Introduction: How to Make a Pocket Sized Camping Stove (for Backpacking/camping)

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This instructable tell you how to make a small, portable stove. It can fit in a pocket and can be made from household items. It is also great for camping and backpacking trips, because it is light weight and small.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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What you need;
A tuna can ( thoroughly washed)
cardboard
Wax/Parrafin about 2 smallish blocks of it.

You can easily obtain the wax from publix or any other store like that. It will be near the canning supplies and I used a brand called Gulf Wax.

Step 2: Preparation

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Cut your cardboard into strips, then roll it up and place it the can. Then prepare your wax, by getting an alluminum foil  box. ( Im sure alluminum foil work work too, just make it into a box shape. Then pour water into a oven safe container slightly bigger than the alluminum box. After that preheat your oven to 400 and place the wax in the pan then stick it in the oven for about 14-15 minutes.

TIP: You don't have to let your oven preheat all the way through.

If you happen to have a double boiler, that is the easy way out. But I unfortunately didn't so I created my own method.

When the wax is fully melted, take it out of the oven.

Step 3: Creating the Stove

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When you take your wax out of the oven, do not let it cool.  You will pour the wax into the can full of cardboard ( make sure you fully soak it), also, try not to over flow the can.

TIP: I don't have a very steady hand so I put foil down as not to ruin my sove top.

After you pour your wax in, take a scrap of card board and  stick it in the middle, this will be a sort of wick.

Then let it cool, you could probably put it in the refridgerator to speed up the process, but its most likely safer to just let it sit.

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