Survival Stove and Heaters

So you find yourself stranded in your car, in a camper, cabin or even a tent during some freak snowstorm or other cold weather situation. There are several stoves you can build that work in enclosed, tight spaces. Let’s talk about 2 of them real quick. The first one is the best one, and that is a toilet paper soaked in 90% isopropyl alcohol alcohol. 70% would work, but it has more water content in it, thus making it worse long term. So you take the toilet paper, remove the cardboard roll, and stuff the TP into a can about the size of a smaller coffee tin. Soak it with the rubbing alcohol and stick the small can into something larger like a paint can. The paint can serves as a reflector of the heat, concentrating it better for you, and it also protect the surface it sits on from the heat (such as a car seat, tent floor, etc. Light the alcohol/TP mix and you have a safe (non carbon-monoxide) burning heater and it costs less than $2 to make. I have taught this skill in class and have burned one of these in my home during a power outage in the cold. They work, they are safe. You can read a further write up here., or even watch this video.

In the event that option one isn’t available to you, a quick second stove can be made using something as simple as a can of Tuna (in oil) and a shoestring. Poke a small hole into the top of the Tuna can (or any vegetable based oil, or even a can of Crisco), squeeze some of the oil to the top to soak the shoe string (or other similar material to use as a wick)  and feed the string down into the hole. Light the string and now you have a very small fire, capable of heating a small car, small tent, you get the point. Non toxic, and even a tuna can will burn about 2 hours or so depending on the size. You can eat the tuna later still as well! You can even light up a simple old crayon (cause they are wax based) and they will provide a hand warmer or small candle for light. So many uses, so many methods! You can watch a quick video here

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