Introduction: Lightweight Camping Stove

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Amaze your friends with this awesome lightweight camping stove. As many of you have seen many stoves are made from all different kind of cans. In this instructable I'm going to show you my favorite version of it!


Step 1: What You Need:

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2 small deodorant cans: same size (To make stove)
2 medium deodorant cans: same size (To make cover for stove)
4 nails (For holding pots, must be long and thin)
Heat resistant glue
Sand paper (150 for taking off the paint... and 300 to give it a nice clean shine)
Dremel (For making holes and cutting)
1 small coin for covering the filling holes

Step 2: How to Put It Together

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1. Sand off the bottom part of the spray deodorant cans... just enough of what you are going to use...
2. Cut the two small ones exactly the same size (this will be your stove) and fit them into each other... Make 8 small holes on the top side for the fire and 4 on top for the nails. Make some holes in the middle for filling. The one on the outside is the top one!!! don't forget that... it works better that way...
3. Cut one of the medium ones so that it is only a bit higher than your stove make holes on it (like in the pictures)
4. Cut the other medium can just so that it is enough to cover the nails and fit into the other can, you might have to make some cuts so that it fits...

Use a lot of sand paper for everything so it's a tight fit....

Step 3: You Are Now Done

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I'll be posting a video on how to make it soon!!! that's all for now!!!


sammyrs2000 (author)2011-04-24

do you have an less complicated design that you could put on?

myckro (author)sammyrs20002011-04-24

Actually it just looks complicated... but I can make 4 in 1 hour... with only two tools (electric circular saw and drill)...

sammyrs2000 (author)myckro2011-05-01

yeah its not that I don't really prefer this one>

woodstockbirdy (author)2010-11-14

maybe you could show it in a bit more detail?

myckro (author)woodstockbirdy2010-11-15

Sorry I didn't have any more pictures, please let me know where you got stuck and I'll try to help you. If I have time next weekend I'll post some more pictures...

sammyrs2000 (author)myckro2011-04-17

at the start, wont the cans like explode because of the compressed air.

myckro (author)sammyrs20002011-04-17

That's why I make sure to empty them all before puncturing them... but it's impossible for the cans to explode, That would require more pressure (or heat) not the relive of pressure...

sammyrs2000 (author)myckro2011-04-24

thanks ;)

Wasagi (author)2010-07-18

Very nice! I like the opt for a sturdier can than coca cola cans. Good Job!

SasquatchKid (author)2010-06-24

Is there any thing else i coud use instead of the deorent cans so it looks the same?

myckro (author)SasquatchKid2010-06-24

Hi, you could use any aluminum bottle or can... also you can make a penny stove using a soda can... like coca cola can... good luck let us see some pictures!!!

SasquatchKid (author)myckro2010-06-25

I made one in the center i put a hunts can for the burner and the out =side case is your desighn but with a soda can my camera broke.

SasquatchKid (author)myckro2010-06-24

Ok hwhen i make it ill post some pictures.

sarge89or (author)2009-12-06

Great stove.  I built one and since the deodorant is under pressure the walls of the can are much thicker than pop cans.  I [(225 lbs,)(102 kg), (16 stone)] am able to stand on top of this stove without denting or collapsing it.   With 1 oz. (mix of 75% denatured and 25% isopropyl [90%]) alcohol I cooked 2 three inch sausage patties and fried 3 eggs with fuel to spare.  I also cooked 4 pancakes in a different session.  The fry pan I used was a heavy 10.5" (26.67 centimeters) cast iron fry pan.  I am sure you will get better results with a backpacker fry pan.  I used the stove in a Coleman fold up Sterno stove.

Radd28 (author)sarge89or2010-05-14

I''m curious why you would use any isopropyl alcohol being that the 10% inactive ingredient is water.  

myckro (author)Radd282010-05-16

I use a 96% alcohol for my stove and it works great...

myckro (author)sarge89or2009-12-07

Hey, I would really like to see yours!! post some pictures! I used this for a backpacking trip and they worked okay for 1 person cooking for more it just wasn't enough heat...

Take care!

sarge89or (author)myckro2009-12-08

Made a few changes.  1. Didn't need the nails, used a 3/8" bolt (JB Welded the nut under the top hole before pressing the top and bottom together.  The more fully  the bolt is screwed in the less heat is transfered inside the stove so the flame burns lower and more efficiently.  Unscrew the bolt and more heat from the flame is transfered inside and the higher the flame. The bolt  weighs more than the stove. :D  2. JB Welded a piece of 1/4" Kevlar rope to bottom of stove for priming and insulation for handling the hot stove after priming.  If I decide to leave the folding stove at home, I can still use your priming base and lid. 

myckro (author)sarge89or2009-12-08

ok, I see what you did... mine is quite different I don't know if you can see from the images but the bolts are for holding the pot in place and the can with the holes stays there is to protect from wind since it is a little higher than the stove itself... and the holes are for wind flow... I don't need rope for priming since I just pour some alcohol in between the stove and the can with the holes for priming... I use a penny to cover the stove since I can remove it if I need more heat quite essay. Take care and keep up the good work!!!


guy90 (author)2010-04-13

Epic! thanks for the upload

555mst555 (author)2009-12-04

great job!....can u use the top cover to boil water or cook other stuff?

myckro (author)555mst5552009-12-05

Hi, thank you... this one is not big enough for cooking, but I guess that if it was big enough you could... ;-)  take care and happy camping!

lemonie (author)2009-08-07

It runs on alcohol? L

myckro (author)lemonie2009-08-07

yup, just 96% pure alcohol... you can use whatever else you like too... like heet ;-) It runs for about 12-20 minutes depending on the size of the cans...

lemonie (author)myckro2009-08-07

Which is best for you, I'll guess that it's IPA in the pics? L

myckro (author)lemonie2009-08-08

well... where I am I can only get alcohol from the pharmacy... (Argentina) but I would like someone to make one and let me know what is better.... I tried burning alcohol vs alcohol and the regular stuff is cleaner and burns better... it just takes a bit more effort to start going... you have to pour some on the side so it heats up... then I had no problem, even if you blow it off you can start it fire right away since it's still hot...

lemonie (author)myckro2009-08-08

Thanks for the detail, it's a nice & tidy looking burner. L

myckro (author)lemonie2009-08-08

Rate please!!!!

lemonie (author)myckro2009-08-08

I thought I had... L

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