My Mini Stove (Instructions by NK5)

Introduction: My Mini Stove (Instructions by NK5)

This is a Mini stove that i built using NK5s' instructable Mostly i did a slide show to show NK5 and a few others some pictures (i didnt want to crowd his comments with my pics)
I did make a few little changes, i used cotton balls and rubbing alcohol (instead of HEET and fiberglass) I used a candle to preheat for about 1 minute. At first it made a huge flame after about 5min or so it died down. While putting on the lid the top tore, adding another hole for flame to come out.

this is not an instructable nor is it intended to be thats why its a slide show

UP DATE (new pics posted may not be up for and couple hours)
I made a new lid, and further moded the inside. The new lid has fewer holes, using 3 different sizes. The inside has a thin layer of cotton at the bottom covered in a thin layer of steel wool (#0000) and then a cotton ring on top the idea is the bottom cotton layer will never need changed and the top ring will last for at least 3 full burns.



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    The holes in the sides are too big. You also only need one hole in the top to pour alcohol in. The side cracked because you didn't stretch out the top and/or crimp the sides of the inside can. (click here to see crimping)
    Hope this helped :)

    Is it okay to mix different fuels? not purposefully, but lets say i used HEET one day, but I ran out, and decided to use rubbing alcohol instead. Would this be okay?

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    The only thing is steel wool will rust (rather quickly from the increased surface area) and possibly contaminate your stove. (food too?)

    the hole in the middle is fixed by a screw or a pot killing that evil flame hole cheers and have fun with the MARSHMALLOWS

    every time i see the word crack i think of this................................HEY I NEED A NEW BUTT MINE HAS A CRACK IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!XD XD XD XD

    HEET is a Gas Line Antifreeze and Water Remover made to put in your car during winter months to avoid freeze up.

    interesting but to me making it your self for free is more rewarding. is your design empty on the inside or do u use fiberglass? And using a penny/dime to cover the fill holes is a great idea.

    A few of our friends weren't too handy so we started selling em. We tried the insulation but found it to be a waste of money(and itchyness). Ours is hollow. When full, they'll burn 15-20 minutes, and hot enough to boil water (on denatured alcohol). The best way to get them started is the "spilling-fuel-all-around-it" method.(lots of videos on youtube on 'lighting your penny stove'). Once the fuel starts to boil(you can hear it), cover the center hole with a coin and you burn only the fuel vapors.

    Try putting some oil in the middle of the steel wool and the cotton ring it will burn longer and hotter (or if you put too much oil and don't let in enough air it will explode).

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    I just tested my new stove based on your design. When I was building i found a way to fit the two cans together with out making the inner can's wall bend at all. But unfortunately it is impossible to separate the two cans to replace the top ring of cotton. I had to drill out the fill holes to make one large fill hole 1/4 inch to remove all the cotton and steel wool from inside. Other than that it worked great and had a good size flame. Nice Pictures. I can't wait for the next time i go camping!