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Offline survival

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Made a wood burning stove for back packing
« on: January 15, 2013, 04:10:11 PM »
Hey all, I was looking to get a wood burning stove for back packing. I thought about the solo stove but didnt want to spend the money. So I did a search and found a pattern to make my own. I bought a 1 quart empty paint can as my outside can. Then I took a campbell soup can as my inside can to place the wood in. my question is... 1: is it safe (as far as breathing is concerned) for the aluminum to be burning and 2: how long can I expect these cans to hold up until they break down?

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Re: Made a wood burning stove for back packing
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2013, 01:15:41 PM »
  That's a great idea to save money.  I use the Sterno cans because I can burn it inside my tent with no worries about the fumes.  I heard somewhere that the fumes produced from burning aluminum can accelerate the development of Alzheimer's.  I would probably only use it a few times and then use a new can to be safe.  I mean I'm sure you don't have a shortage of cans if your a prepper and you eat what you store, store what you eat.  Here is another idea for portable heat. Take a roll of t.p. take the cardboard roll out from the center. Shove the paper into that quart paint can you have, and pour rubbing alcohol in it.  I have never tried this because I stockpile Sterno but it may work.  Good luck too ya and happy trails.

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Re: Made a wood burning stove for back packing
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2013, 03:47:11 PM »
  I have also heard about "Penny Stoves" but have never tried them out.  Tell ya what. I will try your cool idea out and also all the other ideas I have picked up over the years and never tried out.  Given yours is the most portable wood stove, I must.  Who knows, maybe all that Sterno I stockpiled is in vain.  Wood is the fuel of choice for the true survivalist.  Less is more in this case.  I will let you know how it all goes.  (The pyro in me is wringing his hands).

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Re: Made a wood burning stove for back packing
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2013, 06:19:58 PM »
It sounds like you're trying to make a wood gasification stove.  The soup can should be steel and is the inner can.  The inner can takes most of the heat and the paint can should stay relatively cool.  Something like this ?
http://www.instructables.com/id/Woodgas-Can-Stove/

Penny stoves are typically made from aluminum cans, but the cans themselves don't get terribly hot and there's no health issues from those that I'm aware of.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Alcohol-Stove-4/

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Re: Made a wood burning stove for back packing
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2013, 07:43:17 AM »
ill try and get some pictures up of my stove. I'm just worried about dangerous fumes from the can. I dont plan on using it everytime I need to cook or boil, just more when making a camp fire is not going to be possible. If I need to go stainless I will, just dont know where to get the stuff. Any suggestions are welcome

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Re: Made a wood burning stove for back packing
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2013, 08:04:45 AM »
Ok, so I did a quick google search (which I should have done before posting) and the inside can is steel. So I shouldn't have a problem as far as dangerous fumes go.

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Re: Made a wood burning stove for back packing
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2013, 08:30:41 PM »
I have a paint can / progresso soup can wood stove - I made it a couple years ago, since there are no moving parts there's not much to wear out. I've left it in the rain, getting pretty rusty. Still holds sticks fine.

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Re: Made a wood burning stove for back packing
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2013, 10:34:49 AM »
  I have also heard about "Penny Stoves" but have never tried them out.  Tell ya what. I will try your cool idea out and also all the other ideas I have picked up over the years and never tried out.  Given yours is the most portable wood stove, I must.  Who knows, maybe all that Sterno I stockpiled is in vain.  Wood is the fuel of choice for the true survivalist.  Less is more in this case.  I will let you know how it all goes.  (The pyro in me is wringing his hands).

I dabbled with penny stoves before getting what I use now: alcohol bottle stove from http://bottlestoves.com/

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Re: Made a wood burning stove for back packing
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2013, 07:03:49 AM »
Since you are going to have a wood fire, a simple device to keep your container up out of the coals so heat can get under it is
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com/stoves/?sort=bestselling
You could make your own. 
I have the "pack stove" version which fits around my water bottle and both fit inside a cup.
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com/stainless-steel-bottles-2/?sort=bestselling
The ultimate bottle cooking set.

Video demo of bottle/cup/'stove'.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYukUty4-1U&list=UUfa-XVztQrDlf-2v1UUdkwg&index=51&feature=plpp_video