Step 6: Cut That Can!

Step 6.

It's time to make the attachments for your handles.

First, mark off a 2"x2" square on the top half of the can.

Second, mark off another 2" x 2" square on the opposite side of the can.

Third, using your snipe nosed pliers and scissors cut the two vertical lines on the square, leaving the horizontal line as a mark for where you'll bend the can. You're essentially creating a flap which you will pull down, (repeat this step for the opposite side as well)

Finally, bend the flap down, toward the outside of the can, and trim off all but roughly 1" or so of the flap. (do this on both sides of the can)

Safety Note: Be very very careful when cutting and bending the can, those are some sharp edges!
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The handles are a great feature
Nice instructable but if you would please make another one out of a metal folgers coffee can so I can get an idea.
I made a variation on this by making a large square hole at the bottom of the vertical wall and fed in wood from there. it was a bit like a rocket stove but more simple.
Paul I much enjoyed this. Your like me with this creativeness. I attempted a wood-gas stove before and it was much like this, but I like your design much more. It seems alot more stable. You could probably make the ventilation holes a little bit bigger tho, it'll eat through wood a little faster, but it'll burn hotter. And as far as feeding the flame, i always liked using long pencil sized sticks and laying them horizontally across the two open slits and as they burn through the center you just kinda push the rest in and its almost like a self-feeding fire.
Thanks! I'd love to make another one, I'd like to make a simpler handle design. Bigger ventilation holes would also be an improvement but it burned quite well.
Oh! Well if it works well then just use it. No need to fix something that isn't broken ehh? Haha Keep up the good work! =D
I like it!<br>I have one big question for you tough,<br>are you sure that all these metal heating is not a danger? I mean they could produce toxic fume landing in our foods?<br>thanks!
It's true that certain cans unfortunately have a BPA lining, while some others don't. If the can does have such a lining it will quickly burn off leaving only the tin. I find this stove to be most useful for cooking with a covered pot or pan, the lid offers protection against smoke and ash and also conserves heat allowing you to cook more efficiently.
Thanks for the information! I will make sure to use an lid if I need to use it one day(I builded one, I was too curious :-))
I really like the ice in the can idea as a stabilizer for punching holes. Very clever.
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it
This is neat! Hope you win!
Thanks! T'would be nice to have some new camping gear.
Made these over 50 years ago in Girl Scouts. Differences - ours were used with the open end of the can on the ground over the fire. The solid end on top gave you a stable base for a pot. Ventilation holes were punched on the vertical sides of the can at the top &amp; bottom before cutting out the bottom of the can. Fewer vents at the top edge. We used empty tuna cans filled with strips of corrugated cardboard, then filled with melted parafin. Cheap homemade sterno.
I'd love to take a look at one of those, sounds like an interesting design.
Nice, simple, elegant! <br><br>A tip when cooking a steel or aluminum pot like this over open flame: give the pot's surface a light coating of dish soap. It prevents the black soot from permanently adhering to the metal surface, and cleanup is a breeze.<br><br>How many uses do you think you can get out of a stove like that, I wonder? (please keep writing instructables!)
That's a great tip, I'll have to try it out. A stove like this seems best fit for cooking with pots and pans (preferably with a lid) but you could also roast hot dogs, marshmallows, or the like over the flame. Also, you may potentially be able to carry the embers from one camp site to another to aid in starting a new fire, so long as they aren't hot enough to burn your fingers. I wouldn't recommend doing it but if you were in an emergency situation, it may prove to come in handy
nice stove might try this myself. Also good tip about birch bark, it will even lite after being in water.
not too shabby! I'd go with a #10 can maybe to give more heat, although it's lots bigger...institutional can of tomato sauce for group spaghetti! to get your vent holes in faster you might give sand a try instead of filling with water and freezing it. I like that you can add wood from the sides! good job!
Sand! Brilliant! I may make another stove and would love to give that a try

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