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Offline FlatbowBC

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DIY Stainless Cooking Pot Stove
« on: February 16, 2018, 04:12:01 am »
A couple of people ha inquired about a stove that had appeared in 2 of  thead im the Classified section for the Snowtrekker tent I have for sale www.wintertrekking.com/community/index.php?topic=4714.0

Rather than explain it there, I decided to provide more information here. It was made from 3 stainless steel cooking pots that the I bought on sale from Canadian Tire.  They had a slight taper toward the bottom.

I cut the bottom 1.5”  off the bottom of 2 of the pots. I then slid the bottom of one cut pot into the top of The uncut pot, and the bottom of the 2nd cut pot into the top of the 1st. This gave about 1.5” of overlap at each joint with the successive pot jammed firmly into one another. The joints were secured with about 10 stainless steel rivets per joint.

 To create an endplate on the open end (top) of the pot, I took one of the cut bottoms and trimmed the the side wall down to about 0.5”. I then cut an opening for the door, and slid the sidewall into the top of  the barrel until it jammed snugly. I then riveted it in place.  This gave a stove body that was about 22” long by 10.5“ in diameter.

For the door, I used the other cut off bottom and cut it to a size that would overlap the opening cut. I used a stainless steel piano hinge I happened to have ha laying around and riveter it to the door and to the endplate. I added a latch to the door and catch for the latch on the end plade. I used some of the leftover flat steel to create round vent adjuster.

More info still to come...




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Re: DIY Stainless Cooking Pot Stove
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 09:34:56 am »
Very creative stove design resulting in what looks like a very functional, relatively lightweight stove. What are the legs made out of and do they pierce the side of the stove as appears to be the case in the picture? Also curious what the finished stove weighs? Thanks.
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Re: DIY Stainless Cooking Pot Stove
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 09:49:07 am »
cool stove.  and very nice cook tops

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Re: DIY Stainless Cooking Pot Stove
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 10:53:33 am »
Nice. I think I could make something like that.... A bit limiting for the cooking surface, but look like it work good!! Legs look like  pieces of Easton all poles salvage from an old tent....


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Re: DIY Stainless Cooking Pot Stove
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2018, 04:02:57 am »
I should mention that this stove was slapped together quickly and on a tight budget. Other than the stainless foil for the pipe and some of the stainle spark arrestor mesh (both purchased from Kifaru), I was into the project for about $60 CDN.  The firebox worked well and generally drafted well, but I have decommissioned the stove for reasons I'll mention later.

For the legs, I used stainless steel allthread, each leg passing through 2 holes on the both sides front and back. Each leg had 4 nuts and washers clamping the stove body from the inside and outside on both the upper and lower holes. I had about 4" of allthread extend down from the bottom of each hole, and just enough allthreadh coming out through the top hole to slip on a washer and secure a nut. I used some short pieces of Easton tent pole to slip over the bottom portion of the allthread to extend the legs. Total stove was around 10-11 lbs.

The legs were the major weak link of this setup and they simply weren't strong enough to provide a sturdy reliable base. I should used 1 W shaped hinge leg spanning the left and right side on the front and another on the back. While I could have changed the leg system easily enough, I decided abandon this design and make a couple of tatedown cylinder stoves instead.
For my purposes need a stove that will fold into a compact package and is about 1/4 of the weight or less.  I'm in the preliminary stages a couple of very compact and lightweight stoves (one from stainless, the other from titanium). They will have some modifications that will make their setup superfast and eliminate messing about with small screws, nuts, turnbuckles and such. I will post details once Im further along in a separate thread

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Re: DIY Stainless Cooking Pot Stove
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2018, 07:10:47 pm »
Interested in your new designs.
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Re: DIY Stainless Cooking Pot Stove
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2018, 02:41:51 am »
I really like my Seekoutside Ti stove...so if you have something innovative to bring to the table you have my attention
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Re: DIY Stainless Cooking Pot Stove
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2018, 10:45:43 am »
I really like my Seekoutside Ti stove...so if you have something innovative to bring to the table you have my attention

Bkrgi,
The Seek Outside stoves appear to be great folding stoves at a decent price considering the material costs and and labour to make them. While I haven't used one I have no doubt they work extremely well because they are essentially a titanium version (with some minor modifications) of the stainless steel box stoves that Ed Tyanich had been making for Kifaru for years, of which I've owned 3 in different sizes.

But that has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with this thread, which is about the strengths and weaknesses of one particular low budget DIY stove prototype.
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Re: DIY Stainless Cooking Pot Stove
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2018, 11:17:34 am »
Nice. I think I could make something like that.... A bit limiting for the cooking surface, but look like it work good!! Legs look like  pieces of Easton all poles salvage from an old tent....

For sure the cooking surface is not optimal. It took a couple of small stainless camping plates, and cut curvatures in opposing sidewalls which matched the curvature of the stove body an riveted the onto the stove body, giving falt surfaces to rest 2 pots. I also drilled out a number of holes in the bottom of the plate before attaching it to the stove body to help heat transfer.

At the time I did not have any contacts that were willing to do small welding jobs on stainless steel for reasonable prices, (which I now have).  A better solution might have been to cut off the top 1/3 of the stove body and weld a flat piece of stainless steel to the top. Better for cooking and a better mating surface for the stovepipe collar.