Hack a Weber Rapidfire® into an Awesome Woodstove®


There are loads of Instructables about making small portable wood stoves. I've made a number of these stoves over the years, hacked out of tin cans and other bits of scrap.

When I saw the Weber Rapidfire in my local hardware store, it's reasonably priced (£20 in B&Q) and looked like it was ready made for hacking into a really nice woodstove, plus it's quite well built so should last a bit longer than the average old tin can.


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Step 1: Destruction stages...

  1. Get your Weber Rapidfire.
  2. Lever out, or cut out, the conical grill/hearth thing (it's in there to hold the charcoal if it's being used for a charcoal starter, in our case it would get in the way a bit so it needs to go)
  3. I levered out mine by sticking a screwdriver in one of the slots in prising one of the three lugs out. Once one is out, it's easy to pull the whole thing out.
  4. Now you have an empty chimney tube.
  5. Remove the squarish secondary handle. [If you want to leave the hack there, or if you don't have the tools to make the pan support bit, you can actually balance this handle on top of the chimney as a simple improvised pan support. It works but you can't put a very big pan on it before you start to restrict the outflow of the fire and it will go smoky.]
TFS Jake1 month ago
they make a smaller version for even better portability.
dorybob23 days ago

very nice instructable. I have used one of these for years to light charcoal but love the idea of turning it into a stove.

David the R26 days ago

I've carried an old briquet starter in my trunk for about 20 years with a couple of skewers, a newspaper, briquets, matches, and a roll of paper towels. Chicken, veggies, sausages, whatever I find on a drive. A piece of screen allows me to use it for pots. Get some well built skewers, they clean up with one paper towel. If all you have are those thin cheap ones use two in parallel so the food can be turned over and won't flip around.

I recently added a small steel cooking basket to the mix. It requires more clean up than the skewers but you can use small smaller pieces of food. Most fish are better in the basket, few can be skewered easily.

If you are in an area with bbq's, use them so the ashes fall into the pit. If not make sure that it is on a very stable non-flammable surface.

Use oak, apple, peach, any stone fruit if you are using wood. Briquets are the easiest though.

ooohlaa26 days ago

love the creativity of this ... I just sold my relatively unused vintage pyromid stove recently and wondered if I was foolish, but now I see I can fabricate something quite nice looking and useful if I need it ... thanx for a great job.

plant pot or pot plant

Gasification stoves are pretty cool. I've seen solar-powered ones that use a well-placed CPU fan to provide a constant stream of air to the fire....pretty slick.

Nice work!

This is AWeSome... Never again will cooking outside be an issue.

Many- many thanks...

Most impressive! Anything that actually gets useable heat out of Elder, dry or green, is doing very well indeed; I tend to see Elder as a heatsink under most circumstances as it tends to lie in a wood burner and sulk because it doesn't seem to have much calorific value. I shall look out for one of these Weber gadgets.

I made one like these in 95 using a charcoal starter and a Gas stove burner grate I cooked with a cast iron skillet, a mess kit and a small wok and used shish kabob rods to make bread on a stick (like cooking marshmallows) Grand biscuits( roll it between your hands in rope form and make sure you tuck and pinch ends so they don't fall off while cooking) and Cresent rolls

Wouldn't it make sense to leave the charcoal holder thing in the bottom so that you don't wind up scorching the grass or anything? Plus you could then light it from the bottom.
markyb (author)  brett_the_beast29 days ago
1) even with the wire grate left in the bottom you will still scorch the grass. Ash and embers will fall onto the grass, and the mass of the fire is extremely hot which will cook the grass just from radiated IR heat. I still recommend raising it on a raised metal surface like a BBQ, or putting it on a flagstone/paving stone or bricks.

2) you can still light it from the bottom through one of the rectangular holes all round the bottom.