Camping and backpacking are two of my favorite activities in the entire world. Getting out in nature with your buddies and just leaving behind the craziness that accompanies living in a city can be so refreshing and invigorating. Unfortunately, packing comes with camping, and that usually really sucks. Well this DIY camping stove just made your next adventure into mother natures backyard a little bit easier. These downloadable templates come from zenstoves.net are absolutely perfect for creating a simple yet very effective stove that can be packed away even in a backpack! The convenience that comes with having a collapsible stove like this cannot be overstated. Check out this awesome DIY camping stove and get to work on your own for your next big adventure!
The first step of imgur user MikeBenton was to print out the downloadable templates from zenstoves. Simple enough.
He also printed out the instructions that go along with it. This is always a smart idea, even though we don’t like to admit it.
He then cut out the templates that he would be using for this project. So far this thing is pretty darn easy if you ask me.
Tracing all the templates onto the metal of choice, which was aluminum, was next. FYI, don’t use Zinc or Galvanized Steel, they emit poisonous heavy metals into the air. So yeah, just don’t do it.
This is one of the side pieces to stove after it has been cut out using metal shears. The cut is pretty rough and can have sharp edges so be careful.
Using a Dremel tool with a cut off wheel attachment, he smoothed out the rough and sharp edges of the template cut out. He also cut in the slots that will be used to hold the other pieces of the stove.
A shot of all the templates cut out and fitted together. It really does look great.
One more shot of the assembled product.
Next it was time for a test burn. Even though this was done in ideal conditions with dry wood, it’s still a great success and seems to work perfectly.
He was able to boil 1 cup of water in 5 minutes with this little set up, not too shabby!
He even created a custom carrying case using a simple cardboard box from Amazon.
All it took was two simple holes cut into the front of the box and some 550 cord wrapped around and it secures it all together.
Success! This is a field test at 7,500 feet. Still worked perfect and boiled water in 5 minutes. Granted he is using camping fuel. Such an awesome piece of gear to have.
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I am definitely going to be making one of these in the near future. There really isn’t that much work involved and the results you get seem to be pretty great. The portability and weight of this thing are the biggest upsides in my opinion. Backpacking would be so much simpler if these were the only things you needed to boil water and cook with. So go out there and get crafting!