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.
- 1 x Weber Rapidfire BBQ chimney starter. Available widely, here's some URLs:
- 2 x pieces of 2mm thick stainless steel, dimensions 50mm x 300mm. I got mine in exactly the right dimensions precut from eBay which is a pretty good source when you only need a small piece of metal in a certain size. cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291026367918&ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:GB:3160
- general metalworking and hacking tools - files, metal saw, screwdrivers
Step 1: Destruction stages...
- Get your Weber Rapidfire.
- 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)
- 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.
- Now you have an empty chimney tube.
- 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.]