When I bought it ten years ago, my backpacking stove cost me more than $100, and each time I fly to a destination trip, I've got to scout a local outdoor store to get my fuel bottles filled or source some disposable canisters.
The DIY Mountain Ranger Camp Stove, on the other hand, is made from (maybe) $5 in new materials and some recyclables and relies on found fuel - small twigs, sticks, and brush, to produce a very hot flame, very quickly.
So. As we often find on ManMade, the DIY option makes a compelling case.
Here are few details about the Mountain Ranger Camp Stove:
- Named in honor of the U.S. Army Rangers. (I'm a veteran and served with some of these men.)
- Tested and proven by veterans during a 30-day mountain wilderness adventure at 7,000+ ft.
- Burned 4 times per day on average, and up to 10 times in a single day (150+ burns total!) - no signs of degredation aside from normal wear and tear.
- 30 minute burn times from found fuel are common.
- Boils 2 cups of water in a canteen cup in 7 1/2 minutes (depending on altitude) and will pasteurize a full canteen of water on a single load of fuel.
- 1 cup of wood pellets will burn for 90 minutes and provide heat for at least another 90 minutes.
- Can quickly and easily be converted into a heater.
- Designed to be protected from the wind - no windscreen necessary. (natural windbreaks are recommended)
- Easy to relight if blown out, simply throw a spark at the top of the stove.
- Once up to full temperature (less than 2 minutes) will re-light itself if blown out under normal conditions.
- Smokeless, hot, bluish flame from found fuel - the ONLY DIY wood burner that truly gasifies.
- Perfect for hunters, campers, hikers, bikers and, of course, emergency preparedness.
The team behind Mountain Ranger - a group of veterans - were kind enough to share the plans in full with ManMade readers. In the free download below, you'll note the simple materials list: a tuna can, a soup can, a quart paint can, a single screw, and a plumber's pipe strap, which you can get at any hardware store.
Download the plans here: How to Build a Mountain Ranger
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing, Karl.