Picture of Tin Can Camp Stove

This Instructable will show you how to build your own camping stove using household items, and cook a simple lunch.

Step 1: Gather the materials

Picture of Gather the materials
  • a large can (2L or 1kg)
  • a small can (tuna or pet food)
  • corrugated cardboard
  • wax: paraffin, crayon, or candle
  • string or birthday candles
  • tin snips
  • scissors
  • bottle opener
  • food to cook (suggestion: grilled cheese sandwich or eggs to fry)
LesS14 months ago

this is so good, many years ago when I joined the Scouts I was shown breifly this concept but I didnt realt get he hang of it then.Now I DO!!! .. This has to be the next Scout project for me and the Troop... Many thanks ,,, Old Scout Leader

You had my attention at GRILLED CHEESE! This is great. I'll be using it this spring when I'm RVing in South Fork Colorado.

DIY-Guy1 year ago


I can see the possibility of storing a few of the fuel discs inside this stove can while it's being carried in a backpack. Very nice.

old_alex1 year ago

As part of a survival weekend
our scouts made these (- fuel / paraffin), hobo stoves.

#10 can provides a larger / better cooking surface.

Context was storm destroyed all your gear improvise shelter
cooking and food.

Fished, filtered / boiled water, made stoves shelter and
equipment with what was around
(seeded some equipment, cans plastic bottles, plastic sheets, stuff that would
be around after a storm).

I don't do car camping!

Good one

thezapman1 year ago
best to make sure your can isnt bpa lined. many are.

Great photos and documentation :D

+ bonus points for making me crave a grilled cheese