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How To Turn A Beer Can Into The Only Camping Stove You'll Ever Need

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Built one of these today -

Built one today in a few minutes from memory after watching the video a couple of days ago. I am super impressed with how easy this stove is to make and how well it works! Mine achieved really nice alcohol vapor jets in just a few seconds.

I've made the "penny stove" before and really like it, but it is a much more precise build. I can't get over how quickly and easily this one went together with just my dull swiss army knife and a pair of scissors!

I've been looking for an excuse to build one of the new aluminum bottle designs too, but haven't got around to it yet. More alcohol stove fun below:

Penny stove: http://www.jureystudio.com/pennystove/

Aluminum bottle stove: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us7AeG7OEY4

and the mother lode of awesome stove designs:
http://www.youtube.com/user/tetkoba?feature=watch
(this Tetkoba guy is a stove savant!)

I'm voting for Peace.

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Tried this last night. Embarrassed to say, mine sucked. Every time I put a pot on it would smother the fire.

I deepened the channels and added holes to allow for more air flow to no avail.

I was only using 70% alcohol, but I don't think that had anything to do with it.

This is a capillary design, so the key

So the key is to get that crease (dent) in the top (where the can top starts to decrease diam) just big enough to allow a vapor jet to come through when the stove is assembled. Mine didn't have quite enough dent when I first put it together - at least by my guess. You should be able to slide a needle in those dents without much force.

The fuel might have been a problem too. I use denatured alcohol.

Oh - and make sure your jets are working before you put the pot on. (That was probably obvious, but you'll smother for sure if you don't do that :-)

I'm voting for Peace.

okay

I did this. Thanks. But I did not use my fingers for a so-called form lol

donvino

Seems kinda precarious to me

IPA isn't the easiest thing to find in a survival situation. A rocket stove burns on twigs and you can build a darn nice one from stacked rocks or even a properly dug hole. Plus you can boil a gallon of water in the time this thing will boil a cup.

those are neat

But you still have to carry fuel. I use something like this:

http://www.emberlit.com/

Wood is everywhere.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

I carry the Emberlit too...

The Emberlit, and others like it, fold flat. They also burn stick which are far more available than stove fuel.

Cut

towards yourself much?

Just built one. Took a whole 90 seconds

Works awesome!

Thanks for post and knowledge

Perfect timing

Just this morning I was just watching YT's on these aluminum can and #10 can stoves. This is the best one I saw today! Much appreciated!!!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

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Enjoy!

If you enjoy this kind of stuff you might want to check out backpacking.net. They have a plethora of do-it-yourself gear and also some very lively debates within the forums.

I've tried a few variations of the "Cat Fancy" stoves and found they work, but are not very fuel efficient. Not much can beat a JetBoil or MSR stove.

http://www.backpacking.net/makegear.html

Great Find!!!

I love these MacGyver tricks :)

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"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

And

Now we know.

Thanks.

The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

- Calvin Coolidge

cool! weekend project.

thanks

Wow, when I think about

All the stoves I've wasted.

BIG bump for simple and very useful knowledge!!!

Thanks for posting!!

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

This would be a great

This would be a great addition to add to your bug out bag.

That's really clever....

thanks for posting.

Cool, thank you

Another good one is a coffee can outdoor slow cooker. Find an old style can opener (the antique kind that punched triangles in the can lid) then punch triangle holes around the bottom and top in the "side" of the coffee can. It will hold an incredible amount of weight, so any size pan can be used. Pack it tight with wood or charcoal and soak it with fluid. Light it and let it burn for about 10 minutes or so to get going good then put your covered pan on it and walk away. It will burn slowly at the perfect temp for 3 to 4 hours. Very cool! Go down to the lake and fish without worry, dinner will be all done when you get back to camp.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Ever try a cave man steak?

Build a hardwood fire. Blow the ash off the coals.

Drop on the steak. A couple a minutes on a side side. Eat with fingers.

Clean up is simple. (That what pants are for, LOL)

Newspaper can be used to start charcoal in a can.

Free includes debt-free!

Yep!

That's all I need! A heat source and some form of protein, Fish is really good like this because the charring helps remove the skin from the meat, lol

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Reminds me of eating antelope in Utah

You find the hardest pieces of split wood you can find, get a good and hot fire going, put the antelope directly on the fire, cook it good and long and when cooked just long enough, eat the charcoal!!!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Great.

Easy to build!

Free includes debt-free!

Some how...

I knew I would run into you on this one,lol

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.