Supplies and Tools Needed for Alcohol Stove Construction
Unibit - this tapered bit is great for creating or enlarging clean holes from 1/8" to 1/2"
Harbor Freight Hand Punch - this under US$20 tool can punch 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm and 7mm holes
5 Jr. punch - this pricey (US$75) punch is able to punch out 1/16 - 9/32" round holes, as well as various other shaped holes.
Crimper Tool Side
Crimper Tool Front View
Crimper - may be easily fabricated from 1/16" aluminum flat. See the templates page for a tool template.
Polished Dilator Tool
Dilator Tool - Used to stretch cans so that they can fit over a like sized unstretched can.
Can Fitting Shim
Can Fitting Shim - Used to help get one can section around another. To make, cut out a section of aluminum from a beverage can, round edges and polish edges smooth with an SOS pad and/or metal polish.
Threaded Rivet Tool - great for placing threaded rivets in pressurized stoves.
Greenlee punch/Knockout Hole Punch/Q-max cutter/sheet metal punch/hole cutter/chassis cutter/chassis punch/panel cutter - great for cutting out clean holes in metal cans.
Harbor Freight Tools has a very economical manual knockout punch set for under US$20.
Wire bender from LeeValley Tools - this wire bending jig you can bend mild steel wire up to 3/16" or 5mm diameter into many shape. Best if held in a vise (or mounted).
EK Success Paper Shapers Paper Punches - punches special shapes such as hearts, stars, animals, 1/16" and 1/2" round holes, etc.
Fiskars Hand Punches - punches special shapes such as hearts, stars, animals, 1/16" and 1/8" round holes, etc.
Adjustable Circle Hole Cutter - Can be used to cut large holes in the top of stoves.
Smooth Edge Can Opener, Horizontal Cutting Can Opener, Safety Edge Can Opener, Safe Cut Can Opener - Brands include the Good Cook, Zyliss, Röche and many others. This type of can opener cuts horizontally into the upper tip of the can rim. It leaves a relatively smooth edge (except for the burr that may occur where you start the cut) and leaves you with the top section that can be used as a lid for your can. These can openers will work and large beer cans such as the pint sized Heineken and Fosters cans but will not fit properly on most US made 12 drink cans because of the steep angle just below the upper rim of the can.
The Good Cook Can Opener is available at Wal-Mart and Walgreens.
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