I use a Hobo Stove in one form form or another on my hikes. It can be improvised or a product like The IKEA Hobo Stove
|My DIY concrete hobo stove|
But I wanted something larger for grilling or Cooking With The Dutch Oven and decided to try to mould one in concrete. I had to find a form large enough and think a little outside the box.
Check it out:
|I cut a hole with the same diameter as a wine bottle in the largest plastic bucket|
I could find. My trusty hot knife was the tool for the job!
|I wedged a wine bottle in the hole: The stoves ventilation will be where the|
bottle is now.
|A pretty good fit.|
|I gave the inside of the bucket and the bottle a thin layer of dish |
washer liquid: This will make it much easier to separate the concrete
from the bucket.
|Pouring the concrete.|
|The bucket for the stoves "combustion chamber".|
Weigh it down and let the bucket touch the bottom of the bottle.
|TADAAAH! The hobo stove next morning: I cut out the smaller bucket|
giving shape to the "combustion chamber" and unceremoniously smashed
the bottle. The the finished stove just slid out of the large bucket.
|Not bad for my first attempt. I probably should have given the concrete|
a bit more time but I am well pleased with the result.
|Yup, I`m happy!|
|I fill the combustion chamber with debris and set fire to it.|
|And very soon I could add larger pieces of wood.|
|It is extremely hot in there.|
|Its my turn to cook anyway... I love Cooking With The Dutch Oven so I use the occasion.|
|The air intake is leading air to the core of the fire...|
|...with a near smokeless fire as result...|
|...and a very low fuel consumption.|