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Hobo Stove with Meths Pop-Can Cook System

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Today we take a look at Justin's homemade Hobo Stove, also looking at a Meths Pop-Can stoves as an alternative, Justin takes us through all the modifications and tips in using a cook system like this.

Have a look at what user Rick did with this video, he combined this idea with our video where we made a camp cooking oven (recycling an old beer-keg) to make a meat-smoker & oven. Have a look at Ricks video here.

Comments (11)
11 Sunday, 18 November 2012 22:44
Bob Watson

Could you please clarify which zebra can you have?

I know you said on the video that it's the 100ml version but is it the 12, 14 or 16cm size?

Cheers, and congratulations to all involved on a very inspiring site.
10 Wednesday, 23 February 2011 22:34
Andy Biggs
Excellent - I have one or two exactly like it, made from the same "budget supermarket" dog food tins. Last week I made a posh version from a s/steel flask that ceased to function (at last hooray!), so out came the disc cutter and I have a clean shiny version.

The inside of the flask (shortened a bit) fits lovely inside,on a horizontal pin like yours, with a semicircular swing handle made from a large paper clip. If I squint a lot it looks like one of those snowpeak titanium 26 quid (!!!???) pots . I dunno about you lot, but I get some smug satisfaction from achieving the same results without spending several hours wages on it?
9 Tuesday, 02 November 2010 21:00
Jim Whitney
I bought a meths stove over 30 years ago looks like a treacle tin until you take the lid off inside is the burner and it came with a 2 cup kettle. It's still going strong and I have now passed it onto my daughter and her boy friend who are very keen on camping and the outdoors. It will boil 2 cops of hot water in a very short time we are now trying to make a small S/steel wood stove for camping out of a 4" flue liner.
8 Wednesday, 28 April 2010 14:40
Michael Wilkinson
Excellent video on the hobo stove and using it with a pop can stove. I've had my little pop can stove for a while, however it is a variant of the one you show here called the penny stove. it uses a penny(I use a 5p coin) to regulate the flow of alcohol gas to the jets, a bit more complicated but great fun to make and use - Information about home made alcohol stoves can be found at Also a great place to find out about camping stoves in general - the wood burning section has some great ideas about woodgas stoves made from cans. I've just built my first and find it to be very effective with little ash or smoke produced - everything burns down to nothing!!!
7 Wednesday, 31 March 2010 21:32
Robin Knight
Justin, I went out today to try out my dog food tin hobo stove which is 'copied' from the one in your video. It went really well and I made a lovely cup of hot choccy. Though I did have to face the entrance into the strong breeze to get it to burn properly. Have you tried enlarging the bottom holes at all and if so has it made a difference to how yours burns?
6 Thursday, 25 March 2010 12:52
paul neale
meths stoves are great as they just work and weigh nothing!nice little system joined with the hobo stove,enjoyed the video.keep it up! :-)
5 Monday, 22 March 2010 09:00
Marc Cox
Cheers for this! Im just about to construct my own. Thanks for the info and inspiration! Lengendary.
4 Thursday, 04 March 2010 20:17
ray mears
this is a brilliant piece of kit it displays all the essentials for a stove and give you the opputunity for wood or meths
3 Tuesday, 02 March 2010 06:47
I too have a pop can stove and it works great. I'm still looking to make my hobo stove though as you have. This video has given me an idea and I'm excited about the possibilities.

Keep up the good work. I really enjoy the videos and photos you've take the time to put up, not to mention this wonderful website. Thanks!

P.S.- Keep up the approach you take when you do these... it's very relaxing and very informational!
2 Tuesday, 02 March 2010 01:01
Tony Griffy
I like the kit. Very simple and it works!
1 Monday, 01 March 2010 19:30
Bernhard Hofmann
This is a great video. I only just learned about using my pop-can stove inside another stove (in my case the Nimblewill Nomad). Your instruction is relaxed, effortless, and easy listening and watching. I really enjoyed watching it. Thank you.

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