Making a Buddy Burner can be fun. We shared the experience with our grandchildren so each
of their families could take one home. It is a safe fuel to be used in enclosed areas of a room or tent.
We had cut strips of cardboard, about 2 inches wide and 5 feet long, crosswise of the
cardboard. You could see the holes of the cardboard strip along the long edges. This is important so when the wax
is poured over the rolled cardboard strip, it will seep into the holes and through the cardboard strip.
We had a larger 12 ounce chicken can and a smaller 6 ounce tuna can. Both of them worked just fine
but the amount of wax required is about 12 ounces for the larger can and 4-6 ounces for the smaller can.
The grandkids rolled the cardboard very tightly into a spiral then they slipped it into the
prepared can. The can had the top completely removed so edges wouldn’t be sharp.
One slow cooker pot is now designated ‘the wax pot’ because the clean up of wax is so difficult.
Another alternative to melt down the wax is to use a large disposable can that can be used like a double boiler and
set into hot water for the melt down, then thrown away after the wax has been used.
With the cardboard rolled tightly and placed into the can, we placed the can on a
level stump. The wax was melted to a liquid, and we used a ladle to slowly pour the wax over the cardboard,
drenching it while filling all areas of the cardboard and the can.
After it settled a bit, we added more wax clear to the top of the can. A bit of cardboard can be
sticking up, or even a wick placed in the middle of the cardboard roll, but that is not necessary.
Lay a lighted match in the center of the Buddy Burner and it will light across the top of the can.
As the wax burns down, more melted wax can be added for further use. As long as there is wax, the burner will
continue to be useful.
Because the heat will be significant, for the base on which to place the Buddy Burner , you should
use a stump, a ceramic tile square, a piece of granite, a brick, a stone and set up your
cooking area. Because this is a real fire, it is wise to use it outdoors, but if you must use it indoors, put
this cooking area close to a door or window that is open about ½ inch.
To create the stove top, remove one end of a #10 can. At the open end cut two slits, 4 ½ inches
apart and 3 inches high so the Buddy Burner can easily slip under the stove top.
The rectangular flap can be folded in but first, with needle nose pliers, roll the sharp edges of
the can inwards then clamp down hard along the rolled edges to secure a blunt, rolled edge.
Then without dangers of sharp side edges, push the rectangular flap up so not to be in the way of
the heat exchange.
Poke 6 holes evenly spaced along the side walls of the closed top of the stove to create exhaust
holes and pull the heat up through the stove.
The flame, or heat of the flame, can be regulated by folding a piece of foil in four layers or
using a small piece of metal and placing it with a pair of pliers over a portion of the Buddy Burner flame.
This little stove can even be used as a small oven. Using a small foil loaf pan, or even another
chicken can, it can be placed on top the stove, then another hollow #10 can (no added holes required other than one
end being removed) stacked over the baking item, and it becomes an oven.