My current stove is an Alpkit Brukit. It’s a nifty little thing that excels at one purpose: boiling a pan full of water in its integrated pot. For the price, weight and convenience this camp stove excels. However, it is limited to its built in pot, as putting any other pot on the top will cut off the air supply to the burner.
So here’s a picture guide to a little 15 minute, £4 project that will let you use the Brukit with any old camping pan you own.
Here’s our raw materials. One £4 tesco barbecue grill thingy. A pre-made grill, with wire that one can safely assume is non-galvanised and can withstand a bit of heat.
Step 1: Separate the two halves of the grill. This takes mere moments to unclip two bits of metal with a pair of pliers (the only tool this project needs). The half on the left has been put aside – I plan to use it as a potential campfire grill at some point in the future.
Step 2: Clip out a section of grill sufficiently long to match the internal circumference of the alpkit burner. The height can be varied, but aim for about 1.5cm to match the depth of the heat sink on the base of the kit pot – perhaps adding a little more to allow the flame to disperse across the base (you don’t want to burn your meals).
Step 3: This isn’t strictly necessary, but I’ve also clipped out a square grill for the top – just to help balance a pot on the top a little better.
Step 4: Assembly. Bend the strip of grill into place, and plop down the flat piece on the top. I left a little extra on the grill to to help hold the flat piece in place in case the surface isn’t totally flat.
And voila! The finished article. Here shown with a frying pan sitting on the top.
A quick performance test shows the water boiling in this pan approximately as quickly as when done with the built in pan. I imagine there’s slightly more heat loss, but this is Good Enough (TM).
So there you are. a £4 modification to let the Alpkit Brukit be used with any camping pan (or kettle, or coffee maker, or whatever). It has flaws, I don’t know how long it will last, and it definitely leaves the flame a bit more open to the wind – but not bad for £4 and 15 minutes.