How To Make A Wood Gas Stove When Camping Outdoors?

How To Make A Wood Gas Stove When Camping Outdoors

Most of the adventure lovers prefer camping, and they get adventurous experiences. There are so many things that can make camping more fun and easier. You should take the required things while you are on a camping trip. Many people miss so many important things that may ruin their camping experience. If you are planning camping outdoors, then don’t forget to take all the required things.

For anyone who has experienced the camping trip and heated water above the campfire, a handy gas stove may appear like a suitable luxury. But everyone can’t afford this luxury.

Don’t get upset. Do you know that you can create your very own wood gas stove only by using tools that are available in your home and pair of cans?

Below is given the steps to know how to make a wood gas stove which is inexpensive and lightweight, suitable for bush cooking, backpacking or bike touring. It is commonly made up of – paint can, small tin can and a short tin can, a can opener, and some other things. Other required tools are discussed in the steps:

Step 1 - Materials Required

A pain can of 1-quart with lid. It is easily available at the hardware store for a couple of bucks. A soup can of 19 ounces. Other cans of 20 ounces like fruit cans will also work fine. And, one short and large can. Canned meats and many other food items come in these short can. Remember not to use aluminum can, they will melt in the heat.

Step 2 - Tools you will need

Tin snips, safety can opener, drill, sharpie, Irwin Unibit, electrical tape, fabric tape measure, and scissors.

Step 3 - Drill the bottom of the can

What you have to do is to take two rows of 1/4 on the bottom side of the 19-ounce cancan, and drill holes. This can is used as the inner can in building the wood gas stove. This doesn’t provide sufficient draft. This design is known to work. This stove’s nearby relative has holes in the bottom instead of drilling holes on the bottom side.

Step 4 - Now measure the top of the inner can

measure the top of the inner can


Now what you have to do is to mark the spots on the upper side of the inner can. Measure the circumference of the can. For example, if the circumference of the can is 10 and a ½ inch. Now mark ten spots at a gap of an inch, so there will gap between all holes.

Step 5 – Drill the holes

Now drill the holes on the spots you marked on the upper side of the inner can, way down to the Unibit. Don’t apply pressure; let the rotation dig the holes.

Step 6 – Measure holes

Now take the 1- quart can. It will be used as the outer can. Measure the circumference of the outer can. Let’s take for instance 13 ¼ as the circumference of the outer can. Now mark ten spots an inch far on the bottom side of the outer can leaving a gap between the two stops. Take a row of 5/8” up from the rim of the can.

Step 7 – Drill the holes

Start drilling the holes on the marked ten spots on the bottom side of the outer can. Again don’t apply pressure, let the drill do the work. Don’t hurry, take time and do the work right.

Step 8 – Remove the bottom

Now you have to remove the bottom of the outer can. Take the safety cutter. Be careful. Don’t harm yourself.

Step 9 – Fit cans together

Fit cans together


Take the inner can; press the upside of the inner can on the bottom side of the outer can, the side from where you removed the bottom lid. It must fit tightly. Apply force on it by using the heel of your hand until you are satisfied that it is locked in the place.

With a rubber mallet pound the lid back on as far as it goes to crimp the seal. Be mentally prepared to spend pretty much time in prying the lid off with a plain screwdriver later than.

Step 10 – Drill the pot stand/ windscreen.

Drill holes of 3/8” on the small can in a diamond pattern. Leave space for cutting the feed slot.

Step 11 – Cut the feed slot

Cut out the chunk of the small can with tin snips for making a hole to put sticks into the fire while the pot is on the stove. Crimp the edges with the pliers or multi-tool to strengthen the cut and to reduce the chances of hurting yourself.

With the safety, did removes the bottom of the small can and discard it. Cut through the peak, leaving the ring which can be stocked up between the walls or fitted in the top ring of the small can.

Step 12 - Work is done

Now put the small above the inner can which is fixed inside the outer can and use it. The estimated weight of the wood gas stove will be 187 grams. But drilling extra holes in the inner can will reduce the weight and make it work much better.

Step 13 – Try it

Firstly, you will need the can of biomass or sticks, pencil-sized, of wood dead and dry. It is mostly found attached to the trees or hanging from the branches. You can also use bits of cane, pine cones, charcoal, etc.

Fill out the can with wood sticks, laid in alternating rows parallel to the ground. Place the cooker or pot that won’t catch fire and save it from the wind. Put some fuel on the woods and start a fire. Put the pot stand/ windscreen on the top of the can — experiment before it makes the hot dinner to cold dinner.

When the sticks burn out and become coal, you can add more sticks and keep the fire going. They quickly catch fire and for a while smoke feed the fire; the stove in this mode must be regularly but in small amount fed, finding the stability among too much smoke to burn it all at once and not left enough for the second burn to continue.

Keep the lid around to cover the fire when you are done. The leftover charcoal will choke out gradually while leaving the lid off will cause it to burn to ashes. The can be exploited for producing the charcoal by burning.

This is quite simple to make a wood gas stove with the steps mentioned above. You need to follow these steps and make wood gas stove without any hassle.

How To Make A Wood Gas Stove When Camping Outdoors?
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Michael Everett

I am Michael, I like camping and have camped many times over the place. I'm the creator of blog, through my blog I want to share my camping and travel experiences for people, there are explanations, questions and things you need.

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