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Originally posted by Mortimer452
I have used the Sterno cans on camping trips before and they work OK. Much, MUCH less heat however than other, cheaper alternatives. That being said though I still plan on packing one in my BOB.
A Sterno can will boil 2cups of water in about 15-20 minutes. A typical Coleman or similar liquid fuel camp stove, backpacking stove, etc. will do the same in under 5 minutes. A practically free pop can penny stove (free assuming you drink pop or beer) will boil 2c water in about the same, 4-5 minutes. The pop-can stoves fit nicely in the Coghlan folding stove mentioned earlier, and provide much more heat than a Sterno can.