Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hobo Sterno Type Stove-Directions

This stove weighs only 8 ounces, yet it gives complete autonomy in fuel supply.

All you need is a small tin can with no rough edges.

Melt old candle wax or paraffin in the can, adding 100% cotton balls for the wick and combustible fuel.

As the fuel depletes, add cardboard, other cotton balls and bits of candle or paraffin to replenish.

Just be sure to have some cotton exposed which is soaked in wax. Pure cotton will not be hot enough to melt the wax and it will just burn out. You can't light wax without a wick. Both of them work wonders together.

The directions for making your own wax alternative fuel sticks is found in this blog, on January 23, 2011

I love this hobo stove because it is so easy to make, an ideal project for scout troops.

It utilizes materials easy to find and recycles materials.


  1. brilliant idea, cheap and easy. I will be adding this one to my backpack this summer.