At the end of the day, hobo stove is just a can cut in a
big idea is to cut a can in such a way that it will allow fire to run
freely in it. You cut (or drill, for that matter) few holes in the
bottom part of it, it allows air to flow into the can. Then, you cut a
hole on the side of the can to allow throwing stuff into it.
This window enables you to maintain the fire. The window
should be big enough
to let twigs/pine cones in. On the other hand, don't make it
big. This might hurt the stove's stability.
Here is what I
like and dislike about Hobo stoves:
- It's really easy to build.
- Fuel is everywhere (almost). You might
find it damp, though...
- It is real fire after all, gazing at it
- You can build it on every scale. The
size is up to you.
- For the rear cases that there is no
- As any other campfire-like stove, soot
and smoke are part of the deal.
- Since it's dirty and bulky, it might be problematic to
around in a backpack. On the other hand, you can use the space in the stove wisely
and overcome this little disadvantage.
In case of
wind, place the feeding window away from the
wind. This way, the wind won't blow out your fire. The holes near the
bottom are just enough to support the combustion
Hobo stove construction plan
Important tip before you start: you can't really go wrong with it. It
doesn't matter too much how you build it, just stick to the
general guide lines.
a can, size doesn’t matter. I guess a 16Oz can is the
holes near the bottom
of the can. The holes should be around half an inch in diameter and
approximately an inch apart from one another. It's not rocket science,
the size and space between the holes can defer from stove to stove.
on the side of the can. It should be big enough to feed the fire. I'd
say at least 4 inches wide. You can make it as big as you want, as long
as it doesn’t harm the stove stability.
of the stove - Case A - in cases where the pot is bigger than the stove
– make some holes close
to the top of the stove. Another option is to cut the top
edge of the can to allow the flame to get out. Cut it as seen in the
of the stove - Case B – in cases
where the pot is smaller than the stove. Make small holes near the top of
the stove in such a manner that you could locate two metal
pieces and get a pot holder (as seen in the picture)
Now, I'm sure you don't need explanations for using it, right? ;)
And if you want to make more of your hobo
stove, here is a guy that took it to the extreme... a nice clip in
Hobo stove is a nice option for a DIY camp stove that runs on wood.