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Build a backpacking stove out of two aluminum cans: design is strong, reliable, and extrordinarily lightweight, burns alcohol fuels, and can be made f...
You're going to need: Two empty aluminum cans and one full one. The type matters very little, although there are some bottom-brand beer cans that are...
Using the Sharpie, mark the bottom of one can with 32 holes. Start with two across, then four square, eight, sixteen and finally 32; eyeballing can gi...
Go around the burner puncturing every other hole with a thumbtack, then go around again to get the rest of them. Be careful in this and other steps no...
Take the nail and pound in seven holes in the middle of the bottom in a 'daisy' pattern. These are where the fuel drains into the chamber. The full ca...
Taking the book and the razor blade, score a groove several times around the base of the can, 7/8" up.
using the razor blade and scissors if desired, cut through the can near the score, and cut down towards the score at an angle. Peel the aluminium towa...
Using your book and razor, score the second can 1 3/8" from the base, and cut and peel along the score to make the bottom of the stove.
Out of the wall of one of the cans, cut a 1 1/2" by 7" strip; this can be done by scoring and peeling but scissors work better. At least one long wall...
Taking the middle strip, fit it to the inside of the top piece. Check the fit, making sure that the edge that contacts the top piece is entirely smoot...
Three V shaped notches in the bottom part of the middle wall, evenly placed.
Taking the cut off top of one of the cans, slide it over the bottom of the full can, getting it as tight as you can by pounding it against the table a...
Taking the bottom section, press it over the jig and remove. This part is tricky; lubricant would help but I confess I haven't bothered as the aluminu...
You're done! Due to the double-walled construction and the integral can bottoms, the stove is much stronger than an empty aluminum can and can be expe...
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Posted:May 29, 2006
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