The first photo shows some simple little container that were used to make stoves. Some of them have "Character" They are the burner part of a stove.
All of them will boil 2 cups of water under optimum conditions using 1/2 ounce denatured alcohol.
Most of the time I use 1/2 inch hardware cloth to make a pot stand to fit the hieght of the burner. Usually they are 1-1/2 inches taller than the hieght of the fiberglass cloth wick. Both items can be purchased from the nearest Ace hardware.
The only tool required to make these stoves is a pair of scissors. When cutting the fiberglass cloth, measure the hiegth of the container and then add 1/2 inch for the wick to stick out above the rim. Now double that dimension. This is how wide you should cut your cloth. You are going to fold it over in half so that the cut edges will be at the bottom of the container. The folded edge will be at the top looking nice and neat. The length will be determined by the diameter, square, or rectangle of the container that you use. The container need not be round.
The hardware cloth can be purchased cut to size as needed for the burner at the nearest Ace hardware store.
The third photo shows the flame pattern of the little coal bucket. Boiled 2 cups in 6-1/4 min.(stand is not hardware cloth, just something that was quick at hand for photo session)
this one would work good for small diameter pots.
Many of these containers can be purchased at second hand stores for under a $1.00.
Get your kids involved in making these "Character" stoves. Teach them the fire safety rules that you use on all of your outings. Always stress Adult Supervised use of stoves. Get them involved in scouting programs.
Those of you that know of someone with a physical disability that prevents them from making a complicated stove may want to show them this thread. Help them out, get them involved, get them hooked on stove making. I'll furnish them with enough fiberglass cloth to get started.
Be the first on your trail to have a stove that has a little "Character".
Come check out a compilation of Zelph's stove designs.
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