Instructions For Shipmate Alcohol Stoves #953
The alcohol burners in your Shipmate Alcohol Stove convert liquid alcohol into a gas which is then burned. This is accomplished by passing the liquid alcohol through a pipe which is exposed to the heat of the burner. This pipe must be hot enough to change the liquid alcohol into a gas. Therefore to light the burner, this pipe must be preheated. Once the burner is lit, the vaporization is automatic.
FUEL: Fill the tank with a good grade of de-natured ethyl alcohol stove fuel. Do not use radiator anti-freeze or methyl alcohol as the burners will not operate properly and the vaporizers will clog. One test that might be made on your fuel is to allow a little to burn in a clean dish. If a gummy residue remains, do not use this fuel in your stove as it will clog your burners.
OPERATION: Close the burners of the stove by turning the handles in a clockwise direction as far as they will go. Pump the tank up to between six (6) and seven (7) pounds pressure. Fill the small cup on the shank of the burner with alcohol by turning the handles counter-clockwise and allowing the alcohol to run into the cup. When the cup is full, close the valve. Light the alcohol in the cup. When the alcohol in the cup is almost consumed, open the valve on the burner by turning it in a counter-clockwise direction. If the alcohol flame has gone out before the valve is opened, it is sometimes possible to light the burner with a match without preheating again.
The size of the flame can be controlled with the knob. For a stronger flame increase the pressure in the tank. The extreme counter-clockwise position of the knob cleans the orifice of the burner by pushing a needle through it. The burner will not operate in this position. Maximum flame is at the middle position of the knob. If the burner smokes or burns unevenly, turn the knob rapidly to the clean position and back again.
When you have finished with your stove, close the valves to extinguish the flame loosen the fill cap to release the pressure in the tank.
MAINTENANCE: The packing nut may leak on a new burner after it has been lit a few times. This is caused by the packing drying out from the heat and can be corrected by tightening the packing nut on the valve stem.
The valve packing and cleaning needle can be replaced if necessary. To do this, remove the two caps from the top of the burner. Unscrew the orifice. Turn the handle to the clean position and take out the needle and rack. Then loosen the packing nut and pull out the knob and valve spindle. Remove the spindle form the knob and replace the packing. Put the knob and valve spindle back in place and tighten the packing nut. Turn the knob to the close position. Carefully push the new needle into the end of a wooden matchstick. Put the needle and rack into the nozzle hole with the toothed side facing the valve spindle teeth and hold it in this position with a light downward pressure. Turn the knob towards the clean position until there have been four or five clicks. Then turn the knob to the close position. Remove the match and screw the orifice back in place. Check that the cleaning needle is correctly seated by turning the knob to the clean position. The tip of the cleaning needle should be visible. Finally replace the caps on top of the burner.
CAUTION: We caution you when using this stove not to try to cook with too small a flame. These small flames can accidentally be blown out and the alcohol will continue to flow through the burner creating a hazardous condition. This particularly is true of the oven burners which cannot be readily observed.
Richmond Ring Company