At present these are basic, and designed as an adjunct to Mark Jurey’s excellent description, but  for use with UK Heineken cans.

They will be updated with photographs as time, ….and web skills , allow.

Please read the Warnings and Disclaimer and get in touch if you have any specific problems.

So here they are

1 ) The “logo  bulge” on Heineken cans available in the UK prevents a simple push fit seal between the two halves. I used  “JB Weld original “, a high temp epoxy available  from E-bay or model making shops, to seal the two. Roughen up all the surfaces, push fit the burner into the cup and apply a neat fillet of epoxy at the seam  with a blunt cocktail stick.

I have also had success using a ” liquid steel” epoxy from my local  £1 shop, but it is quick setting so you have to be speedy, or else just do a bit at a time.

2 ) I think the dimensions of the UK cans are different with respect to the vertical positioning of the bands.  You really do need a good height of sidewall to get the heat from the flames down to the fuel. I cut my can to make a fuel cup  1 1/2 ” ( 38 mm)  inches tall , and the inner ring of the burner ends up 3/8 ” below the top edge fuel cup when in position. 

2A ) I make the burner from a coke can or similar, to Mark’s original dimensions.It is easiest to make the burner holes with a push pin at first, and then open them out using a 1/16 ” drill. The stove will run with push pin burner holes, but the flames seem un stable and easily “detach”

I use a push pin to make the vent holes in the crimps and do this before cutting the can. 

3) It really is important to remove the embossings from the bottom of the can to get a good seal for the penny. Use wet and dry, maybe finish off with metal polish. Make sure the 1 pence piece does retain the meths for a considerable time in a dummy run before lighting for the first time.

Also it is worth using a nice , new, shiny penny. It can make a difference.

4 ) You need to experiment with the height of the simmer ring. It depends on the height of your pot stand and if you add the base insulating cup. The simmer ring only works with a pot on the stand as it both reduces the heating action of the burner flames against the side wall and reduces the air flow coming under the pot base

 If you cut a slot in it, it can be stored inside a top cover, and then the top cover needs to be cut tall enough to accomodate it and protect its edges when stored. It is worth having for simmering pasta, and even cooks runny porridge without burning with care.

6 ) I make everything from coke cans, or similar, except the fuel cup .

7 ) If you want to polish the stove components, it is much easier to do this before you open the cans !


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