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CanstoveNick writes “Hikers continue to strive for lighter equipment, and while many times this leads to buying expensive gear, several people are experimenting with making small alcohol stoves out of Soda cans. Running on plain alcohol, they can weigh only tens of grams and heat almost as good as their professional counterparts.” Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. mzungu says:

    For those interested, the Zen Stove site has the most complete alcohol stove site I ever seen. Very comperhensive know-hows on stove construction. The construction of the Zen Stove is acturally little easier than the Pepsi Can style. The site has a lot of links to other DIY backpacking stoves, too…

    http://zenstoves.net/Stoves.htm

    Made two of them alcohol stove myself, but find that you need a lot of patient, especially when cooking a big meal(after a long hike). Very sloow…not something you want when very hungry, and daylight is dwindling. I learned that finding 100% alcohol while you are on the road is not easy, and 100% alcohol cast just the same as gasoline or white gas.

    I do have to admit…. alcohol, is a renewable fuel. And… It was fun building them.

  2. davelodwig says:

    Last year I developed a stove based on the designs of this type for my Scouts to produce. The version we made used only one diet pepsi can and no tape at all.

    The stove ran on methalated spirts rather than alcohol and boiling a pint of water took anything between 3 and 8 minites.

    There is some pictures and some unfinished instructions on my website
    http://www.davelodwig.co.uk/projects/spiritstoves/

  3. super_J_dynamite says:

    Ready Made ran an article on how to build a soda can stove.

    http://www.readymademag.com/feature_11_gotorch.php

  4. tacom8 says:

    My tip of the day,

    If you are looking for a source a cheap gel alcohol source for easy use and storage check out the “anti bacterial” hand soaps at any store, look for the ones with the massive warning on the back about it being HIGHLY FLAMMABLE. The stuff burns very controlled on its own and remains as a gel even while burning for easy cleanup after.

    The stuff i had was the “London Drug” clear antibacterial soap for you Canadians out there. I just can’t believe schools are demanding kids bring this to school these days to keep their hands clean… I mean is it just me, or does highly flammable and kids just should not mix.

  5. abbtech says:

    Great idea, I could see using this when going to the beach to heat up a snack.

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    1. Exhibit69 says:

      Sadly, this is a dead link, it goes to a very bad search engine style site now.

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