Whiteburn's Wanderings

One man's wanderings backpacking around Scotland plus the odd digression

Trouble with the Starlyte

Recently I experienced a couple of issues with my Zelph Starlyte alcohol stove.

Firstly when hot flame would appear from around the edge of the reduction ring (Caldera cone version) leading to an output higher then nominal & possibly a loss in efficiency.

Starlyte burn

More disconcerting was that on occasions flame would appear around the edge of the metal top which could lead to a fire if the stove was on grass.

More recently I found that when popping off the plastic snap on lid the complete top of the stove kept coming off, more annoying than anything but it did provide the opportunity to see the thing dissembled.

Starlyte strip

The only theory I have is that the top joint has been slackened off by the thermal cycling, this stove has had at least 75 nights use so in excess of 300 firings.

I suppose I could have bought some ‘party favour’ tins & just replaced the casing but I decided to ‘fix’ by sticking the parts back together with some high temperature silicone (made for wood stove flue pipes) which is supposed to be good for 300C but time will tell.

Still a brilliant piece of kit though!

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2 comments on “Trouble with the Starlyte

  1. Robin
    July 3, 2015

    You could use a Speedster stove. http://speedsterstoves.co.uk/test-category.html It has a screw top lid

    • Paul Atkinson
      July 3, 2015

      The Speedster’s are a good little stove but have a larger flame diameter than the Starlyte Caldera Cone version which has an opening of ~34mm making it very efficient with smaller pots e.g. MSR Titan, Evernew Pasta Pot, etc.
      I’m particularly interested in fuel efficiency; 11 nights on the TGO & used <0.5L with typical 0.5L boil consuming 15ml. Speedster quote 20ml for 0.5L, the difference soon adds up on a long trip.
      If Speedster could come up with a modification to their 30ml or 60ml versions to reduce the flame diameter to something like 34mm I'd definitely be interested.

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