How to make an alcohol stove from a can

This idea is very easy to do in an emergency or need, because there is nothing on hand to heat a soup at the campsite, for example, or because any room has to be lit. This tutorial will teach you how to make a small alcohol stove from an aluminum can in minutes.

Aluminum is a very light metal, because of its great flexibility and consistency, it is the most used for the manufacture of everyday products such as containers for food or drinks. So for this project you can reuse your soda cans and help reduce waste. If you follow these simple steps, almost only by looking at the pictures you will be able to do it, you can build (with few materials and minimal skills) a portable travel or kitchen stove in case you need a little of energy.

Materials to make an alcohol stove.

Materials to make an alcohol stove

The materials you will need are:

  • 2 aluminum cans of any soda.
  • 1 felt.
  • A pair of scissors or something to double as a cutter.
  • A little sandpaper.
  • A nail or a screw.
  • Alcohol.
  • Cotton.

Steps to make an alcohol stove.

Follow the next steps:

  1. Step 1.

    Mark with the marker where you need to cut and drill the box. Cut the two cans into two parts at the bottom, as you see in the photo. Make the holes that make the shape of a burner in one of them, the other is not necessary since you will only be using it as a base, as much as you will be using this stove.

  2. 2nd step.

    Once you have cut the cans with the scissors and punched the holes in one of them, sand down any imperfections so you don’t cut yourself. Put cotton in the base and join the cans as shown in the picture.

  3. Step 3.

    You just need to fill the alcohol tank through the center hole, cover it with the screw and start using it.

  4. Ready to use.

    Light the mini alcohol stove you just made and heat the soup for dinner 😉

If any of the steps were not clear to you, in this video you have the most complete instructions: