Kerosene heaters and cookers
cooking and heating
Miles Stair's SURVIVAL
INDEX & JET STREAM
Miles Stair's SURVIVAL
#2641, 10 Wick Kerosene Stove
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.
[This stove is available
St. Paul Mercantile.]
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.
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].
is the same as for any multi-wick 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 or a group, the three-burner
#2415 and #2417 are excellent. For more
information and photographs, read my reviews of the
individual stoves at the links below.
sure to order order extra wicks, as they will not be
available during a dire emergency!