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Free Ultralight Wood Burning Stove!!!

Here’s a quick and easy project that will both lighten your kit and add warmth to your camp.  Burning wood will allow you to leave the fuel bottle behind.  Fuel is free and everywhere.  Also, burning a handful of twigs is far more ecologically sound than burning processed and packaged fuels such as alcohol or butane.  You’ll also enjoy the warm orange flickering flame, the musky fragrance and popping sound of your twigs as you cook using a fuel dating back to caveman times.

Drawbacks to wood burning stoves are low heat output (longer cook time) and finding dry wood in wet weather.  You also need some skill in building and tending a fire.  Wood doesn’t burn as clean as processed fuels so expect smoke, soot and ashes.

Here’s what you’ll need:
A can smaller in diameter than the pot you use to cook in
A ‘church key’ style can opener
A saw, tin snips or Dremel Tool to cut the side opening.

Use the can opener to punch several air vents in the bottom of your can.  Next cut a hole in the side of your can near the top to feed in the wood and vent the smoke.  There’s really no science to this; be creative.  To light your stove, lay the can on its side and build a small twig fire inside the can.  When your fire is going stand the can upright, set the pot on top and start feeding in twigs.  Be sure to gather a good amount of twigs before you light the fire, you’ll need alot to bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.  Also be careful not to touch the can till it’s had time to cool.


Thanks for reading, Jack

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  1. November 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    We always called them Hobo stoves. They work amazingly well and usually have little trouble finding suitable dry fuel. It makes me want to try one again on my next adventure!

  2. The Velo Hobo
    November 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I’ll look forward to hearing how yours works, Jack

  1. November 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

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