Discussion in 'BushClass USA' started by IA Woodsman, Jan 21, 2011.
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Lets try this again, LOL
Coffee can oven
So I'm not as handy with metal as most of you are. I’m also a simple guy. I knew I wouldn't have the materials to make anything elaborate like a full fledged reflector oven, and I wanted to make something I could make pretty much anywhere.
So here's my creation. A coffee can oven.
Super simple to make all you need is one large coffee can and one smaller coffee can
All I did was cut a hole in the larger one to let heat in and cut the smaller one down so that it would stand about halfway up in the bigger can
Put what you're cooking on top of the smaller can and then cover it with the bigger can.
This creates a small oven. Can't cook a lot, but it works fine for small meals. Additionally I could use the cans as cooking surfaces separately. I have some tweaking to do, but it's simple, effective, and flexible.
Chocolate and sugar brownie/muffin(?)I made in my coffee can oven.
It was good,but could have used more sugar.
I finally had an idea!
You know what I really like? Tin foil. It can keep our food warm, it can polish metal, and, in a pinch, it can be used as a fashionable hat. I was thinking to myself how a wad of it, folded up, may well have a place in a PSK. Polish it up and you've got a signal mirror and might even be able to use it to get a fire going.
But this is a lesson about cooking, and I kept coming back to one thing: boiling water. So I wanted to see if I could make a container for water out of tin foil that could be boiled. For this experiment I used my messy kitchen stove because it's about the foil, and because it was a bit of an experiment so I wanted a controlled environment.
Overall I'd say it was flimsy but useable in an emergency. Definitely not something I would voluntarily go for. The moisture found its way through some of the folds in the foil and would quickly turn to steam, so parts of the container would inflate and then deflate as the pressure found its way out. This definitely didn't feel like the safest thing I've ever done, though I have done far worse.
Anyway, behold the boiling water.
Today I made a fork from some very thick mild steel scrap wire . Once I was finished forging the ends and twisting the handle . I then brushed the fork handle with a brass brush while it was heated to transfer some of the brass to it .
Very nice. Good job
Simple. Effective. Didnt have many materials around the house anyways, and didnt feel like spending money. So here it is....
Rocket stove for me.
I re-kindled the brush fire I had last night with some dry limbs I had laying around. During my second cup of coffee I decided I wanted boiled eggs for breakfast, but didn't want to pull out the camping pots. I punched two holes and some bailing wire for a bail, started boiling water, and went to raid the chicken coop for eggs. My wife put in an order as well, so I had to do two rounds.
About halfway through, the can fell over, dumping the eggs. I fished them out of the ashes, and got a tri-pod quickly up with some hanging chain for the improvised pot.
Made up some egg handling tongs to get them in some cool water. Used an old coffee can for the cool water, the lid made a great plate as well. Bonus - The resulting eggs were great!
I made a stove from a can of cat food. I got the instructions from The Soda Can Stove website, if anyone's interested.
I made a few lids for my 10cm Imusa Mug.
Here's an action shot, heating some water for coffee on my DIY Fancy Feast Stove
Here is the thread where I posted a link to the build tutorial.
Hope this covers the bases, it's my first Bushclass submission. Please let me know if all is in order. Thanks!
It took a little bit to get it primed but it works. It can also double as a char tin as well. Easy fill
I built a wood gasification stove and pot stand . It took a couple of tries to get it right but I'm very happy with the results!
Just used an old cleaned out paint bucket with a wire handle. Boiled some water in it.
Here is my improvised metal cooking implement. I used some chicken wire mesh as the base and a paint can with some water in it. I got the water to boil. Not sure if that shows up.well on the photo.
Yum. Bacon. I made a cooking surface out of tin foil. Could also be used to boil water if made with higher walls, make oatmeal, or almost anything else.
Here's my improvised cooking implement. It's a can to which I attached a bail made from a wire coat hanger. My wife saved me a couple of cans and so, with the help of a drill, some wire cutters and some pliers, I came up with this:
It actually worked really well! Here's a closeup in the fire:
It worked great and boiled water. Can't ask for much more than that!
Fish mouth spreader as a bushpot handle
Here's my metal cooking implement. It's a DIY bushbuddy stove. It's made from a clean unused 1 qt paint can, available at any paint place. A progresso soup can, and a tuna can for the pot holder. I found the idea on YouTube. Works well. I made 2 of them.
I got a side-cutting can opener, a large can of peaches, and made a lid for my Walmart knock-off Glacier cup. The bail was made from a piece of coat-hanger that I cut. I sanded, then burned the inside of the lid to get rid of the coating. I got a Trangia for Christmas, so I also made a windscreen based on an idea I saw on Youtube. Despite hours of watching videos, I still used the wrong fuel initially (91% Isopropyl instead of Heet). The burner kept going out due to the bad fuel and the fact that it was sitting on my ice-cold metal patio table in 22 degree F weather. I also accidentally left the lighter out there in the dark and cold...with predictable effect. Eventually, I got the right fuel, a warm lighter, put the Trangia on a cork planter pad, and boiled a cup of water for tea in about 7 1/2 minutes with the lid on. Lots of lessons learned in this one, especially about how to treat all those little metal cuts....
Here is something I've been want to try, and have not seen before -- which is not to say that others haven't done it. I chose not to see if others have given it a go, so that I could proceed in this grand experiment with ... um ... child-like wonderment and a tabula rasa.
My objectives were four-fold:
Practice with an improvised metal cooking implement.
Cook bannock over a fire
Test drive my Sunflair Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI)
Borrowing from the idea of a Swedish stove, I:
set up four cans in a square,
filled each can with water,
plopped my WAPI into one can's water,
criss-crossed fuel in the center,
ignited a conflagration with my trusty ferro rod,
and placed my cast iron skillet with a billet of bannock on top.
My fuel was a bit damp, and it was raining, so to save the experiment I fed in fatwood.
(If Bushclass ever has an elective for cooking over a tire fire, I feel I should get credit for that too.)
We've now attained maximum black soot generation. And note the coronal mass ejection on the left.
The WAPI worked, as indicated by the wax moving to the bottom. No surprise though -- the water was boiling.
Holy moly, it's actually working.
And you can see the water boiling in the can.
The bannock turned out perfectly cooked and totally yummy. AND I have pasteurized water!
While this setup will certainly not be my go-to fire configuration, it was fun and interesting to try a new idea. It is simple, stable, and takes care of both cooking and water pasteurizing. I suspect it would work much better with higher quality, or at least drier, fuel. I also suspect it would work better with the cans separated a bit more.
Not very original here, but here is my submission for Improvised Metal Cooking Implement. I made an alcohol stove our of a beer can. This is new to me, and I've always wanted to try my hand at one, so here it is.
Cut the top off with a can opener.
Filed the sharp edges down.
Cut the can into two pieces.
Crimped the top section so that it will fit into the bottom.
Used an awl to put some burner holes around the top.
Here it is lit with 91% isopropyl alcohol.
Pot on the stove and boiling up some water.
A gourmet dish of Ramen Noodles for breakfast! I'm no culinary expert by any means. The fact that I didn't burn these is a testament to sheer will) Working on it!
I like this multi-tasking the same fire. Of course the idea of being in the woods with four empty cans (I suppose three cans would also work) may not be likely but then again could be as there is litter everywhere anymore. The idea that you you could boil your water and cook your food at the same time is great. If isolated from a safe source, you would need a lot more water then food anyway and one could be pine needle tea or anything else in one and have the others for drinking. Thanks for the demo.
so.. I started off with a piece of 11ga aluminum pipe 4" i.d. 3" tall. Cut a 1 1/2 hole with hole saw and drilled 1/4 " holes for air flow. Drilled 4 holes opposite from each other and put one single piece of 1/4" round stock that went hole to hole. Then cut 2 two pieces that met the first in the middle. Flipped over and welded all together underneath so it couldn't fall out. With a little modification to my nesting cup it will fit on my cooking kit with no problem!
Mine took a little work to get lit, but once I did it worked pretty well. Made a small can stove that my cup fits just inside of. When I put the cup on, it nearly kills the flame but focuses the heat right on the cup. Once I figured out that was OK and quit pulling the cup off to stoke the fire it worked great. I think it works similar to how we make char cloth as the flame goes out, but there's just enough air to keep the wood smoldering but not enough for open flames. Next time I use it, I'll build a hot twig fire with some bigger chunks in the bottom and let it get good and hot, and then throw the cup right on top.
I got a solid rolling boil and when I pulled the cup there was still plenty of good heat. The other thing I had to do was set it on my little mess kit pan to keep the snow out of the church key holes on the bottom. Could've just as easily used a rock or wooden platform to set it on. Turned out to be a fun project. Starting to feel a bit like a boy scout again
Using my pie pan to fan the flames. I have a pair of these and love them for oddball cooking in the woods. They are great for bannock or even frying things:
Smoking and simmering away:
Solid rolling boil:
Metal cooking implement
I hope this qualifies as an 'implement'. I bought a lot of camping stuff off ebay and the burner and valve for this stove were included. I didn't have much to go on, but I managed to find a couple of pictures of a complete stove.
Those pics gave me enough info to design my own legs for the burner. I made a prototype out of coat hanger wire. I wanted my stove to be taller and slightly larger in diameter.
So, yesterday I started bending some heavy wire and formed the three legs. I also made a 'spider' to stabilize the legs.
I had to put up a makeshift wind screen, still need to make a folding windscreen for my kit.
I found the little coffee pot in some junk that was left here when we moved in.
Hot water for chocolate! (A good slug of Bailey's makes it better too!)
Three short videos
I just watched The Road, which was the inspiration for this... All of this was found in the woods near my house and brought home. I used the solo stove because my fire pit is buried for the winter.
I used fence posts for the tripod, barbed wire for the lashing and the line to support the pot, and a found pop can as a pot to prove it would boil water. Of course my phone died on me and I didn't get any pictures, but I later used my toaks pot to boil up some water for ramen, I wasn't really wanting to drink that nasty sludge water out of the pop can, but you could in an emergency.
Here is my completed submission...
Started with a kidney bean can, some brass wire, and a coat hangar. I used pliers, tin snips, and a drill to make it.
What I learned - this can is a bit too small and has a tendency to choke a bit. The next one I build will be from a wider, taller can. It's no Emberlit, but it works.
Hate to bug yah, @Sgt. Mac
Coffee can is my base due to apartment living. Next is an old cut up fish basket, it’s my burning base, then tin foil, a pot, or any other implement can be used, I made a tinfoil “plate” to cook up a piece of ham, would have been more but supper is in the oven...
For this project, I fashioned a makeshift cooking grill out of 16 gauge galvanized steel wire. My GSI cup and my Solo Stove Titan are components of my kit that I use often, but they don't work well together because of how far apart the pot holding prongs on the Solo Stove are; the grill functions to provide a more stable cooking surface upon which to set the cup, other narrow-bottomed pot, or possibly food. The wire is fairly soft and malleable, but getting it to bend at even angles and keeping the grill uniform as the wire criss-crossed proved much harder than I thought. The end result is sloppier than I anticipated, but seems to function as intended.
Here's one I made a while ago.
Here is my little wood burning stove made from an oatmeal tin. I cut the whole thing up with my Ka-Bar. The last picture shows me boiling cowboy coffee. I had a video but couldn't upload it.
Coffee can pot. Sawzall blade forks and knives. Homemade mucket.
Built a hobo stove, using a can, my SAK, and knive
Baked some potatoes and onions,
Worked great, tasted good
Seems like a lot of guys have this exact same set up, but its a good one. Just a DIY Bush Buddy stove from a quart paint can. That's water boiling for coffee!
Taken from "Bushcraft 101, A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival" , and altered to put the Trangia in the sweet spot. A pot stand from a steel can.
Here is mine. I made a beer can stove from two empty Busch cans. And yes, I drink Busch... love it.
It’s a pretty simple design I found on the Internet, the only tools needed were a razor blade and a push pin. Filled it with yellow heet and watched it go. Here are the pics.
Took a tea tin and added some 24 gauge wire for a bail
Made up some hot cocoa over the fire tonight.
Made an adjustable bale: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...stanley-pot-usgi-cup-etc.218806/#post-3767593
Here is a DIY Gassifier wood stove I made out of a 1qt paint can, a 190z Progresso Soup can and an 8oz Dole Pineapple can.
does this count?
I made a frying pan. The pan is stainless steel and handle socket is copper. Maple handle.
I made a hobo stove from a tomatoe can. Made a burner from a tuna can, cardboard and wax.
Melting the wax.
Punched the air holes
Wax in the tuna can
Lit the wax and it's ready for cooking
I actually came out with a tin can stove for this exercise, and while it held fire OK, I knew I'd never use it again. I decided to put my tent pegs to use instead. I haven't used this before and I'm impressed with how effective it is. I've had a pretty hard time finding a stove that works well for me, but I will be using this setup 'on the reg'. :thumbsup:
These are likely zinc-coated, which makes me worry a little bit regarding fumes. Just not sure it's worth $20 for some titanium ones.
Tea and bannock round out the day
For this submission, I made a set of fire irons from 5/16 bar stock. I got the idea from Kephart, but added the bolt to join them, as I have seen others in the field. They seem more stable that way.
I also made a pouch out of some scrap duck cloth.
Here it is in use. I also killed two birds with one stone and made bannock. The only problem was I didn't plan very well on only had a spoon to use to flip it; that's why it didn't hold together very well.
Mine was not elaborate, but it accomplished several things I wanted to encorporate. I had just finish the 2 strand twist and ridgeline lessons, and wanted to try twisting some wire for a pot handle. I also just picked up a secondhand camp stove that needed a test drive, and particularly wanted to cook on it with something other than the "standard" pot it came with. As a bonus I got to make a mini pot hanger
My Stanley cook pot wouldn't sit on my twig stove.....what to do
Salvage the grate from a rusted out charcoal chimney! Fits and packs in the pouch perfectly after some modifications.
I really wanted to do something different for this one, but got stymied coming up with a good idea - so I just made a small little solo-stove. It works well, but it takes a little finesse to get going and it seems to die very quickly if not constantly fed. The can inside is pretty small, so I guess that's expected. It will never replace my commercial version, but I will keep this in my emergency bag in my truck.
(packed and ready to go)
(the flame at first - smoke is from the birch bark)
(after a while - gasifying now and burning good)