DIY Ammo Box Stove

DIY Ammo Box Stove

Ammo cans have thousands of practical uses beyond the obvious…storing ammunition. They are airtight, watertight, durable, cheap, and readily available, making them the perfect storage choice for the outdoor enthusiast, weekend mechanic and of course, the PREPPER.

Enter the Ammo Can Stove. This is a compact, self-contained cooking solution. Just strap it to your ATV, and head into the woods for a weekend hunting trip. The fire stays inside the steel box, greatly reducing your “footprint” and the potential risk of a runway fire. The stove cools down quick so by the time you’re through with your morning coffee, the box will be cool enough to pack up so you can be on your way.

Step 1: Packed Up

The ammo-can in its travel mode currently carries my 1 liter Billy-Can (inside the Billy-Can, I carry tea bags, sugar, fire making kit, Montreal steak spice, a can of milk) two cups, the skewers and hotdogs.

Step 2: Construction

I started by drilling ten 1/2″ diameter holes along both sides 1″ above the bottom of the can and a 2″ diameter hole in one end (to feed in the fuel) and ten 3/16″ diameter holes along the top to put the skewers through (they would form the grill).

I use six stainless steel skewers cut to 1″ longer than the width of the ammo-can and with the ten holes across the top I am able to make the grill as wide or as narrow as I need. Also they can be used as skewers to cook a shish-kabob if so desired.

Step 3: Getting the fire going

Because of the shape of the ammo-can (the heat is always redirected inward and up) and the small diameter of the fuel, I usually use dead twigs and small branches. Nothing bigger than the diameter of my thumb and a little birch bark to get it going. The fire burns hot, fast and clean so there is very little ash left. After the fire is finished, the ammo-can cools down very quickly so cleaning up and packing up is fast.

Step 4: Cooking

The ammo-can stove will boil 1 liter of water in 3 to 5 minutes depending on the type of fuel that is used,

With the ammo-can stove perched on a couple of flat rocks there is no scorching of the earth below and because the fire is contained in the steel ammo-can it works well in wet or snow covered ground conditions. DO NOT USE INDOORS!


1 Comment

  1. BarbaraDaca - April 18, 2013, 6:30 PM Reply

    This is a great cross between the rocket stove and the hobo stove! Awesome idea!

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