Beer can stove problem.
So what have I done wrong?
Made the jet holes with a knife and fork from the look of it 😉
Are the holes too big?
Yes … try 1mm diameter holes, spaced at 10mm.
The yellow flame indicates too much fuel / not enough air … the semi-pressurised design doesn’t help here. Make another one but this time put the jets around the outer circumfrence about 15mm down from the top. Stand your pot directly on the stove top … remember not to put it on until your stove has bloomed. Any yellow in the flame should go after 30 seconds or so. There’s actually quite a lot of science goes into making a meths stove.Posted 4 years ago
When I asked what stove to buy someone said make your own, well I tried but…….
……..my first attempt at a beer can stove looks okay’ish but doesn’t work too well.
To much yellow flame and takes an age to get going.
Link to photo below.
So what have I done wrong?Posted 4 years ago
Are the holes too big?
Save yourself the hassle and buy one of Stu’s brilliant meths stoves from the bear bones website:
For £20+ ??? and isn’t part of the fun making it yourself ?
@ludite that looks better – I made a couple for when I camp, along with wind break[from beer can and old spokes] and pot stand [from grill off disposable bbq] that all fit in a small Pringles tub which fits neatly inside my mug.Posted 4 years ago
Pot stand in pic is upside down – it fits inside the rim of the primer dish [lid off a soup can]. Height was determined as roughly where initial flames peaked , if that makes sense.
Once you’ve found/made a level patch of ground it’s sturdy enough for the small kettle/pan and the small frying pan I use. Cooked up a fine breakfast of bacon sausage and beans with a mug of tea when I used it a few weeks ago.
To pack it all into the tub items go in the following order –Posted 4 years ago
pot stand upside down – windshields – both stoves – penny’s – snuffer[?] – windshield pegs[ pushed down sides at 12,4 and 8 o’clock] – primer dish
You might have to cut a small ‘V’ at either side of the lip on the tub to allow a bit of give. This is not a problem as the tub is made sturdy by wrapping in Gorilla or duct tape.JEngledowMember
I’ve just spent 5mins making a very crude beer-can-stove and after a quick rummage in the garage I tried it with some white spirit, but it wouldn’t light properly, I’d get a brief yellow flame which would splutter and die despite there being fuel in the bottom of the can. Was this most likely down to poor construction, poor fuel (white spirit), both or something else? Thanks.Posted 4 years agochivesMember
Oh what have you started?! 😀 I think I’ll try sealing the inner sleeve to the top next time with JB Weld – should improve things further, oh, and slightly fewer holes. I cut it down to about half that height since and it seems to work ok. Definitely for Meths only.
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