View Full Version : Stoves With Character

2006-09-13, 22:33



The 1st photo shows some simple little container that were used to make stoves. Some of them have "Character" They are the burner part of a stove.
All of them will boil 2 cups of water under optimum conditions using 1/2 ounce denatured alcohol.

Most of the time I use 1/2 inch hardware cloth to make a pot stand to fit the hieght of the burner. Usually they are 1-1/2 inches taller than the hieght of the fiberglass cloth wick. Both items can be purchased from the nearest Ace hardware.

The only tool required to make these stoves is a pair of scissors. When cutting the fiberglass cloth, measure the hiegth of the container and then add 1/2 inch for the wick to stick out above the rim. Now double that dimension. This is how wide you should cut your cloth. You are going to fold it over in half so that the cut edges will be at the bottom of the container. The folded edge will be at the top looking nice and neat. The length will be determined by the diameter, square, or rectangle of the container that you use. The container need not be round.

The hardware cloth can be purchased cut to size as needed for the burner at the nearest Ace hardware store.

The third photo shows the flame pattern of the little coal bucket. Boiled 2 cups in 6-1/4 min.(stand is not hardware cloth, just something that was quick at hand for photo session)
this one would work good for small diameter pots.

Many of these containers can be purchased at second hand stores for under a $1.00.

Get your kids involved in making these "Character" stoves. Teach them the fire safety rules that you use on all of your outings. Always stress Adult Supervised use of stoves. Get them involved in scouting programs.

Those of you that know of someone with a physical disability that prevents them from making a complicated stove may want to show them this thread. Help them out, get them involved, get them hooked on stove making. I'll furnish them with enough fiberglass cloth to get started.

Be the first on your trail to have a stove that has a little "Character".

(the one in forefront was made from a christmas bell)
"Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained"

bird dog
2006-09-14, 22:21
Great looking designs Incognito. I plan on trying to make an ION stove in the next few months. However I have no experience at all with alcohol stoves.

2006-09-14, 22:53
I've been trying to find the all metal wedding favor tins in my area but no luck. Lots of the ones with the transparent plastic in the top. Do you think they have phased them out? Anyone know?

These character stoves are easy, just put the fiberglass cloth in them, pour the fuel in, light, 2 cups boiled with 1/2 ounce fuel. Time varies with each one because of size and amount of cloth.

All thats needed is a pair of scissors.

2006-09-14, 23:05
BD, before I joined this forum, i never used any kind of stove. I thought (and still do) - white gas is/was a joke unless you are above the treeline.
Had never heard of alcohol whatsoever. Got quite the alcohol stove education here. So many people here with so much knowledge on the subject.

personal opinion:
A camp site just isnt civilized until you have fire.
And not some skimpy blue, perfect symmetry, alcohol sputtering nonsense.
Im talking good old fashioned orange ... hot ... on a stick...like mom used to make.
All else is needless barbaric poverty. Don't ever neglect the luxuries. Its what separates us from the SUL's wearing a gore-tex loin cloth and grunting incoherently from hunger pains.

Yep hook me up with a JRB green 'smoking jacket', down slippers and a titanium pipe and call me Hugh Hefner of the woods.... ahh that would be the life.

(this lifestyle may require a much larger hammock)

sorry didn't mean to wax on philosophical there. ... ill just trail off now muttering to myself ... :biggrin:

2006-09-15, 00:06
Turk you mean a fire like this not to big not to small i went camping 3 weeks ago 4 days tent and about 15 stoves to try out it was a state park but in the woods tried out a hammock just took a nap picture to came
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d52/oops62/th_camp4.jpg (http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d52/oops62/camp4.jpg)

one more after this

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d52/oops62/th_hammock.jpg (http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d52/oops62/hammock.jpg)

lunch this stove was in bad shape restored it works great

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d52/oops62/th_camp3.jpg (http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d52/oops62/camp3.jpg)

bird dog
2006-09-15, 16:12
Turk, I'm too old for cold food all of the time. I own a MSR Simmerlite, but there is nothing light about it. Im trying to lighten my load with an alcohol stove. I, like you, do love fire like mama used to make as well. Ususally always have one in camp where it is allowed. BD