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Alcohol stove for camping

August 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Having looked over many designs for stoves made of waste tin cans (actually aluminium), I decided to design mine around the ‘Penny Stove’, it can boil two mugs of water using approx 18ml of Methylated Spirit. This design has an inner wall to create two compartments and fibre-glass wadding (from the loft) in both the inner and outer areas. The wire you see in some of the holes are because I think I made too many. The stove was made from two soda cans and one beer can (for the priming ring), all of which are aluminum.

The next two photos show the stove after the priming ring had been lit with approx 1ml of Methylated Spirit, it takes about thirty seconds to get to the stage shown in the third photo.

The center filling hole produces the largest flame, further aided by the 3cm copper plug that protrudes out of the filling hole, once hot it transfers heat down to vaporize more alcohol from the bed of fibre-glass wadding I placed in the bottom of both the inner and outer compartments.

The center filling hole produces the largest flame, further aided by the 3cm copper plug that protrudes out of the filling hole, once hot it transfers heat down to vaporize more alcohol from the bed of fibre-glass wadding I placed in the bottom of both the inner and outer compartments.

4L of Methylated Spirits costs about £11 from my local hardware store.
20ml will boil two regular size mugs of water.
A 4L bottle should therefore be good for (very roughly) 400 cups of tea.

NB. Using a small plastic syringe is a convenient and safe way to transfer the Methylated Spirits from the can to the stove.

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