Super Cat Alcohol Stove

In all my free time I’ve managed to make another alcohol stove. I decided to try one made from a Cat Food can. If you’ve looked at penny can stoves before, you’ve probably come across the plans for the Super Cat stove as well. They are just as easy to make and just as cheap!

I decided to try one out because I didn’t like how fragile the aluminum penny can stoves are. I’m always afraid that I’ll crush the penny can stove, and the cat food can eliminates this problem. The can also acts as a pot stand which will lead to a lighter kit overall. In fact, the weight difference between the penny can stove and the cat stove is 3 grams. Not a lot, but if you’re counting grams, then every one counts.

If you’re interested in building your own Super Cat stove here is a link to the directions. I’ll be trying it out tomorrow night and I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime here are some pics! Let me know what kind of stove you are using too!

    • Anonymous

      That’s a lot of stoves Mike! What made you settle on your design?

      • i’ve played with quite a few, and take either my ‘white box’ variant, the trangia, or my new double wall burner. i like the myog starlyte too. can’t spill the fuel in that one.

        what i don’t like about the white box, cat, and others similar is the potentially tippy pot stand / stove set up, especially using a narrow cup / mug. stove must be smaller to get the flames proportionate to the cup or mug, which means less surface area to support a tall weight. i prefer to take a stove and stand or windscreen stand, so i sort of optimized for that.

        a few years ago i went freakishly deep into the deep end of stove making – burn time testing, fuel optimizing, etc. now, if it will do 2 cups on 3/4 oz or less, i’m happy.

        • Anonymous

          Hmmm, maybe I should I just get one from you. Sounds like you have it all dialed in now.

          • I wish I had it all down. Basically just settled on a double wall, trangia style, open burner that was made with some bottles I snagged online. Diameter of the bottles is small enough to give good flame spread on my SnowPeak ti700.

            But, I’ve made some cool ‘stand stove’ combos with fiberglass fiber sheets cut up as wicks, others using the heat shield material you can get in the plumbing section of the big box home store (i think its some sort of carbon / kevlar stuff), penny stoves, etc.

            Likely going to esbit to test out too. And I still take the Trangia out. Wish they made a slightly smaller version of it, in aluminum. I’ve seen the Ti copies, but Ti is $$.

          • Mike – Do you have links to any how-to’s for the double wall design? Interested in giving a couple of those a try over the winter.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t have any for that style. There are many out there though.

          • will have to check. basically just have 3 pieces – 2 outer pieces that are the same size, and an inner that is slightly smaller, maybe an 1/8″ or 3/16″ on each side. the inner wall has clips or holes in the bottom to allow fuel to flow through, where it flows up the space between the two when it vaporizes. i’ve played with some insulating material and fiberglass wicking in there. inconclusive as to which is better.

            i’m basing this on how a trangia works… which is heavy, but a remarkably efficient piece of kit.

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  • Nice one, Errin. I should make a Super Cat as well sometime, though somehow I always forget to look in the supermarket for the appropriate can =) Maybe the next time I’ll remember.

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