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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!

Enjoy!
 
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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....
sammyrs20003 years ago
do you have an less complicated design that you could put on?
myckro (author)  sammyrs20003 years ago
Actually it just looks complicated... but I can make 4 in 1 hour... with only two tools (electric circular saw and drill)...
yeah its not that I don't really prefer this one>
maybe you could show it in a bit more detail?
myckro (author)  woodstockbirdy3 years ago
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...
at the start, wont the cans like explode because of the compressed air.
myckro (author)  sammyrs20003 years ago
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...
thanks ;)
Wasagi4 years ago
Very nice! I like the opt for a sturdier can than coca cola cans. Good Job!
Is there any thing else i coud use instead of the deorent cans so it looks the same?
myckro (author)  SasquatchKid4 years ago
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!!!
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.
Ok hwhen i make it ill post some pictures.
sarge89or4 years ago
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.
I''m curious why you would use any isopropyl alcohol being that the 10% inactive ingredient is water.  
myckro (author)  Radd284 years ago
I use a 96% alcohol for my stove and it works great...
myckro (author)  sarge89or4 years ago
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!
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. 
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myckro (author)  sarge89or4 years ago
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!!!

Martin
guy904 years ago
Epic! thanks for the upload
555mst5554 years ago
great job!....can u use the top cover to boil water or cook other stuff?
myckro (author)  555mst5554 years ago
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!
lemonie4 years ago
It runs on alcohol? L
myckro (author)  lemonie4 years ago
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 myckro4 years ago
Which is best for you, I'll guess that it's IPA in the pics? L
myckro (author)  lemonie4 years ago
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 myckro4 years ago
Thanks for the detail, it's a nice & tidy looking burner. L
myckro (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Rate please!!!!
lemonie myckro4 years ago
I thought I had... L