Introduction: Vader Gas Bottle Log Burner

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Vader log burner

Step 1: Find Some Bottle

Locate an empty bottle. Carefully remove the tap. Fill with water to displace any left over gas.

Please note:

Tampering with LPG cylinders or converting them to any other use as shown here is highly dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. It is also unlawful and could result in companies taking legal action or, if appropriate, criminal prosecution. Branded cylinders are and always remain the property of the company. I now import empty cylinders from China which are branded with my company logo and have never been filled with LPG.

Step 2: Magic Marker

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Scribble on your design

Step 3: Any Old Iron

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Find your scrap bits to use for the work in a school and we have loads of bits that are no longer any use for projects.

Step 4: Mock It Up

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I like to use making tape to hold my bits on place.
I marked out where the hinge would go, drilled and tapped with a 4mm tap and attached the hinge using 4x10mm machine screws. I find it easier drilling and tapping and attaching the hinge while the bottle is still intact.
All the holes and details in the bottle we're made using a 4" angle grinder with cutting discs and a 10mm drill bit.
I drilled several holes around the bottom of the bottle so air will circulate and help the fire to burn.

Step 5: Grind and Weld

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I've been told there are two types of welders...ones that are good at welding and ones that are good at grinding...I'm a grinder...

Step 6: Paint

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I gave my Vader 2 coats of ultra high temp black spray paint which finished it off a treat.


doddieszoomer (author)2014-08-10

if you are interested in having one of these made please contact me on

LarryW49 (author)doddieszoomer2016-05-02

How much to make me one and where you located? I am in Atlanta Ga if you want you can email me at.

boochick (author)doddieszoomer2015-05-29

How much do you charge for one of these?

snelgrave101 (author)2016-07-24

Man thats cool.

JackieP34 (author)2016-05-31

Can you please let me know how much a vader one is please

menz414 made it! (author)2015-12-30

Thank you for the inspiration, this was a great project to
do with my dad!

LarryW49 (author)menz4142016-05-02

This one looks the best. How much to build my brother in law one if price is right would get one for his B-day email me at.
Please. Thank you

doddieszoomer (author)2016-02-15

Dear CalorGasOfficial

I am not willing to remove my 'Instructable' as requested however I have added the paragraph below which has been edited to remove any company affiliation.

'Please note:

Tampering with LPG cylinders or converting them to any other use as shown here is highly dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. It is also unlawful and could result in companies taking legal action or, if appropriate, criminal prosecution. Branded cylinders are and always remain the property of the company. I now import empty cylinders from China which are branded with my company logo and have never been filled with LPG.'

You should be aware that your company has already reported me to South Yorkshire Police who I fully cooperated with and was cleared of any wrong doing.
I also obtained my own legal advice regarding the matter. As I have removed all images showing any branded bottles you have no rights to ask me to remove my images or videos as you do not own the rights to all LPG cylinders.

I wrote a letter to your company explaining that any further attempt to contact me about such matters would be classed has harassment under the Protection and Harassment Act 1997.

cag13x (author)2016-02-04

What size of gas bottle are you using?

menz414 (author)2015-12-21

Awesome idea, guess I now have a use for that old gas
bottle. Now I know what I am doing over Christmas!

reebo73 made it! (author)2015-12-15

Thanks for the inspiration, this was a really fun project

doddieszoomer (author)2015-11-15

For more information on pricing shipping and having your own burner made go to my page at

cammers made it! (author)2015-10-06

That was a fun project. Thanks for sharing.

Krille Joli made it! (author)2015-09-28

I made it.. Or at least a similar one.. :)

TeriW1 (author)2015-08-28

Hi Doddiezoomer! How can I order one of these for christmas? :)

buck2217 (author)2015-07-01

Did you have to "force" any part of this? (ok it was funnier in my head -- never mind!!

RachelP5 (author)2015-06-01

Oh... My gods... I need one of these for my garden. Please tell me these are still being made somewhere. (I can't make anymore. Stupid nerves.)

MariaE3 (author)2015-05-28

How much do u change for this darth Vader ...i love him and I would love to have him on my patio.

anne.culbreath.1 (author)2014-09-24

Love it. Logistics on selling/sending one to the USA?

Hi Anne,

Thanks for your interest. I currently have two orders placed to ship to the USA. The shipping alone has been between £108 - £118 plus the cost of the burner.

MelissaH7 (author)doddieszoomer2015-03-09

I have to say these are just amazing. I can build all kinds of things if I put my mind to it, but I have never done metal. I may have to after seeing this. My husband and son would go nuts. And for all the wackjobs who don't think wood burning is good for the environment should probably go back to class, or maybe just watch The Lion King until they get it ;). Supurb work man, I'll be sharing this!

vguerrero1 (author)2015-02-15

it´s great!!

Snellingkorey (author)2015-01-06

very inventive, i'll share it with my mate, he love star wars!

paul.ritter.5209 (author)2014-11-24

Great Idea dude. Don't let the tree-hugging, bad-science-believing ::cough::AL GORE cough:: internet trolls stomp on your stones. Nothing Man has done has been as detrimental to this planet more than - THIS PLANET.

AlanS1 (author)2014-07-29

There are no emission reduction features so the smoke and fumes will pose a threat to neighbors. Hopefully more municipalities will join Montreal and Hampstead (Canada) with measures to eliminate wood burning by 2020.

andy.close (author)AlanS12014-08-26

WTF you tree hugging hippy!!! Eliminate wood burning in the Garden? The Dark Lord of The Sith Laughs at your Prius Driving, Vegan, Non Wood Burning Nonsense.. OOOhhhh lets get more people to ban doing fun things, because I dont like too.. BOLLOCKS to that!

AlanS1 (author)andy.close2014-08-27

Pollution is a sick kind of fun. Wood stoves have an incredible ability to turn wood into toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. At present, the cost of each person's "fun" burning wood in a stove runs as high as $15,000 per wood stove per year to cover the increased health care costs. Assuming they are used in an urban area. I note that the San Francisco Bay area's burning ban saves the health care system $250,000 for EACH DAY of the ban. Lots of info on the internet Google wood stove pollution.

paul.ritter.5209 (author)AlanS12014-11-24

but natural forest fires, lightening strikes, volcanic activity and earthquakes releasing deadly gasses are ok.....right? San Fran bans burning because of it's building code and what the buildings were built from and ON. Try reading it and then cork it.

paul.ritter.5209 (author)AlanS12014-11-24

Oh whaa. A contained fire pit is so detrimental to the neighbor's olfactory glands......cry us a river.

spylock (author)AlanS12014-11-23

More damage to the planet heating with electric,and the potential for something really bad to happen is very real.There are thousands of natural forest fires a year,they do many good things for the earth or we would not have them,there is nothing wrong with wood heat.

tom.hoffman.5872 (author)AlanS12014-10-01

Eliminate wood burning? You clearly are no geologist and have no background in air pollution what so ever. Are you one of those liberals who are unfamiliar with the carbon cycle and how it has risen and fallen through out the last 400 million years of recordable history. When you pose a way to heat something without any adverse side effects, go take your Nobel Prize. There is nothing wrong with burning CLEAN wood to heat your home or a backyard area. In fact the United Stated, The United Kingdom are among the two cleanest countries in the world in regards to air pollution. Focus your liberal bullshit on countries like India and China that have no smoke-stack emission regulations.

tracy.ross.14 (author)AlanS12014-08-08

Pose a threat??? ITS FREAKING DARTH VADER!!! You pansies can choke on the "natural" fumes from burning wood.

flamesami (author)AlanS12014-08-07

What would you say was a suitable replacement for wood burning then? Would you consider burning wood "acceptable" if it was a clean burn (i.e. low smoke) I would rather have local, sustainable wood heating my home than a coal fire or gas heater. I do see the benefits of high-efficiency central electric heating, but unless there is a dire lack of trees or a massive health problem from the smoke, I don't think wood-burning should be banned. Mind, I'm in a rural area, not a city

Ian74 (author)AlanS12014-08-01

One word, Killjoy.

davidbarcomb (author)2014-11-19

This is a very cool idea. Thanks

MartinS7 (author)2014-10-28

Buy one here

MartinS7 (author)2014-10-28

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MartinS7 (author)2014-10-28

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MartinS7 (author)2014-10-28

kermitkills (author)2014-09-04

awesome work must try this at home as a grinder as well

RushNafikov made it! (author)2014-08-25

Sweet! You inspired my son and I to make one, too.

xanad1 (author)2014-07-25

Price check on one! NOW!

doddieszoomer (author)xanad12014-08-02

teresainfortworthtx (author)2014-07-27

Any chance you will make more of these for sale to the general public? We don't have (and don't plan on getting) welding equipment, but sure would like one of these.....

I'm going to keep making these bad boys and featuring them on eBay.

doddieszoomer (author)2014-07-31

Big bad's project, will be on eBay tomorrow PM after paint...

doddieszoomer (author)2014-07-31

P.S. Please vote ;)

doddieszoomer (author)2014-07-31

Wow, guys I'm blown away by all the positive comments on means a lot...
For any body looking to purchase one of these, I have on for sale on eBay at the moment and another larger vader burner in production...thanks everyone...

antagonizer (author)2014-07-30

Very cool. I absolutely see Vader, but if you look at it head on it reminds me of the Mighty Ducks logo as well. lol. Don't knock your welding skills chum. From where I'm sitting they're above par.

Jack Moran (author)2014-07-29


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