The stove will weigh less than 10 grams, ~1/3 of an ounce.
Using about 1 ounce of 70% Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol it will boil a pint (500 ml) of water in ~ 6 minutes. (At sea level.)
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This project must be done under parental supervision!
This project is for intelligent and careful ADULTS, if you don't fit into ALL of the previous categories DO NOT attempt this project -- You agree to assume all legal, moral, financial and medical responsibility should you attempt this project. You also agree that the total liability of this product is the amount paid; i.e. free advice is worth what you pay, and hopefully more.
Wear Work Gloves AND Safety Glasses while making this stove, you will be working with very sharp edges
Use the stove outdoors with a 5 gallon bucket of water or garden hose and a fire extinguisher to put out any unexpected fires.
Keep away from children! Sharp edges, fire and poison are not for little ones.
Use only outdoors, in a safe large fire pit area, never in a drought / fire hazard situation.
This stove will run on 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, this is the only fuel
I have tested it on.
DO NOT use of anything else!
If you get aluminum hot enough it will actually burn, so please don't use any other fuels.
The stove is very hot after use, handle with care.
Never move the stove while it is ignited.
Okay, now that my lawyer is happy, let's get down to business.
This project will take about 20 minutes to do, mostly to gather the tools.
I hope you only need to use this stove for recreational purposes.
Please enjoy this project wisely,
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This project started because I was looking for some more of these stoves. The Simmons Safe Sport stove. A really simple stove to use, but the place I had bought it from no longer carries it and has no clue if they will ever get more. Searches on the net yielded only Shioshio's webpage. The stove in use photo was taken just as the stove got hot, and the flames were not up to full height.
The Simmons Safe Sport Stove is slightly smaller in diameter than a
soda can. The stand is a nicely made steel wire frame. The stove is a cup
with an insert that goes almost to the bottom. With jet holes near the
top of the cup. The metal insert gets heated up and boils the alcohol,
when the fumes rise to the top and out the jets and get ignited. When all
of the jets flame up it is time to put the pot on. You heat up the fuel
by pouring in about an ounce or two and ignite it and let the flame rise
up though the center, this heats the cup up and gets the fuel to boil.
You fill it above the bottom of the insert, just like on my stove.
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A 12 oz soda can
A clean used tuna can - 6 ounce can
News paper for a quick project cleanup
Needle nose pliers
Sharp heavy duty scissors -- not your wife's sewing scissors.
A nail or screw or ice pick - to poke some holes
Sand paper or a metal file
Magic Marker (permanent marker)
1 pint 70% Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol
Remember: if you mess up you will have to drink another soda! :))
These wrinkles will do several things:
You're done with the building portion.
I will be trying a Foster's Beer Can - a really big can of beer, this
should allow for a taller stove and hold the pot better. See
This little stove weighs less than 10 grams, ~1/3 of an ounce!
Theory of operation: (Oh, no not
some boring prattling)
Well, too bad. When you make something you should have a clue how it works. This won't hurt too much.
The fuel (70% Isopropyl [Rubbing] Alcohol) is poured into the center and ignited. The flame inside the chamber causes the top half to heat up, when the outside edge is hot enough the fuel starts to vaporize and mists out the sides (because of the wrinkles / ruffles). This vapor is then ignited by the flame from the center flame -- all of this happens in about 30 seconds or less.
See, was that bad?
This will fund future projects -- I'm looking into how to make wood alcohol and/or isopropyl alcohol. If you have any resources information regarding these please email them to me! firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foster's Mishap:
Made the stove using the above technique, from a can I found on the side of the road - Rotten Litter Bugs! The metal had an odd (strange) feel to it, not like the other cans and the bottom had 'rusted' / tarnished. The thick rim had been gnawed (chewed - removed) off while using the can opener. Still we marched on, to make the stove.
Poured some fuel in and it would not stay light so, cheated [no, I'm not gonna tell you how - it worked on the other cans] and the flame started. It roared up nice and big and then the top lip caved in, and then the flame jumped even bigger. I started to get very worried! And grabbed the big bucket of water, but waited and the can started to cave in upon itself - the fuel was mostly used up.
The metal did not 'feel', correct, like the other cans.
I will be on the look out for another brand of beverage using the jumbo
[big] size cans.
20DEC2000 Just found that Arizona Iced Tea makes a 700ml version, it's not a full liter like the Foster's but it was bigger. And I will be testing it soon.
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