One of my hobbies includes backpacking, more specifically I lean towards the lightweight or ‘super’ lightweight side of the spectrum. Basically I complete log distance trails and thru-hikes, whilst carry the least amount of weight in my pack.
Throughout my journey, I have made lots of my own gear, primarily due to the high cost of lightweight backpacking area. This is a hobby that can see you drop $400 on a SUL (super ultralight) sleeping bag and the same on a tarp.
So in an effort to save money and spend it on preps instead, I frequently get out the sewing machine and mess aroud with some material to see what I can make myself. One of the best things I have made doesn’t require a sewing machine at all however, just a tin can and a hold punch.
The Fancy Feast Backpacking Stove
This is a project I have done many times, it’s so simple and cheap (<$0.50) to replace should it bend or break that it’s a no brainer. This also makes it perfect for prepping and a survival kit, due to its lightweight and ability to cook food and boil water effectively.
- 1x Fancy Feast cat food can
- Hole punch
- Denatured alcohol
Check out the video below on how to make it.
You could of course also use this as a wood stove by burning small twigs and branches, you would just need to remove the pot each time to add more fuel.
This is a great little budget prep that can be done in less and ten minutes.
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