DIY Wood Gas Stove

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A portable stove in your bug out bag will ensure that you can prepare food to get you through the first critical 72 hours. You don’t even need to buy a cheap, light one because you can make your own little stove from a pair of cans. Apart from being super inexpensive, it uses wood for fuel! Keep reading to learn how to build your own wood gas stove.

How To Make A Wood Gas Stove – Compact & Efficient!

Tools and materials needed:

DIY Wood Gas Stove

2 used/empty tin cans, one large, one slightly smaller can opener sheet metal shears/snips round file power drill and 3/16″ and 3/8″ bits

1. Cut the top off.

Remove the top of the large tin can. Remove the labels on the cans, if there are any.

2.  Trace the small can.

With both cans upside down, place the small can on top of the big one. Trace the diameter of the small can along the bottom of the big can with the marker.


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3. Cut the circle out.

Use the shears to punch a hole in the bottom of the can. Start cutting from there and work your way towards the edge of the marked circle.

4. Smooth out the edge.

Remove the cutout. Smooth out the edge with the round file.

5. Drill holes around the big can.

Take a small drill bit and use it to make holes around the upper perimeter of the can.

6. One more row.

Drill another row of holes between and below the first. Use the 3/8″ bit to make the holes bigger.

7. Put holes on the bottom of the small can.

Set the big can aside. Take the small can and drill holes with the 3/16″ bit on its bottom as shown.

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8. Drill holes around the small can.

Drill another set of pilot holes around the small can, similar to Step 6 and 7.

9. One row for the top.

Drill a single row of small holes around the top.

10. Two into one

Put the two cans together.  Done!  Creating this little stove can put your handyman skills to the test but the end result is definitely worth it. You saved some money and you also helped Mother Earth by recycling/reusing the material. Wood as fuel is also renewable. Best of all, it’s a fun activity!

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7 Responses to :
DIY Wood Gas Stove

  1. Very good idea, simple and effective.

  2. Tracey says:

    Great idea! Our little gas cooker just died so we’ll try this!

  3. WAYNE D'AGOSTINO says:

    I HAVE READ A LOT OF YOUR COLUMS ON FIRE STARTER THERE GOOD IDEAS.
    BUT THE ONE THAT I USE THAT STARTS A FIRE PRETTY FAST; HERE IS WHAT I USE.

    1. ZIP LOCK SANDWICH BAG

    2. PACKED WITH THE REFUSE THAT THE FILTERS THAT YOUR DRYER COLLECTS WHEN YOU DRY YOUR CLOTHES THIS MATERIEL IS VERY DRY AND STARTS TO SMOLDER VERY QUICKLY I MIX THIS WITH SOME VERY FINE SHAVED BIRCH BARK.
    THE MIX OF THE TWO START TO SMOLDER AND FIRE UP. I CAN GET IT TO STAR AFTER THE FIRST STRIKE OF MY FIRE STARTER. I FIND DRY BIRCH BARK TO BE THE BEST BEACUSE IT’S VERY THIN AND IS SIMLER TO PAPER. YOU SHOULD TRY IT. IT WORKS VRY WELL.

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