How To Make A Flat Pack Wood Burning Stove
by Swissnic
First published 21/02/2007

I saw some plans to make a flat-pack wood burning stove on another site. It looked interesting, but flimsy and complicated. I wanted to make something simple and sturdy, and this is what I came up with…

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Firstly, I ordered a couple of 300mm x 300mm x 2.5mm sheets of aluminium from Chronos Limited.

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We need to cut the sheets in half (30cm x 15cm) to give us the 4 sides needed for the stove.[/TD]

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I recommend you mark out all the sheets before you start cutting. Getting something the wrong way around is a real bear!

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The base slots into the sides to support the weight of the fire. By using a locking slot, this negates the need for locking pins.

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Note the base slots are made a few cm’s above the bottom, to allow air to easily flow under the fire, and also to minimise ground-burn.

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The back fits between the two sides and locks out the whole stove.

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Now all that’s left is to drill out the air holes and remove the plastic protective coating.

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And fully made – it looks like this

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This is the end product – in bits. I haven’t done a picture of the plans as I made it up as I went along. For those who want to give this a try – maybe you can use the picture for planning. I will happily email you a higher quality pic if you want. PM me.

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The reason I went for a 30cm length is to accommodate my 3-part billy can. Here you can see it fits nicely onto the stove, allowing 3 cooking compartments.

I really like this flat-packable stove. You can use it with natural materials, and use it where no camp fires are not allowed (in my case – Dartmoor). And it only cost £17.00 to build – not bad I think!

Tools: I used a portable work-bench to work on, with a couple of clamps to hold the Alu down when cutting/drilling. I used a standard jig-saw with a metal blade to cut the edges, and a dremmel to cut the slots, and generally even up and smooth the cut edges and holes. I used a 6.5mm drill-bit to drill the holes, and that is it! You don’t even need a big toolkit for this job!

Cheers, SwissNic.

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