How to make an easy and effective wood stove for hikes

If you are keen on hiking, you know how important it is on the road is the ability to provide yourself with an effective and reliable source of fire. Without it, you can not cook food, boil water for drinking, or get warm in bad weather.

Since ancient times man solved this problem with the help of a fire. However, this method requires quite a lot of firewood, the presence of some skills and is not too good from the point of view of ecology and safety. Therefore, they were replaced by modern gas and gasoline burners, which make it possible to solve all the problems with cooking as comfortably as possible. However, this solution also has its drawbacks. For example, if you have a multi-day hike, the weight of gas cylinders or tanks with gasoline can be quite significant, and no one wants to carry an extra burden. Or, for example, you have to fly on an airplane, where, as you know, you can not transport such things, so there is a need to purchase gas and gasoline already in place, which is not always possible.

Therefore, an increasing number of tourists turn to wood stoves.

They combine all the advantages of a fire with the utmost simplicity and comfort of a burner. To use this stove, you need a minimum amount of fuel of almost any kind: wood, branches, cones, leaves and even dry grass. Therefore, use a wood stove can be in any area, except, perhaps, the desert and ice hummocks. And most importantly, it has an excellent efficiency, which allows you to boil a liter of water literally on several dry chips. This is due to the special design of such a stove, which uses the pyrolysis phenomenon of wood.

If you are interested in such a device, then you can buy one of the finished products, for example this. And you can spend an hour and make a wood-burning stove yourself, because you only need three cans of different sizes and our instructions.

So, first of all you will have to get three cans of different sizes. The first, the largest, will serve as a shell. The second pot is smaller in size, because it must fit freely in the first. And the last, the smallest, is useful as a hotplate. In addition, we will need a marker, a drill, metal scissors and a small wooden bar.

1. Make the accessory


This wooden bar is not part of the stove, but serves to make it. With its help, it will be more convenient for you to drill holes and perform other operations. Insert the bar into the jar and draw the marker two lines approximately at the level of the lid.


The distance between the lines should be about 78 millimeters.


Carefully saw out a rectangular notch. The upper edge of the can should be placed in this recess.


We arrange the wooden bar in such a way that it gives a reliable support for the can. The upper edge should be conveniently located in the notch we made.

2. Make holes in the bottom of the big jar


First we apply a line along the bottom edge of the can. This line is needed to mark the points for the ventilation holes. In this case, a special dye for marking is used, but nothing will happen if you make it a simple marker.


Along the marked line we drill holes. Their number and magnitude are of great importance for the operation of the stove. If they are too small, there will be no traction, if too much, then the wood will burn very quickly. Therefore, it is better not to overdo it to be able to drill more holes after the tests.

3. Drill a number of holes in the top of the middle jar


We do about the same manipulations with the second jar (smaller in size). Note that here a number of holes are located at the top, and not near the bottom, as in the previous case.

4. Drill the bottom of the middle jar


Make a lot of holes in the bottom of the jar. Their size and quantity should be such that firewood could not fall through them.


As a result, you should get something like this sieve.

5. We collect the construction


We put the middle jar in the big one.


As a result, our stove consists of two cans, rigidly inserted one into the other. At the same time, there is a small gap between their walls, which is necessary for air movement.

6. Making a cooking zone


The type of burners in different designs may differ slightly. In this case, a version with round holes in the side wall is used. You have already learned how to do them from previous operations.


We cut the bottom of a small jar with metal scissors.


The edges can be leveled with a hammer and processed with a file.

7. We carry out tests


The main part of the wood stove is two tin cans, inserted one into the other. We load into the middle jar combustible material, which can be used as chips, branches, cones. It is best to use dry knots on trees, because the branches lying on the ground can be more or less damp.


We set it on fire and wait until it flares up. At first it can cause some difficulties, however after several trainings it will be obtained from one match.


When the confident intense burning began, we put on the burner, which we made from a small jar.


And already on top of the water kettle or pot.

If you examined the manufacturing process to the end and did not understand anything, or it seemed too complicated for you, then read one more option. The video below shows how to make such a stove without any tools, except for the usual knife. It turns out, maybe not so neat, but not less practical.

And all our readers who have already used such stoves in the field, we offer to share with us their impressions and advice.