The assembly of the stove is by far the most delicate step in the instructable. Be very careful here.
1.) Slide the top
into the bottom
piece. (Image 1
2.) Very, very carefully, start pressing the two pieces together evenly, a little bit at a time. When it starts to get tight, you will find that at the top of some of the holes that were punched you will need to use a shim cut from the spare parts of the can (Image 2
) to work the two pieces down. Again, do this very, very slowly, a very small amount at a time. Do not use a lot of pressure. If the two parts seem to be too hard to push together, simply wait for a few more seconds. The two cans will slowly stretch ever so slightly allowing you to eventually work them together. I cannot stress enough how delicate you have to be, making sure that all sides evenly go in tiny fractions of an inch at a time. Attempting to force them too quickly will make either one of the cans split, or one end will pop out of the bottom while the other end goes in too deep. Slow and steady here.
3.) Gently, slowly, and evenly press the cans together until the bottom is even with the curve in the top. (Image 3
- I say again, you do not want to sand the paint off of the top piece. As the paint heats up, it will actually act like "glue" and seal the top to the bottom piece the first time you use it.
- As said above, you also do not need to use glue to make this.
- Since this stove will not recieve ANY weight, it does not have to be reinforced, or otherwise made any stronger. (After its initial lighting, the paint on the inner can adhering to the outer can will still make it fairly sturdy.)
- Note that I did not use any fillers such as cloth, fiberglass, etc.
Throw your favorite lucky penny (NOT quarters, dimes, or other ridged
coins) in, and you're ready to go. This is as much as needs to be done to make the standard "Penny Stove."