Interesting discussion from rec.backcountry on "hobo" stoves ...
>Anyone have suggestions for simple, effective, light hobo stoves? This
>is a new phenomenon to me.
You could whip up an Osborne Stove out of a couple of old coffee cans and a couple of grids. Folds
A simple and cheap cooking method is the buddy burner (I guess this would be another use for it too?)
The is simply a strip of cardboard box rolled up and taped into a short fat cylinder (maybe 1inch high)
and soaked in candle wax, paraffin wax, old margarine, diesel, etc, etc.
Alternatively, the whole thing can be made inside an old tuna can, or the tuna can can be filled about ¼
inch with inflammable stuff, and a paper towel put in as a wick. All variations on a theme.
Four 6 inch nails driven into the ground around this make a pan rest.
Or you can use it as a quick and convenient heat source in a hobostove or an Osborne stove.
The Hobo Stove:-
Take a gallon paint can (exact size not important - experiment)
Cut holes in sides of can as below:-
| O /
| O /_______ WIND
0 O \
0 / \
000 = Hole at top of can
OOO = Hole at bottom of can.
Chuck anything combustible in, and sprinkle a couple of drops of petrol in the bottom hole ( Non-lazy
buggers can of course do this without petrol!!), and light it up.
The wind blows it the bottom hole, and the aerodynamics of the can suck the exhaust out of the top
holes. This forms a vicious thru draught, and the fire burns almost white hot in a strong wind! It also
uses very little fuel. Fire temperature can be controlled be turning can away from the wind a bit, or by
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obstructing the inlet hole.
Put a pan directly on the top of the can without the can lid (unless you are very fussy about carbon