One of the best gifts I’ve ever received on my travels is a stove made with nothing but a drinks can and a knife. In this video, we’re going to learn how to make it. The stove runs on alcohol, of which the most common source is medical alcohol from your local pharmacy. For information on finding fuel for the stove, visit zenstoves.net

It goes without saying that fire can be dangerous. Be respectful and enjoy putting this stove to good use! - tomsbiketrip.com

Camp Stoves

Sign up for news and our top posts


33 Comments

  1. Vaca says:

    Amen to Armen!

    Reply
  2. coyo says:

    WOW that is bloody brilliant

    Reply
  3. RatherRide says:

    awesome!

    Reply
  4. Holy Man says:

    That guy is a fricken genius. I will never be the man Armen is in all of my life

    Reply
  5. Dustin Surprenant says:

    You can use a can opener to take the top off too. A little easier than pocket knife.

    Reply
  6. Sven says:

    Is this a video from 1999? Because those stoves have been used by ultralight backpackers for almost twenty years.. Cool, sure. But old news…

    Reply
  7. BoscoBoater says:

    I am not sure I understand the purpose of the small hole.

    Reply
    • Anonymous says:

      I think the small hole is to allow air flow into the can as the fuel leaves the can otherwise a vacuum would form inside preventing the fuel from escaping. So basically the small hole is to allow the air pressure inside and outside the can to equalize thus allowing the fuel to flow out the sides freely.

      Reply
    • Thomas says:

      To keep letting air in so the combustion has oxygen in it when there’s a pot on top of the large opening

      Reply
    • Anonymous says:

      maybe to prevent a vacuum in the can as the fuel burns?

      Reply
    • Theseus says:

      It allows air to flow into the fuel chamber, allowing fuel to escape without making a vacuum, which could either implode the can, or stop fuel from moving. Both would be bad.

      Reply
  8. Robert says:

    At school we used mentholated spirits, that worked well and can be cheaper for a larger quantity.

    Reply
  9. Jillz says:

    Coleman is going to be pissed.

    Reply
  10. CavemanRC says:

    I have a job where i have a fairly ready source of ethanol available to me and for the last 3 years a version of this has been the only stove I’ve used. If all you need is to boil 2 cups of water for some dehydrated food, this is a great way to go. Longer cook times, simmer capabilities, or more people, you night want to stay with an iso or white gas stove. Another draw back, is when it gets cold they don’t burn as well because the alcohol has a hard time boiling. If you go solo and lightweight, this is a great way to cook.

    Reply
  11. marco says:

    is it also possible to take Petrol like the cars? or just alcohol

    Reply
  12. bpacker says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pajkt594Ruw

    An even easier and sturdier way to make a quick alcohol stove, I used to make them, last season I broke down and bought a $15 welded titanium alcohol stove.

    Reply
  13. Sunny says:

    Thanks guy! I’m going to carry one everywhere I go.

    Reply
  14. addy says:

    THAT WAS SOO COOL!!!! I KNOW HOW TO COOK FOOD NOW WHEN A HURRICANE TAKES OUT ALL THE POWER!! THANK YOU!! AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR SHARING!!

    Reply
  15. Anonymous says:

    I used these with Everclear for fuel. Great because there’s no worry of contaminating your food with your fuel. And well, you have Everclear with you on most camping trips anyway.

    Reply
  16. Andy Cheromcha says:

    I want to hang out in this apartment.

    Reply
  17. Dmit says:

    I’m sorry but this is pretty useless for camping, I bet they had to refill the container with alcohol at least 3 times in order to boil that much water. Alcohol evaporates, burns fast, and is does not produce much heat. It’s a cool gimmick to have at a house, but for camping just buy an ultra portable stove that will take butane tanks which will last you much longer.

    Reply
    • Anonymous says:

      And I bet that all alcohol vapour was burnt and not lost ;-)
      There are so many stoves with this fuel, if they all would know they can’t work…gee, many poeple would starve on ther strips!

      Reply
    • Dirk says:

      And I bet that all alcohol vapour was burnt and not lost ;-)
      There are so many stoves with this fuel, if they all would know they can’t work…gee, many poeple would starve on ther strips!

      Reply
  18. Kemper Allison says:

    Can you cook hot dogs over it?

    Reply
  19. Grum says:

    Looks a bit too unstable to me. I can see a lot of spilt coffee.

    Reply
  20. Maris says:

    It’s even better than manufactured army stove. Thanks!!! :)

    Reply
  21. Matt says:

    Awesome!!! Wonderful idea!! Thanks :-)

    Reply

Leave a Comment