Mini Charcoal Maker

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Introduction: Mini Charcoal Maker

ok this project is neat
its a mini charcoal maker
and its really cheap
big thanks to lemonie
and andy thanks so much!

Step 1: Materials

what you need:

coke can

thin wire

can ( i had a chef boy rd's can. )

and the hold ( i dont know what its called. )

Step 2: The Cap

cut the bottom of your
cokecan. make sure its thin.

Step 3: Make It Stay

you have to make the led stay. so,
place the bottom of your coke can on top and
put the wire over it.

Step 4: The Circle

Put the circle thing over the wire then tighten it
dont make it insanely tight.
and there you go a mini charcoal maker
to make the charcoal
put small sticks inside ,
close the led and place in a fire.

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good job today i split open a used up compressed air can and used that

"circle thing" = hose clamp.

 Could you just poke a hole at the top? I'm getting nervous about using something like that, because 1) Volatile and flammable gas pressure may build up and explode the thing and 2) It's so small just about anyone can steal it
and 3) Where in my country can I get a good hose clamp? Of course I'm not noob enough to seal the top off, but some other guy can! 

I guess I'm gonna have to improvise...

In the UK they are sometimes called jubilee clips

you can use just a coke can, lift the tab that was supposed to be pushed down into the can using the pop tab and try to make the best seal possible. You can leave it a little open to let the gases vent. I did this several times already

The next time I'm getting real wood. If you recall my last attempt it is clear why...

cloth and paper works tho

Charcoal is rewarding to make if not a little wasteful. I remember my first charcoal maker I built. I used an old grill, a cookie tin and some bricks. I only got ~25% conversion but improvements happen over time.

I made a larger version of this out of a coffee can and a pet dish. I had cut the pet dish to fit inside the coffee can and seal against the top rib of the can then put it over a fire pit it worked pretty well.

This is great- I see what you guys are doing, and I'm loving it! I always wondered what scriptwirters did 'between scripts'! Did any of you work on Spinal Tap? It has that kind of feel to it- or Beavis and Butthead, maybe. Anyway, I think there's some really strong material here- I don't know how this would go down in the US, but lot's of people in the UK would just love this- someone like The Comedy Channel would just snap this up.
If you're looking for new material, I think funwithfire325 should design a hurricane lamp and explain how that works! Or if you want a historical perspective he could do some everyday objects like a toaster! Or sliced bread! "I don't understand! What's it for! Whine, whine!" I love it!
Keep up the good work!!