In the Pacific-Northwest we have brown bears, black bears, spirit bears and grizzly bears; never seen a Gray Bear. We're glad to be able to share our new friend and awesome knife maker Gray Bear's Hobo stove; a recent feature from his website. We'll be keeping our eyes open for materials to start making our own. If you do the same make sure you do your research and use materials safe to cook with.
Hobo what? Somehow, amongst all the pieces, of what can ironically be, high priced kit and gear used (and often not used) in Bushcraft, this simple, practically free to create stove set-up is not only a great project, but an outstanding piece of gear that actually works.
The basic premise, as the name infers, is a stove/cooking system that even a hobo can muster up from recycled cans, pots and wire. The popular designs usually feature a larger pot that houses a fire, then a series of other pots that stack inside for ease of transport. Often there’s space for a dual fuel system and usually a neat way to carry them all at once. There’s also a way to suspend the pots over a fire etc…
Its clear I am successfully making a very simple and effective piece of gear sound very boring and technical…so here’s some pics of mine and run-down of how it all works…
This is the complete stove ready to roll. It all un-packs from the main pot which is an old baby food tin.
Packed inside are the rest of the pots; I used an old tea towel to keep all the pots from rattling…its also useful for its actual purpose when you’re cooking!
Thats the stove in a nutshell, the whole thing weighs about 800g, so its not for the ultralight crowd, but when was the last time you met an ultralight hobo right? The following sequence is the stove in action, it boiled water from cold to a rolling boil in just on 5mins. Thats not too bad considering its all recycled and made with limited tools and time…
Have a go.
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