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here is a stove made from an coffee can and heated with cat stoves.
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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Large coffee can
Coat hanger
Copper or steel wire..

a marker
Power Drill with 1/8th bit

Step 2: Can

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the can were using here is probably a 5 pound can.
im not sure cause im not a coffee drinker and this can came to me without a label.

first thing we need to do it remove the rim. it can be cut off with a standard opener or in the case of what ive done here an opener that cuts through the crimping not the lid and gives you a cleaner cut with no sharp edges. sorry no photos of that step the can came like that too{thanks mom}.

now you need to measure how high you need to cut the door for the cat stove or sterno can.
a good safe bet is to cut along the second crimped ring .
figure out how wide the hole should be then mark it off .
using a standard rotary type can opener cut along the bottom of the can between the lines you marked.
carefully cut out the steel from the marked section with your tinsnips.
sand the edges well unless you want to bleed for your art.
next in the third ring from the bottom {the one above the cut we just made} drill 6 or 8 1/8 inch holes evenly spaced.
qewt3 years ago
NIce one!
Just a thought: you could also make one or two (concentric) circles - or maybe better squares or stars - out of the coat hanger and wire that to the two base rods. That way you need only four holes for the grid.
lennyb (author)  qewt3 years ago
good idea.
i think i will do it that way when i make a new one.
kjuodawlkis5 years ago
you did awesome - and so fun to read! We're low on money - and are going camping - I'm excited to try this. Thanks and God bless
lennyb (author)  kjuodawlkis5 years ago
so glad you like it. its all im taking on my camping trips this year. :)
oktanis6 years ago
Amazing idea!! My only problem is size.. I try to keep everything as small as possible, but that's just me. Maybe i should change my standards eh? Great instructable, very in depth, and well explained. Good show!
lennyb (author)  oktanis6 years ago
size is important and theres nothing that says you cant make it from smaller cans. i used the big coffee tin because it fits my camping pot. you could use a bean can if all you want to do is heat up a small cup. or you can use the burners alone with a wire pot stand. the variations are endless such as you dont have to use that size catfood cans for the burnersyou could try an altoids tin stuffed with fibreglass{shorter burn time though}. experiment and if you come up with a variation on the theme post it on this site i`d be intereted to see it.
oktanis lennyb6 years ago
Okay good suggestion, i may take you up on that :D
cooltogo6 years ago
This is killer! I especially like the different fuel options. We may take Sterno for granted, but who's to say how easy it may be to get (or how affordable it will be to travel to Outdoor stores?). This design will work with any 'found' fuel, and the wind break make a huge difference, too. Great job, thanks for sharing.
lennyb (author)  cooltogo6 years ago
im glad you like it though i feel i should add a caution here. dont use gasoline in this stove. alchohol based fuels are all i have used or tried but others may be dangerous be very careful
you cook cats == you monster!!!!!!!! ==
lennyb (author)  struckbyanarrow6 years ago
actually i prefer squirrels. but they are too fast
squirells are friken awesome too = you monster =
Kaiven7 years ago
coool. great idea. i'm not sure why noone else has commented this great instructable. I have a question about the cat stove-- yes, i'v seen your instructable but can i use rubbing alchohol?
lennyb (author)  Kaiven7 years ago
thanks for the comment and question. as for rubbing alcohol you can use it but it doesnt have the same heat output as methy alcohol. if rubbing alcohol is all you can get make sure the percentage of water is no greater than 5% some have as much as 30% water i havent tried them but i expect it wouldnt burn as well{as hot) but by all means try it and let me know how you get on
Kaiven lennyb7 years ago
ok. i might use the soda can instructable insted, since it's easier to get the materials.
lennyb (author)  Kaiven7 years ago
the soda can stoves are nice and you should always work with what you have.
Kaiven lennyb7 years ago
ok, i might use cotton beccause i have no idea where my fiber glass went...
lennyb (author)  Kaiven7 years ago
i dont think cotton will work very well it will be consummed by the flame as the fuel burns up the fibreglass is more durable
SpinWard lennyb7 years ago
I went up in my attic and grabbed a bag of insulation and used HEET, it worked well. I made the Can stove but it was a pain to get the halves together and a bit fragile. I'm definitely trying this one. Thanks for the instructable. I've done the small can but messed up the big can. Good thing my dog will eat cat food!!
lemonie7 years ago
It's good! L