Step 2: Preparing the Can

First: Cut off the sticker, being carful for your fingers.
Second: Remove the top lid (not the bottom one).
Third: Empty the can into the container.
<p>Can you please tell me if the pot of soup can be put on the sterno can in the Tin Can Sterno Stove directly ?? Will there be enough oxygen to circulate ?? I understand that it is better to have the air and heat flow around the bottom of what we are heating. But I have a pot that is much bigger than my can. Should I put more holes at the top ?? Or what do you suggest ?? thank you. I am heating up soup for 40 people. Thank you. </p>
Umm, if I were you, I would invest in a $15 propane stove from Walmart if your cooking for 40 people. ;-) But assuming that your just cooking for yourself, with a large pot covering the top of the can, a few more holes at the bottom should do the trick. Hope this helps!
great job done mate, thanks tony
Good for you to have the patience to use sterno, but I just dont. Good idea though.
To have full, one-way flow through a round hole, the minimum height above it would be 1/4 the minimum diameter of the hole. To allow for two-way flow (when using a Sterno can) the minimum height would be 1/2 the diameter of the hole.<br><br>Since the coffee can would be too hot to handle, toss the can lid in and poke it into place with the coat hanger. The fire will go out. Ten minutes later, you can take it all apart.
Holy crap! I just made one of these 2 weeks ago with the same design: coffee can with 2 thick wires at the top to hold the pan/cup. Except mine is wood powered and works great. I will test it camping in later October. For the wires I used 2 very long pegboard pegs (metal of course). It boiled 10 oz of water in less than 7 minutes. And you don't have to carry fuel if you use wood. (Unless you are in a wood free place like the desert.)
I think wood powered stoves are great (enough isn't said about the ambiance of fire), but I know that I am not proficient at lighting them with anything but tinder dry wood, something that is in short supply after anything more than light rain. and to carry lighter fluid to me defeats the purpose of carrying a wood stove.
search Lint vasaline Fire starter. I saw that guy from Man, woman in the wild had some vasaline lint or vasaline and cotton balls in a foil packet and he used it to light the fire.
Or look for Char Cloth (very easy to make) and some sort of spark maker. My blacksmith friend provided flint and steel (an old file).
You might consider making a wire basket to lower the Sterno can into the stove, so your stove doesn't have to have the bottom removed. You can then light the Sterno and lower it into the can. Dunno if this is of any advantage, but it's another approach.<br><br>Thanks for the instructible. Last year we had a 3-day winter power outage, and I used Sterno to heat water. A small stove like this would have been handy.
Recommend adding some sort of insulated handle, maybe to the fork- that way you can't remove the can't and snuff the sterno when you're done.
Hey,&nbsp; You can use almost any size can and custom fit it to your situation, and if you have a Handy Dandy P38 handy it will make it just like making a C-Rat stove, with out the triox tabs
It works pretty well.<br />
this is probably a dumb question, but if you were to burn wood in this kind of stove, would you need to cut a side door for the addition of fire wood or would you need to just slide the wood down the sides, in between the cup and stove wall.
Are you really an egale scout?&nbsp; or is that just your picure?
im an eagle scout with 1 bronze palm. class of 06<br />
Thats awsome!<br /> <br /> I hope that one day I can become an egale, right now im just&nbsp;a star scout&nbsp;though.&nbsp;
There is a site like <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ultimate-ultralight-backpacking.com/hobo-stove.html">http://www.ultimate-ultralight-backpacking.com/hobo-stove.html</a><br/>
no, the question isnt dumb. personally, if i were to make it into a wood burning stove, i would make more air holes, leave the bottom on, and make a door\hole to put the wood in. and maybe choose a larger can, like maybe a coffee can, or something. -gamer
absolutely rite
I agree with the larger can for wood. Even small sizes of coffee cans seem too small.
As far as a survival type stove...we use small cans because they can be easily packed into your day pack. We put survival type stuff in the can as well...tea, broth, hook and line, matches etc. We put a small salsa or mushroom can inside the larger for our drinking cup (we use the skewer method just as you do to keep the can up off the flames). We also use wood to fire them. You can pick small sticks up as you walk along. In case of no dry tinder pack along a few tea light candles. We've roasted marshmallows over tea light candles. Not really a survival skill, but hey, who doesn't like roasted marshmallows?
Nice and simple. Good job.

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