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There are really few things as nice as a cup of coffee in the veld. To carry a hiker’s stove with kettle or hot water in flask with you will always be a bother. Here is an easier plan for a hunter.

We assume that you are already carrying a water bottle and also something to light a fire

  • Mix coffee, sugar and powdered milk to taste in a zip-up plastic bag; even tea and soup will also work. That old tin mug is going to be used to carry everything, boil the water in it and to drink your coffee out of it. The dixie underneath your army water bottle also works well.

  • Bend a small standard out of galvanized wire, the same height as the tin mug and just big enough to fit inside the tin mug. Three used and empty cartridge cases can be used for the pedestals, or else tie the lot firmly in pairs with thin wire.

  • Now you can carry out your plan by putting the mug with water on top of the tripod , make a fire underneath with sticks and so get the water to boil.

  • We can also make a small light stove with aluminium cold drink tins. It works much better and also gives your fellow hunters something to talk

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    Take two aluminium tins. Red Bull works excellent.

  • Carefully cut off the bottom of both tins, about 25. mm from the bottom.

  • Slice or cut three equivalent proportionate spreaded "V" grooves on the side of one tin on the bottom.

  • Push the open bottom sides of the two tins into each other so that the one with the grooves slips inside the other one. From now on it is the upper side of the little stove.

  • Now, on the upper tin, make small proportionately spaced little holes on the bottom edge, not bigger than 1 mm.

  • Cut about a 30mm to 35mm proportionate hole in the middle of the bottom of the top tin. Cut a long strip aluminium plate, 30mm wide, out of the remaining tin.

  • Now roll the plate in a cylinder of 30 mm and insert it tight in the hole at the bottom of the bottom tin. Your stove is finished.

  • Things work like this:

  • 50 ml methylated spirits or benzene will be used as fuel.

  • Put the fuel in the stove and kindle it

  • Place the tripod with tin mug of water over the burning stove. Within seconds your stove will burn like a gas stove and boil the water. Everything fits nicely in the tin mug and is small and light.

  • Enjoy that coffee or your Earl Grey if you are English.

    Dr Wallace Vosloo is an Engineer and Scientist by profession. His family has lived in Africa since 1696 and he has a deep love for the continent. He is a practical outdoorsman and loves traditional hunting, axe and knife throwing, longbow shooting, black powder rifle- and cannon shooting, salt and fresh water fly fishing and tracking. The art of survival is Wallace’s main field of interest and his passion is to transfer these old forgotten skills to young hunters.

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