Originally Posted By RHodo

He may learn a lot and derive satisfaction from making a piece of gear himself. or burn the house down, I don't know....

I would make a rule - you may only light the stoves outdoors on the concrete.

I could spend a few long paragraphs explaining why... let's just say there are more things that melt too easily than you can imagine. The paint on the stovetop is not impervious either.

Those really hard, tough plastic tables from hardware or office supply stores? don't use those either...
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