Introduction: How to Make an Aluminum Can Stove
I show how to make a very simple alcohol burning soda can stove. It can be made with two aluminum cans, something to make small holes with like a nail, some alcohol or fuel and a coin. A beverage-can stove, or pop-can stove, is a do it yourself, ultra-light, alcohol-burning portable stove. The design is made entirely from aluminum cans, lending itself to countless variations. I chose to show this design because it is one of the simplest to make which makes it more useful than the more complex designs.
The bottoms of the cans are cut at a desired height usually around 2 inches and holes are made in one of the pieces. The small holes are made around the rim of the bottom of a can section and some holes made in the center. The two cans are then put together and some heat resistant sealant can be used on the joint to ensure no leaks. Sealant is not necessary if it is a tight fit. Fuel is then added into the top which will drain down the hole in the center. Ignite the top and let the can stove heat up and ignite the side, flames should start to come out of the holes in the top.
The aluminum Can Stove is popular in ultra-light backpacking due to its low cost and lighter weight than commercial stoves. This advantage may be lost on long hiking trips, where a lot of fuel is packed, since alcohol has less energy per weight than some other stove fuels. Of the available fuels, methanol delivers the least energy, ethanol somewhat more, butanol is hardly ever used, and isopropanol delivers the most. All but isopropanol burn with a smokeless flame; it can provide both light and heat.
Step 1: Materials
-two aluminum cans
-Nail (Or something to poke small holes with)
-Alcohol or fuel
-Ruler or measuring tape
Step 2: Watch the Video
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