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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:55 am 
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Been messing around this past spring and summer with some hand-rolled hobo stoves. Here is one I am satisfied with (and the easiest one I made so far).

First, get one of these - cheapest and lightest from IKEA of all places (and common):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ikea-Ordning-St ... 0668904828
Link to Ebay, I went into one and got it off the shelf. $5.

Inside diameter is around 4.5 inches. Height is 5.25 inches. a 12 cm Zebra pot will not fit inside it. More on that later.

I busted out the old trusty Dremel tool and put on the reinforced cutting wheel and heefed out a chunk on the side to facilitate a fuel feeding opening. Cleaned up my edges and set it up to see how long it took to boil 2 cups of water in my GSI stainless cup (covered).

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l-r: GSI and Pirouline tin cap for lid filled with 2 cups of tap water, batoned down and palm length pine for fuel, dry pine cones, hobo stove with a handful of twigs and a wad of PJ cotton balls lit and dropped in the middle of it.

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There goes the fire. When the twigs are dry (been raining the past 24 hours) things light up pretty easy.

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Put the GSI cup and water on, started the stop watch.

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Fueling it.

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Got boil in less than 5 minutes. 4:50 by my stop watch as a matter of fact.
No wind, light sprinkle, 50 degrees out.

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Coals.

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Took lid off GSI and placed already boiled water over coals after it was taken off for about 5 minutes. Got a good simmer for 10 minutes after that. Did not add fuel. The coals went out.

I used up about 6 of the fuel sticks, 2 pine cones, and a handful of twigs. 2 cups of boiling water and over 10 minutes of simmer over coals. Not bad and my new favorite!

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It's a beautiful thing! We made one this past spring and it was easier than ost hobo stoves because the air holes are pre-existing. Light weight and a good size. Thanks for sharing!

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Nice - I've made one from same ikea kit. Cut a bit too small of an opening though.


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The bottom of the thing also has holes and some nubbins to raise the thing about 1/8th an inch.

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Looks pretty sweet man, nice work.

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I absolutely believe the clean burn I got had something to do with the fact I had the hobo stove on that grated metal table. Ultimate air feed that way. If I were to do it in the woods I'd try to optimize it's use by setting it up some on some rocks so the bottom is clear.

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the_alias wrote:
Nice - I've made one from same ikea kit. Cut a bit too small of an opening though.


My first "line out" of my cut was smaller. Looked at some pics on Google right before I cut and decided to double the size of the opening.

Also, those stakes I'm using are just the ones I had (big and steel). I plan to go with smaller and lighter ones. Aluminum or Ti??

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In this pic, see that steam shooting out the hole? I added it after my last attempt at a bean can stove I worked on a few weeks ago.

I was getting the water up to a boil and I had the lid on tight. While using it out camping and such I usually have the lid on loose but I can push down on it and get it to fit tight.

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In this pic, the GSI actaully has water in it. Some leaking but that Pirouline lid fits real tight.

On that bean can stove I finally got that water boiling and I heard a POP and the lid was bulging out and there was some "violence" happening. I grabbed the cup and set it aside and let the steam vent off in the barkdust. Kind of freaked me out and I felt dumb about the whole mess. I'm very glad it didn't s'plode and/or fuck me up.

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ninja-elbow wrote:
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Nice - I've made one from same ikea kit. Cut a bit too small of an opening though.


My first "line out" of my cut was smaller. Looked at some pics on Google right before I cut and decided to double the size of the opening.

Also, those stakes I'm using are just the ones I had (big and steel). I plan to go with smaller and lighter ones. Aluminum or Ti??


Metal shish-kabob skewers. Found some today at the grocery store for $1.29 - good as I was fitna' steal some from the drawer in the kitchen and make wife mad. Will cut them down maybe to make them handier as a pot/cup rest and they can also be used to cook gobbets of meat or roast a root veggie over the stove.

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That's very cool, ninja. I may poach your idea on my next trip to IKEA (dig the unintentional rhyme), thanks.


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N-E, nice hobo stove! I've got one of those in the stove bin somewhere, there was a build post over on BPL about making one that I followed along with a while ago. Very similar to yours, but instead of the "window", it's a tall trapezoid (narrow at bottom, wide at top) shape to easily fit the handles on an old MSR Titan pot (which just so happens to fit perfectly inside of the IKEA hobo stove).

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Looking good Gabe.

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Thanks guys.

One "con" so far for me:
I have been using a 12cm Zebra pot this year. It is about 1/16th to big to fit "in" the IKEA stove. It is also a bit to small to fit on top too, the curve of the bottom ofthe pot is just enough to make it unstable while on top of the stove. Also, the stove will not fit in the pot for storage (or vice versa obviously). 10cm Zebra Pots are hard to find in the US (I am searching, Grand Trunk don't distribute those).

I will look at the Titan MSR and other options though, thanks for that NXP. The ID of the Ikea stove is 4.5 inches so any pot will have to have <4.5" OD.

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ninja-elbow wrote:
Thanks guys.

One "con" so far for me:
I have been using a 12cm Zebra pot this year. It is about 1/16th to big to fit "in" the IKEA stove. It is also a bit to small to fit on top too, the curve of the bottom ofthe pot is just enough to make it unstable while on top of the stove. Also, the stove will not fit in the pot for storage (or vice versa obviously). 10cm Zebra Pots are hard to find in the US (I am searching, Grand Trunk don't distribute those).

I will look at the Titan MSR and other options though, thanks for that NXP. The ID of the Ikea stove is 4.5 inches so any pot will have to have <4.5" OD.


Link for reference:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... startat=20

about half way down the page shows the Titan kettle inside of the IKEA hobo stove.

ETA - on page three there's a version for the Evernew 900ml pot, and on page 4 there's a drain screen mod that helps with burn times. Neat thread, they've updated it since I've seen it last...

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That is a neat thread. I like it a lot, thanks.

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Ninja, you could use a pc fan cover, the kind that look like a micro bbq pit grate, a piece of stainless expanded metal, or maybe a cut up bbq grill grate? I love found fuel stoves like this!


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Update, much overdue...

Still usable and took it out on 2 outings since October. Works great with both a few different alcohol stoves, wood, pine cones, twigs, paper, and even threw in some BBQ charcoal briquttes and started them with a small shovel full of coal from the existing camp fire. When things are good, this thing works. You just have a lot of piles of "stuff" around it and, in a nutshell, you've a metal can of fire to deal with.

It is a usable option for me but, alas, I don't like it as a primary. I just can't get away from the click-FWOOSH! of a good modern canister stove.

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We need a share button for facebook. I think that a lot when I see threads like this.

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