Home made and Portable "Hobo Stoves" stoves

Thanks to a comment from deanS which jogged my memory I was able to rename this post.

Gracias deanS!

My good and clever friend Bushpuuko over at BCUSA forums has prompted me to do a little write up on tin can stoves.

BP posted a very good story and excellent photos of The recent stove he constructed out of a tin can. Cool stuff and good to know in an emergency.

I have traveled a bit in the world and have seen this type of stove in all sizes doing all types of cooking from grilling to making rice to roasting sweet potatoes.

Most recently in the Philippines when I would walk or jog around my neighborhood I began to notice these can stoves in operation every where.

I guess the poorer folks cannot afford the cost of propane so they resort to this method of cooking their daily rations.

Filipinos are expert at recycling and making useful items out of junk others throw away. I noticed in the Carbon market of Cebu city that there were several vendors selling home made can stoves and others selling wood and charcoal.

I found it interesting to note that they Filipinos also like to grill over coconut shells.You will see a lot of street vendors all across Asia using these type stoves to cook everything from fish to chicken guts.

I was recently reading about the LRDG or Long Range Desert Group which operated in Libya during ww2 and there was a picture of the soldiers cooing food over what they called a “Bengazi boiler” which I read someplace was made out of a converted Kelly Kettle.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say;

Kelly Kettle, Storm Kettle, Thermette and Volcano Kettle are names given to a design of outdoor water-boiling device. These kettles are for use in the outdoors, and are constructed of a double-walled chimney that is filled with water. The water is heated as fire and heat are directed up the chimney. The idea of a kettle that places the water around the outside of the heat source is shared with the older samovars, tea urns from Eastern, Central, and Southeastern Europe, as well as the Middle East. This funneling of heat and flames up a central flue also uses the same principles as rocket stoves. The increased surface contact area maximizes thermal transfer, leading to faster boiling, while the upward chimney draft effect provides for more efficient use of fuel, and enables operation in windy or wet weather. During World War II such an improvised design was called a Benghazi boiler.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_kettle (wikipedia)

http://blindkat.hegewisch.net/lrdg/lrdg.html#about (LRDG website)

It is cool stuff and I am a big fan of using junk to make functional and practical outdoor gear. You will find below the write up by my good friend Bushpuukko.

I hope you enjoy it and become inspired to go out and make one for yourselves.

Tomahawk – Scouts out!

The write up below and the accompanying photo credit goes to; Bush puukko


I finally got around to making a stove out of a canister I bought at WalMart for $9.97. I drilled 15/64 holes around the base. I used a rivet tape to get equal spacing and a center punch to mark them. I used a drill press to drill the holes. I should have drilled the holes in steps for a neater finish but my time was limited. Next I marked a square opening for the hole and cut it out with an angled die grinder. Next I drilled three holes 120 degrees apart and installed heavy duty threaded bolts with washers and nuts to act as a pot stand.

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