Hobo Stove

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.

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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!

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Here’s the whole contents of the big pot.  From right to left:

Small Pot, Large Pot, Stove, Tea Towel, Meths Burner, Pot Supports and Wire Pot Hanger…

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The Stove itself is an cutlery strainer from Coles, I cut a square hole for fuel and the small BBQ skewers poke through the holes to form the support for the pot.

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If you can’t or don’t want to use fire for the stove, the whole thing works as a meths burner as well, simply place the burner into the cavity and away you go.

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Here’s the small pot (an empty milo tin) sitting on the stands with the wire handle.  The next pic shows the big pot sitting on top of the stove itself…

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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…

All the fuel laid out ready from tinder to thumb thick wood...

All the fuel laid out ready from tinder to thumb thick wood...

Once the fire is established you can add the pot...

Once the fire is established you can add the pot...

The fire is remarkably effective...

The fire is remarkably effective...

After about five minutes the rolling boil is achieved!

After about five minutes the rolling boil is achieved!

This is just how I figured this one out, there must be a thousand different combinations of pots and sizes etc… just make it work for you.

Have a go.

GB 

Knives | Wilderness | Bushcraft 

www.graybear.com.au

 

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