I’ve always been a big fan of twig stoves, because they work with whatever is available in nature or your backyard — twigs, plant stalks, grass, pine cones, pine needles, whatever. No need to buy or lug around expensive fuel and fuel containers. After watching dozens of videos, I finally got around to making my own twig stove. The main idea sprang from observing local barbecue grills made with half barrels. I didn’t need anything nearly that large, so I bought a small hibachi grill grate and built a small half barrel stove out of scrap steel to match.
There are numerous options to consider. There’s a grill grate with a handle that looks worth a try. You could make a longer stove with two of these grill grates side by side. Vent holes can be added on the ends. All stainless steel construction and/or thicker steel would add years of life. Food can be covered with a lid to speed cooking and retain moisture. Lava rock absorbs meat drippings and helps impart good flavor. You could weld brackets on one side so the grill grate height can be adjusted. (Search online for photos of hibachi grills.)
Low Cost Twig Stoves
Small Stoves for Camping and Emergencies
Note: These two blog posts have links to dozens of the best videos and websites on twig stoves, camping stoves and emergency stoves. When I’m really interested in a topic, I love to scour the Web and find the best sites to share with readers.