You will need
1 tuna can ($1.19)
2 soda cans ($3 per 6 8oz cans, $3/6 cans = $.50 x 2cans = $1)
1 screw (I used a 5/32” machine screw) (Found it in the basement)
½ inch wire grid ($11.37 per 24” x 10’, but use whatever you have around the house!)
Tinsnips or wirecutters (found them in the basement)
Epoxy (found it in the basement)
Heavy foil (found it in the kitchen)
Drill (basement find)
Drill bits- one the same size as your screw, one that is very small- I used a 1/16”. (basement find)
1) Cut the ½” wire grid with the tinsnips into a 2 ½” x 12 ½” rectangle and curl it into a circle bigger than the tuna can, but smaller than your pot.
2) Cut the bottoms off the soda cans about .25 inches from the bottom of the flat part with scissors. Fit the two cans together carefully. The bottom one can rip if you are too forceful (I ripped three!).
3) Using your larger drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the can bottom that is on the inside (the raw edge of the bottom can should be close to the top). Make sure your screw fits in the hole.
|Not very centered, is it?|
4) Use a Sharpie to mark 8 dots along the rim of the can. Using the smaller drill it, carefully drill eight holes along the rim on your marks.
5) Mix your epoxy according to package directions and apply around the raw edge of the bottom can. Allow it to cure according to package directions.
6) Cut a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil large enough to fit around your pot with a little wiggle room, and fold length-wise. This will act as your wind screen. Now you have a stove!
Now here’s how to use your new stove. This stove is meant for OUTDOOR use. Find a level spot on the ground to set up away from anything flammable!
1) Take the screw out of your stove and pour some denatured alcohol into the screw hole. You’ll get the feel for how much you need. Replace the screw.
3) Light the fuel in the tuna can and place the stove in the tuna can. Once the fuel in the stove warms up, it will come through the holes in the stove. The flames from the tuna can will then light the fuel coming though the holes.
4) Place the wire grid pot stand around the tuna can and place your pot of water on top.
5) Wrap the foil wind screen loosely around your pot to block the wind but still allow oxygen to reach the flames.
|The pot is sitting nicely on the stand, now wrap the foil around.|
And that’s how you boil water using household items. Good luck with hurricane Sandy everyone! I hope you all stay safe and dry and warm out there! Here's how to store your stove in the pot:
About $2.19, I bet you can find all these things for free.
I saw a store bought version of this on brms.com for $34.99
If you love to camp, or just find yourself in a power outage, this is a quick stove to make that is easy to use. Try It.
Disclaimer: Some people told me I shouldn’t write this post for liability’s sake. So for the record, I take no responsibility if you have any mishaps in the making or use of this stove.