Twig Burning Camp Stove
Build yourself an inexpensive and portable twig burning camp stove from Ikea cutlery pots
When you're out there hiking or fishing away from camp, there's nothing quite like taking a break to fry a freshly caught trout or getting fresh coffee on the boil. Why sacrifice space in your pack carrying heavy and expensive fuel, when all you need are twigs and pine cones laying all around you.
This DIY twig burning camp stove is an easy-to-build, compact and an efficient way to cook your meals on-the-go. All you need is two Ikea Ordning cutlery pots, four 15cm bolts, metal shears, iron file and about half an hour (or about) of your time.
First things first
There are commercial twig burning camp stoves out there. Some even charge your devices at the same time, but when the basic principle is simple as heating up a sauna, why not build one yourself?
There's probably no right or wrong way to do build one. Googling around will likely produce some interesting solutions too. Not saying that this version is perfect or better than other solutions out there, but the making, tinkering, fine tuning and the iteration of the model is a big part of the fun. Having said that, there's also some solid reasoning behind this solution. More on that later on.
Now, take a look at the fun how-to video below for inspiration, and after get yourself down to Ikea for those Ordning cutlery pots.
Building the Camp Stove
This DIY twig burning camp stove is an easy-to-build, compact and an efficient way to cook your meals on-the-go. All you need is two Ikea Ordning cutlery
pots, four 15cm screws or bolts, metal shears or hacksaw, iron file for smoothing out edges, beer and some patience.
The bottom cylinder
Cut the first pot down to size along the top row of holes (open end of the pot). This will be the base of the stove containing the fire, so leave the cylinder's base intact.
Fuel adding slot
Cut an opening three holes wide to the side of the pot. This slot is for adding more fuel (sticks, pine cones etc) to the stove when being used.
File down all sharp edges of the cylinder and the fuel slot. Take your time. It will save a lot of tears later on. Now, why not sip a beer - you're halfway.
The top cylinder
Take the second Ikea pot and cut off the base, along a row of holes to make life easier. Again, cut an opening for adding fuel like in step 2. Also, like before, file down all the sharp edges.
The second cylinder will sit on top of the first to direct heat and shelter from the wind. Cut the cylinder vertically on the opposite side of the fuel slot cutout. This will allow the top cylinder to fit over the bottom cylinder nicely.
Overlap the cylinders so that first holes meet. Use the first 2 screws to hold the cylinders in place (the second 2 are used to provide a base for the trek kettle when needed). Now, why not sip on another beer and admire your finished project.
Reasoning behind the project
Firstly, The very inexpensive IKEA ordning cutlery stand, made of lightweight yet durable stainless steel, happens to fit exactly around a very common trek kettle / boiler pot found at every outdoor shop out there. It just so happens too, that a 240g (or even 480g) LP gas canister
fits perfectly inside the trek kettle / boiler, with enough space for the gas adapter too. Making this DIY camp stove a very versatile yet compact and lightweight outdoor food preparation solution.
Because of the vertical cut to the top cylinder we can simply slide both parts of the stove over each other and around the trek kettle. The kettle being hollow allows for a small LP gas canister & adapter inside it for backup -yet making the package really not much bigger than the trek kettle itself. This small size allows the stove to fit cosily even in a smaller rucksack or bag.
Long screws, four of them
Four long screws or bolts are needed for the stove. Two to hold the cylinders together and two to form a steady base for the trek kettle to sit on top of when heating. The screw length should be the height of the kettle, allowing them to be packed away neatly with the other parts of the stove. However, The main reason for the long screws is that they won't get white burning hot when the stove is in use. This helps a lot when you need to touch them, E.G. when emptying the hot ash from the stove. Simply turn the burner around and it'll be cold enough for packing away in a couple of minutes. Using screws for holding the burner together is perfect because of threads.
Sticks, twigs and pine cones
The fuel for this camp stove is found almost everywhere. Sticks and twigs are in abundance, and are easy to set alight even in the rain. Small ones to get the fire going and larger sticks to get the heat up. This type of twig burner is also very heat effective. The cylindrical shape allows a lot of air in while containing and directing the heat energy upwards instead of being wasted all around.
As mentioned earlier, a 240g LP gas canister can also be packed away inside the kettle. This makes a very good backup heat source when everything's gone wrong and no twigs can be found or been able to get to light up.When using gas the top cylinder of this stove can be used as an excellent wind shield.
When using the twig burner on the ground, it's a good idea to use a piece of aluminium foil underneath as a precaution. Obviously, it can get quite hot. Placing the stove on a rock or other non-inflammable surface is never a bad idea. This way you or it won't leave any unwanted traces of you and helps to keep the nature beautiful for fellow fishermen.
Always check your local fire regulations before you use the twig burning camp stove. Enjoy!