Ammo Can Stove – Revisited

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Ranger Man has asked me to do a post for Wednesday while he works on the site issues and since the last post has been up since last Friday, I’m going to publish this post on Tuesday afternoon and Calamity Jane will get us back on track with a post on Thursday.

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On to the post.

Not long ago Calamity Jane wrote a post about an ammo can stove she bought.  I thought it was a brilliant invention, so I ordered one for myself as I couldn’t let her be the only cool kid on the block.  She covered the stove pretty well so I won’t spend a lot of time rehashing what she’s already discussed, but I thought I’d add some more pictures of it and make a few comments of my own.

First, the comments:

Even though she gave the exact measurements of the stove and I have owned ammo cans all my adult life it was still a little smaller than I expected.  That’s not to say I’m disappointed, because I’m not, but it was still a bit of a surprise.

I’ve called around to various stores to find 3” stove pipe and all I could find is one hardware store that sells galvanized 2’ sections at $5.49 a shot.  I could always get an adapter to a larger size, but I’d rather stick with the smaller lengths of pipe if I could.

One of the reasons I bought this stove is for my tipi.  Another use I hope to get out of it is for an Arctic five or ten man tent, which I used back in my military days.  As an aside I’ve been looking online for a good deal for one of those tents, but haven’t found anything for less than $350 for the five man tent.  If you see something out there cheaper let me know!

Back then we used the M 1950 Yukon Stove to heat the tent and it did a great job even when it got down to twenty or thirty below.  The good thing about the M 1950 is that it was a multifuel stove.  We usually ran mogas in it, which was plentiful, but the bad thing about this stove was that it was easy to burn your eyebrows off if you weren’t careful when burning gasoline.  Yes, I speak from experience.  If I hadn’t been wearing a watch cap I’d have burned off a good bit of my hair too.

Anyway, if this little wood stove doesn’t measure up I’ll probably go looking for one of the Yukon stoves.

One small thing to note is that it does leak a little smoke through the rivets and from the bottom, but not enough to cause any real problems as far as I’m concerned.

Here are the pictures I took:



Here's how the stove opens.



This is the spark arrestor. Make sure it stays clean.


12″ long.


The door is about five inches.


The instructions say to use dry hardwood, but I used softwood and still got a decent flame.


The firewood that goes into this stove is about the size of kindling.


Look at that baby go!


Make sure to screw the lid to the body. If your stove tips or tilts it won’t spill ashes all over the place.


Luckily I don’t have any close neighbors to annoy with the smell of the first burn.


Three inch stove pipe. Harder to find than I expected.


Random Thoughts

I don’t know if this stove would be enough to heat much in the way of a house unless it was a small room with the doors closed, but I suspect it would heat a camper just fine.  Make sure it’s a safe set up if you try it though.

The stove didn’t want to draw well at first, but then again I didn’t have any stove pipe on it either; however, after I let it sit for awhile the kindling caught and it took right off.  I left the door open for a bit so that it would get good airflow and that helped stoke the fire.

I like the idea of this little stove and I’m itching to get out in the field and use it.  I’ll mention how it worked in a later post.

If you have ordered one of these stoves and had a chance to use it I’d like to hear about it in the comments below.  Positives?  Negatives?  Let me know.

-Jarhead Survivor