In a survival situation and where we are forced to be out of our house for a few days, maybe weeks or even months, it is of utmost importance to complete several survival steps and among them is to have fire and where to cook. On several occasions I have talked about the importance of this topic and today I want to share a video of how to build a portable stove from a (military grade) metal ammo box.

In the Prepper community, we see so many ways to build a fire for cooking and many different styles of portable stoves. Personally, I find that the vast majority of articles and tips from other Preppers, always have in them some kind of good information to learn from, and usable tips too. However, there are certain factors that I take into consideration to decide which stove is very good, which stove is “an ok” one and which stove is a “really bad” option.

An open fire is always good and useful, but you have to build it away 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 build it properly, it will fill your shelter with smoke and that can also affect your health. An open fire can easily go off in a sudden rain.




A small gas or alcohol stoves are a good DIY “last minute and no other option” stove, but you cannot depend on them to cook. You can just 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 in 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.



Camping or backpack stoves, made with the Preppers and Backpackers in mind. They are very good and efficient but they can be expensive. Unfortunately many of them do not have the ability to provide heat for inside the shelter. Also, once you burn all the fuel …that’s it dude!! 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 Saturday, or to build it with other Preppers or alone.

  • It is a very handy stove, not too small but easy to load, with a 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.
  • Since it’s made out of a metal ammo box (military grade), you have a stove with you for many years to come.
  • 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 shelter, but always be on alert and be mindful of the risks of a fire.
  • Large enough to have two small cooking containers, or one large pot or skillet with proper adaptations.

What do you need?

50 Cal (military grade) Ammo Box

Wood Stove Replacement Gasket (1/2″)

Everything else are some power tools and basic home hand tools.

Always Prepared – Preparados Siempre


Boricua Preppers - Preparados Siempre
I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )
Únase a los más de 5,000 seguidores de Boricua Preppers.
0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *