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The fastest, easiest way to make a powerful, stable, low-cost portable camping stove,
using virtually any large or medium sized food can or coffee can
, as well as IKEA canisters
("Ordnung" cutlery drainers), and even paint cans.

Nothing surpasses common food cans for low cost, lightweight, and efficient camping and/or survival stoves. The vast number of YouTubes on the subject are a testimony to their popularity over other stoves. Cans are steel. They do not burn out. Because they are thin, they are extremely light. And, they are basically free, since you get to eat the food within!
Siege Stoves are easy to use. The Cross-Members are the secret. They attach to a wide variety of common cans, and they also fit the light-weight IKEA® stainless steel canister. Additionally, they fit the collapsible flat Siege stoves if space rather than weight is the prime consideration.
Cans need air holes for the fire. One of the bottom Cross-Members has either sharpened fangs (or a sharp spike in previous versions for making air holes). Just tap the Cross-Member with a small branch into the can and twist. Every ‘Hit & Twist’ makes an air hole. After making the air holes, use the same branch (or rock) to tap the bottom Cross-Members into place at the bottom. Now you have a nice stable base that allows air to enter thru the holes in the bottom.
Next, interlock the top Cross-Members and snap them into place. That’s it, you have the perfect camp or survival mini-wood stove!
Any coating on the inside or outside of the can, burns off in the first use. It goes up with the wood smoke.

Set of four Siege Stove Cross-Members

Ultra-light and compact—the Universal Cross-Members fit most common medium to large food cans and coffee cans as well as the popular stainless steel IKEA® canisters. They also perfectly fit quart paint cans. Gallon paint cans can be made to work if you notch the rim for the Cross-Members. Use two blades in a hacksaw for the notching.

Siege Stove Cross-Members fit most large cans

Remove the can lid with a can opener, and empty the contents into a pot or pan.
Clean the can if you have plenty of water, or, alternatively burn off the food residue.
One of our customers said:  “Using cans turns trash into treasure!”

Open the can

Air holes need to be punched in the bottom, and around the sides 2/3rds of the way up toward the top. The curved fangs on one lower cross-member (the one without the center "bullet") have been shaped and sharpened so that they can double as a tool for making air holes in the can. The previous edition of the cross-members had spike (as depicted below) on one of the bottom Cross-Members for the same purpose. Use a branch to smack one of the sharpened fangs (or the spike, if you have the spike version) into the can. One tap should suffice for each hole. Twist to widen the hole and then remove the spike or fang and repeat at a new location until you have approximately the same amount of ventilation as can be seen in the cans on this site. When punching holes in the sides of the can, attaching the upper cross-members to the can can help to reinforce it and keep it from rolling. An ice pick, sharp awl or knife is faster but the cross-members also work well for making holes. IKEA canisters are already perforated, and we also sell pre-punched cans in various sizes for our customers' convenience.

Tap spike to make holes

Interlock the bottom Cross-Members, position the central "bullet" at the center point of the can bottom and then tap the cross-members into the bottom of the can with a rock. The bullet and the "fangs" (curved spikes) will make their own slots in the can.
For IKEA canisters, line the fangs up with the pre-existing holes under the can. The fangs will cut their own notches that extend inward a small amount from these holes.

Tap lower Cross-Members onto can

Flip it over and add pieces of kindling and wood. Snapped sticks, pine cones, and dried animal scat all make excellent fuel. Charcoal works great too.

Wood Scraps

Interlock the top Cross-Members;  then snap them into the top of the open can (the wide gap makes it easy to add wood to the fire.) That’s it, you now have the ideal lightweight, portable camp or survival stove!
Note: if you are using a gallon paint can, you will need to cut four notches in the inside lip of the can. To get the right slot width, clamp two fine-toothed hacksaw blades together on a hacksaw and then cut the notches.

Press top cross-members onto rim of can

The Cross-Members are virtually indestructible. They provide wide support for good sized pans and pots.

Completed Siege Stove

Start the stove with lighter easier-burning material and once it is burning well, load it up with thicker wood. The more heavier material the longer it will burn. The wide gap provided by the upper cross-members makes allows you to also add fuel under the pot during cooking.

When you are finished cooking, thoroughly put the fire out, let the can cool down (relatively quick, given the can's thin, lightweight structure) and then either grip and pull the cross-members off the top and bottom of the can or use a small branch to tap them off. You can slip the can into an old sock and can store fuels, tinder, fire starters, cross-members, etc. inside the can.

Accessorise your Siege Stove with hanging toasters and compact folding grill

While small pieces of wood are an ideal fuel, and can be gathered almost everywhere, alcohol, gas and solid fuel burners can also be used inside of a Siege Stove by inserting tent pegs or coat-hanger wires thru the vent holes for support.
SURVIVAL NOTES: We cooked a basic egg breakfast (and heated a tortilla) with 1.55 ounces of cardboard. This is less than a one foot square piece of the side of a cardboard box! And just for a test, we cut up a lightweight dining room chair (11 pounds) and were able to cook 35 breakfasts using that chair!

i if you are planning a camping trip, a great feature of the Cross-Members is that the Siege Stove is not limited to one size;  you can go from a compact can (for one or two people) all the way to a #10 restaurant can (for a big stew). If you notch a gallon paint can—even bigger than a restaurant can—the Cross-Members will work in it as well!

If you like to experiment, you can create a wood-gas stove using the Cross-Members. One can is placed inside of a second can. The fire creates an updraft of superheated air between the cans and mixes with wood gas under the lip where it acts as an afterburner for smoke. It produces less smoke and is slightly more efficient. However, as it took only 1.55 ounces of cardboard to cook a basic egg dish using a single-can configuration, we will leave it to you to decide if it is worth the effort.
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There are quite a few YouTube tutorials on creating wood-gas stoves. Many require a variety of tools and a lot of work drilling and cutting. In contrast, using the Siege Stove Cross-Members is far easier. Only the gallon paint can needs any alteration — notch the rim using two hacksaw blades in a hacksaw. Two blades make a wider cut.

Cross-Members make an ideal gift for people who love to hike, and for those who like to be prepared for emergencies. The Cross-Members take up very little room and can be stored almost anywhere. Then, if disaster strikes, you will be able to boil water, and cook a meal. With the gift of a set of cross-members you will also be helping the people you care about be better prepared for disasters and emergencies.

The perfect gift for preppers, campers, your neighbors and anyone you know who needs to help creating a survival kit.

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