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DIY Backpacking/survival/camping stove - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:11 AM ( #1 )

SOOOO I took a stab at building my own backpacking/survival stove. I had gone looking online because I was in a tinkering mood and found a similiar one of these stoves for $35 and I was like NOOOOPE. I started looking around my house for materials and since I do some woodworking and I eat on a daily basis I happened to have 99% of the materials here. The material list is 

1 QT Minwax stain (Any)
1 PT Minwax wood conditioner (I am sure any 1 PT MINWAX container will work though)
1 LG Tuna can
1 can if Campbells Chunky soup.

Basically I cut off the bottom of the QT container with a can opener and press fit the pint container into the center to check for fit, good fit but a little loose, so I flared the edges of the PT can a little. After getting a good tight fit, I popped the PT can out and drilled the holes in the bottom and sides as shown in pictures. I then cut my QT can bottom air intake holes with my dremel and used the same method for my tuna can stove topper except on the top where I used my drill press. If you have a dremel, use the cutoff wheel to cut your square holes as it cut through the metal like a hot knife through butter. The larger hole on the side of the grill topper is to add more material to burn without having to take anything off the top.The extra piece of can you see in the picture I just made should I decide to use Alcohol or clean burning fuel to cook the food or MOST importantly boil questionable water. I liked the way I can make the top fit into the bottom to gain some added space which is obviosly a plus, whats even cooler than that is you can still utilize the QT container lid to keep extra kindling or fire starting material in the burn chamber (DRYER LINT IS AWESOME AND FREE) I will be painting this badboy with grill high temp paint to aid in rust prevention and just for looks.

 I would like to mention that if someone does decide to make this type of DIY stove that FIRST AND FOREMOST, you dispose of the material contents (stain, paint etc.) in a responsible matter. Second if using a drill press SLOOOOW AND STEADY IS YOUR FRIEND, these cans bend EASILY. I find that a good brad point drill bit worked PERFECTLY. Hit me up with any questions you may have but ANYONE could build 1 just by looking at the pictures.









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Re:DIY Backpacking/survival/camping stove - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 2:52 PM ( #2 )
mate excellent project, and great results. Could you post pics of the stove running when you finish it off?
I would also suggest that you could use cotton wool/PJ/candle wax squares as a fuel source, they are easy to make, light and burn for around 10minutes each.
I found a BBQ grill type stove at my local markets for $10, so at that price I didn't have to make a similar stove. I use cotton wool/PJ/candle wax in this stove.










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Re:DIY Backpacking/survival/camping stove - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 3:33 PM ( #3 )
Veeery nice. It makes me feel lazy for just buying one off the rack.
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Re:DIY Backpacking/survival/camping stove - Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:13 AM ( #4 )
I just use an old metal coffee can.
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Re:DIY Backpacking/survival/camping stove - Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:49 AM ( #5 )
yes it would be nice to see it burn and can you tell us how fast you can boil a liter of water with it. Nice work
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Re:DIY Backpacking/survival/camping stove - Thursday, June 23, 2011 5:38 PM ( #6 )
You really did an excellent job.

My Brother made me an alcohol (Methyl-HEET) stove and carrier and it's great for brewing up instant coffee, Cup-O-Noodles, Hot-C, Broth and the like. Even when it is literally freezing outside, you can have a blazing hot drink in a little over ten minutes.

I have a project that I still have to accomplish. A friend on another forum found me one of the now rare IKEA Utensil Drainers to make a miniature hobo stove out of. You have an excellent little brew kit there!

When I was a kid and I had my little hideout in a thicket, way back in the woods adjacent to the neighborhood where I grew up, I used a 5-gallon metal paint bucket. I made a hobo stove out of that and it was awesome. Not exactly backpackable but it was really glorious in the winter.
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Re:DIY Backpacking/survival/camping stove - Thursday, June 23, 2011 6:46 PM ( #7 )

Thank you, check out my alcohol stove post I put up last week.


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You really did an excellent job.

My Brother made me an alcohol (Methyl-HEET) stove and carrier and it's great for brewing up instant coffee, Cup-O-Noodles, Hot-C, Broth and the like. Even when it is literally freezing outside, you can have a blazing hot drink in a little over ten minutes.

I have a project that I still have to accomplish. A friend on another forum found me one of the now rare IKEA Utensil Drainers to make a miniature hobo stove out of. You have an excellent little brew kit there!

When I was a kid and I had my little hideout in a thicket, way back in the woods adjacent to the neighborhood where I grew up, I used a 5-gallon metal paint bucket. I made a hobo stove out of that and it was awesome. Not exactly backpackable but it was really glorious in the winter.


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Re:DIY Backpacking/survival/camping stove - Thursday, June 23, 2011 7:05 PM ( #8 )
i really like the first model. i even have some idea to improve it for my need. if i can make it i will show it here.
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Re:DIY Backpacking/survival/camping stove - Thursday, June 23, 2011 7:35 PM ( #9 )
I like it.  I keep meaning to make something along these lines then get lazy.
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