If you have never made, or used a pop can alcohol stove, you should check them out. These are very small, lightweight, efficient, & cheap. You can make one pretty easily with just a few tools, a couple of empty pop cans, and an hour or two. I’ve made a few different designs, and I really like these little stoves. I have a couple of these in my backpack, as well as several small bottles of fuel for them. (two is one, one is none) They take up very little room, and weigh almost nothing. I keep the fuel (Heet – in the yellow bottles, not the red ones) in empty, rinsed out 5 Hour Energy bottles.
They are great for backpacking, camping, canoeing, as well as for disasters & emergencies when you need to cook, make coffee, etc. It might be a good idea for you to make several of these & keep at least one in all of your kits.
Do a search on Youtube for pop can stove, or alcohol stove. There are ton of how to videos. One of the best sites I’ve seen for alcohol stoves is Zen Stoves. This site has quite a few different designs, and goes over the advantages and disadvantages of each. There are directions on how to build the different models, and the even have templates for some of them that you can print off. They even cover the different types of fuel for the stoves, with warnings on what not to burn.
This would be a good family project, but not for smaller children. There are some sharp edges on the cans after you cut them, and putting the pieces together would be difficult for the younger kids.Try making one or two, and let me know how you like them! ^MM