Introduction: Back-Packer's Tin Can Stove

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While I was watching Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen," one of the sabotages they used was a tin can stove. Inspired, I have created an Instructable. (The can I used was a 28 oz. tomato can.)

Step 1: Preparing the Can

First, wash out your can thoroughly, but be carful about the sharp edges.

Step 2: Ventilation

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Next, punch holes around the perimeter of the can that is unopened. To do this, I set the can lengthwise on a partially opened vise. I used a nail to punch the holes, but you could use a drill if you wanted.

Step 3: More Ventilation

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Next, cut openings on the open side of the can. This also helps with ventilation.

Step 4: Candles

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I used unscented tea lights. It is a little hard to see in the photos, but I added more holes and openings because when I tried the first time, the candles suffocated! (If you added a lot of ventilation, but the candles still go out, try taking one out.)

Step 5: Cook Something and Enjoy!

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Now you can cook anything! Actually, it has to be somewhat small, and if you're making pancakes, thin batter works better. And if you need to flip something, I advise using tongs, because the sides get hot. Otherwise, enjoy your personal, mini griddle!


quzee130 (author)2015-08-18

will do I really love to learn something like this from you people thank you for teaching an old broad some new tricks and some really great education. S.j? Itzenthaler

jmoates (author)2015-08-17

We use to call them hobo stoves. Small coffee cans were the favorites

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