Step 1: Materials
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
Step 3: Cut Main Opening in Can Bottom
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
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
The second picture is what the bottom of the stove looks like.
Step 6: Cut Inner Wall
Step 7: Put Inner Wall Together
Step 8: Cut Fuel Slots in Inner Wall
The second picture shows the final inner wall
Step 9: Fit Stove Together
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
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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