Introduction: How to Make a Bushcraft Hobo Oven

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Hobo Ovens are a great design and easy to use and even easier to make.

One of my other post on here shows you how to make Bannock bread in a Hobo Oven.

This is the How To Guide on doing so ......

What You Will Need

2 x Tin Cans one large than the other Please check Step 1 to get information.

3 x Stones or pebbles (Collect once on site) (DO NOT USE CONCRETE AS IT EXPLODES UNDER HEAT).

Heat Proof Gloves.


Step 1: Tins Sizes and Where From

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The tins in this photo are as follows

Jumbo Tin is Jumbo Bake Bean Tin

Keep the Lid from Jumbo tin as this can be put on top when cooking

Medium Tin is a large tin that contained mixed veg


Step 2: Set Up

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When setting up take your Jumbo tin and place 3 stones (the size of a plastic bottle screw cap) into the bottom of the tin in a triangle formation.

Once you have placed what you plan to cook inside the Medium tin and then sit into the Jumbo tin on-top of the 3 stones.

now place the Jumbo tin lid back on top of the Jumbo tin

Step 3: Setting Up in the Fire

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Place the Jumbo Tin with with Lid on that also contains other tin with the food inside into the glowing embers then VERY CAREFULLY (With Gloves and Shovel) Put some more embers on top of the lid.

Leave till food is fully cooked.


Please leave a comment telling me and others what have you cooked in your Hobo Oven ?


trike road poet (author)2015-07-19

Great project, simple and usable! Check with local restaurants, I get large cans from the kitchen there to make my twig stoves and the waitress is a friend who keeps them for me. A great source and all for free! A lot of my source material is found in this manner, where some company's daily use of materials provides me with materials for projects from their scrap. Most companies will part with their material in scrap if you just ask. I often make a few extra stoves to show them what I'm using the stuff for and give a few away to let them benefit as much as I am! Build up a connection or two and materials will come to you either free or so low cost as to let you build a lot of projects for next to nothing.

9w2xyz (author)2015-08-06

Waxed Duck and Potatoes.

raybob (author)2015-07-21

Some cans are lined with Bisphenol-A; it looks like a plastic-ish coating. This is probably not something you want to heat, and definitely not something you want in your food. Also, some very old cans use lead soldering along the seams; you don't want lead leaching into your food, either.

NancyW5 (author)raybob2015-07-24

Cook the plating off first like any drug addict knows silly. Well actually anyone should know silly. Plastic is gone the first time you melt and burn it unless I'm stupid.

raybob (author)NancyW52015-07-30

Be sure to inhale all that chemical-y goodness while it burns off! :-)

DentDeChat (author)2015-07-25

Yeah this is pretty cool, accept normally in a survival situation I wouldn't have a tin can on me.

NancyW5 (author)2015-07-24

I love these ideas!

clewis21 (author)2015-07-21


GaleG1 (author)2015-07-19

What have YOU cooked in it??

nolanpa (author)2015-07-19

Cool idea. I have cooked a turkey by covering the ground with a large area with aluminum foil, putting a stake in the middle, a raw turkey on top of the stake and placing a large metal trash can over the turkey. On the top of the trash can and around circle the perimeter on the ground, hot charcoal. The turkey cooks in about a couple hours.

SherryR2 (author)2015-07-19

You can ask the local school to save the huge cans that they get vegetables in . They will give them to you for free. I made the stoves for a PHISH concert. I sold $100.00 worth of them. I did not know about the oven, very cool. Thanks for posting that here, the stoves are made using the huge cans, and tuna fish cans with cardboard and candle wax for fuel. Wish I had a picture to post here !!

Capsos (author)SherryR22015-07-19

I'm posting how to make that stove soon.

SherryR2 (author)Capsos2015-07-19

Very cool , I made a typo I made $1000.00 selling those stoves for the PHISH concert not $100.00 My little cousin is homebound after surgery I will send the instructions you post to him. Happy week tocome !!

MarcJ281 (author)2015-07-19

Great share, Thanks for this tip. I'll try it soon I hope.

spark master (author)2015-07-19

I used pot in a pot , butthis works too!

Try using a side cutting can opener , if it works , you will have a lid that goes back on and stays there.

I am sure this works fine the way it is though.

alanjoker (author)2015-07-19

This is awesome!!!! Thanks Man...

aashik1 (author)2015-07-19

i would love to try it once ;)

MayurK1 (author)2015-07-19

Interesting! Thanks for sharing! :)

LindaS24 (author)2015-07-19

Love this! How about some meals you've cooked?

Capsos (author)LindaS242015-07-19

Check the link at the top (hobo bread) but also cooked meat with it also.

billbillt (author)2015-07-19

COOL.. Got my votes!....

Capsos (author)billbillt2015-07-19

Thank you

JesseT1 (author)2015-07-19

Very cleaver. Do embers from the jumbo lid get into the food?

Capsos (author)JesseT12015-07-19

No not at all as the lid is over the top. But you could always put abut of tin foil over the top.

acoleman3 (author)2015-07-19

nice idea, but I have to correct a misconception here. Properly cured concrete will NOT explode. What causes the explosion is trapped moisture. When it's been sitting for a few days to a week, especially with a cross section such as this, the moisture level drops below what is needed for it to explode. A way to help this along is to make a dryer mix, more like stiff mortar, and pack it in vs what you'd make for a standard pour.

ChrisOKrazy (author)2015-07-16

Very cool idea. I've heard of hobo stove but not oven

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