Johan's Favourite Alcohol Stove : One-Can Sideburner (No Pot Stand)
This stove uses only one can and needs no pot stand.
The design transfers a lot of heat into the pot and not around it.
On taller cans, you have plenty of material left from the middle of the can to create some sort of windscreen.
The design can be further refined by adding a proper internal wall and drilling jets. On pressurised topburner can stoves, I usually make 24 jets in a 2:1 pattern, using a drill with a sewing needle as a bit.
This is not my design, I wish it was. It is based on the
Garlington YACC Stove ("Yet Another Coke Can Stove").
Here is my way of making it.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Drinks can (I like Dr Pepper)
Stack of coins (an even number) taped together to measure 1.5 inches tall [UK 2p x 20]
Small, sharp scissors
Cutting mat or graph paper with large grid
Large flat blade screwdriver
Step 2: Cut out the top of the can.
Score around with the utility knife, the more times the better.
Cut out the top through the score line, slowly and carefully.
Step 3: Neaten the top opening.
File away any burrs.
Roll a smooth screwdriver around the opening to roll the edge a little and make it even neater!
Step 4: Mark the top and bottom stove sections.
With the can upside down:
Place a utility blade (facing away) on top of the coin stack.
Hold the blade down and turn the can.
Score twice around the can in this way.
Repeat using half the coins (3/4 inch stack) to mark around the bottom of the can.
Step 5: Cut out the top and bottom stove sections.
1. Roughly cut out the top and bottom stove sections.
Leave as much as possible of the middle of the can if you want to use it to make a windscreen later.
2. Cut exactly along the score lines with the scissors.
You should find that the scissors will glide around the groove easily.
3. Now give both parts a good rinse!