This is the Wobbler's Lazymans way to make a hobo stove/mini camping brazier. You can also pick up the components cheap enough anywhere without needing any work on them.
Step 1: Components
One stainless steel kitchen utensil holder.
4 nuts and bolts about 2" long to fit holes in utensil holder..
Put the bolts in four equally spaced outer holes from the inside to make four legs.
Ready to rock and roll.
Add in your tinder. I use special Wobbler's Lazyman tinder, commonly known as kitchen wipe.
Time to pack with any available wood. I used Wobbler's Lazyman pre-cut kindling. Pack in as much as you like.
Now you can either light the Wobbler's Lazyman tinder or use Wobbler's Lazyman lighting fluid (a capful of paraffin) on top. Flame on!
The Mini Camping Brazier burnt for about 15-20 minutes before ending up with just a little ash with one load. Considering its size, it threw out a lot of heat and only a little smoke when it got going. Because the flames work down it would be easy to keep stoking it.
If you want to make it more portable, I'd suggest you use wing-nuts to tighten up the bolts. As I'm so pleased with it I will be making a base for it out of an upside down steel plate drilled to accept the bolts so it will both protect any grass it is on and also make it more stable.
I've yet to try it with charcoal but I suspect it will work fine. As to why do this and not make it from some cans, which cost nothing? It's more durable being stainless steel and is thicker than a tin can. Plus, you can buy these pretty much anywhere real cheap and not need to work them in any way.
I didn't want it to cook on. I just like to have a small fire burning and most sites here will let you have one so long as it's not on the ground. However, with a bolted on upside down plate it will be very stable and it would be easy to rig a wire pot holder on top of it.