I am an avid flea market supporter and try to go at least once a week! The things you find are great and really a bargain. I recently found the tiniest little kerosene lamp I had ever seen. It was missing its glass chimney. But, I had to have it! Someday I'll find or make a glass chimney for it. In the meantime , I made it into a tiny cooking stove- pocket size! Here is how:
Step 1: Make a pot stand
I took a common wire coat hanger and cut four small brackets to support a tiny pan or pot. Wire cutters work best and bend the angles too.
Step 2: Cut and bend
Guestimate how high you want your pot to sit and cut your wire to size. You will need four of these. Then bend them so the pot will sit flat .
Step 3: Insert the wire brackets
Push the wire brackets (pot stand) into holes in the lantern top. Mine had holes already , so I did not have to drill any. Lucky for me.
Step 4: Fill with Kerosene
Fill your stove/lantern with common Kerosene. NEVER USE GASOLINE, IT WILL EXPLODE !
Step 5: Find a small pot or pan
I found a small can to heat up whatever I wanted. A tuna can would work nice. The smaller the better.
Step 6: Cook up your favorite food!
You can now heat some water or make a tiny stew, just add your ingredients , a tea bag, chicken or beef bullion cube . Voila, a tiny meal, and it all fits in your pocket!
Step 7: It Fits in a pocket
When you are done heating and eating, let it cool down, stick it in a ziplock bag, and stick it in a pocket! Nice!
Step 8: Boiled some water first as a test
Water took anywhere from 2 min. = 125 F., 3 min= 135 F., 4 min= 140 F., 5 min= 150 F., up to 8 min.= 180 F., you get the picture. Hot enough for tea, bullion, or instant coffee.
Step 9: Melting the butter