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Has anyone on here built any camping stoves, like the ones I see made from coffee or soup cans? I was on www.instructables.com, and of course looked under the Outdoors section and found several designs. I thought it would be neat to take along camping this spring and summer. If so, what fuel did you use with them? Thanks

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from jwallen wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

A steel 5 gallon paint bucket with a crimp on lid works real well for a small tent stove. Pull out the gasket and cut a square hole in the lid for a door. Save the square you cut out and band the edge with a strip of sheet metal. Put a piano hinge on one side and a simple latch on the other side. Use the spout hole for draft and cover with a simple disc for a damper. The lightest stove pipe I have come up with is 10 feet of 12" wide x .010 stainless shim stock. You roll it out flat and curve it into a 3&1/2 inch tube. You get it to stay in a tube by putting wire rings around it about every 16 inches or so. I put a screen with 1/8" mesh on top to stop sparks and braze 1/2" pipe couplings on the side of the bucket to screw legs into. A little sand in the bottom makes them last longer and keeps the bottom from warping. You take the lid off and put all the parts inside to carry it. Stuff it full of dry wood and it will drive you out of a wall tent.

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from fezzant wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

The soda can stoves work all right. Generally they burn alcohol. They won't throw off as much heat as a modern backpacking stove like a Whisperlite, but they'll heat a few cups of water. Don't rely on them in extreme conditions.

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from wvboy1022 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Thanks! I'm gonna camp around late April, May, and June. So I don't think I'll need much heat, never know!

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from Jose Del Borracho wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

I made one out of a quart paint can. Stuff it full of cotton balls soaked with rubbing alcohol, cut a section of metal with holes in it as a wind screen and secure it to paint can with a o-ring clamp. To extinguish it, just put the lid back in the can.

Basically it's a big Zippo lighter!

Total cost? About $10 all from Home Depot and CVS. Boils water about 15 sec slower then a Whisperlite, but while others ran out of fuel within days, I used mine for weeks without having to refill the alcohol. And when I did, I didnt have to run off to REI to get another propane can....just paid $2 for a more alcohol that you can get at any drug store!

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I'm a fan of the pop can stove. They're extremely easy to make (one night I made 10...we drank a lot of pop). Having multiples is a good thing. It's difficult to add alcohol to a hot pop can stove. When you've run out of fuel on one can and still need heat, it's easy to pack and fill a second can, with drug store alcohol.

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from coosabass2012 wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

I've played around with a tuna can stove burning denatured alcohol. It boils a covered canteen cup of water in about 10 minutes.

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from jwallen wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

A steel 5 gallon paint bucket with a crimp on lid works real well for a small tent stove. Pull out the gasket and cut a square hole in the lid for a door. Save the square you cut out and band the edge with a strip of sheet metal. Put a piano hinge on one side and a simple latch on the other side. Use the spout hole for draft and cover with a simple disc for a damper. The lightest stove pipe I have come up with is 10 feet of 12" wide x .010 stainless shim stock. You roll it out flat and curve it into a 3&1/2 inch tube. You get it to stay in a tube by putting wire rings around it about every 16 inches or so. I put a screen with 1/8" mesh on top to stop sparks and braze 1/2" pipe couplings on the side of the bucket to screw legs into. A little sand in the bottom makes them last longer and keeps the bottom from warping. You take the lid off and put all the parts inside to carry it. Stuff it full of dry wood and it will drive you out of a wall tent.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I'm a fan of the pop can stove. They're extremely easy to make (one night I made 10...we drank a lot of pop). Having multiples is a good thing. It's difficult to add alcohol to a hot pop can stove. When you've run out of fuel on one can and still need heat, it's easy to pack and fill a second can, with drug store alcohol.

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from fezzant wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

The soda can stoves work all right. Generally they burn alcohol. They won't throw off as much heat as a modern backpacking stove like a Whisperlite, but they'll heat a few cups of water. Don't rely on them in extreme conditions.

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from wvboy1022 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Thanks! I'm gonna camp around late April, May, and June. So I don't think I'll need much heat, never know!

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from Jose Del Borracho wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

I made one out of a quart paint can. Stuff it full of cotton balls soaked with rubbing alcohol, cut a section of metal with holes in it as a wind screen and secure it to paint can with a o-ring clamp. To extinguish it, just put the lid back in the can.

Basically it's a big Zippo lighter!

Total cost? About $10 all from Home Depot and CVS. Boils water about 15 sec slower then a Whisperlite, but while others ran out of fuel within days, I used mine for weeks without having to refill the alcohol. And when I did, I didnt have to run off to REI to get another propane can....just paid $2 for a more alcohol that you can get at any drug store!

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from coosabass2012 wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

I've played around with a tuna can stove burning denatured alcohol. It boils a covered canteen cup of water in about 10 minutes.

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