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Aluminum Bottle Alcohol Stove

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An Alcohol Stove made from Aluminum Bottles

There are plenty of aluminum can stove designs out there. This one is different in that it is not made from aluminum cans but rather from aluminum bottles (aluminum beer bottles to be specific) After building a few stoves myself I wanted to design one to address a few shortcomings of other can stoves:

1. Priming - A number of stoves require an external heat source to bring the alcohol to vaporization temperature. Some require heating the bottom for a few minutes or burning some alcohol in a separate "primer pan" or on the ground around the the can as a means to heat the exterior of the of the stove to achieve a self-sustaining burn.

2. Separate pot stands - A number of stoves have a low profile and are very compact however the smallest of the small require separate pot stands to cook with. Kind of defeats the purpose of a compact stove in my mind.

Sure there are side jetted designs that hold a pot however I wanted a design that would also address a third shortcoming.

3. Cold pan Flame-out - Of the can stove designs that do support a pot, I have seen them suffer from this condition. When a pan of cold water (fresh from the camp pump) is placed directly on a can stove, it acts as a large heat sink. Before the stove can warm the water, the cold pot cools the aluminum stove so much that it cannot maintain alcohol vaporization and the stove goes out.

Admittedly, there are are many great can stove designs out there; many are self priming (nothing new there) and some have integral pot stands. Each has pros and cons depending on your priorities. This is another design for consideration.

and besides, I just wanted an excuse to work with those cool aluminum beer bottles.

Update 9/15/09: Just posted an Instructable that that shows another stove related use for aluminum bottles http://www.instructables.com/id/Aluminum-Bottle-Tumbler-Cup-Cook-Pot/
 
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Johnclave3 years ago
That is a new stuff shown here we all know that alcohol is a flammable but its can be used in such a way is really some thing amazing thanks for sharing this

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Advise please: I'm having trouble widening the base or the colonade. What am I not doing right? Any other suggestions to make this process easier?
Just made mine today and tried it out. Works like a charm. I also used the Venom "cottles". I think I'm going to go ahead and make some for friends. Thanks so much for posting this design. I think its way better than the others that I have looked at, and I have looked at hundreds. Thanks again.
nickhallen3 years ago
A "Nibbler" tool was very easy to use to make the openings in the bottom of the bottles and then I used a file to smooth and fine tune hole shapes. Mine works! Black pot using 91% rubbing alcohol so might experiment with different fuels. I tried coors light bottles but much thinner then Venom bottles. So made final stove with venom bottles. The "Venom Stove".
red9er4 years ago
How does the "optional" cap on the last line not allow fuel to leak out but still stay on? Also very well written. I could easily see how someone could make this confusing.
hpstoutharrow (author)  red9er4 years ago
The Alcohol is stored in a separate container. The cap is used to retain a small fuel container/bottle inside the stove. In this case I referenced using a plastic film cannister but any small plastic bottle with a secure lid that fits in the stove could be used. Any Ideas for small fuel containers? You could also store other small related items inside the stove like matches, folded aluminum foil for a wind brake, or a pocket knife, etc.
Saw somewhere else that those small "5 hour energy" plastic bottles are secure for carrying the alchohol. They have a screw on cap.
would a paracetamol/aspirin container be small enough
I'm not sure if it would fit in this particular stove but I've had a friend save several of those small energy drink bottles (you know, the ones that are supposed to last for 5 hours) specifically for storing camp stove alcohol. They should hold enough for a 15-20 minute burn and they have a screw-on cap, which is less prone to leakage. I've taken a crack at several camp stoves and this one is, by far, the best looking/working one that I've seen. I suppose I'll have to make a few myself. Thanks for putting this up, it's very well done.
Mukumbu4 years ago
How long does this stove last?  The other can stoves last about a week, maybe two.  Is this more durable?  Thanks.
hpstoutharrow (author)  Mukumbu4 years ago
 A week or two? seriously?  I have not tried the pop can variety.  I have only used the thicker alumnium bottles.  With all the trials and tweeks; this stove has been lit-up about 30-40 times over the course of the last year.   It's still going strong!
That's perfect.  The problem with the other stoves is their longevity.  They are basically throw away items.  I plan to use this to supplement or replace my current camp stove on a mult-month motorcycle trip.  I didn't want to go through the effort to make something that wouldn't last the duration of the trip.  Now it's off to the store for me.  Thank you for making this!  If I can make this stove it means at least an added day to my trip.
a) imo This stove is much better then the pop can style.  It speaks volumes to not need a separate pot holder.

 b) I usually get 30-40 burns on an (American) popcan stove it then has a bit of sputtering for 10ish more burns before I've tossed them (they only take 5 min to make and can be done with a pin, a good thick book [quality of the writing non-essential] and a razor).

c) many of the drink cans (i.e. coconut juice, thai tea) from an asian market use steel-aluminum alloys and are 2-3 times thicker then the 3004 series aluminum used in American popcans.  I've Never burned one of those out (but I have given many of them away to envious friends and other throughhikers).  Just be careful of the ones with ridges, they aren't always conducive to a tight fit.
what, are you EATING your stoves!?!?!
I've made several, and bought one (can stove), and they are ALL still with me, work just fine after several years! You must really be hard on them!! =)
I have never used or made one.  I was researching to determine whether or not to try and came across comments about other stoves not lasting very long.  I like this design and have purchased the Venom Energy Drinks to make one.  The drinks are disgusting and I wish I could have found beer instead.  I will be making mine this weekend.

Thanks for verifying the OPs statements regarding durability.  I'm even more inspired to make mine.
where did you find the drinks im under age so its my only choice
At Kroger.
RVogel3 years ago
Execellent job on this. Very elegant design which counts for a lot. 
mtchansan3 years ago
Thank you for showing us how to construct this beautiful stove. I have started to build this stove but there is one point that requires your kind advise. Do I need to cut a few notches, in way of the small end of the burn bowl, for the fuel to leak in to the space between the burn bowl and outer wall?
hpstoutharrow (author)  mtchansan3 years ago
You can add small notches. The stove shown does not. Given the dimensional tolerance capability of the file and sandpaper, the interface at the bottom of the burn bowl is not a perfect seal. The alcohol has no trouble seeping though without notches but they couldn't hurt...your choice
g.petinati3 years ago
I built it and it worked beautifuly. Great instructions. Great.
robot7973 years ago
 were does i buy this bottle in holland

i wanna make it but i does not find the right bottle
big-jamie4 years ago
 so how long does the amount of alcohol in the video acctually last for burning ? and how long does it take to boil a pan that size ?
 I just made a conventional penny stove and boy are you right. Those things don't want to light and burn unless they are really warm (closer to hot) in the first place. Gasoline was the only thing I could get to work despite no differences in design. I'm going to mod it into this when I get the chance. Made with Venom bottles btw.
dakkenly4 years ago
Venom has crazy thick cans too, and they're real cheap and good so grab one of them for the under 21 crowd
thats exactly what i was thinking!! but the neck doesnt taper as much as a beer bottle, resulting in a shorter, fatter looking stove
 Have you tried the venom can approach? I was wanting to use those too. hmm...
I found some similar which don't taper as much, planning on doing this soon. I hope it works as well!
cool where can I find myself some venom energy?
you can get them a kroger
Gas station, local convenience store, Wal-mart, Target... Get fruit punch flavor
cool i go by walmart on the way home from school i maybe ill pick some up today.
Wasagi junits154 years ago
 Black Mamba is the Best.
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Just built one this past weekend, and it works great! I had no trouble following your instructions and everything worked out pretty well. The vents in my colonnade don't quite line up with the holes in the jet deck, but I notice no issues with the stove because of it. Thanks for the excellent design!
R4Man184 years ago
harder than hell to make effectively, will end up doing it a few times to get it perfect but man are they tough.... need to learn to make one out of an actual can instead of these.
Mattrox4 years ago

Out of all the Portable stoves I've seen this has to be the best.
Good Job
5 Stars

hpstoutharrow (author)  Mattrox4 years ago
 Thank you.
trf4 years ago
Will this work in cold temperaturs? I have tried my regular 1s made from 2 cans without the self primer and they seem to cool enough that it cant sustain itself..i was just wondering as i am looking for a small compact stove to bring snowboarding.
hpstoutharrow (author)  trf4 years ago
 Alcohol in general, isn't typically considered an ideal cold temperature fuel.  (Especially if the temperatures are below freezing.) Colder temperatures suppress vaporization making an initial sustaining flame with alcohol, a challenge across the board.

A word of caution: DO NOT try to use petroleum based fuels in ANY alcohol stove to try to improve low temperature performance...can you say "BA_BOOM!"

Check out this link for a comparison of fuel performance: http://zenstoves.net/Fuels.htm




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