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Has anyone ever used a popcan stove in the field? I just built my first stove and was curious how it stood up. The stove is built from a single beer can and fueled with HEET fuel antifreeze. Using a bit less than one quarter cup of HEET the stove boiled one and half cups of water in just over 8 minutes and the total burn time was 18 minutes 10 seconds. The test was preformed at just over 5400 ft elevation and the temperature was 25 degrees F with little wind. The stove weighs less than 1/4 oz and one bottle of HEET weighs in at about 14 oz. Weighing less than one pound the stove and fuel are going in my BOB.

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Has anyone ever used a popcan stove in the field? I just built my first stove and was curious how it stood up. The stove is built from a single beer can and fueled with HEET fuel antifreeze. Using a bit less than one quarter cup of HEET the stove boiled one and half cups of water in just over 8 minutes and the total burn time was 18 minutes 10 seconds. The test was preformed at just over 5400 ft elevation and the temperature was 25 degrees F with little wind. The stove weighs less than 1/4 oz and one bottle of HEET weighs in at about 14 oz. Weighing less than one pound the stove and fuel are going in my BOB.

 

Did you modify the can in any way? Welcome to the forum!

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The answer is yes biblenguns. I used one can cut into three pieces, the top with flat drink area removed and 16 holes drilled around the side, the bottom, and an inner baffle wall cut from the middle section of can. The three pieces fit together and you have a stove that can burn either HEET which costs about 2.40 per 12fl oz here in Denver or denatured alcohol which costs about 8.00 for a gallon I believe. I have uploaded two pictures. One is of the stove put together and the other shows it in three pieces. From left to right, bottom, inner baffle, and top. Keep in mind that this was my first attempt so the its a bit rough and I had to drink a few beers for back up and spare parts cans.

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Here's one tip, drill the holes before you cut the can. The can becomes to weak once cut and may crease or bend. One other thing I left out is that you have to cut slits vertically in the top piece, about eight even slits will do, just don't go past curve. This allows you to slip the top into the bottom. The best place to find ideas on the stoves would be you tube. Just type in popcan stove or alcohol stove.

Have fun.

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i haven't built the one ya'll are talking about. i did build an alcohol stove. it was on you tube as "the ultimate alcohol stove". its made from either a bud lite,or venom energy drink cans. it works well (boils 3/4 CUP of water on 1/2 oz of 91% alcohol) but i'd like to build one like ya'll have. where do i get the spec's?

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