You don’t always have the space for a full stove, and if you can cut down weight in your pack while still keeping what you need, thats a good thing. This is a very small camping stove you can make for about $5 that will work for heating up food and drink while out in the trail
What You’ll Need
- 2 Aluminum Soda Cans – Free
- 1/4 cup of Perlight (found in the gardening department) – $1.75 bag US
- Wire Coat Hanger – Free
- De-Natured alcohol (found in the paint dept. or boating supply) $3-4 Qt.
- 1/16″ (2 mm) Drill Bit
- Wire Cutters
For the base, neatly cut one can about 1 1/2″ (3.5cm) from the bottom. For the top, cut the other can about 1″ (3.5cm) from the bottom.
Drill a number of holes (18-30) around the edge of the top and in the center as shown; use a 1/16″ drill bit.
Fill the stove about half full of alcohol. Light the burner by slowly moving a match or lighter over the edge of the burner.Note:If it does not stay lit, tip the burner up to leak some fuel into the rim and re-light. Hold it until it stays lit or gets too hot.
Cut and straighten a coat hanger. Use a fine sandpaper to remove any paint or coatings. Bend the coat hanger wire (or any large gauge wire) into a shape that will hold a pot a few inches above the burner (see the example). Note:with a little imaginations you can create a number of stove bases
And if everything comes out right right, you should end up with something like this. Now you’re not going to cook a thanksgiving turkey on this, but for heating up water, making coffee, maybe heat water for an MRE type meal, this should work just fine and be able to slide into a small pocket in your pack