Uncle Johnny's Nolichucky Hostel

Established by John and Charlotte Shores in 1998. We provide a large range of accommodations, extensive shuttle service, hot showers, and secure (monitored) parking 60' from the Appalachian trail, in Erwin, Tennessee.

  Home Made Beer Can Stoves and Such

Alcohol stoves are a breed of their own. All the way from simple homemade can stoves to expensive historical recreations, alcohol stoves are the most popular stoves with the do-it yourselfers and the ultra- light hikers. Alcohol stoves will burn nothing but alcohol, which oddly enough even the best multi-fuel stoves won’t. They're also one of the only stoves that can be built from as little as two soda cans.

A beverage-can stove is a homemade, ultra-light portable stove. The simple design is made entirely from cans (typically soft drink or beer cans) and burns alcohol, typically denatured.

Countless variations on the basic design exist. Pepsi-brand aluminum cans are often used because they have a bottom shape that lends itself to securing the stove's inner wall, and because of this the stoves are sometimes called Pepsi-can stoves. The stove weighs 0.4 oz (10 g) and will boil two cups of water in five minutes with two tablespoons of fuel. Total weight, including a windscreen/stand can be less than one ounce (30 g). Due to the low weight compared to some commercial stoves, backpackers can reduce some pack weight with this stove, which makes this design popular among ultralight backpackers. This advantage may be lost or reduced on hiking trips that feature longer gaps between resupply stops, however, because the stove is less efficient and requires more fuel than alternatives such as Esbit tabs, especially when cooking for more than one person.

The basic design dates back more than one hundred years.[1] It consists of a double wall gas generator, a perforated burner ring, and an inner pre-heat chamber. A similar design was patented in 1904 by New York coppersmith J. Heinrichs.[2] Trangia has been selling a commercial version of the design since the 1950s, Safesport marketed a stainless steel stove in the 1990s. Interestingly the Trangia stove burner is made from brass, even though all the other associated parts that come with it are aluminum. A plastic bag is provided for the burner so that when packed away the two dissimilar metals do not develop corrosion. In the unpressurized open-top design the double wall acts as a gas generator, transferring heat from the flame to the fuel. This effect enhances combustion, producing more heat than other passive designs. The inner wall also creates a convenient preheat chamber for starting the stove. Once the fuel has warmed up, its vapor will travel up the hollow wall, pass through the perforations, and form a ring of flame. Vapor also rises from the center of the stove, but will pass through the ring of flame for efficient combustion, as long as a pot is over the stove. Other pressurized designs aim for efficient combustion through closing off the fuel chamber after filling or filling through the gas jet holes.

The stove is made from two aluminum can bottoms. An inner wall is cut and rolled from can material. A ring of holes is pierced into the top with a pin. Parts are glued with high-temperature epoxy or sealed with thermal foil tape. Total height is less than two inches (50 mm), though dimensions can be increased to hold more fuel or decreased to take up even less space.

The choice of aluminum has several advantages: light weight, low cost, and good thermal conductivity to aid vaporization of fuel. Alternative construction materials have been used, including stoves made of tin cans such as cat food tins, tuna cans, and juice cans—the basic design is very similar.[3][4] Windscreens/stands can be fabricated from tin cans, cut to size and with ventilation holes added.

Heat output: ~4800 BTU/hour (1400 W)
Time to boil 2 cups (500 ml): ~5 minutes (<2 tablespoons (30 ml) of fuel)
Time to boil 4 cups (1 l): ~12 minutes (<3 tablespoons (45 ml) of fuel)
Burn time: ~9 minutes with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of fuel
Burn time (full): ~30 minutes with 5-6 tablespoons (75-90 ml) of fuel

A Bunch of How-To Videos all about Stoves, Thanks to Google and YouTube