Introduction: Soda Can Stove
Stove made out of two soda cans, aluminum beverage cans. Used for backpacking, camping or just for fun. Runs on an alcohol fuel.
Step 1: Materials
2 Soda/pop cans aluminum beverage cans
Drill - 3/32 inch drill bit
Utility knife, x-acto knife
Tips- start cuts away from measurement lines on can, cut off the excess can then cut close to the line
Note: Take caution during construction and use of the stove. Cutting aluminum cans will create sharp edges. Open flame during use will be hot!
Step 2: Drill Holes in Bottom of One Can
Drill 16 evenly spaced holes at the bottom of one can using a drill and 3/32” drill bit. This will be the top to the stove.
Step 3: Cut Main Opening in Can Bottom
Cut the main opening by cutting out the center of the bottom of the can using an x-acto knife.
Hint: Go over the area with the knife a few times before cutting all of the way through.
Step 4: Cut Bottom of Can of Can
Cut out the top by measuring 3/4” from the bottom of the can (the can bottom with the holes in it).
Hint: Make a hole to start with using the x-acto knife, then use scissors to cut the can.
The second picture shows what you should have so far.
This will be the stove top.
Step 5: Cut Bottom of Stove
On the other can, measure and cut 1” from the bottom. This will create the bottom of the stove.
The second picture is what the bottom of the stove looks like.
Step 6: Cut Inner Wall
Cut a 1 3/8” wide strip from either can. This will become the inner wall of the stove. You may want to cut a larger piece from the can then trace out a rectangle the correct width.
Step 7: Put Inner Wall Together
Fit the strip to the inside groove of the stove bottom. Cut slits on both ends of the strip to hold the piece together.
Step 8: Cut Fuel Slots in Inner Wall
Cut 3 equally spaced 1/4” by 1/4” slots in the inner wall.
The second picture shows the final inner wall
Step 9: Fit Stove Together
Place the inner wall inside the bottom of the stove, with the fuel slots on the bottom. Place the top of the stove over the top and bend the rim to fit inside the lip on the bottom piece.
Hint: Cut small slits in the top of the stove to assist in bending it to get it inside the bottom.
Be careful to not put any holes or large tears in the bottom of the can, as this means you will need a new bottom.
Step 10: Final Prodcut
For a bare metal finish use steel wool (#0000) or something similar to remove paint of can. #0000 leaves barely noticable scratches in the surface.
To use: Fill middle opening of stove about half way with fuel. Take caution when lighting. Light in the large, main opening. Burns about 10-15 minutes. Allow all fuel to burn out before storage. To heat a pot, stabilize pot over the stove using rocks as a stand.
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