The materials list is a little lengthy, but many people will have a lot of this stuff hanging around:

  • 2 x 12-ounce Pepsi cans.
  • 4ft flexible aluminum tubing: 3/16″ outside diameter, .028″ wall thickness.  It is critical to get the right type of tubing.  You will need tubing that is designed to be bent.  If you go for the hobby-store stuff, you’ll just get something that snaps and folds.  McMaster-Carr sells easy-bend aluminum tubing in 10ft coils.
  • Needle-nose pliersFinished Stove
  • X-acto knife with a few blades on-hand.  This project will dull the blades.  Blades can be re-used for other stove projects.
  • JB Weld This can be found in most big hardware stores.  Make sure you buy the red and the black tube.  
  • Power drill with a 3/16″ bit and a smaller bit to make a pilot hole.
  • Steel wool  Grade #0000 is good for this project.  
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Circle cutter Can be found in craft or hobby stores.
  • Pin vise capable of drilling .02″ holes.  Hobby and hardware stores have these.  The hole size isn’t a precise measurement, but it does have to be pretty small.
  • Small hammer, 1″ wire nails, assorted washers.
  • ~3/4″ wooden block 
  • Thick paper  A small amount of card stock works fine
  • Scotch tape
  • Sharpie and a plain pen or pencil


  • Half round file For smoothing edges
  • Pipe cutter Makes cutting sections of aluminum tubing easier.  

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