Picture of  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

Picture of 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. )
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good job today i split open a used up compressed air can and used that
Metalyc2 years ago
"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
lucek3 years ago
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.
qwerty20083 years ago
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.
fitzpm014 years ago
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!!
Screamo4 years ago
You don't make sense at all! "cut the botton of the coke can, make sure its thin?" close the "led"?
How do you you operate this? im confused
Step 1: Put sticks in the tin can not the coke can
Step 2: Put the lid you cut from the coke can onto the top of the tin can
Step 3: Put the wire thing on top of the tin can as depicted in step 3 of the above instructable.
Step 4: Take the hose clamp (the circle thing) and put it over the wire like your tightening a noose except it's on the wire (look at the image on step 4 on the above instructable)
Step 5: Tighten the hose clamp (I don't know how, but I think you get something like a screwdriver and use that screw like thing. Just ask someone else!)
Step 6: Chuck the tin can into a fire
Step 7: Wait for a really long time. After a while you should see some smoke coming out of the can. Wait until the smoke disappears.
Step 8: Take the can out and open it by making the hose clamp loose and just take the lid off
Step 9: Take out the charcoal and use it at your own discretion.

Note: This is the noob version of my mini-instructable.
bloke20225 years ago
I did this, but I cut the top of the can off with the can opener, then filled the soda can with wood, then put the inverted can in a soup can, then poked a hole in the top of the soda can, then put tin foil on the top, poking a hole that lines up with the one in the soda can, then I put wire around the foil (didn't have a hose clamp). Whoa, run-on sentence. I will put some pictures up soon.
beehard445 years ago
They showed here in a show in the philippines, they put scrap wood from demolished buildings etc. and put sand around it and cover it in corrugated steel used for roofing also known as "yero" (humble in the factory, missile in the typhoon!) and heat it for one week. Then they sell it in a small bag for 5 pesos, around $0.10 in the market.
Izokay6 years ago
its called a hose clamp, used to clamp hoses
A hose clamp that clamps hoses???!!! =p
dam straight
zoltzerino6 years ago
I just used a metal biscuit tin with a tight fitting lid.
0utCold8 years ago
Wouldn't the lid just cut off the oxygen and extinguish the fire? Some slits or holes for air might help
there shouldnt be a fire inside the can
As explained in aerohydro's post, charcoal has to be made in a low oxygen environment. I'm assuming that rather than try to light the sticks on fire and then put then in the can, you just throw the whole can in a fire.
sharlston6 years ago
its called a jubbille clamp
A good name7 years ago
Sorry but I don't get it...
To make ash set up youre fireplace, let it burn and scoop up the {-ash-}es
That isn't ash. Ash is white. In order to become ash I believe it has to be burning at a certain temperature.
funwithfire325 (author)  A good name7 years ago
Lol, before i explain, are you going to make this?
Cifes7 years ago
Would just like to make sure I've understood correctly... So the finished charcoal maker is a steel can with an aluminuim lid on top, held by wire and the holder thingymajig? Sorry for the stupid question, just don't want any exploding cans :)
funwithfire325 (author)  Cifes7 years ago
Ok... It only explodes if you close the top. (AKA you hot clue/ sodder the top.) Theeeen... It explodes
duct tape7 years ago
When I make charcoal, I usually just wrap paper towels really tight and shove them into an empty soda can. Then I put that in the fireplace. The can half melts if I prod the fire to much though... Oh, and the gases that form from the wood or paper or whatever you're cooking are hydrogen, oxygen, and a little methane too.
in larger set ups, that gas is rerouted underneath the canister itself. it is then combusted, and the fire is self sustaining- that is until you expel all of the gas (at which point, you'll have charcoal!)
You could make an instructable on making a wood gas generator...
funwithfire325 (author)  duct tape7 years ago
i like hydrogen... -.-
If you charcoal little (pin ball size) balls of cotton cloth they can be used to catch sparks when using flint and steel. Natural fiber rope will also work.
hey, that's pretty smart!
A good name7 years ago
Possibly, I've been looking for something to do with extra wood n stuff.
funwithfire325 (author)  A good name7 years ago
Ok... what do you not get?
Mostly the operation... Do you know what's a good thing to make ash? I want to burn organics to put ash into my garden. Would this work similarly? What use does charcoal have, I've heard it can harness a flame?
funwithfire325 (author)  A good name7 years ago
If you leave the mini charcarl maker in a fire long, it is easy to grind the charcal and make powder
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