Introduction: *SAWDUSTOVEN.*

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Sawdust + tin Can = Stove /Oven. Backpacking Camping and living Stove Powered by Sawdust made of Recycled Stuff.

I Love camping since I was Just a child, and Now its time to Go back inside the Forest, its my Kids first CampTime, and  its my duty to teach him How to be a good camper and  take care of Mother Nature.Besides to get my dreams Camping Gear I need about $1500. While I get it need to find another alternatives.Besides, sometimes its too hard to get charcoal or even Wood to Burn and cook our Food or get Warm.
Some campers think wrongly that they have to let the Track where they camp blasting the whole nature and sometimes run the risk of starting big Forestal fires , Thats why I decided to make a Little advice that use Sawdust as Fuel and works as a Stove and Oven Behold  the Green *SAWDUSTOVEN*.(a.k.a Forest Centinel).

Desde Niño me ha encantado acampar, y ahora es tiempo de internarme en la floresta de nuevo, porque se acerca el primer campamento de mi hijo. Es mi deber por lo tanto tratar de enseñarle como ser un buen campista y cuidar a la madre naturaleza.
Algunos Campistas piensan erróneamente que deben dejar una huella devastadora en el lugar donde acampan, y algunas veces se corre el riesgo de comenzar un gran incendio Forestal.Ademas cada vez es mas dificil conseguir carbon o madera para cocinar los alimentos y conseguir un buen Calor.
Por esto y muchas otras cosas mas, decidí compartir con uds una técnica usada por algunas comunidades indígenas a lo largo y ancho de el planeta.
Les presento al Centinela de el Bosque: SAWDUSTOVEN.

Step 1: Stuff. Materiales.

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Aserrin. Sawdust
2 Tarros de pintura Vacíos. 2 Empty Paint Can.
Parrilla Circular. Circular Grill.
Taladro. Drill
Pinzas. Pliers.
Tubo vacío de silicona Liquida. Empty sylicone sealant tube  .
2 Ganchos de Ropa de alambre.  2 Wire Coat hangers.

Step 2: Clean and Cut.

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Draw in the Bottom of the Can, the circle of the Pipe, and with the drill make a hole and File the edges.Do the same in the other Paint Can.
Toma el Tubo de silicona Liquida vacía y trazalo en el centro de el fondo de los tarros, con el taladro haz un hueco y lima las cortantes Orillas.

Step 3: Base.

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Straight the coat hanger and with the pliers make an Isoceles triangle of 23 cms, and bend down the points at 5 cms.
That will be the base to let the air come in for the combustion.

Desarma y endereza los ganchos de ropa, y con las pinzas construye un triangulo equilatero de 23 cms aprox, Une los extremos con un pedazo de lamina que servira de acople, cuando ya tengas el triangulo dobla las puntas de este para formar las patas de la base.
Haz dos estructuras de estas.

Step 4: Sawdust Time.

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Place the PVC Pipe in the center of the Can and start to fill with Sawdust the whole Can. Try to compact the sawdust while you are  filling the Can.Once was compact pull out the Pipe,Put some paper at the bottom of the can and Fire it.

Ubica en el Centro de la Lata el tubo de pVC o el tubo de silicona vacío, y comienza a llenar de aserrín el tarro, compactandolo a medida que se va llenando, cuando este lleno saca con cuidado el tubo.

Step 5: Another One Burns the Dust.

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Place a sheet of paper inside the hole,Fire up another piece of Paper and fire in the Hole.!!!
at the beggining there will be a lot of smoke, but wait some minutes and there will be a nice fire that Least almost 4 Hours.
  • Dont kick the can or move it, cause the ashes will sofocate the fire.
  • If you want the Stove Mode, put ujust the Grill.
  • If you want the oven Mode then put the another paint Can over and the heat will act as an Oven.
  • The Sawdust must be dry.
  • If you want to put the stove in off ,then cover with a cardboard the downside Hole where the Air get in.
  • Dont touch the Can while are Fire, youll get Burn.
  • Place some Sand or stones down the vent hole.
Busca el sitio donde dejaras la estufa/Horno ,Coloca dentro de el hueco una hoja de papel y enciende otra, prende fuego y espera a que el aserrin empiece a arder, si tienes que repetir el proceso no te desesperes, es cuestion de pocos minutos.
  • Una vez prendido el aserrin no muevas o golpees la estufa / horno pues el aserrin puede caer y ahogar la llama.
  • Recuerda utilizar aserrin seco.
  • Si quiere la Modalidad de Estufa coloca solo la parrilla.
  • Si lo que quieres es hornear coloca el otro tarro encima y el calor se atrapara en su interior
  • Si quieres apagar la estufa / horno, simplemente cubre el agujero inferior con un carton o una piedra, lo mismo si quiere bajar la intensidad de el fuego.
  • No toques ni dejes que toquen la estufa, te quemaras.
  • Coloca debajo de la estufa / horno, la tapa de el tarro de pintura, o Arena o algunas piedras para que no haya riesgo de incendio.

Step 6: Eco Thoughts. Pensamientos Verdes

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The main reason to Post this ible is to get to know another Good option for fuel or energy that remains in the sawdust that almost everyone throw away , hope you reserve a good amount of sawdust and use it as fuel.
Hope you like it, Rated and vote.

Son muchas las ventajas que esta técnica trae pero puedo decir que simplemente es una alternativa, económica facil, para cualquier individuo que quiera tomar conciencia de la importancia de llevar un bajo perfil en nuestras actividades , ya séa de la vida diaria o actividades de tiempo libre.
Recordemos que cuando vamos a acampar siempre vamos de Visita y cuando hay visita en tu casa esperas que dejen todo en su lugar y bien cuidado, procuremos estar en armonía con el entorno.


Deano124 (author)2016-12-08

I mix a little used motor oil with my saw dust. Probably not the best for food but sure burns forever

thegreatkoua (author)2014-06-09

nice idea cool stove but i want a stove that burn wood you can find anywhere

Broom (author)2011-09-11

OK, the most clever part of this 'ible is how you form a permanent central chimney hole in the fuel. This idea could easily be carried over to small sticks, usually reserved for fire-starting, but with the removable tube and tamping them down... long-burning, easy-lighting fuel that's often more plentiful than bigger sticks (and certainly requires less work to break to size).


Mr.Sanchez (author)Broom2011-09-11

I think the most clever part its get to know that exist a lot of alternative Fuels instead of wood or Charcoal.Like Sawdust, Wood chips, Small sticks, Rice Hull, paper, cardboard I Mean Dry fiber.
Hopefully soon I´ll submit the New"Foldable Sawdustoven"Pro" Series.
Thnks for the comment and wish me luck.

Broom (author)Mr.Sanchez2012-09-10

Alright, let's just agree it's all clever!

Topcat2021 (author)Mr.Sanchez2012-09-03

First; Congratulations on winning the prize and thank you for such a wonderful idea. I would love to see the New"Foldable Sawdustoven"Pro" Series stove. I think that I'm gonna build on of these for myself to help get rid of all the sawdust collecting in my shop (it may make a great fire pit for the fall if made larger) if the rain will ever stop.
Keep up the good work and enjoy your prize.

rimar2000 (author)2012-07-13

Felicitaciones, Mr.Sánchez, por el instructable y por el premio.

(Congratulations, Mr.Sánchez, for the instructable and for the prize).

Mr.Sanchez (author)rimar20002012-07-16

Gracias amigo Oswaldo.Lo he disfrutado muchisimo en actividades de camping alrededor de mi lindo país.

rimar2000 (author)Mr.Sanchez2012-07-17

Cuando yo era chico hice uno así siguiendo las instrucciones de una revista, y resultó muy efectivo. No era muy grande, usé una lata de 5 litros de aceite, y como chimenea hice el hueco con un palo de escoba. No usé virutas sino aserrín proveniente de la sierra de cinta, que es más finito. La estufita duró varias horas encendida, y produjo muy poco humo.

Feelthbrz (author)2012-04-11

make sure you only use sawdust and wood shavings from unprocessed solid wood. Whether its for burning or cooking, chemicals in the wood can be really terrible for you to inhale. Plywood, MDF, OSB... these are bad to burn, also anything that has paint or stain on it.

Really cool instructable! I'll be giving it a try soon.

solomonhorses (author)2012-02-21


carpespasm (author)2011-08-18

This is a great low-tech solution for a camp stove. I wonder how melting some parafin wax into the sawdust might make it behave as far as being able to move it while it's loaded and giving it more weather resistance or run time goes.

Spokehedz (author)carpespasm2011-08-18

I would treat the sawdust (this really isn't dust IMO--this is woodchips) as popcorn that you are trying to get just a little bit of butter on every single kernel.

1. Get a super large bowl/container with a lid. 2x the size of your sawdust pile.
2. melt some old candles (thrift stores are GREAT for this.) and keep it near by.
3. Drizzle some of the wax onto the pile of sawdust, and then cover and shake!

You can't use a solid puck of fuel, but you want the wax there to slow down the burn time. So it's got to be evenly spread out over all the fuel. It will also stay in a much tighter pack and burn longer.

chamunks (author)Spokehedz2011-08-18

Do I detect someone volunteering for this ible?

Mr.Sanchez (author)chamunks2011-08-18


chamunks (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-08-18

I just may in fact :P photograph some shots of my attempt at a fuel puck. Maybe throw together some ibles. I've done several projects lately and have been photodocumenting an aweful lot of the processes but have been too lazy to upload the work..

chamunks (author)chamunks2011-11-21

Ok I didnt photograph or document this but I did try this and it worked Phenomenally! I went dumpster diving at my local wood specialty shop's dust collector bin for some shovels full of wood chips its the fanciest wood chips I've ever seen with wood colours that you'd never expect...

Stuff burned like mad for easily 10 minutes after being light and started the fire efficiently every time.

Although I didnt make a sawdust oven, what i did do was made little packets of lose shavings that were lightly coated in a double boiler with parrafin wax.

If i find some candles that deserve to be melted into something maybe I'll get around to posting an ible.

ZoDo (author)2011-09-14

Congratulation. You won. Keep it up

Mr.Sanchez (author)ZoDo2011-09-15

i WILL...THNK u SO MUCH zOdO...!!!

Ex Machina (author)2011-08-25

Instead of paint cans, is it possible to use those large, #10 cans like they use in foodservice? They seem like they might be strong enough -- do you think they are?

Mr.Sanchez (author)Ex Machina2011-08-25

That´s for sure.!!!
I think paint cans wasnt the best option...but I used what i had in my home. maybe with aluminium cans works better , what about a folding system...?I´m workin on it.!!!Thnks 4 the comment.

firefly68 (author)2011-08-19

Mr Sanchez, I love your stove, great 'ible! But Johnny3h and others are trying to save your life and your children's lives with their warnings about carbon monoxide (especially the kids, as it would affect their small bodies faster). CO is colorless, odorless, and deadly poison; when people kill themselves with car exhaust, CO is what does the job. We now have CO alarms because even furnaces, which are vented, can emit CO, killing whole families while they sleep. Filters do nothing and neither do gas masks. ZoDo's friend who heated his house this way was VERY LUCKY! In the US at that time several people died using manufactured space heaters that had passed safety tests. Please folks, don't use an unvented heater to heat your house!

ZoDo (author)firefly682011-08-24

I think here is a misunderstanding. My friend didn't use this exact type of stove. His model was similar to a wood powerd stove and all the gasses were vented ouside the house trough a chimney. Mr.Sanchez 's stove it's clearly made for outside use. I know the sawdust makes a lot of fumes but you dont have to stick your nose in there and inhale it all. I think some people worry too much.

Mr.Sanchez (author)ZoDo2011-08-24

You get the point....!!!!Its so funny to know that some people see evil where there is plenty of goodness.In my free time I´m touristic Guide and sometimes I see campers Blasting the whole forest, My stove has becoming a good Tool to show Love with mother nature.
Believe , you dont want to fight with Fire.

Mr.Sanchez (author)firefly682011-08-20
OMG...I´m so sorry of my Bad beahavior.I thought that was doing something good, but instead i´m killing my whole Family. anyway I´m gonna make the maths about the CO, but dont worry: 
  1. I NEVER turn on my stove in closed areas, i´m not such a fool.
  2. I Dont use this deiece for cooking every day of the Year.
  3. My kids are far away where I cook.
  4. My food is wrapped in aluminum Foil.
  5. If i want to Use Charcoal, then I need to burn a lot of wood, and that´s no nice from mother Nature.
  6. This is an advice just for Outside areas.
  7. Doing the research for my project I saw a whole communities that used this method for eons and nobody gets damaged or even killed by the Hands of Mr.CO.
But anyway those are the goods about share Ideas , and I understand all your worries, believe me i did a research and tested the CO levels and are so Low.
klixtopher (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-08-20

Hey Great Ible. I wouldn't worry so much about CO. You're outside and like you said not in an enclosed area. A stove like this burns pretty clean once up to temperature and I imagine wouldn't give off anything worse than a camp fire or even a coleman stove would. One word of caution I would give though is for people to be very careful about what kind of cans they use. In Canada (and the US) a lot of paint cans are lined with prtotective coatings. These coatings could produces toxic fumes when heated. I would probably lean more towards an empty coffee can and even then run it a couple times before cooking on it. Again, great job and I look forward to seeing the updates.

Mr.Sanchez (author)klixtopher2011-08-20

As I said before..i´m gonna use this until I get my Coleman stove...that will be soon...Hope so..:!!!

afroray (author)2011-08-22

that is wonderful! ok now the sawdust that you are using is it just wood shavings like for pets?

Mr.Sanchez (author)afroray2011-08-22

Its a mix from fine sawdust and wood chips, but you could use Rice hull, pieces of paper., i mean dry fiber.

ScottyAlmanjoy (author)2011-08-18

So, where did you put your bed roll?

That topic is for another Ible...but anyway is behind the Sawdustoven and my tent.

Where? I just noticed that the Sawdustoven is where a bed roll normally goes.

See the orange thing...? There is my Bed Roll.

cnludwig (author)2011-08-19

That's a neat idea. I would consider using this as a stove, even if I didn't need to make something light for backpacking. Nice design. I hope your paint survives the heat of the fire without discoloring too much.
You might consider latches to hold the oven together, then you could use the space inside for storing food/clothes/sawdust for your hike!

Mr.Sanchez (author)cnludwig2011-08-20

Thnks...there were outside comments about the CO and the risk of kill my whole family with his fumes...but dont worry I did the maths and there is nothing to worry. I had to change its structure for aluminium sheet, and avoid the use of Paint...wait for an Update.

Mr.Sanchez (author)2011-08-20

OK...people nothing to worry about the fumes...due to its small size the ammount of CO are not such a harmfull thing, Im in the process of change its structure for corrugated aluminium.
All your comments help me to better my stove and i´m consulting with experts. Wait for good news.

phreddy (author)2011-08-18

Great idea but I don't camp. What I need is an indoor heater. Would this system work with a bigger pair of cans?
Paint is sold in plastic tubs here in Bulgaria but I can buy 'Honey' tins. These are about 30 cms square by 50 cms high.

At this time of the year everybody is getting their wood delivered for winter. The noise of chain saws is continuous and piles of sawdust can be seen everywhere before it is tidied away.

I don't stay for the winter but it is often cold here when I return in late April so such a burner would be a good idea. I could buy a stove but they take up so much space.

johnny3h (author)phreddy2011-08-18

NOTICE TO ALL:   This would work, BUT... this style of heater is called "UNvented," AND burning sawdust, wood shavings, charcoal, coal, or most any fuel CAN, AND USUALLY DOES RESULT in the generation of several toxic "flue" gasses.

The worst of these dangerous gasses of course is CARBON MONOXIDE [chemical symbol CO] which can KILL YOU SILENTLY and quickly, and even if it doesn't kill you, it can do SERIOUS BRAIN DAMAGE. 


Therefore, I do NOT recommend using ANY type of UNVENTED HEATER inside a closed room or building, or even inside of a tent!

On the other hand, IF you were to build a larger heater AND MAKE IT AIR TIGHT, AND THEN vent it to the OUTSIDE OF THE STRUCTURE using an airtight flue pipe system, THEN it could be considered safe.

Carbon Monoxide is such a silent and deadly killer gas that heating systems should be either "store bought," AND of quality manufacture, AND CERTIFIED as to meeting or exceeding "recognized" industry standards, OR IF ONE IS GOING TO DO-IT-YOURSELF, then it still should be constructed AND INSTALLED / OPERATED to those same safety standards.

Mr.Sanchez (author)johnny3h2011-08-18

Good Call...thats why were created Air Filters...but after your comment im gonna use a Nice gas mask...Thnks...XD

jsantos35 (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-08-19

I am afraid that "a Nice gas mask" does not work.
I would suggest to use it very carefully.
I suggest: 1) Turn it on with closed windows,
2) after a few hours turn it off and vent the place for a one minute (CO goes out, but heat remains)
3) Now it is safe to take profit of the low temperature heat that the walls accumulated during a few hours.

In a tent I suggest to warm some water outside and brig it inside... (Melting parafin would be much better, but it is flammable, and expensive.

Please take care of CO it is not asphixiating, it is POISONOUS (you hemoglobin is "destroyed")

Mr.Sanchez (author)jsantos352011-08-20

OK...people nothing to worry about it...I tested it with a CO alrarm and the toxicity is so Low, cause his Small size.

phreddy (author)johnny3h2011-08-18

Ah, well, back to the electric heater!!
Thanks for the warning.
We do have a chimney and flue 'pieces' are available since this is a wood burning country.

Taerzik (author)johnny3h2011-08-18

Wouldn't the appropriate alarm be a sufficient safeguard against this risk?

wendilane (author)Taerzik2011-08-18

It is never worth the risk to play with carbon monoxide and "hope" technology will save you. Better to get a catalytic heater, (or a favorite female companion to share the blanket by the fireplace) that doesn't emit harmful gases.

kleinjahr (author)phreddy2011-08-18

There a designs for a double drum sawdust space heater on the net. A larger version of this build. I can't find the exact site anymore but dig around for, USDA Forest Service Research note NE-208 1975. AT Microfiche library and Volunteers in Asia.

Mr.Sanchez (author)phreddy2011-08-18

Agreed and with all those piles of lovely sawdust of course can work, I´m working in a bigger system that allows use like Sawdust cartridges..and you can use those as a heather for homes.

ryanmercer (author)phreddy2011-08-18

As the other responder said, if you are a human being then no you don't want to heat with this exact style, however you don't have to camp to use it. You could scale it up and cook on it, or even create two or three of these and mount them on a fixture and have a multi burner outdoor stove/bbq/grill

Tezcumpapa (author)2011-08-19

I don't have parafin...would lard do? It gets really cold at night and lard solidifies. Also, I saw heavy pottery that holds a single pot in Africa that uses something similar. The ladies moulded little bricks of sawdust, animal dung and sometimes parafin (but parafin was also needed for candles).

ZoDo (author)2011-08-18

I was just talking these days with a colegue of mine about something like this. He told me how he used a stove like this ( but much bigger) to heat up his home during the winter. This was happening back in the 80's or so. Never tought I see something like this here. Nice project. Congratulation.

onemoroni1 (author)2011-08-18

This is good and smart. I have one concern. Some wood have chemicals in them from processing and treatments that is toxic, so be careful what you use and especially the oven where it could contaminate the food, otherwise a great "ible".

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