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Alcohol Stoves Improved L-Can Stove

(similar to Cat Can Stove)

OK Lcan or L-can stands for Liver Can Stove, yuk you say, no cat, and well I like liver and it comes in convenient backpacking sizes to boot!

So, take it plus another re-purposed Canned Salmon and you have a complete cooking system.
Make it using a Drill or a rock and a nail, although the drill is by far easier, so do it in advance.

The following are self-explanatory pictures, hopefully they will help you out.
Now, in the next couple of days, I will post my little lightweight, ultra light weight, re-cycled and re-purposed combo cook set! You just won’t believe your eyes, so I will also create a YouTube video of them in action.

on with the show;

showing how to make the Liver Can Stove (similar to Cat Can Stove)

showing how to make the Liver Can Stove (similar to Cat Can Stove)

showing Liver Can Stove along with penny stove, sitting on recycled can pot holder (similar to Cat Can Stove)

showing Liver Can Stove along with penny stove, sitting on recycled can pot holder (similar to Cat Can Stove)

NOTE: the can on the top left is slightly larger than the can on the right. This is what you want, the slightly larger can on the left allows just a tiny bit more air flow and the fuel burning process is speeded up as well as hotter with the extra height. I believe the can on the left is a Salmon Can and the one on the right is a Tuna Can!
Inside is a Penny Stove, look to internet for hundreds of designs for them. My adaptation is the underside. The normal can is bent upwards for strength when it is used as a pop can, you do not need it for a wee tiny stove. My making the bottom go the other way, you are now able to get more fuel in the penny stove, for longer burn times.

showing Liver Can Stove along with two other earlier versions, sitting on recycled can pot holder (similar to Cat Can Stove)

showing Liver Can Stove along with two other earlier versions, sitting on recycled can pot holder (similar to Cat Can Stove)

Acohol Stoves 062bOk, so the last one is the hardest for some to figure out!
Here it goes, the pot holder on the left is an Esbit stove stand. Take out the alcohol fuel tabs that come with it, put them in a ziplock bag, toss into your fuel starter/fire starter bag, which is part of your Go or Bug Out Bag system.

On the right is one of my Liver Can Stoves inside a Salmon Can Stove holder/pot stand. The Tin Foil, which I carry for a number of reasons and can be re-used if you get some good heavy weight stuff, not the dollar store stuff as it is tissue paper thin.


I use 99.9% pure Methyl Hydrate found at Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire or Home Hardware. It comes in a 1 gallon container for about $10-$12 dollars. Pour the fuel into a smaller 1 pint or 8 oz fuel bottle and you have a lightweight and more ergonomic fuelling system.

Fondue fuel does not burn hot enough,
Alcohol normally comes in only 75% strength (Methyl is pure Alcohol as well, or for the US peeps, Denatured Alcohol)

These stoves are quick, odourless, efficient as well as being able to be used under a pile of wet wood to get it going. So light up my life and light up my fire 🙂

Hope this helps you out

+ + Legal warning, do not do this, consult a specialist, not responsible, this is what I did, if you burn down or die, not my problems!

use leather gloves or hotdog tongs to remove the can from the top
Note: this should be vented outside as it creates more smoky residue in the air as well as you should have a supply of fresh air for it as well, or you might not wake up!
Oxygen Thief – carbon monoxide warning – use a detector – fresh air – venting system as well
your warned, use at your own risk!! yadda yadda yadda legal speak, use your common sense  be safe


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Christmas Presents

Well saw the title in the Canadian Preppers site, thought about it and well here is my response and thoughts;

Re: Christmas presents for the non Prepper

Postby WildernessReturn » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:10 am

Why not make them a Mountain Man Survival kit!
make them a special EDC or small bug out pack;
** firestarters x3 or x5 different ways to start fires
esbit stove stand
cat can stove
Military Water Bottle with Canteen cup
Tea/Soup/coffee – decaf for kids and dogs!
SAS survival manual
etc etc.

Telescope, you both learn Night time Navigation together. Telescopes can also be used as spotting scopes with the right eye piece!
Or maybe a spotting scope to view the wildlife, together. This way you can teach them Trees, plants, animals camouflage, etc etc. Good for both Boys and Girls.
Boys Camo .22lr
Girls Pink or Purple .22lrGet them to shoot now, get them interested then when and if there is a full breakdown they can help the family and contribute by getting tree and roof chickens!
Hiking Boots
snow shoes
skis/cross country skis, telemark skis

a Toboggan that is bigger, so it can be used by the family for fun and for winter camping trips.
Compass, as in Silva Compass that way they can use it for signalling as well and learn the Canadian Military way. I can send you Cadet training material on compass and map use to assist as well.
Then go and spend some time with them out in the bush, hiking around and sharing with them! Maybe make one for the Wife/Husband – spouse as well, family time spent being out and about, learning etc.

** water/wind proof matches
** cotton balls dry – cotton balls rolled in Petroleum Jelly
** striker/flint/magnesium
** zippo lighter in ziplock
** sting for a bow drill

My Parents Xmas Prezzies this year will be;

Emergency Vehicle supplies
– candle in pop can air heater
– TP roll in can w/ Methyl Hydrate fuel for cooking/water boiling and heating
— pre fill the container, seal tightly
supply with Duct taped fire starter/lighter and a paint can opener, small bottle with Methyl Hydrate in there.
Cost about $5 = so they do not freeze to death

Will also add in 2 emergency space blankets
few packages of soup/tea/coffee
lemon drink, to drink cold or hot
small pot, made from a can with a wire handle & lid
granola bars, chocolate bars
emergency box cutter (US peeps) Utility knife for CDNs

I am thinking and adding in this now, I might make them a Hobbo stove as well, nest the other objects in there, to save room and increase the chances that they stay in the vehicle!

Last Xmas I blew a ton of money on them with electronics and other stuff that they did not use, or discontinued right away. So this year, they get stuff to put in their vehicle. If they break down in winter and freeze to death, I did my part!

Merry Christmas in advance!


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Rocket stoves when the gas is gone

Here are a few links that have tons of Rocket Stoves, Hobo Stoves and the like.
For the ones who do not know;
Rocket Mass Heaters are for heating you house or trailer, can also be used to cook with
Rocket Stoves are for cooking with, they also give off heat, though the mass is normally missing

a list of lists of rocket stoves



http://www.ammocanstove.com/ (this one and the one before are on Ammo Box Stoves, two cause they are cool, and ammo boxes)

another good option is to use a Haybox (cooking via thermal mass heating and continual heating)

http://thermalcooker.wordpress.com/cate … rs/haybox/

The following is a link to a very cool website, this particular link is for the one page instructables, the following is for the section that most are in. See also links to the side

and Survival site in the main site

The power goes out, you grab your stove, do you try to heat the entire house or just a room some thoughts;

We did this in the military many times, it is so much easier to heat the tent, especially if it is canvas inside a room than to heat the room itself. Another option would be to make a tarp Tent inside the room, make an inside heat trap using simple sheets as well. If you have lots of time, you could line the walls with Sand Bags, create an inside wall structure with walking room or storage room on the outside of the sandbags, next to the regular walls. Create an inside roof of Canvas or similar material and then heat this mass, from experience once the sand bags are heated up, they stay warm for quite a while.

The problems with heating the entire room is the rooms construction, the heat will constantly be absorbed by the thermal mass of the walls and of the earth. The heat and warm air will find the smallest of openings to escape into, and quickly escape the room. Heating the thermal mass of the surrounding earth and structure, now normally this is a good thing, but in an emergency with no end in sight or even a known time frame of say 1-2 weeks to restore the power, you are conserving fuel, using a layered system of thermal mass and air mass to conserve the heat. With unlimited or seemingly unlimited supplies of fossil fuels and natural gas, heating the entire house is feasible. With a modest stack of even 6 containers of fuel, you will quickly go through them if you’re trying to heat the entire wall and mass of earth.

In the past, layering won out time and time again, another thing of note is to block the entrance to the basement, drape sheets or tarps before and after the door to create a heat sink, wind sink, the efficiency of your efforts are greatly increased then.

If I still had my house, I would make a Rocket Mass Heater, put it into the basement, use it to at least bring the house temps up to 60-70′ deg and top off with the Natural Gas Furnace. I have seen videos and read articles that state entire wings of the house are heated thus, morning and night or just the day before, feeding the Rocket Mass Heater to warm the house. Even 1 cord of wood in the backyard will allow you to use the Rocket Mass Heater to lower your bills. They burn so efficiently a small inconspicuous vent will go unnoticed and in this case not draw attention either. They can be fed using only sticks or by splitting the wood into much small pieces, thus conserving wood as well.

Videos show people putting their faces right up to the vent, no smoke no carbon emissions over the normal air, now they are a little crazy, use a meter. OPSEC is greater if they can not smell wood smoke, using 98% of the efficiency of the wood is just plain smart.


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