For many campers the original way to cook food is over an open fire. However, if you'd like to cook rice, soup or even seared meat, a homemade wood burning camp stove is ideal. With only a few readily available materials and under 15 minutes of your time, you will have a camp stove that will boil two cups of water in under seven minutes using an initial heat source from twigs, leaves or wood. Remember to always use caution when cooking over a fire--especially while camping--and cook over a non-flammable surface.
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Things you need
- Safety goggles
- Drill with bit
- Bottle opener
- Permanent marker
- Metal file
- Tin snips
- One quart aluminium can
- Materials for the fire (twigs or dried leaves)
Put on your safety goggles. It is extremely important to always wear safety goggles when working with metal to prevent any harmful accidents.
Outline the exhaust hole with permanent marker. The exhaust hole should be 100 mm (4 inches) wide and 112 mm (4 1/2 inches) long and in the form of a triangle. Start the triangle just below the rim of the aluminium can and then cut out the exhaust using the tin snips, using the measured triangle as a guide.
File down the edges of the exhaust using a metal file, using a back and forth motion. This will dull the edges of the metal, which will be extremely sharp. Always use caution when handling your wood burning stove once you've cut out the exhaust, because even filed edges can remain quite sharp.
Make the air vents of the wood burning stove on the other side of the can on the bottom, opposite the exhaust. Puncture the can with the bottle opener, making a total of five holes.
Place the wood burning camp stove on a non-flammable surface such as gravel, rocks or a large brick. A clear dirt patch will work as well, but you must ensure that the area is free of any trees.
Place a combination of twigs, dried leaves, small branches and other flammable material into the wood burning stove, filling it half full. Ignite with a match. Once the fire is burning and the flame dies down, you can begin cooking on your new wood burning camp stove.
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