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#1 Hippie3



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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:39 PM

PYRO PETE'S Improvised Camp Stoves... The most simple, but most dangerous.
We used to make these all the time when riding motorcycles all around the country.
Super simple, Super easy to make, and VERY DANGEROUS if you are an idiot with flammable liquids!

I've used them 100's of times with no problems, but if you are a klutz or have problems with dangerous things, DO TRY THIS ONE!

Start out with beverage can...
I prefer 'Tall Boys', they actually work better than the 'Standard' size cans...

If you want to cook for more than about 20 minutes, you might want to make more than one and have the next one waiting since it's VERY dangerous to try and refill a hot can!

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Cut the top out, and punch some holes in it like this.
Top holes are the 'Burner' holes, bottom holes are the air vents.

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Add about 2 Oz. to 2.5 Oz. of fuel, in this case GASOLINE to the bottom of the can...
Most of the time I fill them up to the vent holes, but if you do, be careful when you light it!

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Set your food warming/cooking tray on top once lit and cook away.
I suggest you use a covered cooking platform otherwise you will get a gasoline taste in the food.

2 to 2.5 ounces of gasoline will give you 20 to 30 minutes of good hot burn time.

Be SURE to put this thing on something that won't burn!

#2 Hippie3



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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:41 PM

btw kerosene's proly a better choice for fuel, less explosive
albeit much more expensive,
but trips to the ER ain't cheap

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:43 PM

My most favorite 'Home Brew' PERSONAL SIZE camp warmer/stove takes a little preparation at home.

This is just SUPER SIMPLE to make that any kid can do it, and it works pretty well!

Nothing more than cotton balls and Petroleum Jelly,
A breath mint tin and a quart 'Zip Lock' sandwich bag.

A hand full of Petroleum Jelly into the baggie, then stuff in a hand full of cotton balls.

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Kneed the baggie until the cotton balls are saturated, Then remove them and put them in the breath mint 'Tin'.

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Load up the baggie with another batch of petroleum jelly and cotton balls for starting fires or for reloading your personal warmer/camp stove....

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Burns for about 30 minutes, VERY easy to light, virtually water proof (Can't water saturate petroleum grease!)

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This particular kind of can comes with it's own 'Snuffer' lid and reloads in a snap if you want more than 30 Minutes of burn time!

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:46 PM

The one that burns the best for me, I can actually COOK over it rather than just heat stuff up,

Corrugated Cardboard from packing boxes,
Paraffin wax from candles, tops of preserves or jelly jars, ect.
Used tuna or cat food can.

You will need a 'Dutch Oven' or boiling pan to prepare this, but it's worth the effort!

Cut your strips of Cardboard wide enough to fill the tuna or cat food can.

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Roll them up so the fit fairly tightly in the can...

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Pour some MELTED paraffin or natural candle wax into the can, you will notice it likes to dry very quickly without penetrating the cardboard very well.

Sit the can in a hot water bath (Dutch oven style) and when it gets hot enough to accept more paraffin, add it until it's brimming full.
(will shrink as it dries)

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This stuff will burn good and hot for up to an hour!
It's virtually water proof, an costs pennies, weights virtually nothing and just generally does a GREAT job!

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:50 PM

This one is NATIVE FUEL Personal Convection camp stove.
Really easy, but you need to pay attention to what you are doing...

Starting with canned food, or you can use a 'Trash' can you pick up somewhere, really doesn't matter.

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If you start with a can that already has one end cut out of it, make SURE you put that end down, and MAKE SURE what you put it on is FIRE PROOF!

I'm using a coat hanger here, but you can use nails or about anything air will flow through and will keep the fire up off the floor of the can.

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Notice the air vents at the bottom!
Without these, you are having a cold dinner!

These are holes for the coat hanger, bailing wire, nails or what ever you scrounge up.
This holds the NATIVE FUEL up so the air can get under it.
This creates a draft and it really makes a small amount of fuel go a long way!

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Insert wires or nails or whatever, and secure them.
Here all I did was bend the ends...

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Now you are ready for some sticks as fuel and a cotton ball with petroleum jelly for a tender light, and you are off to the races!

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:57 PM

I've used them 100's of times with no problems, but if you are a klutz or have problems with dangerous things, DO TRY THIS ONE!

got it ! thanks , hip .

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:03 AM

Very Nice Hip!! I'm somewhat of a novice survivalist myself.:eusa_clap:bow:

The cotton balls soaked with petroleum jelly are in my survival bag in my car. I also have one of those magnesium bars with the flint stip on one side. Shave a few magnesium flakes into the soaked cotton, give it a spark and VIOLA!!

I use the same basic setup as your Pyro Pete's (I call it the hobo stove) except I use rubbing alcohol do to ease of keeping a bottle in the bag.

If you use alcohol, be careful!! The flame can burn clear, and sometimes you won't know if it's lit!!

Again, great write up man!!:eusa_clap:bow:

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:36 AM

Nice write up Hip, Im going to have to teach my kids some of these survival techniques as part of our, "when the shit hits the fan plan"

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:43 AM

this site rocks for diy stoves ,, :headbang:

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 01:31 PM


I've used them 100's of times with no problems, but if you are a klutz or have problems with dangerous things, DO TRY THIS ONE!

encouraging darwinism are we?:lol:

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 07:09 PM

Enjoying the emergence of these good to know threads. I bike around a fair deal, and have tried most techniques, still carry a homemade penny stove, but in the end I swear by my potjie (pronounced poyt-tkee) No seriously, this is an the greatest piece of cooking equipment I have ever owned, nothing beats lounging round a campfire chatting, all the while enjoying the fragrance of a bubbling potjie. It is deep rooted in South African traditional cooking, but seems to be spreading slowly around the globe as more discover its romantic appeal.

I have a small pressure cooker which works well, but its just not rugged enough, and although it gets stuff cooked quick, one needs a stove for it- not to mention the flavour from the potjie is unbeatable. Also the aluminium scores easily and funnily isn't as light as the potjie's cast iron, which just gets better with time, I know roadfolk who have passed these down several generations and still use them religiously.

Get yourself one of these before the sky plops!

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 07:26 PM

Awesome burners Hipp. I have used the cardboard & wax before. I'll try the others soon and pack an emergency kit for this winter. The cotton and petroleum jelly looks like a good set-up.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 07:54 PM

Thanks for the posts Hip...nice and simple setups :smokin:

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:37 PM

damn looks like we got mcgeiver in here. however you spell it. cool stuff!

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