Alcohol Stove




About: Hey, my name is Jason. A little bit about myself is that well, I love photography, cooking/baking, creating, etc. About myself physically, I'm a male, I'm 5'7", Brunet. Personality wise, I'm usual...

This is a DIY alcohol stove. i made one and it is on my account but this one is a lot better! Sorry for the picture quality. my parents wont let me use/ get metal shavings in the house!

Step 1: Items Needed

These items are needed only to make the stove. the items needed to light the stove are in a differant step!

Step 2: Making the Mark

When you go after cutting the top and bottom, find somthing that you can hold your knife with (tape measure), this will make it a lot easier.

When you make is mark, do as in picture 2. hold the blade of the knife against the tin can and apply a slight pressure. this should leave either a dent (mark) or a scuff mark with no paint.

Do this too both sides even though i only show me doing one.

Step 3: Removing the Top & Bottom

When you remove the top and bottom, follow both marks you made with a pair of scissors.

Step 4: Putting the 2 Together

this is about the hardest part in the whole instructable. when putting the 2 of them together, put the lid on top of the bottom.

To do this form a star shape as in picture .

Then slide the top on to the bottom (hard to explain)

Step 5: Removing the Lid

There is 2 ways to go about this.

1 very hard (without tin snips & time consuming 10 mins)

2very easy (takes about 10 seconds with tin snips)

#1 as shown in picture 2, you take the knife and you circle and circle around the lid indent untill it becomes this enough to break off.

#2 cut around the indent with tin snips, just like scissors!

Step 6: Removing Burrs

this is how to remove the burrs left from step 5.

Take the file and move around the can (picture 2) until it is smoother. this step is optional!!!!


The things you will need are, >
(5) cotton balls>
(1) stove>
(1) lighter>
(1) bottle of alcohol (70% works same with 90%)>
(1) Flavor injector (optional but helpful! find in cooking section)

Step 8: Cotton Balls Need a Fluffin!

Fluff the cottom balls like pillows and sort (bad example)

Rip the cotton balls apart squish them back together (100% cotton only!) until they look like fluff!

Once fluffed, shove and squish in can.

Step 9: Alcohol

This is where you use the flavor injector. Fill it up with alcohol and inject it all over the fluff, while you can also pour it, you cant see how many ML of alcohol you put into the fluff!


Step 10: Burning

In this picture it is not looking to good because all the windows were open in the garage and i only put in 5ml of alcohol (barely any).

Step 11: When Done

When you are done with this stove, DO NOT BLOW OUT! flam like air and will get huge and may burn you!!! smother (sp?) the fire with a lid or some sort of object!

Step 12: In My Kit!

I add more and more stuff to this kit everytime i use this (in my garage). it has a few main items you will want / need!

Step 13: Pot Stands!

I made these two pot stands, they are the best pot stands i have made/found on the internet. comment if you want the link otherwise i wont bother looking over my history!



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    32 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    One small caveat to this design.. I noticed you have the top section outside the inner section.. Most designs have it opposite for a reason.. the bottom section on the outside, makes less chance of spillage, like putting a larger pan under a dish you don't know if it's microwave safe. (and the unknown dish melts.).. I see you have the same ideas as I have, of using a single can.. Mine, I only score out the center section of the top (around the pull-tab) so it leaves a "^" around the top to hold a 'catalyst strip' (a remaining piece of the can side running from the top to the bottom of the stove element) to carry heat down from the top, to keep the fuel boiling.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    especially when i re-looked at the picture.. I noticed a small indentation to the bottom section, just to the left of the "D" of "Dr.". this is a point where fuel can escape, and if not contained, can really ruin the whole cooking experience.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    depends on the size of the pot being boiled. (or the amount of water.) ... And ambient temp, and wind have their hands in the mix as well.. I've had a quart (32 Oz., 946.353mL) boiling in 4-5 minutes, depending how far the pot was from the burner element. so 2 Oz. of alcohol will bring a whole quart of water to boil before it burns itself up in that time.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    i haven't used these in a while so i am unsure how long it would take.


    6 years ago on Step 13

    hey do you know how to make any easyer one because im young and dont have all that equiment please


    8 years ago on Step 5

    yup i used a can opener and it is way esier


    8 years ago on Introduction

    if you put some holes at the side you can set the pot on top and cook away!
    no need for pot holders


     how did you make the holes in the can lid things (step 12)

    if u did it wid a drill,

    are there any other ways


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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I'll give you that, there are none exactly like it. There's just a lot of Alcohol Stoves made from Soda Cans already on the site. What makes yours unique?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    While I agree that there are plenty of stoves from cans on instructables, I  also think variety is good, it's like all the phone cases and  stuff. Some are genius, some, well not so much. So if someone posted a terrible instructable of something and following the rule of only posting one of each category you would just have to live with how bad the instructable is. 

    No harsh feelings.