LOTS to update y'all on, but I'll do it one post at a time. This is the summer of projects. Earlier this year I crafted a packable alcohol stove out of a beer can. It works, but isn't very sturdy and I could easily crush it accidentally. I scoured the internet for different ideas utilizing an aluminum bottle instead. They have a heavier gauge metal and make much better stoves. I decided to attempt two different designs. One only involved two pieces while the other was much more complicated. I got the idea for the more complicated one on a thread I came across a while ago, but didn't have the tools necessary until I was home from college. It is said to be able to stay ignited when a cold pot is used with it which is a big bonus. Honestly, I was afraid that when I was finally finished, that all of my hard work and all the time it took would have been for nothing. I was expecting the thing to not even work. Here's what happened when it was lit and eventually primed (pictured above). I'm not sure how it will do with the wind, but I made a wind shield a while back so I'll be set! Any ideas for cool camping recipes? Note that I pack very light.