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Hack a Weber Rapidfire® into an Awesome Woodstove®

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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.

UPDATE 30/08/2014:

I have now created a (slightly improved) AutoCAD compatible DWG file of this Instructable, suitable for laser cutting services. It's attached to this page with the filename 'weber.dwg'. Please feel free to download, share and improve this file & of course have pan rests made using your local laser cutting service.

UPDATE 11/9/14:

I now have ready made laser-cut pan rests available for sale on eBay, using the same design as the .dwg file:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pan-Rest-4-Weber-RapidFire-makes-it-into-awesome-Bushcraft-Camping-Wood-Stove-/301309770529?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item4627763b21

Or contact me through Instructables. I'm UK based but will ship worldwide.

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TFS Jake3 months ago
they make a smaller version for even better portability.
greintsma1 month ago

Hi there! I just found one in the dumptser about an hour ago!

do I really need to remove the grate? couldn't the twigs lie on that? The only problem i can think of is that they might get too much air?

Whadda ya think?

-Thanks, G.

markyb (author)  greintsma1 month ago

I only removed the grate so it would be easier to lift the stove off the surface, leaving the fire in situ. I use the stove to start a larger campfire quite a lot so I needed to be able to do this. Leaving the grate in situ shouldn't cause any problems really. Why not conduct an experiment and post the results on here?

Thanks Marky!

Peace to you and your's. G

dorybob3 months 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 R3 months 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.

ooohlaa3 months 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.

ctwistedpair3 months ago

plant pot or pot plant

craftclarity3 months ago

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!

Arnoldofingo3 months ago

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

Many- many thanks...

hairybaroque3 months ago

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.

bigfoot032423 months ago

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_beast3 months 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.