Introduction: Altoids Survival/Solar Cooker Kit

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If you are wondering what is even better than a Altoids survival can here is a great example! With these quick steps you can have a reliable survival kit that doesn't take up your whole bag. Feel free to add your own modifications to your Altoids survival can and share your ideas with others!

Step 1: What You Will Need

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1. Altoids can

2. Tin foil

3. Saran wrap

4. Fishing worms (rubber)

5. Small to medium sized hooks

6. 8 feet of mildly strong rope (para cord or nylon will work)

7. Whistle

8. Box of waterproof matches (keep the box)

9. Duct tape or electrical tape (I used both)

10. Multi tool

Step 2: Modifications to the Outside of the Can

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First, you will need to get your match box and cut of the part used for striking the match. After you cut it out, tape it to the bottom of the can using duct or electrical tape. (BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE PUT ON SOME TOUGH GLOVES, I LEARNED THE HARD WAY)After you tape it on securely, poke four hole like shown in the picture. After you do that get the knife from your multi tool and cut out a rectangle and then tape it with electrical tape so there is no sharp edges.

Step 3: The Solar Cooker

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First ,you will need to coat the whole inside with tinfoil and firmly tape it to the inside of the can. After that, get your saran wrap and fold it in half or as many times as you can (as long as it is a little bigger than the cut out rectangle and pretty translucent you should be fine).

Step 4: Final Step

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Now add the remainder of the items and feel free to add your own combinations


Modern Rustic Workshop (author)2016-07-16

I love this! I can't really tell how practical or efficient it is, but the ingenuity behind it all is great. It's so original and clever! Awesome job!

TeresaM7 (author)2016-05-19

Just as a FYI, you can use a water bottle (clear) to start a fire in an emergency. Make your tinder pile. Fill the water bottle with the clearest water you can find. THIS IS IMPORTANT! The clearer the water, the better it will work. Direct the sun through the water bottle into the tinder. It works as a lens and will start your fire in the same way as a magnifying glass. Happy surviving!

jlarson2801 (author)TeresaM72016-05-22

Thanks TeresaM7, do u have a video on it?

TeresaM7 (author)jlarson28012016-05-22

Absolutely, jlarson. In fact, I'll give you two from the same guy. He has some instructables, too.

Sgt-D (author)2016-05-18

so what are you cooking ????? Just your other kit parts?

I hope you're not hungry today !

jlarson2801 (author)Sgt-D2016-05-18

I cooked a marsh mallow but to cook meat such as chicken it would take a very long time but it would work

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-05-17

Clever. I have never seen someone use an Altoids tin as a solar cooker before. How hot does it get?

It depends on the temperature, how bright the sun is and how long it is out in the sun.

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