Hobo Stove

A hobo stove is an improvised heat-producing cooking device and can be constructed out of a variety of materials, it was commonly used during America’s Great Depression.

I first used a hobo stove at Gilwell 24 in the Bushcraft zone last year and I decided I could make my own for a few quid, you can by them off the shelf however they cost more than what you could make one for. The main body is a cutlery drainer I got from a 99p store, I added small bolts to make the pot holder and larger bolts to increase the air flow. I used a dremel to cut out a hole through which I can add wood for fuel, you could use a meth burner or make a buddy burner  if required. In total I spent less than £5 and I am very pleased with the results.

As you can see from the picture mine has seen plenty of use, I used tent pegs in the past before replacing them with the bolts shown in the picture. I like nothing better than sitting in my garden keeping warm by it while drinking tea made up on it.

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