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DIY Camp Stove

Posted by  ·  July 8, 2013  ·  Last Updated: July 8, 2013

We are thinking outside the box and made ourselves a camp stove out of ductwork!

DIY Camp Stove

It really was super simple and all the supplies can be found at Lowes.

Supplies For DIY Camp Stove

6″ x 6″ x 6″ galvanized Tee duct

6″ galvanized duct collar

6″ galvanized damper

6″ round duct cap

4″ x 4″ x 8″ Step Flashing

4 – 60D Hot Galvanized Polebarn nails

#10 x 1/2″ phillips head metal pan screws

#8 flat washers


diy cook stove supplies

How To Build A Camp Stove

First, flatten the step flashing.

DIY cook stove step 1

Hook the duct cap to the flattened step flashing with four screws. Drill pilot holes first to make this easier.

diy camp stove step 2

Drill a 1/4″hole in each corner of the flattened step flashing. This will give the cooker a place to be staked so it won’t tip over.

DIY cook stove step 3

Install the damper by drilling a hole in the top side of the tee that points out to the side.

diy cook stove step 4

Unhook the collar by removing the small metal clip.

DIY Cook stove step 5

Fit the collar into the top of the tee, drill a hole, and fasten with a screw.

DIY cook stove step 6

Spread the flanges in and out all the way around the top of the collar. Set the tee onto the cap that was attached to the flattened step flashing.

DIY cook stove

Build your fire inside and you are ready to get cookin!

Homemade camp stove

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As always my DIY supplies are from my go to store Lowes. Thanks Lowes for sponsoring this post!

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  1. Sunday, December 9th, 2018
  2. liam
    Thursday, January 4th, 2018
    I think it's great, just be a bit careful of the danderous fumes that galvanized metal gives off when heated.
  3. Jan Vickers
    Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
    These pieces are not galvanized except for the footing base. They are stainless.
    If the footing is getting hot then you are breathing zinc and eating zinc fumes. Zink is poisenious.
    • JimBobEd
      Friday, October 5th, 2018
      List of materials says they're all galvanized. Stay away.
  4. Benji
    Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
    Cheers to many many happy grilling.
  5. Laurie
    Sunday, April 16th, 2017
    Once you've built this camp stove, what do you use for fuel??
  6. Sunday, September 18th, 2016
    Nice idea but no pictures with your step by step process. Wouldn't know where to begin even though it says in your instructions. But pictures will be worth while ir a youtube video. By the sound of it great materials were used. For those ppl wanting to try this how can they? Post a video next time or have pics in your instructions.
  7. Thursday, September 15th, 2016
    Great idea, I think I want to add this to my inventory of camping stuff. In your experiance with it how long does it take for it to cool down after you use it and how hard is it to clean out?
    Thank you for sharing, this is a great idea.
    The Broke Dad
  8. bob patyk
    Saturday, June 18th, 2016
    Great idea, especially for lone wolf camping. What do you use for fuel and how do you start the fire?
  9. Ang
    Monday, November 2nd, 2015
    What if you sprayed it with that heat-resistant paint used for wood stoves?
    • Jimmyp
      Sunday, June 12th, 2016
      No painting won't work as the fire will burn it off,
  10. Rob Boze
    Monday, August 17th, 2015
    Just a word of caution. When heated to a high degree galvanized metal will release poisonous fumes. That is why a blacksmith never uses galvanized steel, better safe than sorry.
  11. Duke
    Monday, June 22nd, 2015
    Everyone is a critic when they DIDN'T build it themselves , you did a great job !! on everything . Thank you for sharing your build with us , ya didn't have too and folks ought to recognize that fact .
  12. Jay
    Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
    Using galvanized steel for this is unnecessary, dangerous and irresponsible...Go ahead and risk your health, but if I ever saw anyone using something like this around me or my family...Zinc burn off would be least the of their problems.
    • Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
      Thanks Jay, I had no idea.
    • Gando
      Monday, February 20th, 2017
      Wow, Melodramatic child is melodramatic. Grow up. Stop with the chest beating, no, you would not do a damn thing if you saw someone using this and lastly, get educated, its PERFECTLY safe to use once you burn off the galvanized coating. Simply burn the stove outdoors with wood until the metal takes on a dull gray color, and it is safe.
  13. kelly
    Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
    Use black stove pipe ( sold for wood burning stoves ) instead of galvanized duct work to avoid the all too dangerous burn-off of zinc ... seriously!
  14. Kenn Andrus
    Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
    Another name for your stove is called a Rocket Stove, we make these in Boy Scouts out of tin cans. This one is much easier and no cutting to worry about.
  15. Tim
    Sunday, December 8th, 2013
    Fellow knife maker Jim Paw-Paw Wilson died from zinc fumes. Take it serious.
  16. chuck
    Sunday, December 8th, 2013
    since there are not photos of the fire, I assume you are using this as a rocket stove, would it be better to turn the damper 45dergees to support the wood.
  17. Saturday, October 12th, 2013
    My immediate reaction was "Ooooooooooo!!!!!!!" That is remarkable! Thank you for sharing this.
  18. Anonymous
    Thursday, August 29th, 2013
    Might I suggest that the handle for the damper be mounted on the underside of the"T" so as to minimize heat discomfort when handling it?
  19. Mrs B
    Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
    I wouldn't worry about any poisoning as
    1) you will be using this in the outdoors and
    2) after the first fire burnt inside all of the "so called poisons" will have burnt off.
    • Jan Vickers
      Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
      N O !!!!!
      As long as the galvanized metal is there the zinc will continue to leach.
  20. Amanda Langston
    Friday, July 12th, 2013
    Are you not concerned about galvanized steel poisoning? Signs of galvanize poisoning are similar to flu symptoms. The onset of metal fume fever begins shortly after the body is exposed to zinc oxide and the symptoms include a slight headache and nausea. With increased exposure, flulike symptoms begin to set in.

    Moderate zinc oxide exposure results in chills, shaking, slight fever, vomiting, and cold sweats. When the listed symptoms begin, it is time to stop welding and get fresh air. The symptoms can quickly become debilitating and you may need to go home and let the symptoms subside.

    Fatalities have been associated with extreme cases of galvanize poisoning. Therefore when metal fume fever symptoms begin, you should immediately avoid further exposure.

    Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_5474409_side-effects-galvanized-steel-welding.html#ixzz2Yqsw4YDm
  21. Teryl
    Monday, July 8th, 2013
    I'd love to try this project.
    What do you estimate your total cost was?
    • Monday, July 8th, 2013
      Teryl, I think we spent about $20-$25.