Step 3: Poke Holes in the Lid

Fairly simple step. Just use the hammer/nail or thumbtack to punch holes into the lid of the Altoid tin.

It might help to have more than one nail or thumbtack, as they get rather dull after clashing with so much metal.

I used a thumbtack for my first stove, but grew weary of pressing my sore thumb pad against a tack. So for the next two I made, I used a hammer, a finishing nail, and a block of scrap wood. This allowed me to punch the nail through the lid, into something that I was willing to tear up, and then pull the nail out and make another hole.

As far as hole patterns go, make sure that the holes are not too spread out, and that there are enough of them for good flow. If you have few holes spread sparsely across the lid, it will not heat the tin up enough to boil the alcohol in it and keep the stove going.

Make sure the holes are dense in the center. Do not put too many holes either, or it will turn into a raging inferno capable of burning rapidly through your fuel.
<p>Can you use 86% alcohol? </p>
Actually..... If you leave the lid in place and poke the holes in the lid from the back of the lid you need not remove lid..... just be coordinated. This is a rather easy fix up and I have done this with larger metal boxes such as collectable card sets and the like. Also if you bend each metal strip instead of cut them they nest together in the box until needed and they retain their structural integrity. Additionally they are adjustable to hold a little bit larger pot. Just set them apart a little more. with thw cotton balls and the metal strips stored inside with a book of matches and a bottle of alcohol stored with it in your BOB or camping supplies you are always ready to use it :) <br>Happy cooking!! <br>
happybuddha: Disconnecting the lid is useful as far as hammering nails into the lid goes. It makes it easier to punch holes without disfiguring the lid.<br /> <br /> MadScott: I mentioned replacing the cotton with fiberglass in the fifth step, toward the end =)<br /> <br /> yeturbumi: It would certainly be feasible to add an electric starter, I'm fine with a lighter, but if you devise a piezo starter for a stove, let me know how that works out for you =D<br />
&nbsp;What am I missing, why is it necessary to disconnect the lid and then reconnect it, if all you do in the interim is punch holes in the lid?
Good, painless project!&nbsp; Maybe a few tufts of fiberglass insulation (fireproof, won't rot) in place of of the cotton?<br />
Great project! I may try it sometime. I wonder, could you possibly add a small electric sparker to the inside of the tin? That might make it easier to light.<br /> <br /> -Y<br />

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