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Last year on the WRT blog I put a couple of posts up about making your own ‘pop can’ meths stove. Some had better results than others, partly due to the fiddly nature of making the things and partly down to a lack of patience and an abundance of cack handedness. This year I’m going to make things easier … ladies and gentlemen allow me to introduce the ‘water bottle’ stove.

It’s far easier to make than a can stove, it’s also far more robust, so you shouldn’t damage it (much) even if you stand on it. It can only be built as a side burner, so you’ll need to match the size of your water bottle to the size of your intended mug/pot. As a guide, a 1L bottle will produce a stove best suited to larger diameter pots … something like 125mm upwards. A 0.5L bottle will work well with something around 90mm diameter, a Myti mug, etc. Any size of water bottle will work as long as it’s a similar shape to the one in the picture.
Turn this into this.

You’ll need the following bits to build one … I’ll be back after the weekend with the instructions, so get collecting.

Aluminium water Bottle … in your chosen capacity.
Hack saw.
File.
Wet and dry paper.
A drill … you can manage without if need be.
A vice will prove handy but you’ll be able to manage without.

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