Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Make A Super Cat Alcohol Stove

My Super Cat Alcohol Stove

A few years ago I decided to try to make a Super Cat Alcohol Stove so I could test it and potentially take it on some backpacking trips. Alcohol stoves are very popular with Thru-hikers due to their lightness and simplicity. They are also very cheap to make! The can used to make the stove typically cost under a dollar which usually is a cat food can or potted meat can. In my case I bought a Hormel potted meat can since I don't own a cat.  Making the stove is very simple and I chose the most basic design. This stove, I believe was created by Jim Wood and all the information is at his website.

The method I used to do the holes was to make a heavy construction paper template, copying his hole design, marking on the circular template and then using a paper punch to punch the holes. I then wrapped the template around the can, taping it and then using a magic marker drew the circles. Once drawn, I removed the template and used my paper punch to punched the holes. The benefit of using a paper template to wrap around the can to mark the holes is it is very easy to fabricate more cans as the marking of holes is the tedious part of the process. I must say it is very simple to make this stove!!!

I now only needed to test it. You can use a product called Heet or just Denatured alcohol for fuel.  My video was basically a spur of the moment event, so as a result the quality was not that good, but it will give you an idea of what to expect.

My Super Cat Alcohol Stove Test

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