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Butterfly #2641, 10 Wick Kerosene Stove
by Miles Stair
In an ideal world, everyone would
have a kerosene stove. I consider a kerosene kitchen stove
to be central to the concept of being self-reliant. Every year the
electric power goes out for almost everyone during storms or hurricanes.
Without the ability to cook and heat a home, many people evacuate to a
motel - and spend more per day than the cost of a kerosene
stove! Absurd, but it happens almost every day somewhere in
the country. And what about a manufactured event, like the avian
flu? Government plans already on the books call for people to be
quarantined in their homes. Smart people will want to
self-quarantine to avoid unnecessary exposure to pathogens. But what
is to stop terrorists from then knocking down an electric transmission
tower in a remote area? Given that the electrical grid is tied
together, an entire region would lose power. And who would break
quarantine to fix that problem? Without a kerosene stove for cooking
and a little heat, millions of people could suffer terribly. Many
would be forced to go to a shelter, a crowded shelter, and thereby almost
ensure they would catch what the least resistant person in the shelter was
spreading about. No thanks.
And that is the great utility of
the Butterfly #2641, 10 wick stove. No one in their right mind
would buy the least expensive stove available for cooking every day
for the rest of their lives. But everyone should have the least
expensive cook stove ($34.95 delivered, as of August 24, 2008) just
for that occasional power outage or other event so they can have the
ability to stay in their own home. Available from
St. Paul Mercantile.
The Butterfly #2641, shown at
left, comes assembled except for wick installation. At about
8 1/2" square, this is the smallest mulit-wick kerosene cook stove
available. The compact size allows it to be stored easily in
the shipping box until needed.
Click on the photos to enlarge them.
I must make the assumption
that those using a #2641 will be occasional users and therefore
not completely familiar with the operation of kerosene stoves.
For the sake of safety, the fuel tank should never be more than
half filled. And because this is a small stove and stoves
get hot (or they would not be able to cook food!), it is safer to
use the stove when it is sitting inside a strong metal tray of
some kind. Any spilled fuel is contained and the stove is
easy to carry. The tray at left is a Blitz dog food tray, sold
inexpensively at Wal Mart [UPC code 004454911897].
Wick installation is the same as
for any multi-wick stove, and full instructions are given on the page
for the Butterfly #2698 stove. As with all metal appliances,
the Butterfly #2641 should be treated
with care before use and before storage.
There are three tabs on the cast
iron top plate of the #2641 which fold out. For normal cooking,
leave them folded in. If using the stove as an emergency heater,
fold the tabs out and place a heavy metal plate or concrete block on the
tabs. The flame should be adjusted to NOT impact on the plate or
block. The plate or block will act as a heat diffuser.
The #2641 is a no-frills stove,
but it's cheap and it will boil water for coffee and cook bacon and
eggs. St. Paul Mercantile used to carry the #2457 single-burner stove
but has replaced it at my suggestion with the #2641 because it has a
better fuel tank design, no sharp edges, and it comes pre-assembled. If
you plan to use your stove more than for an occasional, short power
outage, then I'd recommend a larger, hotter stove. If you plan on
doing a lot of canning, the 16 wick #2487 or the 22 wick #2698 are
excellent stoves. For everyday cooking of meals, the single burner
#2413 and the double burner #2418 and #2419 are excellent - they are the
best selling stoves in Asia. For everyday cooking for a large
family, the three-burner #2415 and #2417 are excellent. Be
absolutely sure to order order extra wicks, as they will not be
available during a dire emergency!
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Butterfly #2412 Pressure
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Oven for Kerosene Stoves
Butterfly #2641, 10 Wick Stove
the least expensive emergency stove.
Butterfly #2698 Cook Stove -
THE Best Heavy Duty Cook Stove.
#828R Pressure Lantern;
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