Introduction: SodaCan "stove"

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A soda can mini stove/fireplace that keeps you warm. Or you can just burn stuff in it. I was just testing out my new rotary tool thingy so this is the first thing i built with it.

I am NOT responsible for any injuries, or damages caused by building and using this SodaCan "stove".

BTW i didn't copy this from that other fireplace instructable. i built this before i saw that one.

Please rate, rate it what it deserves. (comment too, even if you want to yell at me)

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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1. (2) Metal Soda Cans
2. Craft Wire


1. Need Nose pliers
2. Dremel(and attachments) or : Sand paper, Drill, Something to cut the soda cans.

I bought a dremel because of it cheapness(i don't have much money) and multi purpose ability.

Step 2: Cut Out Holes

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Ok first you have to outline where you want the door to be on your soda can.

Then clamp the soda can down and cut the door area out using the dremel/rotary tool cut off disks.

Next draw out where you want your chimney.

Drill a small hole and use needle nose pliers to peel out the shape.

Then sand into nice circle with dremel.

Step 3: Add Chimney Build Door.

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So with that door hold scrap form a cylinder and fit it into the chimney hole, snuggly.

Wrap some wire around it to make it keep shape near the top.

Ok taht was the easy part now to build the grill door.

1. Draw out a rectangle larger than the door hole you made on ANOTHER soda can.
2. Draw all the cool "grill cutouts" within that rectangle. (See pictures)
3. Clamp the sodacan and cut out the grill cutouts.
4. Then cut out the whole door.

Step 4: Hinges

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Ok, i didn't have any hinges. So if you do skip this step and just attach your hinges yourself.

To build hinges:

First draw an outline like this ---||------------------||--- on the top part of the door hole (on the can with the chimney.) see the picture if you dont get it.

Next cut some slots in your grill door.(where it is in the picture)

Insert the slots onto the tabs you made in the first step.

Bend the tabs over the slots.

You now have a hinge. You might have to trim the metal to make it smooth.

THIS PART IS CONFUSING. THE PICTURES HELP.(the are in the order you have to do it)

Step 5: Stand

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Build a simple stand out of wire. Picture below. I think you can figure it out yourself.

Step 6: Build Your Fire

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Open the grill door, put flammable materials in, ignite flammable stuff, close door.


Touching any part of the can, can result in burns.

Step 7: Extra Photos

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Here are a whole bunch of pics that i took.


trey danner (author)2015-11-05

you can put foil on the inside to make it last longer i am making mine do you caver the part you drink out of awsaem though

Kiteman (author)2008-12-28

Bearing in mind that aluminium is flammable, how long does this last?

Blaaken (author)Kiteman2012-01-01

Actually, it's not really flammable, it just melts at 500 degrees F

Kiteman (author)Blaaken2012-01-01
Actually, it melts at 1220F, 660°C.

As to the flammability, it seems that you know better than the Health Protection Agency, who say;
  • Highly flammable
  • Reacts with water and alcohols, and violently with oxidants, strong acids, strong bases and chlorinated hydrocarbons causing fire and explosion hazard
  • Emits toxic fumes of aluminium oxide when heated to decomposition
  • In the event of a fire involving aluminium powder (coated), use dry agent and normal fire kit with breathing apparatus and for aluminium powder (uncoated), use dry agent liquid-tight chemical protective clothing in combination with breathing apparatus.
  • Water MUST NOT be allowed to come into contact with substance
dontkillpenguins (author)Kiteman2012-03-03

Reacts with water and ALCOHOLS, and violently with oxidants, strong acids, strong bases and chlorinated hydrocarbons causing fire and explosion hazard


Kiteman (author)dontkillpenguins2012-03-04

What about them?

Aluminium cans are coated with a number of sealant layers, including paint, and bare aluminium metal reacts so quickly with atmospheric oxygen that it forms an almost impermeable layer of aluminium oxide.

ipwnutwice (author)Kiteman2013-05-16

so they're still fine? if so why would this not work

Kiteman (author)ipwnutwice2013-05-16

They're fine.

TwinMustang (author)Kiteman2012-06-30

Keep in mind that Aluminum Oxide (AlO) is rated a 9.5 in hardness, vs the 10 of Diamond. Also, despite being flammable, Aluminum conducts heat and electricity very well, making for ideal short term cooking/conducting material. The key in protecting from an Aluminum fire is not allowing it to get excessively hot for extended periods of time. 10-15 mins is recommended for a cast aluminum frying pan. Adjust burn times accordingly, remembering that the properties of aluminum change if you douse the fire with a liquid; it causes certain degrees of heat treating, increasing durability and brittleness.

The Red Button (author)Kiteman2008-12-28

Well it survived the first use. But it definitely got flimsier and darkened in color, so who knows. Fun thing though.

Lance Mt. (author)The Red Button2009-07-19

deffiently. I like the small, easy to re-make few bits instructables

You do know that soda cans have a coating on the inside, right? Without the coating, the soda can's wall is about two times as thick as Alumiunium foil. Good idea, though. And, as qultiq said, a steel soup can would work better.

spark master (author)Shadowfury2009-07-15

that is bogus the pain is thinner then the hair on your head. But it is quite thin. The noxious stuff will burn off with a few fires or one of you carfully build a fire in and all around it. this looks cool to roast marshmallow though. or make a spit next to it and skewer a hot dog turning the dog ever few minutes. Waste of time, so is sports but people have heir butts glued to chairs and stadium seats to watch. this is much better. Flames baby flames, with a hot dog and a few "s'mores" (registered trademark GSA). The gent who did the #10 can was nice too. ciao

Shadowfury (author)spark master2009-07-15

The plastic melted on mine, and what was left was a brittle, scorched, and incredibly thin aluminium sheet. And yes, it is quite thin. But the walls of the can are really, really thin anyway. Even with the plastic coat.

ryanpatchen (author)Kiteman2009-01-03

Everything is flammable at a given tempatures.

NachoMahma (author)Kiteman2008-12-28

. While Al can be made to burn, it's not exactly flammable (easily ignited). You'd have a hard time catching his stove on fire burning paper and wood.
. Loss of temper will be a bigger problem, but shouldn't be a big deal for this project.

mason0190 (author)2011-03-29

i plan to make one but instead of having the rectangular windows, i will try to do one large window with some mesh on it (the kind used on screen doors)
so if anyone has an idea of how to put it on that would be great ;)

ipwnutwice (author)mason01902013-05-16

i would cut your hole then put on metal mesh with a high heat resistant epoxy buy the key is High heat resistance and metal mesh

Blaaken (author)mason01902012-01-01

that stuff is actually flamable, just to tell you.

Dread_Neck (author)2011-02-21

how do you cook with it?

Mirime (author)2010-02-01

This looks like what my granddad wold make out of beer cans for us kids when i was little . they were fun because of the FLAME!!!

Ha hah hah ahah ahahahahahaha Fire!!!

fun and well made

Lance Mt. (author)Mirime2010-04-10

 'I start fiiiressss'

Mirime (author)Lance Mt.2010-04-10

Yesssss, fiiiirrreesssss fun, all the pretty colors ooooooooooo

knexmasterfunk (author)2009-12-23

this is the coolest thing on sntructables that i have ever seen!~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Arbitror (author)2009-01-09

Now this is a neat idea! It's pretty much pointless though...
(Except maybe for decoration!)

lol you can sell them in school :P

Superninjacamper941 (author)2008-12-31

How do you like this, I super sized it with a #10 can

dude, cant you just use a normal can and pour some kinda fluid in there and light if ur gonna make a bigger one? :P

thats cool, I like your username :)

ThaNorwegianDude (author)2009-09-15

nice now you just need a 2 foot big cabin in the bushes in your back yard :D lol j/k nice

ultracanery (author)2009-08-13

nice, how did you make your fire?

hcancun (author)2009-02-14

Hi, is nice project, but do you think in a really practical use?

The Red Button (author)hcancun2009-02-28

well other then

It would be good for burning small twigs (which I get pounds of throughout the year, due to the pinetree in my backyard). I think I may try the same thing but with a pipe rather than popcan... then again, I may just try the can first.

sharlston (author)The Red Button2009-06-13

u could use it for roasting marshmellows mmmmmmmmmmm marshmellows

A good name (author)2009-07-26

Dude, that's so freakin cool. I'm definitely going to try this... maybe I can even get it to power something like a Stirling engine.

jetsmiley123 (author)2009-03-14

does some of the smoke really come out of the chimney?


why did you post my icon to google images?

Lance Mt. (author)The Red Button2009-07-19

? Its google images? you don't post images?

spark master (author)2009-07-15

I loved it, I may even make one to go with my soda can stoves!

shawntherobot (author)2009-03-19

how do you cook in it because I get bored and hungry and i like fire so its a good mix but how would you not burn the food if its next to the fire and a hint for some people is dont burn toxic things or the fumes will be harmful most likly also you should make insulation on the outside so kids like me dont accidentally touch it. other than the cooking i love it!

bassmasta1010 (author)2009-03-03

Ihave to say this is a great plan/idea....ive seen SO MANY on the internet and this is great and you dont have to worry about carrying that highly flammable fuel like in other plans....thanx for the idea.

i tryed this yesterday and i have to say using the soda isnt very is very flimsy whe you are cutting i am in the process of using a large soup can....whenever i get finished i will try to upload it and post it as a comment so you guys can see it....

bylerfamily (author)2009-03-02

Oh, and use Mountain Dew cans.They are really strong.

bylerfamily (author)2009-03-02

I made mine.It burned great.You could easily roast marshmallows on it.

carrierpilot1357 (author)2009-01-19

I don't think that wood would last that long because this is so small but you could get cotton balls, soak them in cooking oil (canola oil,corn oil,veggie oil,olive oil...whatever) and put a few in there and light them and just add more once they burn up, it would be a lot easier tha just taking sticks and paper and putting that in there.

I use newspaper soaked in rubbing alcohol.Burns for looooooooong time.

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