns for about 14 minutes with a strong odor, burns evenly, with a steady flame and without the release of liquid. To bring the water to a slight boil, it took one and a half tablets. Under normal conditions, if you put this stove in the first, half-open position, protect it from the wind and boil 250,300 grams of water in a mug, closing it with a lid, one tablet is enough. And most likely less. When using domestic, not foreign tablets, of course.
General conclusion after the operation of the pocket furnace.
Subsequently, this pocket oven was used very intensively in the field. As an example of making a coffee drink from dandelion roots. Somewhere its functionality suited, somewhere not. If we add together all the impressions accumulated during the operation of this furnace, we can summarize the following. To a greater extent, this pocket oven will be suitable as an emergency source for boiling water. Cooking on it will be very difficult.