When forced to be out of the house for a few days, maybe weeks or even months due to a survival situation or disaster, it is of utmost importance to complete several survival steps to ensure the chances of making it alive. Among them is to have a fire for cooking, heat, and comfort. The ammo can stove an excellent option for long-term survival.
There are a few things that will make the wood-feeding ammo can stove a better option than the other stoves mentioned below, especially for long-term survival the main two reasons are;
- You will always have a fire even if it is raining – You can use wood pellets to keep the fire burning. Wood pellets are compressed, lightweight, and easy to carry in Ziploc bags.
- You can conceal the fire and not being detected. In a bug-out situation, it is imperative to stay under the radar because others (who never prepared for a survival situation) might be hunting for supplies and food. Fire and smoke can give your location right away. The ammo can stove designed in the video, provide excellent heat, almost zero smoke (because of the double combustion chamber), and conceal fire. There is a small window to watch the fire burning, which it’s a good option for relaxation and dim light without risking yourself of being detected.
What Are They Saying?
In the Prepper community, we see many different opinions on what types of fires or equipment to have for cooking and heat. I find that the vast majority of articles from other Preppers always have some useful information to learn from and helpful tips. Everybody has a portion to share, right! However, there are certain factors that I take into consideration to decide which stove is excellent, which stove is “ok” and which stove is a “terrible” option.
An open fire is always good and useful, but you have to build it away (at least one full step) from the shelter or tent area because it would present an imminent danger, and with a little or no supervision, your shelter could end up burned down. If not built properly, it will fill your tent with smoke and affect your health. An open fire can quickly go off in sudden rain.
A small gas or alcohol stoves are an excellent DIY “last minute and no other option” stove, but you cannot depend on them to cook. You can heat a can of food or a little portion of water and not for more than one person, and also, you cannot control the heat intensity; therefore, it does not produce enough heat to warm the body on a cold night. Very unstable on the ground for being so light and small. A quick turning over, and you can have a sudden fire inside your shelter. Very dangerous and a bad option to me.
Camping stoves, made with the Preppers and Backpackers in mind. They are outstanding and efficient, but they can be expensive. Unfortunately, many of them cannot provide heat inside the shelter. Also, once you burn all the fuel, it’s it!! It’s over and done.
The Ammo Can Stove
I liked this video very much, and I find it to be a good family project for a weekend or to build it together with other Preppers.
- It is a convenient stove that is not too small but easy to load, with simple construction and cheap.
- It uses wood or other organic fuel material, and for that reason, you can increase the heat quickly, producing enough heat to spend the coldest nights.
- Made out of a metal ammo box (military grade), you have a stove with you for many years.
- The chimney system (can be replaced with empty beans cans) is an excellent idea to distribute the smoke outside the tent or shelter.
- The stove is very safe to have inside the tent or tarp shelter, but always be alert and mindful of the risks of fire.
- Large enough to have two small cooking containers or one large pot or skillet with proper adaptations.
What do you need?
You will also need some power tools, necessary hand tools, and some hardware from your local hardware store.
Watch the following videos from “Slim Potatohead” which I believe is the best DIY ammo stove for preppers and outdoor folks as well.