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Made a few of those myself, an even more simple model is the "cat can" stove which I have used with much success. I'm also a HUGE fan of the "Choke Hazard" alcohol stove by minibull designs, as well as many of minibulls designed stoves. I use the "choke hazard" when ultra-light camping. It was my sole stove on a 2,100 mile hike up the Appalachian trail.


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My choke hazard made it 6 months with daily use, and frequent use multiple times per day. Still going strong. I think the key to can stoves, cat-can stoves, and alcohol stoves in general are their simplicity. No moving parts to break, no O-rings to replace, no handles to snap off, no canisters to be replaced.
 

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Cat food size cans with two rows of 1/4 inch holes work, camp use may require a windbreak to burn efficiently. I use denatured alcohol ,$15 a gallon, last for two or three seasons.
 

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that video was cool, I've never made one before, think im going to try to tonight. I think a 3rd bottom would make a good lid for the stove.

then I think I'll try to make one out of a 55 gal. drum, I got some JP4 around here somewhere.
 

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How funny. My son is in the process of making one of these right now. He is using a couple Arizona Iced Tea cans that are a little bigger than a soda can. He has a Fosters beer can that he turned into a pot that holds the stove, small can of fuel and a wind screen. He cut the top of the Fosters can with a can opener, side ways. It works great.

For his next trick, he is also playing with a 5L Heineken mini keg for a pot. That has potential. It will fit the stove, fuel, screen and a small pot. It will take forever to boil water in it with the stove, but over coals, not so bad.
 

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I was making the soda can one at work but sadly I only had two cans of soda and goofed on one of the ends :-( Ill have to do it in the morning.
 

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the orifice seems to be importain to get right, the thumb tack didnt work very well. So I enlarger the holes and got a 15" yellow flame that looked really pretty but wasn't what I was after.
I made 16 holes, going to try 12 next time. just gotta tweek it a bit.
 

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the orifice seems to be importain to get right, the thumb tack didnt work very well. So I enlarger the holes and got a 15" yellow flame that looked really pretty but wasn't what I was after.
I made 16 holes, going to try 12 next time. just gotta tweek it a bit.
Odd I made it exactly the way it was done in the video and I couldnt be any happier. I put my burner holes rights to the metal lip and after testing bent the holes towards the center. I notice mine only like to be started one way to burn efficiently and long span of time by puting an 1oz of fuel in side it, put the penny back over the hole, and then fill up the little bowl till it spills slightly onto the burner jets then light. This lasts me about 12-13 min. Oh and I too have 16 wholes on the burner. From what it sounds like to me is that your holes are to big. Was is heated up enough to vaporize and run the jets???
 

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Made a few of those myself, an even more simple model is the "cat can" stove which I have used with much success. I'm also a HUGE fan of the "Choke Hazard" alcohol stove by minibull designs, as well as many of minibulls designed stoves. I use the "choke hazard" when ultra-light camping. It was my sole stove on a 2,100 mile hike up the Appalachian trail.


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I was just emailing Tinny at Minibulldesign minute ago. I have the MBD Survival stove and was begging for a chicken waterer for a 2oz bottle. He said he had one in a drawer - yippee! Am 'saving up' for the M4. Love his stuff.:)
 
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