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Building Your Own Camp Stove

Are you looking for a way to have a more affordable camping experience? Building your own camp stove could be the perfect solution! Having your own stove will minimize the expense of buying fuel for individual trips, and with a little time and effort you can save money and have a stove that you built yourself.

What You`ll Need to Make a Camp Stove

The supplies you need to make your own stove are fairly simple and can generally be found right in your own backyard. Here`s a list of materials you`ll need:
  • empty can of tuna, or any other can with a pull tab top
  • tin snips
  • butane fuel
  • aluminum foil
  • matches or lighter

Steps To Making a Camp Stove

Step 1: Preparing the Can Begin by using the tin snips to cut a hole in the side of the can, near the bottom. Make sure it is large enough to fit the butane fuel inside. Then, use the tin snips again to cut two “L” shaped slices in the top of the can, one on each side. These will be used to hold the aluminum foil above the fuel. Step 2: Attaching the Aluminum Foil To attach the aluminum foil to the top of the can, use the “L” shapes cuts you made earlier. Place the aluminum foil over the top, making sure it completely covers the cuts, and fold the ends of the foil over the top of the can. You may need to use tape or glue to secure the foil in place. Step 3: Adding the Fuel Once the aluminum foil is attached, simply add the butane fuel to the can and replace the pull tab top. Make sure the tab is closed securely and your camp stove is ready for use! Step 4: Igniting the Stove To light the stove, use matches or a lighter to light the fuel coming out of the can. The butane will then heat the aluminum foil, which will cause the air around it to heat up and a flame will come from the top of the can. To adjust the heat, you can open or close the pull tab on the top.

Tips for Safety

When using your homemade camp stove, make sure you follow these safety tips:
  • Always use the stove in an open area, away from flammable materials.
  • Be aware of the wind direction, as the stove could produce sparks that could ignite.
  • Do not store the can with fuel still inside, as this can be a fire hazard.
  • Keep the stove away from children and animals.


Building your own camp stove is an easy and affordable way to camp without having to purchase individual fuel for each trip. With just a few simple materials and a little bit of time, you can have a functional, great-looking camp stove that you built yourself. Just make sure you follow all of the safety tips and regulations for using your stove. Have fun and enjoy your outdoor adventures!
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