Introduction: Pocket Alcohol Stove - "Jet Stove" (Camper's Guide)
What Is A Jet Stove?A jet stove is a small piece of contraption that uses alcohol as its fuel. It works when the can gets heated by the burning alcohol around it, heating the can causes the alcohol inside the stove to evaporate into flammable fumes, the fumes now exit the holes, the fumes now ignites into flames. It is a cycle.
I used an Apple, iPhone 4G to take pictures of the project.
Here Is My Video:
Step 1: Tools and Materials
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- Multi Purpose Pliers (Leatherman)
- Dremel (or similar)
- Sanding Paper (Fine)
- Marking Pen (Sharpie)
- Alcohol (Ordinary/ Denatured)
- 2 Empty Soda Cans (Recycled)
- Super Glue (Gorilla)
Step 2: Washing the Cans
Be sure to clean the whole can by rinsing it with water. You wouldn't want impurities to mix with your alcohol. Mixing impurities with alcohol will degrade the stove's performance. After rinsing it with water dry it with a piece of cloth.
Step 3: Marking the Can
Use a marker to mark the can, try to use a flat base like an eraser as a guide to your marker, rotate the can in a circular motion until you complete the markings.
Step 4: Cutting the Can
First, puncture a small hole on the upper part of the can. Then use your sharp scissors to cut your desired measurements. Remember start cutting from top to bottom and the other can must be shorter than the other one (as shown in the last picture). After cutting both of the cans, sand the cans until the label wears off. Be sure to sand the label off the cans. If you don't sand it, the label will somehow melt and turn black thus ruining your stove's appearance.
Step 5: Putting the Cans Together
This is now the tricky part, sticking both cans together is the most painstaking task you will encounter in making the stove. I advice you to bend the shorter can's edges so it would be easier to insert the short can to the long can. Insert the short can into the long can. Use your Dremel tool for grinding the sharp edges left by the can.
Step 6: Applying Super Glue
Try to apply super glue into the small gaps left . Be sure to seal it or else flames might exit an unsuspected areas. Keeping the stove airtight as possible is a "must". Let the glue sip in the gaps. Notice that the super glued area should be the bottom part, Shorter can facing downwards and the longer can should face upwards. Flip the can after gluing it. Don't forget to let it dry for about an hour.
Step 7: Drilling Some Holes
Drill you holes using a Dremel tool or just simply use a sharp object to puncture the can. Pleas do not make you holes too big nor too small. Don't forget to use a tape measure to guide your holes. Do not make your'e holes too big nor to small. Use a drill bit that is used for PCB making.
Step 8: Sanding Everything
Sand every last ink of the printed label, ink from the label usually burns then turns into a black substance. You wouldn't want to mess you stove's appearance.
Step 9: Learning How to Make It Work
Steps:1st.) Pour alcohol into the stoves fuel inlet.
2nd.) Cover the inlet with a coin or magnet.
3rd.) Pour alcohol "around" the stove.
4th.) Set the alcohol around the stove on fire.
5th.) Wait until the jets works, you will hear a boiling sound.
6th.) Your'e done! Have fun modifying it :))))
Step 10: Your'e Done!
Good job. I will be posting updates and videos about this stove soon.