Learning how to make things out of scrap like a prepper stove that could save your life should definitely be a priority. You should be focusing more on learning stuff than buying stuff. Any time you can learn how to make things from what you find, you no longer have to carry it. As I always say, “skills don’t weigh nuthin.”
An alcohol stove is one of those things that’ll make life much easier. Much better than a campfire. Yankee Prepper has several videos on how to do things, so this is just one of them. Here’s Yankee Prepper showing how it’s done.
If you like the Yankee Prepper, you should visit his website. He has several useful videos there.
If you’re not into actually making a stove and don’t have the mad skills of Yankee Prepper (but you should really learn how), I’d suggest getting something like the Solo Stove. These things are super-efficient and great to have for not only camping but for around the house during extended power outages.
Here is Jack Phoenix demonstrating one:
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The Solo Stove is a natural convection inverted downgas gasifer stove that incorporates a secondary combustion for a more efficient and cleaner burn. The bottom vents allow air to enter and flow up the bottom of the grate to feed the primary combustion, a top down smolder.
In addition, air entering in from the bottom vents heats up within the inner wall and rises up and out the top firebox vents causing a secondary combustion at the top of the stove. The Solo Stove actually cooks the smoke out of the wood and then burns the smoke not once, but twice! This technique makes for a cleaner burn which means less smoke and also allows the stove to burn more efficiently.
Forget the Fuel: Our stoves cook your meals with nothing but the twigs you collect on your journey, eliminating the need for heavy, expensive, polluting petroleum gas. It’s easy to light, fast to boil and clean to use.
Gasify your Wood: A unique gasification and secondary combustion process lets our stoves achieve a highly efficient and more complete burn. This means you’ll use fewer twigs to achieve a boil. It also means less smoke while cooking.
Travel Lighter: The Solo Stove only weighs 9 oz and eliminates the need to carry fuel canisters – a great way to lighten your load. It also nests inside most pots leaving you with more space in your pack.
Stay Green: By using renewable resources for fuel instead of petroleum, you’re reducing your carbon footprint. You’ll also keep fuel canisters out of the landfill.
Be Prepared: The Solo stove isn’t just for backpacking; it’s great to have on hand when you’re in an emergency or survival situation. You’ll be able to cook and will never need to worry about running out of fuel.
Keep in mind that you can also get Camping stoves at Outdoorplay.com because they usually include free shipping so I would check them out too.