Low Cost Pocket Stove Operating on Military Logistics Fuels

Period of Performance: 04/24/1998 - 10/31/1998


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Altex Technologies Corp.
244 Sobrante Way Array
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


A simple and Low-Cost Pocket Stove (LCPS) concept has been identified by Altex that can be fired on diesel or JP8 fuel. The stove provides 2,000 Btu/hr heating capacity, weighs less than 2 ounces and is projected to cost $3.00. The stove can be used by soldiers to heat water. Also, the concept can be applied to other small heat driven military devices. Under the Phase I feasibility effort, a proof-of principle stove will be fabricated and tested to demonstrate performance, safety, operation and reliability. The stove will be instrumented with thermocouples and gas emission monitors. Heating performance, emissions, safety and durability will be assessed from test results. At the completion of tests, a burner cost estimate will be prepared with the help of manufacturers. This information, plus fuel costs, will be used to determine the cost of heat produced by the stove. Both performance and cost data will then be compared with fuel bar information, to determine the Benefits of the LCPS versus prior heating methods.