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An essential oil burner (air freshener) made from a tin can.

Materials:
One small tin can (I used a Vienna Sausage can)
Tea Candle
Lighter
Essential oil of your choice

Tools:
Good scissors, tin snips, or other cutting device
Can opener that opens cans from the side
 
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Step 1: Get a can

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Look through the pantry and get the smallest can of whatever. Eat whatever is in the can. Waste not, and all that. Okay, take the label off.

Step 2: Open the can

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Using a can opener that cuts from the side (this is important), open the can.

Step 3: Cut

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Cut a triangle opening on one side of the can. This allows for oxygen to reach the flame. Your can will have a sticky stripe of glue from the label (or a vertical line of label that did not peel off). Cut your triangle so that you cut this part off.

You could get all fancy here and cut stars and happy faces and pirates (whatever you fancy) into the can. I didn't. I just wanted my bathroom to smell better.

Step 4: Light it

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Put your tea candle into the can. Light it. Put the top of the can back on. Drop a couple drops of essential oil onto the top of the can (the oil will accumulate in the lowest part of the lid. This is fine, regardless of where the lowest point is.)

That's it.

Caution: Hot things are hot, be careful.
SIRJAMES093 years ago
EXCELLENT!!!!

now I know what to do with all them cans I have left over....and I have about 200 of them every month. :)

I can have 3 or 4 of these in every room....then maybe I can make $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ off of these....coarse you'll get your cut for being the designer/engineer. :P
Freke815 years ago
hey cool idea! but a couple of suggestions if I may :)

Why not use a coke can as the bottom is already depressed so could hold more of the essential oil / transport medium fluids...

Sand off the paint, remove the top, add the slits for air circulation. Making it quite short for stability (only has to be as high as the flame + a bit more)

nice idea though!! I shall be tinkering around with some ideas this next weekend! :)
ever tried cutting a coca-cola can?? soda pop cans are too thin, & therefor wear out too fast....

plus, a fruit or vegetable can is thicker & more fire resistant(will not warp as fast as a coke can will IF the veggie can will even warp at all....
I've been using the same penny stove made out of a coke can for months doesn't wear out or warp. but it is hard to cut without mangling it. check out the pinny stove instructables they found a good way to cut it straight all the way around.
my soda cans must have been made of steel then...every one I tried, would either melt into a puddle of mush, get soft & collapse, or something...that's why I have always used veggie cans....or pieces of steel pipe...THICK pieces of steel pipe...
SIRJAMES093 years ago
shshshshsh....

He/she is trying to cover his/her 6(CTA)... 8)
annagail3 years ago
Love this idea! I needed a cheap, quick aromatherapy solution and already had nice scented oil, so I gave this a shot. I considered Freke81's soda can idea but decided I didn't want to have to sand it to make it look decent. I used an 8 oz tomato sauce can and it worked great. It took mere minutes and now my room is smelling great and I am relaxed. Thanks!
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zian5 years ago
Nice work - simple but effective. Without needing to dilute the oil, you get an immediate effect, and the trend in the 'homemade' look allows for a little funky decoration... I've seen similar products actually in homewares stores, with little refinements, but basically the same idea - and minimalist appeal is still so big these days in home decor.
wakojako5 years ago
I don't mean to be rude but an oil burner is not the same as a candle thingy
Bartboy6 years ago
You are a true poet " Caution: Hot things are hot, be careful."
temp Bartboy6 years ago
lol