|This is a DIY stove, made from your preps. Easy, Cheap and Quick, with added Safety, in comparison with the popular alcohol stoves.
First some background. Alcohol stoves are the easiest to operate, no pumps, vents, nossles, wicks, fumes or Carbon monoxide, issues. etc.
But alcohol is highly flammable, flame is invincible in strong daylight, have no levels, and the DIYs are made with only two issues at mind, lightweight and cheap.
The lightweight is the main drawback for using it on your kitchen counter, easy to bump over if it don´t have a solid rig for it. And since alcohol is flammable whit-out a wick, you will have a small river of burning fire on your nice wood kitchen counter..
The trangia solves this with a very good rig like this:
Solving this took me some thinking. I found a reference from air-stripes in the old days where they used tins, filled with sand and kerosene, that is a brilliant solution. It can be made anytime, using only your tin-canned preps. Burns on alcohol, and even kerosene. (some drawbacks on kerosone. Will come back to that later.)
The sand acts like a wick and prevents overheathing, and if bumbed over no floating fire. Its also complety quiet, and have no exiting bursts of flames.
*1 Sand (have to be dry)
*2 large tin (Whole Corn, is good for less mess)
*3 small tin (typical Tuna or Pineapple)
*4 a lid, that covers the small tin (from paintbucket)
*5 Cotton Buds (can be replaced with TP, or skipped)
*6 Hammer, Screvdriver, Sharp pointy thingy, Plier, Can-opener
*7 Grinding paper (not on the pict)
Stick holes in the small can, 1cm from the top (this is the type of can with a tear of lid, easyes to poke holes when the can is more solid.
Open the large can on the top.
Remowe content and grind away any thin layer of plastic on the inside with grinding paper. Its important to get away the plastic. One trick may be to just burn it off complety outside.
Sharp edges warning! Use solid glows or be carefull.
Then make small holes and work them bigger with screwdriver and the plier, size of holes have to be 1-2 cm. One row at the bottom and one row at top. This is easiest done on the side who is still not opened. Instead of hammering, use gentle force to awoid mishaping the can to much.
Remove the bottom as well.
the mais to be eaten when ready :D
Fill the small can with sand just below the holes. Place a cotton bud into the sand.
*1 Prefered fuel: denatured ethanol, in this case disqused as cheap carwindow fluid consentrate. Alchool burns with no soth, smell or CO. Other types are Red Spirits, Isopropanol/rubbing alchool (expensive and a good sanitizer) And Moonshine (waste of valuble resources!).
*2 Lamp oil, a better type of kerosene with less smoke and smell. Since this is not a effecient burner, the kasseroll will be sothed, and you have to ventilate some with a window if used.
White Gas (Naphta) is another type (from fossil Oil). Vegtable oil did not work very well, a mixture may be good.
Soak the sand with fuel, not to much, just soaked. The cotton acts like a primer, making it easier to ignite.
Burn Baby Burn!
*1 Allways keep the lid near, and a plier (something to handle hot with)
*2 Put the arangment on the bench, on top of a deep pan upside down. The burner gets hot on the underside.
* 3 keep the plier near as well to lift away the cooking top.
To put out the fire, you place the lid on.
( If you have used a kersone type of fuel, you will get some kerosene steam out of the holes. Open windows and ventilate well.) Smells bad, like a candle that is put out, and is not so healthy to inhale.
Boil in a small kasseroll, with lid all time.
(se the holes had to be bigger than first planned)
Enjoy your warm corn :D
One fill lasts aprox 20-30 minutes. The sand wil get hard after some use, poke it.
I recomend using alcohol, and not kerosene unless no other choise, (black mess in the washing up etc.)
3-4 heathers like this would also be a good way of heathing your house in an emergency. They give out a lot of heath. To effective ventilate whitout losing the heath, you open windows on both sides for a short minute. Remember that CO is heavier than air, that means cellars will be dead-end, and pose a treath of CO poisning if you use a lot of kerosene due to this burners ineficient burn.
Small children, cats, dont sleep, keep fireextinguisher ready etc warning!