Thursday, December 8, 2011

A 16 Brick Stove & A Denatured Alcohol Stove

Keep the fire going for a while and the bricks get very warm and make a good heater. In a tipi or wide area under canvas, this would work well at providing a cooking fire and a source of slowly released radiant heat.


An easy to make denatured alcohol stove. Denatured alcohol is sold in the paint thinner section of a hardware store. YouTube has a lot of videos on how to make the stove from two aluminum soft drink cans and a larger metal can. And you'll need a penny or metal slug knock out.


Better video showing how to make an alcohol stove and using a fuel additive called Heet.


  1. That's a great idea! I remember this trick in Russia of heating up some rocks. The rocks hold heat and re-radiate it when the fire is removed.

    Do you use these? I remember you writing about your sleeping set up and keeping the frost off.

  2. I use a hobo stove made from a large coffee can. A hobo stove gets really hot with just a handful of twigs and small kindling.

    Thinking of building one of these alcohol stoves and keeping some fuel around as an emergency stove. Looks safe enough to use inside the camper or house without creating too much build up of toxic fumes. Just prop a window open when it's burning should make it safe to burn indoors.

    I was looking at the military version of a sleep system, but they are expensive. $200 to $300. Asked myself, "Well, what does it consist of? How's it made?" Reversed engineered what was displayed and built my own from a soft sleeping bag, a heavy stiff military sleeping bag with washable liner, a light nylon throw blanket, an insulated military canvas poncho, and a modified bivy bag. Basically, used what I already had and modified it. If it's rainy outside, I can get a huge, heavy-grade lawn leaf plastic garbage bag and wrap that around the blanket system, too. Have to watch for condensation build up though.