Finding the right stove for your bicycle tour can be difficult. There are dozens of different stoves to choose from and it seems as though each one requires a different type of fuel. That’s why, years ago, when I came across the designs for a working camp stove made out of two ordinary soda cans, I knew I had stumbled upon something special.
Today, I have a short video for you where I am going to show you how to make your own working camp stove – perfect for your upcoming bicycle adventure. The best part about this stove is that its lightweight, easy to use, and runs off denatured alcohol (which can be found just about anywhere in the world).
Pour a very small amount into the center hole and light with a match. After a few seconds the fuel will disperse to the burner holes and you’ll be ready to cook!
Once the stove is lit, place a small pile of rocks around the stove and then place your cook pot on top of the rocks. Now you’re cooking!
Experiment with the amount of fuel it takes to bring water to a boil. Start with a single teaspoon, see how long the fuel lasts, and then work your way up from there. The more fuel you pour into your stove, the longer the flame is going to last. After a few minutes of experimentation, you will begin to discover just how much fuel you need to cook whatever meal it is you are trying to prepare. Be sure not to pour too much fuel into the stove, as the only good way to remove the fuel from the stove after each use is to let it burn itself out entirely.
After the fuel has burnt itself out, be sure not to touch the stove for several minutes. The aluminum remains hot for a quite a while after use. Do not burn yourself!
Have fun, and stay safe!