This is the kit unpacked and if I start in the centre you can see the hobo stove in use.
This is made from a SS container from a supermarket that fits nicely round the billy, there are a couple of slots cut in the sides that you can't see clearly that let the billy can bail
fittings nest better.
The holes drilled around the base let air in and help to create an updraught to help the fire to burn better. the main fuel feeding hole was made by drilling four holes and then cutting between them with tin snips, that’s the hardest part.
To make a rest for the pot I used two SS skewers that fit through small drilled holes in the top of the hobo stove. They're bent at the ends to stop them working themselves out while you are moving the pot about
but they could be left straight if you still wanted to use them as skewers.
Another reason I bent mine over was to make sure they fitted inside the billy.
On top is my 10cm Zebra billy. I didn't like the rigid handle as it was always in the way when packing so I replaced it with a SS wire bail which is more compact.
A good source of braided SS wire is a bike shop. It’s used for brake cables these days and a strong joint can be made with the brass insert from and
electrical “choc bloc” wire connector from a hardware store. these have two small screws in each insert that clamp down on the wire. In this case I ground the screw heads off but they could be left in place if that is a problem.
If you are starting from a kitchen container you will need to drill a couple of small holes near the top edge for the wire to go through but on the Zebra billy there are lugs that the wire can be attached to once the old handle is cut off.
The lid of the billy or container can be used as a bowl if needed but I usually eat direct from the billy anyway.
Moving clockwise, next is the bag which is made from a bit of birch tanned reindeer hide. Heavier than it could be, but I just like natural materials for some jobs. Just about any kind of pouch could be used. Real lightweight hikers would just use a plastic bag but it is worth having a bag to keep the rest of your kit from getting covered with soot.
To the right is the windshield from a Clikstand . This rolls up and fits inside the billy taking virtually no space at all. a cheaper alternative from the supermarket would be a disposable foil tray cut into a long rectangle and rolled around the billy for shape.