Penny Can Stove

Over the next few weeks (or months) I’ll be refining my camping gear to a more ultralight kit. This will include a tarp, quilt and cooking gear. All of these items will be used for bikepacking trips that I plan to do. First up is the stove.

There are many types of lightweight stoves out there designed for backpacking. However, the lightest and simplest versions are the penny can stoves. They are just that. Cans, with a penny on top. No moving parts, just fuel and vents. These can be bought commercially buy a few vendors, (Minibulldesign) but they seemed pretty straight forward to make, so I decided to give it a shot. There are many how-to videos on youtube that explain how to do it. Here’s the video that I watched. Part 1 and Part 2.

Here are all the parts that are needed. The fuel is bought from the auto parts store.

First, I had to drink some soda. This it not a problem for me. I guess I could’ve made them out of Guinness cans too. Should’ve thought of that. Oh well, Sunkist it is.


It came out pretty good. The holes seem about the size. I skipped the part of adding the sealant and I have a small leak on the side. So I’m going to have to go back and seal it up. Next up is the wind screen/pot holder. In the meantime, check out the burn.

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