Dragon Fire Stove
This stove is about as easy as it gets. It can
be stored in a web gear pouch, starts without any hocus pocus, no
base plates, no prayers or incantations. It will take the
average person about ten minutes to build one when the have the 4
necessary pieces to make it.
This is not a completely original idea either. I once saw a
stove similar to this made from an Altoids tin, but worked much
less efficiently since the fuel had to be wicked in from the
rectangular corners to the center to burn. I am sorry, but I
do not know who to credit with the original idea.
The Pieces to make the
1. Perlite from a Frank's Nursery (or any other nursery for
2. A Dragonfire gum tin (or other tin with the lip turned
into the can).
3. A piece of aluminum screen to hold the Perlite in the
4. Sharpie or other indelible marker to trace the screen size for
Take the lid off the can.
Turn the bottom part of the can upside down.
Lay it on the piece of aluminum screen.
Trace around the can with a Sharpie or other pen.
Cut out the round pattern from the screen.
Turn can bottom back rightside up.
Pour Perlite into the can bottom until slightly over full.
Push the screen into the can bottom and under the turned in
Flatten screen into place while lightly crushing Perlite.
Flip stove over a waste basket and tap out crushed excess
You are done.
Using the Dragonfire
Take the stove outdoors.
Remove the lid from the stove.
Put in a small amount of alcohol (couple of Tablespoons to
Light the alcohol
You are cooking.
Controlling the Heat with a
Take a piece of aluminum foil larger than the diameter of the
Tear a hole about 3/4 in. dia in the center of the foil.
Put the foil over the unlit and fueled stove, and crimp foil around
Light the hole in the foil, and you can now simmer, for quite long
periods of time.
If you are interested in a windscreen cup holder for this stove,
click here for how to build
one. It will work for the Dragonfire stove, the Mini-Photon
stove and the Trangia stove.
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