Ultralight DIY Stove - Mini Cook Kit (Update)

Well, having made it, i took the Mini Cook Kit out on a night ride the other day. Boiled some water, made some black tea. It was a bit windy that night, but no problem getting the job done. Though not a perfect score, but  i'm pretty pleased with the way it has worked out & of course, there's always room for improvement.

The highlight of the ride... A fresh cuppa black tea in the dark.
The only thing missing is a campfire to go along with the tea.
 But at some point, the artificial light sparked up an idea in my mind... 

For some reason, i'm always drawn to the idea of using natural fuel for cooking/boiling when i'm out and about. A wood burning stove, for instance, eliminates the need to buy/carry fuel. Although cooking with wood burning stove can be time consuming compared to alcohol stove. A wood burning stove is more fun to play with, the fire provides light to see in the dark, a sense of security & most important of all, the smell and sight of traditional outdoor cooking with wood fire. So with this in mind, i decided to take the thought a little further, adding a Hobo Stove (wood burning stove) to the kit for more fun & versatility.

Here's the outcome after another week of  fun cracking my head...

Now i can have the best of both worlds! 
The DIY Hobo Stove fits like a glove... Lightweight, packable & compact... like it should be.


The signature binder clips
Again, those multi-purpose binder clips from the kit can be used to raise the stove 
off ground for a cleaner & more efficient burn.

Simple yet effective 
Pot support made from old wire cloth hanger.

 Meet my friend, FRED
An old friend almost forgotten dug out from my old camping tool kit. A long-time mate since 1989 from the Royal Australian Air Force, nicknamed “Fucking Ridiculous Eating Device” 

FRED consists of a can opener, a bottle opener & a spoon. It can also come in handy for striking the firesteel, lifting a hot pot, cleaning mud from the tread of boots and much, much more. All in a package that weighs virtually nothing and folds up to virtually nothing too. For your information, FRED's real name is Field Ration Eating Device.

 A classic "10 Sen Knife" added for some nostalgic feel
A standard cutting tool next to a Parang in those days. A little knife that reminds me of my wonderful childhood & i'm happy to say that i got a deep cut scar on my finger from the knife, slicing bamboos for kite making when i was a kid. A little knife that holds so many stories of my childhood adventures...

 When it comes to "fire lighting"
Obviously my choice was the lighter with LED over Doan magnesium bar.

Ranger Bands
Cut from old bicycle tubes for so many different uses. 
E.g. Fire starter, a cup insulator & many many more...

My little assistant with mini kitchen
All together... Say cheese!

Finally... A fun packed Mini Cook Kit is ready for another great journey...


Mark said...

Hey, could you send me a couple of different pictures of FRED? Very funny! I would like to do a little expose on FRED because that is also a term used here in the US to describe road riders that don't have fancy kit and fancy bikes. Thanks. email is mark at cyclesnack dot com

can5 said...

No problem. FYI, FRED also called "Fucking Retarded Eating Device". Looking forward to your posts :)

Anonymous said...

Bahahahaha...i like fred

TheLuckyOne said...

I know this thread is way old, but....this is probably one of the more elegant designs I've seen for a compact DIY wood/alcohol burning stove. Well done!

DDeden said...

Bagus! Time to start cooking...

Mindy said...

Just found post and your other diy stoves. Very nice designs. I like this one for wood burning and simple design/weight.