Build your own stove
Rather than buying camping stoves you can make your own gasifier camping stoves from 3 billy cans. I wanted to provide a design so any person handy with basic tools could build one without it being all too technical and difficult. At the same time these camping stoves needed to work properly as a true gasifier and I also wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing.
The 3 Billy Stove Gasifier stove design can be made with very few tools, no welding, screwing or riveting is involved. More information is on my gasifier site and the Construction Manual (17 pages) can be downloaded there for free.
Gas Camping Stoves
Propane gas camping stoves are certainly convenient, light and easy to carry and use. Gas canisters range from 70% n-butane / 30% propane which are great for warm weather conditions with an ‘upright’ stove, while the 70% isobutane / 30% propane canisters are good for cold weather, but not much use below freezing. The 80% butane / 20% propane canisters and ones with even less propane (including the Bleuet 100% butane ones) are really only suitable for tourists in warm weather. For snow conditions you will a different sort of stove: one with a liquid feed. All this is explained in much detail at Bushwalking NSW which goes through every type of stove imaginable.
Campfires – Minimal Impact
In Australia out of control fires are dangerous and can be deadly events! Pay attention to local conditions and by-laws concerning the use of camping fires and even camping stoves. The following Minimal Impact points are derived from the Canberra Bushwalking Club Bushwalking Code
- Fires should not be lit in sensitive areas, such as sub-alpine regions. Stoves must be used in
high-use areas (note: in some areas, for example Tasmania, legislation prescribes “stove
- Use established firesites wherever possible. Distribute ashes and unused firewood. Spread
leaf litter or soil over the firesite. In sandy soil bury ashes.
- Use only fallen, dead wood for fires.
- Don’t make fires near trunks of trees, on roots, on peaty soil, or where the fire could spread.
Clear all leaves, grass and other flammable materials from within two metres of the firesite.
- Do not use soil or sand to try and extinguish the fire. Quench the fire completely with water.
- Keep water handy to control the fire should it spread.
- Be mindful of the weather. Don’t light fires in hot summer conditions or on dry windy days.
- Don’t even think of lighting a fire or stove during a total fire ban!
- Don’t burn or bury rubbish, including food scraps. Take it out with you!
- Exercise care with stoves. Do not allow excess pressure which may cause safety valve ignition.