Introduction: Pocket Camping Stove

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Evidently, camping stoves are an essential benefactor in the outdoors. Charcoal stoves are great for various outdoor activities from camping to mountain climbing to just relaxing outdoors.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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Materials:
   1. A food can of any sort (sizes may vary)
   2. Steel wire (mine was roughly a millimeter thick) DO NOT USE COPPER WIRE LIKE I DID
   3. Charcoal
Tools:
   1. A drill with a small drill-bit (sizes may vary according to can size)
   2. Wire cutters

Step 2: Cutting the Wire

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Placing the wires across the can's diameter, use the wire cutters to cut pieces that measure approximately a centimeter or more longer than the diameter on both sides. (See example pictures)

Step 3: Drilling

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The can, for ventilation purposes, was incised with three large holes towards its bottom. For the top, using a vice, I drilled holes about an inch apart large enough to fit the steel wire through. These holes extend around the entire can. Make sure you have an even number of holes as to fit the wires through.

Step 4: The Grill

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Once straightened, the STEEL wiring may be placed across the top of the can through the holes. Doing so with multiple wires should create a spiderweb-like structure with the most steel concentrated at the middle. Another possible design is a grid pattern. Once this is done, bend the excess wire from both sides flat against the can to keep the wires in place.

Step 5: Filling With Charcoal

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To remove the wires, unbend the ends and pull them from their positions, leaving an open can. Once filled with charcoal, the wires may be slid back in and clamped in the same way that they were  previously. You may proceed to light the charcoal with some sort of lighter through the existing ventilation holes at the bottom. Through trial and error, I have learned that if one was to cook meat such as a hamburger on this stove, it should be covered with aluminum foil with punctured holes to ventilate grease. Depending on the burger's consistency, it is likely for it to crumble and fall through without the aid of the foil. It can also be used to boil water to cook other foods.

Step 6: Have Fun

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This lightweight stove is great for the outdoors. I think that it benefits camping trips with the versatility to cook small meals such as hamburgers or even marshmallows. For a small woodland expedition, it functions fantastically for 1 to 3 people in providing a decent meal.

Comments

rosewood513 (author)2013-11-28

Very nice I had a collection of this kind of stove but non hand made I would love to try this.
gr8 vid,'
Thanks

mayday12 (author)rosewood5132013-11-28

Thank you for the recognition.

neo71665 (author)2013-11-10

Don't ever eat food cooked over heated copper unless you enjoy being poisoned.

mayday12 (author)neo716652013-11-11

There, I fixed it

mayday12 (author)neo716652013-11-10

Precisely why i mentioned aluminum foil

neo71665 (author)mayday122013-11-10

Aluminum foil doesn't stop the fumes. Too many safe resources that are cheap or free. People thought asbestos was safe for years if they wore gloves, ask anybody with mesothelioma.

mayday12 (author)neo716652013-11-11

I did a bit of research. Steel would work, right?

mayday12 (author)neo716652013-11-11

What other metal would substitute it then?

mayday12 (author)2013-11-10

Yes, unfortunately i failed to mention to heat the copper thoroughly to avoid chemicals before actually cooking with it. I tried it and i was fine. This is another reason why i mentioned that you should cook things with the aid of aluminum foil or use the stove to boil water or any other function not directly on it

neo71665 (author)mayday122013-11-10

You can't heat copper enough to remove the copper or the fumes it gives off that can be absorbed into your food. Just like so many other things that once or twice it won't kill you. Using it will slowly make you sick and could kill you. Its not easy to diagnose.

mayday12 (author)2013-11-10

That last picture that i posted was fit more into the category of "trial and error" rather than success. Thanks for bringing up a valid point. I'll have to change it

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