I am about to start constructing the balloon portion of my hot air balloon. Yesterday’s foray into stove building went fairly well, with the one exception of when my countertop caught fire.
It took a few hours but I and Erica and Billy finally found a solution that involved three Pepsi cans, a wire coat hanger, and a tin Amarula bottle holder for a chimney. With a little good fortune, the balloon will inflate without incident (i.e. without catching fire).
The plans I have for the balloon construction say it takes about 4 hours. And so I have 40-Year-Old Virgin and Dodgeball to keep me company while I work. I promise to keep you posted.