Using a couple of empty beverage cans, you can make a lightweight and functional camp stove.  Useful for survival situations, backpacking expeditions, or just impressing your pyromaniac friends!

If you are having trouble keeping the stove lit, you can make a windscreen for it as well.

Thanks to Sam for demonstrating the project for this Instructable.

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Step 1: Tools & Materials

* 2 aluminum cans
* blocks of scrap wood (one approx 3/4" thick + a few thinner ones)
* razor blade
* pushpin or two
* old Phillips screwdriver
* pliers, needle nose if you have them
* one penny
* liquid camp fuel (e.g. white gas or perhaps methanol -- isopropyl alcohol won't quite work)
<p>You can also put hand sanitizer that contains ethanol in it as fuel, it produces ~equal heat</p>
I fallowed your directions and starting tips but mine only burns on the to and when i get a &quot;burp&quot; its a huge one and then it goes out?<br>
No penny on the hole? <br>The penny does not seal good enough? Maybe because of dents in the can? <br>The sideholes are WAY to big? <br>Also see that you have tight seals. A burn like you desribe it is not unknown to me. I had it in a few stoves... Always was a problem with air coming into the can... <br>Remember: The flames heat the alcohol to a vapor. Then the vapor comes out the holes and is ignited there. As soon as the flame is able to pass inside, you get the *poof* and then it is out.
Something I've been wanting to know for a while: what is the use of the penny in the stove?
To cover the filling-hole. If it isnt covered, the central hole would make one big fire-column like you see it in Step 6, image 5. <br>With the penny in place, the vapor-pressure goes out more to the sideholes and gives a much more controlled burn. <br> <br>If you want to know more about the penny, google for &quot;Pennystove&quot; ;)
Really nice work, and great photos. Well done!
In a pinch for fuel you can mix 10 parts hand sanitizer and 1 part salt together and use the clear fluid that floats to the surface it is denatured alcohol the salt removes the cleaners and non burning ingredients from the hand sanitizer
What are you using for a fuel source?
Try denatured alcohol (paints &amp; solvents at the hardware). High proof drinking alcohol - Everclear (only good use that I know of). <br>Suggestion - use a clearly marked bottle that is different than your drinking water supply. Don't use just any squirt bottle, and try it out. Denatured is a solvent.
Nice instructable. I have been messing with alcohol stoves for a while. Check out the "white box" style stove. no pot support needed, very efficient
I actually find that the burners need to be made to fit the cooking container. <br> <br>A small cast iron pan ~25cm in diameter, goes quite well with SMALL flames - say about 6 of them about 20 mm long, where as a big soup pot or boiling water for drinks holding say 4 or more litres goes better with a number of long thin flames. <br> <br>Heating time is an issue - as the quicker the cooking time, the less fuel energy is wasted in radiation and convection - as comes with a low energy output stove... <br> <br>But excessive heat input, when cooking - like you want to COOK the food through, not have it scorched on one side and raw on the other.... <br> <br>I think it's a case of designing your cookers, for the cooking / heating they will be doing, and in what sort of containers and in what sorts of amounts the containers will typically hold.
Nice. I learned how to make something quite similar before. I think i'll make one to add to my survival stuff.
First off, nice instructable. <br>A little more info: <br>This kind of stove is known as a penny stove for the penny placed on top, well known in the backpacker community. Alcohol is typically used as a fuel. <br>Here is some more reading and plans for different designs of similar stoves: <br>http://www.jureystudio.com/pennystove/penny2.html <br>http://fornelloadalcool.wordpress.com/ <br>The stove on italian page (second link) is temperature adjustable. <br>Also, a good way to make a pot holder is out of a wire hanger (mentioned in the linked plans)
made something simaliar awesome stove
Super idea, although if you put a pan on it would it not go out? There needs to be some oxygen so that you have a flame, maybe make your outside edge wavy instead, I know I'd have trouble making it really straight. Going to get some cans asap to make this tho! ;)
It depends on what you're doing and how big the pot is. Your modification sounds interesting.... Also, check out the linked Instructable &quot;http://www.instructables.com/id/Windscreen-for-Sams-Beverage-Can-Camp-Stove/&quot; for a windscreen/potholder for this stove.
Beautiful blue flame!

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