Introduction: Miniature Camp Stove

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While looking at camp stoves I thought that I needed a tiny one.

This is a wood burning (tea Light Alternative) miniature camp stove.

The stove is made from scrap copper tubing and about 3 hours of my time.

I used 2 5/8 copper tube and basic copper plumbing tube. all connections are brazed using my Smith Mini Torch.

When completed It will boil water and keep going for up to 25 minutes.

All that is missing is a laser etched maple leaf

Step 1: Materials

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I used scrap copper tubing that was 2 5/8 inside diameter. Along with small sections of regular 3/4 and 1/2 inch rigid plumbing copper.

You will need a section of flat copper. I used a section of the scrap tube to provide this. Flatten using scrap pieces of wood and a hammer rather than just a hammer since this will deform the metal. You want an even, flat surface.

Cut a section roughly the diameter of your tube for the burner box then another section that is the diameter of the pipe for the top and bottom caps.

Step 2: Make the Burner Box

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Using an appropriate tool (Dremel) cut a rough opening about 1/4 of the tubing diameter wide and leave 1/ inch at top and bottom. This is the access door.

Using 3/8 inch tubing, make two hinge pivots ant are 1/4 inch wide. Flatten one side with a file than braze to the side near the opening that was cut.

Cut a small section of 3/4 inch tubing that is about 1/4 inch wider than the the section that is cut out of the body tubing. Curve this to match the curve of the body.

  Placethe 3/4 inch tubing over the opening of the body and mark the perimeter and index one side.

Step 3: Prepare and Fasten the End Caps.

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Enclose the body with end caps.

Drill one of the end caps with a 1/2 inch hole for toe top and braze the end caps on.

Use a file to clean up the edges.

Step 4: Make the Door, Grate and Legs.

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Using the semi-flattened 3/4 inch tube. Drill 3 hole ans elongate the center hole into a slot. Cut a section of the removed section of the main body to work as a damper. Drill a 1/8 inch hole and braze a bent rod into the hole. This is now your damper.

It will fit behind the door.

Cut a small section of tubing in half and braze it to work as a slide for the damper.

The grate is made from cut sections of 1/8 inch brass welding rod. Cut and braze these together. Care taken to not overheat and small size.

Step 5: Make a Grate, Fit the Door.

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Carefully bend small sections of the Brass rod to act as hinges for the door then braze in place.

Bend a small section of rod to act as a door stop and drill a 1/8 inch hole in the body at the latch point. Braze the rod into the hole.

Braze a small section of tubing onto the inside of the door for the damper slide.

Finish and fit the door.

Step 6: Attach the Chimney and Flue

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The chimney is brazed to the 1/2 inch opening on the top plate the damper is placed in the chimney about 1.5 inches from the top plate. It is made from a bent piece of 1/8 welding rod and a copper flap.

The chimney is made from 1/2 inch copper plumbing tube that is swaged to 1/2 inch id at the joints. The chimney is not welded th the uprights.

Step 7: Assemble, Burn, and Enjoy

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You can boil water with a small amount of wood. A te light should provide adequate fuel for heat


Jc460 (author)2017-10-21

If you're interested in making another one similar to that for me, contact me at that thing is awesome. I need dry heat in my spacekap. I'm on vancouver island too much moisture already. Cheers.

Kiwi. (author)2015-04-05

its so CUTE

rml422244 (author)2015-02-07

Hey this looks awesome, just wondering how you got the hinges (freezer line pipe) to stay attached while you were brazing? really curious as i hope to make on of these someday

Sorry for the late reply.

I put a little braze on both pieces then held them together with a pair of pliers then heated until the braze melted together.

I hope that this helps.
Good luck with your build

molsonguzzler (author)2013-10-09

Can you make me one and I will buy it? Email me @ johnm.cbs_llc@yahoo. Thank you

Aaronius (author)2011-12-28

Your wood looks a little green!
Awesome mini-project!!

ElGooch (author)2011-12-21

very nice project... not a bad way to spend three hours of your life. ;)

arothschild (author)2011-12-03

This is so cool! I hope you win!

Thanks. This was a fun project

GpaSteve (author)2011-11-28

Very nice.

javajunkie1976 (author)2011-11-25

This is so cool!! I've been drawing stoves like this for awhile now. It reminds me of the stoves shown in "The Swamp" tent on the MASH tv series. I can't wait to make one.

thanks. I enjoyed this build. I was just sort of fooling around...

Spaceman Spiff (author)2011-11-22

This is amazing, I voted and will likely make one of my own.

Thanks! And good luck with your build.

dblahnik (author)2011-11-22

Love It Definately gonna build one !!!!!!!!!

bigbang (author)2011-11-17

This is so neat! Definitly on my to-do list now! Thanks for the great 'ible :)

canucksgirl (author)2011-11-11

So Random_Canadian...

Where exactly were you years ago when my Ken and Barbie needed heat on those cold Canadian winter nights???

Probably doing or thinking about doing something really stupid.

lol ;)

Btw, Loved your ible!

wobbler (author)2011-11-11

Hot and cool! Funtastic.

Eternal_Tristan (author)2011-11-10

Can you tell us a little about the process of brazing? How do the connections hold up with the heat of the stove? I've never tried to make a stove because I thought you had to use a welder.

The rod that I use has a melting point of 613 to 635 degrees Celsius. I have had no problems using this as a light duty item for burning small amounts of wood or tea lights for heating scented oil ( Yea I know!).

Just remember do not heat the filler, just the metals to be brazed.

At the risk of opening up a controversy on proper brazing, I have posted a video showing my brazing techniques.

GrumpyOldGoat (author)2011-11-10

Just a suggestion to possibly improve the heat retention of an excellent design.
make the fire box a little taller, and bring the chimney out the back side below the top surface.
With the chimney coming directly out of the top, all the heat is leaving. With a space above the outlet, a higher temperature should be achieved, and it gives you an uncluttered top for a larger skillet to fry the sparrow egg on.

Excellent suggestions.

I had only a small amount of the large size copper tube to work with and I did consider bringing the chimney stack out of the back but I did not have a copper street elbow to work with.

I will have to try it in the near future.

scoochmaroo (author)2011-11-07

I hope you'll consider adding this to the Fire Challenge!

Thanks again for your excellent suggestion and selection as a runner up!

I rushed all day yesterday to finish and sadly did not but was delighted to find the 1 day extension. I was able to complete it for you consideration.

I had an immense amount of fun with this one...

And yes the cup will hold coffee but just the right amount... :-)

spacesaver (author)2011-11-10

THANKYOU!!!!!!! You have just given me a great idea for a Christmas gift to my brother. Over the years I have given him an antique, brass Primus stove, the same but converted for use as a desk light, and a motorcycle pistonrod assembly made into a desk clock. This will be a fitting continuation of this trend.
Cheers!! :-)

Good luck with you project. I had a lot of fun creating this one and was able to further sharpen my brazing skills in the process.

mikeasaurus (author)2011-11-07

This is great, what a neat design!


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