Sawdust. If you’re a woodworker chances are you’ve got a ton of the stuff flying around. Put it to use with a DIY Sawdust Stove.Continue Reading
Alex Dodson is a Brit who makes amazing stoves and fire pits out of spent LP gas bottles. Here is his Witch King of Angmar burner. When not upcycling gas bottles into fiery, characterful creations, Alex teaches technology in a secondary school and tries to inspire the next generation of makers. See his Burned by […]Continue Reading
In the summer of 2002, Heineken introduced its 24 oz. “mini keg” can in the US. Besides having twice the volume of a normal aluminum beverage can, the “mini keg’s” unusual design includes a number of ridges and rings that make it much more rigid. Sometime around 2004, so far as I can tell, ultralight backpacking enthusiasts began experimenting with using the new can design as a cooking pot.
The community has evolved the design of these cooking pots to a remarkable extent, and although there seem to be as many variations as there are builders, a few common features seem to be emerging:
1. The top of the can is removed with a side-cutting can opener and preserved for use as a lid. The tab may be bent up to provide a handle, or a small knob may be attached.
2. The side of the can is wound with 1/16″ fiberglass wick to provide an insulated gripping surface
3. An elastic silicone wristband is stretched around the rim of the can for drinking comfort.
I’m sure to screw it up if I try to give any particular person “credit” for any of these ideas, but the embedded video overview from Minibulldesign Cult gives the best general overview of the idea I can find. And Rick of Wilderness Survival Forums has produced a good phototutorial describing the fiberglass winding process.Continue Reading
In the oldies but goodies department, Mother Earth News has an article on how to make a junked water heater into a fancy wood-burning stove. And yes, successfully completing this project does make your hair grow back:)Continue Reading
Mister Jalopy of Dinosaurs and Robots points us to these cool collections of classic camping kerosene lamps and stoves. Having spent the better part of my youth hiking and camping, I fondly remember a lot of these models. Spiritburner.com Motoshi Makino’s Classic Camping Collection Other awesome stove/lantern collections via Spiritburner.comContinue Reading