The best gift I’ve ever received on the road is this; a stove made from nothing but a discarded drinks can. In this video we’re going to learn how to make it (with a little help from my friend Armen).
You can get your raw materials from the trashcan, make it in 10 minutes with a pocket knife, and get fuel from any pharmacy or hardware store. Oh, and it costs a hundred bucks less than the Whisperlite. What’s not to like?
I’ve been using these stoves for years now. Here are a few ideas for getting more out of them:
- Arrange several stoves in a pretty pattern and cook a big pot of food for your friends
- If windy, use your camping mattress (especially the cheap foam ones) as a wrap-around windshield
- Hunt down more efficient fuels than medical alcohol
- Try making giant stoves out of those oversized cans of Fosters
- Make them in campsites and hostels to give away as gifts, to trade for other useful stuff, in exchange for beer money, or simply to attract members of the opposite sex
This article is part of my ongoing mission to bring cycle touring back to its roots, which lie in simplicity and spontaneity over grand plans and fancy kit. There’s going to be a lot more where this came from over the next few months, so sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to be kept in the loop.
What are your favourite DIY camping/travel tips? Please share them in the comments below.