I have done some research about alcohol stoves and have made one myself as well as buying a Trangia stove. The other day I took the Trangia out to the woods behind our house in sub-freezing weather to test it by making coffee as well as bacon and eggs; it passed with flying colors. The only weakness of the Trangia is that it takes around 10-12 minutes to boil two cups of water. This can be remedied by carrying the Pepsi can stove I made which has been able to boil the same amount of water in 5 minutes.
I havent been able to get in any decent riding since last Saturday and don't anticipate riding till this weekend. I hope I will be able to but only if the leaden skies and depressing drizzle give it a rest.
I still have yet to decide how to carry all of my gear. The bike bags from Epic Designs have been making me drool all over the keyboard every time I look at them but they can be a little pricey. Maybe I will just have to set aside some of the small fortune I spend on coffee each year until I can afford them.
Until next time,