Introduction: Collapsible Wood Burning Camp Stove (On a Budget!)

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The Firebox ( is a folding stove that folds down into almost nothing but still functions as a great stove for camping, backpacking, bushcraft, etc. The only problem is the cost: $50+ for stoves of this design. This is my version of a stove coined "The Firebox Replica" by a few Youtubers. Total cost: about $7

Step 1: Materials and Tools


  • 6 3"x5" Tie Plates (can be found at hardware stores for around $1 a piece)
  • Coat hanger or thick wire


  • Rotary tool (with cut-off wheels)
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Container of water (to cool hot plates)

Step 2: Cuts

I was planning on creating a prototype, change a few things, and then create a good version fully documented but the prototype turned out better than I expected. Read captions on picture as a guide and red lines are cuts that need to be made. I suggest you mark them with a sharpie marker and ruler so cutting lines are much easier with the rotary tool. If you don't have a rotary tool a hacksaw with a metal cutting blade or a jeweler's saw should be fine but may take ages.

Step 3: You're Done!

Slot the pieces together (bars before front and back plates) and you're ready for the first burn. :D

Note: The issue of heating galvanized steel has come up, potentially releasing harmful fumes into the air. This coating can be removed or reduced by heavy sanding or heating in a campfire (these do reduce corrosion resistance).* A high temperature heat paint can be used after to protect metal plates from corrosion.

* As suggested in comments. I personally have not followed these techniques and it is up to you to do your own research on the topic then decide what you will do should you follow this guide.

Better Note: Use non-galvanized or stainless steel plates.

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