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 to ensure our chances of making it alive. Among them is to have a fire for cooking, heat and comfort.

There are a few things that will make the wood stove a better option than the other stoves mentioned below, the main two reasons are;

  1. 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, light weight and easy to carry in ziploc bags.
  2. 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 stove design in the videos provide good heat, almost zero smoke (because of the double combustion chamber) and the fire is concealed. 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.

In the Prepper community, we see so many different opinions on what types of fires or equipment to have for cooking and for heat. Personally, I find that the vast majority of articles from other Preppers, always have in them some kind of good information to learn from, and usable tips too. Everybody have a portion to share, right! However, there are certain factors that I take into consideration to decide which stove is very good, which stove is “ok” 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 and a bad option to me.

Camping 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 weekend or to build it together with other Preppers.

  • It is a very handy stove, not too small but easy to load, with a simple construction and is also 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

Mica Glass

Fiberglass Clothes

12″ Steel Tent Stakes

Titanium Tent Stove Pipe

You will also need some power tools, basic 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.

Always Prepared


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