Tin Can Stove

A tin can stove is a simple portable stove that can be used to cook over a buddy burner, charcoal or commercial solid fuel.

To make one you will need:

  • a large can such as an apple juice can or a large metal coffee can
  • a bottle opener
  • tin snips
  • can opener

Instructions

  1. If both ends of the can are closed, use a can opener to open one end all the way.  This step may not be needed with a coffee tin
  2. Wash the can out (be careful of the sharp edges)
  3. Flip the can over so the unopened side is now the top. Use the bottle opener to create a ring of air holes near the top.
  4. Use the tin snips to cut a large square opening from the bottom to let in even more air.

Tip: if you are using a coffee can or something similar that had a plastic lid that fits the can, save this lid.  It can be placed over the open end during transport so the cut corners of the large air hole doesn’t cut or catch on anything.

Once you have your stove made you can use it for all sorts of camp recipes.  Perhaps the easiest is to toast things like grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadilla or pizza pitas over them.

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