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Many kerosene cookers do not have a sufficiently large area to support a pan with a large surface area, nor are they strong enough to reliably support significant weight. These cookers supply enough heat to easily boil 5 gallons of water, so a simple stand wide and strong enough to support at least 75 pounds adds greatly to their utility. Then they may be used for canning and large scale cooking needs.

The easiest way to build a strong stand is to use 1 1/2" wide galvanized "L" angle steel with pre drilled holes, which are available at most hardware stores. For the top surface, a piece of heavy gauge "expanded" steel works perfectly, supporting the weight of heavy pots, yet letting the heat from the cooker flow upward unimpeded.

A small Butterfly stove can fit under a 12" square and 10" high stand, while the larger Alpaca and Butterfly stoves requires a minimum 14" square, 14" high stand. For the small size, then, one 4 foot and one 5 foot "L" piece is needed, and bracing the legs requires a 3 foot piece of 1 1/2" flat strapping.

The pieces of angle steel are cut with a hack saw, the cut edges smoothed with a mill file, then bolted together with 3/4" long, 5/16" bolts using lock washers. The expanded metal is fastened to the top using the same bolts with fender washers. Once assembled and square, the flat steel strap is held against the upper corners to form a short triangle, the holes lined up, the angle cuts marked with a pencil, then cut with a hack saw and bolted into place. Look at the photos of the stands: you should be able to copy the design from that alone.

I use a short 2" section of 1 1/2" steel "L" angle bolted to the bottom of each leg.  These provide a secure "foot" that will not scratch a table and distribute the weight of a large load over a wider area so that indentation marks are not left on a surface.

Use your imagination!  A cooking stand can often be made from materials at hand or salvaged steel "L" angle such as a discarded bed frame.

The cost of the cooking stand depends upon what you use to build one. The illustrations below are cooking stands I built from 1 1/2" strapping, and it cost about $30.00. The added versatility and lack of wear on the cooker more than make up the cost in the long run, as then both the stand and the cooker should last a lifetime. In an emergency, the stand may also be used over coals from a campfire!

A basic cook stand

Setup for canning cider

Stove under stand


Stands used for settling cider (right) and bottling (left)

Stand made by New England Gardener for condensing maple syrup

Hot bottling tank on stand, stove underneath

Miller Zenith brooder heater used under stand to keep canning lids simmering


The red cooking stand at left was built for Carolyn Lucas by her husband, and he used the frame from an old aquarium and a perforated metal piece they had on hand... cost almost nothing!

Carolyn sent me this photo back in 2000, and she still uses the same stand and stoves.


Butterfly 2412


Butterfly 2641

View from back

"I wanted to send you a few pictures of a Butterfly oven stand that I made from a few pieces of aluminum angle that really works great. I originally made it for a Kero-sun Model K that I had, but, found that if I added a few side supports and a mesh shelf it would work with just about any other stove I had. It works with a Primus set on the top support and with the Butterfly models 2412 pressure stove and the 2641 10 wick stove. The small Butterfly 2641 probably works the best as it gives a constant heat with minor adjustment to maintain cooking temperature. Hope you share the idea with other kerosene oven enthusiasts."  Richard Esquivel


Kerosene Stoves, Lanterns and Ovens

  • Kerosene Stoves - Recommendations on different models  New!
  • Building a Versatile Cooking Stand for kerosene stoves New!
  • Kerosene Stove Maintenance and Storage  
  • Butterfly A-822, 22 wick, all-aluminum premium stove.   New!
  • Butterfly #2487, 16 wick stove
  • Butterfly #2412 Pressure Stove;
  • instructions for virtually any pressure stove.
  • Butterfly #2418 Double Burner Stove;
  • good with any gravity flow stove.
  • Butterfly #2421 Oven for Kerosene Stoves
  • Butterfly #2641, 10 Wick Stove -
  • the least expensive emergency stove.
  • Butterfly #2698 Cook Stove -
  • THE Best Heavy Duty Cook Stove. 
  • Butterfly #828R Pressure Lantern;
  • same for most pressure lanterns.
  • Haller "Origineel" Stoves
  • Mini kerosene heaters;
  • also mini stoves made from old brooder lamps.
  • Sad Iron stoves;
  • examples of, and wick replacement. Wicks are here.
  • "Wickless" Stoves & Ranges,
  • and wicking for them.




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