Nov 19, 2022Titanium backpacking wood stove modifications

Photograph of drilling air holes in a titanium backpacking wood burning stove.
My titanium wood stove needs a bit more air. This afternoon I added some more air holes. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

On my last backpacking trip I tried out my titanium wood-burning stove. My thoughts were,

It works but needs some modifications. Specifically, more air holes because in its current form It smokes far too much. It needs air holes in the sides and back to help fuel burn …

Today, spurned on by some crisp (30℉) sunny and breezy weather, and thoughts of winter backpacking, I decided to tackle the job of adding the holes. I’ve not drilled titanium before, and even though I know it’s not a lot stronger than steel, I was expecting it to be harder to drill out than it was. It took longer to mark out all the holes than it did to drill them.

If you are wondering why I’m home when the weather is ideal for backpacking. The answer is I’m catching up on some home chores after the past few months of working like a madman. My goal for today was to do a load of tidying up and clear the garage/workshop so that we can move the car inside again. It’s been parked in the drive for nearly a year now and I am long overdue in making room for it in the garage.

Now I need to come up with some plans to go backpacking and test my modifications ‘in the field’.

Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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