It’s camping season and this is an easy DIY stove for cooking in the great outdoors! We are thinking outside the box and made ourselves a stove for camping out of ductwork! We love to have a meal surrounded by nature and cooking with a cast-iron skillet on the top of the stove is easier than you might think!

These Campfire Cones are a big hit around the campfire.

DIY Camp Stove

It really was super simple and all the supplies can be found at Lowes.

Supplies For DIY Camp Stove

6″ x 6″ x 6″ galvanized Tee duct

6″ galvanized duct collar

6″ galvanized damper

6″ round duct cap

4″ x 4″ x 8″ Step Flashing

4 – 60D Hot Galvanized Polebarn nails

#10 x 1/2″ phillips head metal pan screws

#8 flat washers


diy cook stove supplies

How To Build A Camp Stove

First, flatten the step flashing.

DIY cook stove step 1

Hook the duct cap to the flattened step flashing with four screws. Drill pilot holes first to make this easier.

diy camp stove step 2

Drill a 1/4″hole in each corner of the flattened step flashing. This will give the cooker a place to be staked so it won’t tip over.

DIY cook stove step 3

Install the damper by drilling a hole in the top side of the tee that points out to the side.

diy cook stove step 4

Unhook the collar by removing the small metal clip.

DIY Cook stove step 5

Fit the collar into the top of the tee, drill a hole, and fasten with a screw.

DIY cook stove step 6

Spread the flanges in and out all the way around the top of the collar. Set the tee onto the cap that was attached to the flattened step flashing.

DIY cook stove

Build your fire inside and you are ready to get cookin!

Homemade camp stove

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  1. I’ve been a sheet metal worker for 30 years and this is the dumbest idea to use galvanized 26 guage pipe fittings for a camp stove. The zinc will vaporize from the heat and make you sick and the 26 ga. metal will warp from the heat. I’ve welded galvanized and you have to grind the zinc off to keep from getting sick. Rethink your post.

  2. That’s not real.
    Show a picture without the pre-cooked bacon in the skillet. I want to see the fire, the flames & the heat discolouration – or it never happened.

  3. Right you are galvanized pipe and fitting if heated at hight temperatures will cause Zink poisoning. Makes you feel like you have a case of the ” bends ” deep compression sickness, body aching from head to toes.
    If you do get poisoned drink lots of organic whole milk.
    If you can get SS pipe materials would be great but very expensive.

  4. I think it’s great, just be a bit careful of the danderous fumes that galvanized metal gives off when heated.

  5. These pieces are not galvanized except for the footing base. They are stainless.
    If the footing is getting hot then you are breathing zinc and eating zinc fumes. Zink is poisenious.

  6. Wow, Melodramatic child is melodramatic. Grow up. Stop with the chest beating, no, you would not do a damn thing if you saw someone using this and lastly, get educated, its PERFECTLY safe to use once you burn off the galvanized coating. Simply burn the stove outdoors with wood until the metal takes on a dull gray color, and it is safe.

  7. Nice idea but no pictures with your step by step process. Wouldn’t know where to begin even though it says in your instructions. But pictures will be worth while ir a youtube video. By the sound of it great materials were used. For those ppl wanting to try this how can they? Post a video next time or have pics in your instructions.

  8. Great idea, I think I want to add this to my inventory of camping stuff. In your experiance with it how long does it take for it to cool down after you use it and how hard is it to clean out?
    Thank you for sharing, this is a great idea.
    The Broke Dad

  9. Great idea, especially for lone wolf camping. What do you use for fuel and how do you start the fire?

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