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    Default Bud Light bottle Alcohol Stove!

    I thought I would share the build process of one of the alcohol stoves I've been making lately. These stoves are easy to make, light weight, and easy to use.

    Here we see our unsuspecting victim sneaking down the back stairs.



    Empty the bottle and give it a quick rinse.



    Mark or scribe around the bottle in four places. Measured from the bottom at 1", 1 3/4", 6", and 7 5/8".



    Using a saw with a metal cutting blade (I use an X-acto saw) cut the bottle into sections on the 1 3/4", 6", and 7 5/8" lines.



    Use medium grit sandpaper to clean up the burrs.



    Using a pair of side cutters, cut 4-5 notches around the small end of the shoulder section. These will allow the alcohol fuel to flow into the double-walled part of the stove.



    The two parts of the stove ready for assembly.



    Press the funnel shaped part of the stove into the body. I use a vice but you could put a block of wood on top and drive them together with a hammer.



    The two halves pressed together. No glue or fasteners needed.



    Using a 1/16" bit, drill holes for the jets along the 1" line. I just "eyeball" it but they are about 9/16ths apart. You should get around twelve jets total.



    For our test run I will use 1oz. of Denatured Alcohol for the fuel.



    Start up. Note the timer in the background. Be aware that these flames are almost invisible in direct sunlight.



    50 seconds along the body of the stove body heats up, the boiling alcohol turns into a gas, the pressurized gas jets through the holes and we have ignition.



    I put a small covered pot directly on the stove with 16oz of cool water inside.



    A rolling boil at 6:30. Pretty cool.



    The jets died out from a lack of fuel at 8:15.



    Now where's my Mountain House Chili Mac??

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    you poured out beer on the ground?

    isnt that illegal?

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    Nice job.

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    This is awesome, I can't believe there aren't more replies!

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    Nice looking stove...many plans on internet, I made mine out of small cat food (aluminum) can. You can also use Heet in yellow bottle. As stated, flames are nearly invisible.

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    I'm going to pick up one of these bottles and try it. I of course will consume the beer

    Just to verify. The lid portion needs to seat against the bottom? Looks like the the notches let the alcohol flow to the inner chamber. Correct?

    What about rubbing alcohol? Would it be ok to use? Seems like it would be easier to come by since most corner marts carry it.
    I'm a firm believer in recycling. Trespassers will be composted.

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    BTW great pictures and info SWCC! Rubbing alcohol can be used, it just smells stronger, and tends to carbon up your cooking pot, (which isn't a bad thing). Try "cat stoves" in your favorite search engine.

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    i can't believe you dumped that poor beer out. it did nothing to hurt you.

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    That isn't a beer bottle it is just a fancy can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogun View Post
    you poured out beer on the ground?

    isnt that illegal?
    Bud Light is beer?!

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