Alcohol Stove: Primary Constraints

As I’ve been working on my design and shopping for parts I’ve identified some constraints to the project:


  • Undoubtedly, the process of making prototypes and testing will take much more time than I expect. This is something I have taken into account and intend to be aware of throughout the project.


  • Since I have a specific aesthetic in mind, finding parts which match the aesthetic is proving to be a challenge. Additionally, the components I intend to use are very small which is adding to the challenge of finding them.


  • Although there is no limit on expenses for this project, I personally have limited funds so I must be aware of the total cost of the project as I progress.

Implementing Stand/Secondary Fuel Reservoir

  •  A challenge I will be facing as I move forward with my project is how I will connect a stand and/or a secondary fuel reservoir to the stove. The reason this is a challenge is due to the fact that the stove will be made from thin aluminum which is not that structurally sound. I will need to figure out how to connect parts without damaging the body of the stove.

Limiting Design Aspects

  • Over the last week I have had a lot of ideas about what I could do with my project; however, I am realizing I must be rational and limit myself to design aspects which are attainable. I must focus on design aspects that I can perfect rather than far fetched ideas that I can barely achieve in order to complete my project in time.
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2 Comments. Leave new

  • Chip Bollendonk
    March 14, 2016 12:48 pm

    I’m really excited to see what you’re working towards here. While your constraints all seem relevant and significant to the project, I think that Ethan and I are both happy to help with several of them. I suggest you make a few sketches of what you’re going for, and we can help you determine how to structure the pieces to make them manufacturable and procurable.

    Keep chugging, it is looking good!

  • Ethan Gehring
    March 10, 2016 1:28 pm

    Kenzy, I think you hit the nail on the head with your time constraint. This project is likely going to involve some trial and error so the sooner you start building stoves the better! As for connecting part to the body I imagine Chip and I can help you out there. Finally limiting the scope of the project is key. Once you know how far you have to go it becomes a lot easier to start moving in the right direction.


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