How many camp stoves does one man need?
having showed us how to build an ultra-efficient DIY wood stove for backpacking, and a lightweight alcohol stove made from old drinks cans, Paul Osborn of BC Outdoor Survival set about constructing another alcohol stove, this time using an old, empty deodorant can as the starting point.
Needless to say, you need to be very careful to ensure that your can is 100% empty before you start hacking into it. But once that is the case, it looks like a pretty simple affair. You first mark a line 6'' from the bottom of the can.
You then saw around that line.
You mark out a line for where your jets will come from (you'll need to watch the video for the details of how to do that - along with some other finer points on how to make this work), and then insert the inverted top half inside the base.
After crimping around the top of the stove to ensure a good seal, you are basically ready to go. The result, says Paul, is a stove that is a little heavier than the drinks can version—but it also looks considerably more robust. And as Paul demonstrates, it can boil water in a matter of minutes using just an ounce of fuel.
For more videos from Paul, check out his instructional on how to make charcloth, not to mention an excellent roundup of how to create a survival kit for kids. And be sure to follow Paul on twitter at @BCOutdoor for more fun projects that usually seem to involve cutting up trash and then using it to burn stuff.