Tealight Alcohol Stoves





Tealight Alcohol Stoves



Micro Tealight Stoves can be made from the aluminum dish that holds a tealight (tea cup) candle.  The simplest version is simply using an empty candle dish and the more complex ones have inner walls and/or are pressurized.  Depending on how you build it, they will hold about a 1/2oz of water (enough to boil 16oz of water, give or take - depending on your setup).


HogOnIce's Homemade Cooking System  Alt Link Web Archive


Advantages -


Drawbacks -

Tealight for simmering

Several can be used together for a slow cook



Construction Tips -

Some building pointers for those wishing to make a tealight stove:


An open flamed stove is the most practical and least complicated stove to make. 

Simply use an empty tealight cup


Add some fiberglass insulation to an empty tealight cup to prevent spills when filling and moving the stove.  This also helps with vaporization in the cold.


There are many types of flame resistant (and not so flame resistant) fabric wick options you can place in a tealight cup.  Some will require a bit of creativity to keep them in the cup.  Some fabrics can be rolled up and stuffed in the tealight cup, while others will need mesh or some form of cover to contain your wick

It is also possible to fill your stove with perlite then lay a piece of metal mesh over it and force a second tea light cup with a hole cut in it over the stove to hold it all together.  This would be pretty challenging to do.


For fancier stoves with jets and such, you will need to get one tealight cup over another.  Since there are several tea light cup manufacturers there is a little variance between the dimensions of each brand of tea light cup.  This makes it a whole lot easier for potential micro stove makers to experiment with potentially tiny stoves.


There is no industry standard on the exact size of a tealight cup.  Notes on tealight cups from long ago: 

Candle Lamp Company tea light cups are a little wider than Florasense cups and they fit together with a slight gap. 

Shanti Candle Works make their cups about 3/4 the height of other brands and will fit snuggly inside Florasense cups. 

And if you can't find these bands, just head to the store and try to fit different cups over each other.


There is no real good reason to try to fit two identically sized tea light cups together unless you want a real challenge.  But if you must, here are a few techniques:


An inner wall may be made from the sidewall of a pop can.  Either wrap it around a pen and epoxy it together or cut tiny slits in it and fit it together.  To get it to seal, cut three or four slits through the center of the top section (like cutting up a pie - but just over the inner part of inner wall) and use a pen to force it down around the inner wall and smooth it out.


A resealable fuel port may be made with a threaded rivet or by just making the right sided hole and dropping the right sized bolt in it.  A primer pan may be made from a cut down 3oz cat food can.


Also take a look at these pages:

Hog On Ice Heineken Cook System  Web Archived Page

Rainmaker's World's Lightest Stove

Chef Glenn's Backpacking Stoves

backpackinglight.com  17909  Big tealight

Jason Klass' Fiberglass cloth stove

Simmerlite: Firebucket simmering stove w/ tealight

MYOG Teelichtbrenner für filigrane Bastler  German site

bplite.com  1850 - discussion on tealight options.

photobucket.com  TinyTP003.jpg


Note - This type is just one of many DIY alcohol stove options.  For more information on different options visit Zen and the Art of the Alcohol Stove and the Templates page.




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