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Old 30-11-2008, 12:16   #1
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Exclamation Scrap gas bottle stoves

Me and someone I know, were talking a few months back about making stoves from scrap gas bottles.
Now this can be dangerous, so I wouldn't be trying it at home folks, indeed; I left him to it and only went back when he'd finished!, just to have a look and a bit of a play but this old codger knows his game and how to empty and make safe the bottles, so he set to and came up with These:


This was the original " prototype" complete with detachable flue pipe and small pot stand:

I can't remember what size scrap bottle it is now The extra bit of smaller bore pipe going in the back was designed to act as bit of a damper, you shove a stick in it to control the air.

This one is fairly crude, obviously unpainted and a bit untidy but works really well!:

It was glowing orange, although I couldn't catch that in the pictures

Anyway, after a few tweeks and a bit of tinkering, the old fella came up with MkII:

This one is much more like it, stove enameled and everything! Actually NOT cool at all

A proper damper, set in the much bigger, treadplate door and those hinges are made from re bar-all very neat I think.

We ran them both together, side by side, last night and we had to "damp" them down to be able to stand within 5 feet of them.
The MkII is a beauty! lacking a hotplate/potstand and the flue could do with being made a lot shorter with a separate length of pipe that fits onto the stove but I'm impressed!

I'm going to have one of the MkII's ,with the mods mentioned above eventually, all I'll need then; is a shed to put it in

As I say : DON'T TRY MODIFYING GAS BOTTLES AT HOME!
I certainly wouldn't
Just thought it might make an interesting post
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Old 30-11-2008, 12:21   #2
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Default Re: Scrap gas bottle stoves

Brilliant post. Thanks for that one.

Don't care about the warnings you have posted, i am going to make one anyway
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Old 30-11-2008, 12:23   #3
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Brilliant post RB thanks for sharing, could do with something like that in my workshop

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Old 30-11-2008, 12:43   #4
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Wicked mate nice one!!
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Default Re: Scrap gas bottle stoves

Just to help those of you that want to attempt this at home.....

Propane and butane are heavier than air, so even with the bottle valve open and no gas flow out of the bottle, the bottle will still be full of gas.

The safest way to expel this gas is to unscrew the valve assembly and fill the bottle with water, then leave it for a full day.

Of course this should be done outdoors as that is the only place with adequate ventilation.

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Just to help those of you that want to attempt this at home.....

Propane and butane are heavier than air, so even with the bottle valve open and no gas flow out of the bottle, the bottle will still be full of gas.

The safest way to expel this gas is to unscrew the valve assembly and fill the bottle with water, then leave it for a full day.

Of course this should be done outdoors as that is the only place with adequate ventilation.

Good luck.
And maybe NOT on a housing estate
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Old 30-11-2008, 13:01   #7
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superb mate , just an idea ,but all that heat could be used for a kettle or a pot of stew,what a bout a hot plate added to the top thus? :

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Ok Fish (ya clever sod), now draw a stainless steel water tank strapped to the chimney, with a cork in the top and a little tap at the bottom.
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lol....
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Ok Fish (ya clever sod), now draw a stainless steel water tank strapped to the chimney, with a cork in the top and a little tap at the bottom.
He will as well, you wait and see
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