I'm decided on a stove for my upcoming adventure. This is "Bubble Butt", formerly a Seva 123. It was given to me by my friend Peter. About fifteen years ago it had become involved in a big fire that almost caused it to blow up! The normally concave bottom became convex from the built up pressure! I used a hammer and a smooth piece of wood to gradually hammer and reform the brass "bubble butt" back into a concave shape. Since then I have fired it up several times and it operates just fine.
This is my home made "Fancy Feast" cat food can alcohol stove. I drilled the holes and made the base for it. It works just fine at sea level but I discovered it required almost twice as much fuel to heat water at 6,000 feet in the Yolla Bolly. So, although Bubble Butt is a lot heavier, Bubble Butt is going to the 10,000 foot High Sierra with me.
I recently received an e-mail asking me what the average temperature in Fort Bragg is. I Googled around and found this!