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The Pot Rest featured in this Instructable is intended as an improvement on lo-tec's Instructable "Altoids Tin Alcohol Stove" and picks up where lo-tec's Instructable ends by showing the steps necessary to add this functionality to your Altoids Tin Alcohol Stove. So you'll need to complete lo-tec's Instructable "Altoids Tin Alcohol Stove" to make yourself a stove first.
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Step 1: Materials

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To complete your Alcohol Burner Pot Rest you'll need a few simple tools and materials...

1.) Aluminum Flashing
2.) Pop Rivets (or other fastener)
3.) Washers (about 20)

1.) Tin Snips
2.) File
3.) Pop-Rivet tool
4.) Drill w/ drill the correct size for your pop-rivets (mine are 1/8")
5.) Hacksaw
6.) Marker

Step 2: Cut two strips of flashing

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We'll need 2 identical pieces of flashing, I cut mine about 3/4" by the width of the flashing so they turned out 3/4" by 5 7/8".

Be sure to file the edges!! "Fish Hooks" are thin slices of metal that occur while you work the shears (tin snips) and they are very sharp & pointy. Filing the edges will help to eliminate these and save you the pain later.

Step 3: Mark & drill 2 holes

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Next determine center lengthwise on your 2 strips of flashing, measure 1/2" each direction and mark for drilling.These holes are for the 2 pop-rivets that will hold the strips together. I suggest drilling them together as I did, it will help insure alignment of the holes.

Step 4: Assemble

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In this step we will use the rivets and washers to hold the 2 strips of flashing together separated by about 1/2".

1.) Insert 1 pop-rivet into 1 of the holes on 1 strip of flashing
2.) Stack some washers onto the pop-rivet shaft, I ended up using 8
3.) Insert pop-rivet through corresponding hole in the second strip of flashing
4.) Add another washer (I used a square-nut) on the outside to keep the rivet from pulling through the flashing
5.) Use the rivet tool to fasten the rivet

Repeat these steps for second set of holes, washers & rivet.

orsd1 year ago
The best way is to clamp it down... Using gloves with drills is a big no no bec ause you glove may get caught
robanna5 years ago
You could save a bunch of weight by making the supports out of two 'V's that hook together to make sort of an 'X'
Let me try it in asci art:

Sort of...
Bend the two strips (step 2) into 'U' or 'V' shapes. Make slits 1/2 way through so they interlock. Am I making sense?

Oh, here's a quick sketch:

I think it would improve the whole if just the support were notched and not the can. That way more alky could be added.
This design is better!
Nice idea ;)
robanna5 years ago
Also, in step 5 I would cut the supports 1/2 way and the can 1/2 way so that the supports sit on the bottom of the can instead of a bit above the bottom. It might add some support.
Toshikazu5 years ago
To imrove on stability, could you possibly cut a slit/groove on the bottom of the pot rest to allow it a slight amount of overhang?  I realize this would be a pain to do with the angles but if it's actually holding on "around" the lip of the altoids can it would probably be a bit more sturdy!  Maybe 1/8" or 1/4" down?

Look again: you can see "Altoids" stamped on the lid.

die_dunkelheit (author)  lemonie5 years ago
He was jokingly referring to a comment on my first Instructable Knife Throwing, where someone incorrectly told me I had used an incorrect word to describe something.
Yes but "Senbon"?! this kid is on another planet I think? It's a nice build, I don't see any justification for CAPS