Introduction: Build a Backpacking Stove for Under $10
The Stealth Stove lets you build a fire that leaves no trace, burns hot and quick with only a little bit of fuel and very little smoke. At night it doesn't cast much light and is easily screened. If you're Stealth Camping, it can be quickly extinguished with water if you feel the need. I developed this stove design through 2 months of testing while Stealth Camping in the mountains of Pennsylvania. It consists of two parts you can buy at any Home Improvement store. The first part is the stove itself, which is just a piece of duct work:
And the pegs that hold the frying pan above the fire are made by cutting this 48 inch steel rod
into 3 equal lengths (16 inches each) with a hacksaw. Then take pliers and bend into an L shape with the shorter part of the L about 2 3/4 inches long. (I asked the Home Depot guys to help me cut it right there in the store and they did it for me. I wandered down to the tool section and bent the rods with a pair of Vise Grips, which I then placed back on the shelf. So I didn't have to buy a hacksaw or pliers. The whole caper took me less than 15 minutes and cost less than $10.)
That's it. You're done. Easy and fun! Be sure and watch the video I made of the Stealth Stove in action: Stealth Stove: Pancakes and Eggs
The Stealth Stove should be put in a stuff sack before you put it in your backpack because after the first use, the Stealth Stove will have soot on it and you don't want it getting your other gear all sooty. Also, you can pack your gear tighter if you fill the Stealth Stove with other gear that can get a little dirty, (if my cookware fit inside it would be good, so if you're shopping for cookware do it with that in mind).
My YouTube Channel has lots more great camping tips, so check it out. Hope you enjoy your Stealth Stove!