Introduction: Mini Charcoal Maker

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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

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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

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

Step 3: Make It Stay

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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

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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.


freak0vnature (author)2013-10-03

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

Metalyc (author)2013-04-20

"circle thing" = hose clamp.

nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-04-27

 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...

Roshy10 (author)nutsandbolts_642012-07-17

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

lucek (author)2012-04-02

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.

qwerty2008 (author)2011-09-11

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.

fitzpm01 (author)2011-04-20

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!!

Screamo (author)2011-02-13

You don't make sense at all! "cut the botton of the coke can, make sure its thin?" close the "led"?

Whitedude0728 (author)2009-05-31

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.

bloke2022 (author)2009-12-06

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.

beehard44 (author)2009-09-23

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.

Izokay (author)2009-01-28

its called a hose clamp, used to clamp hoses

winman2000 (author)Izokay2009-04-02

A hose clamp that clamps hoses???!!! =p

t4kitty (author)winman20002009-08-02

dam straight

0utCold (author)2007-08-01

Wouldn't the lid just cut off the oxygen and extinguish the fire? Some slits or holes for air might help

sharlston (author)0utCold2009-06-14

there shouldnt be a fire inside the can

ninepound (author)0utCold2007-08-01

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.

jehan60188 (author)ninepound2008-05-07


sharlston (author)2009-05-22

its called a jubbille clamp

A good name (author)2008-05-05

Sorry but I don't get it...

X_D_3_M_1 (author)A good name2008-08-31

To make ash set up youre fireplace, let it burn and scoop up the {-ash-}es

A good name (author)X_D_3_M_12008-09-02

That isn't ash. Ash is white. In order to become ash I believe it has to be burning at a certain temperature.

Lol, before i explain, are you going to make this?

Cifes (author)2008-06-13

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)Cifes2008-06-13

Ok... It only explodes if you close the top. (AKA you hot clue/ sodder the top.) Theeeen... It explodes

duct tape (author)2008-01-25

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.

jehan60188 (author)duct tape2008-05-07

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!)

duct tape (author)jehan601882008-05-12

You could make an instructable on making a wood gas generator...

funwithfire325 (author)duct tape2008-01-26

i like hydrogen... -.-

random squigles (author)2008-03-20

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 name (author)2008-05-06

Possibly, I've been looking for something to do with extra wood n stuff.

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?

If you leave the mini charcarl maker in a fire long, it is easy to grind the charcal and make powder

patricksanford (author)2008-05-05

OK, Dark_Helmet, what are you talking about? I after reading your comment I reviewed the entire article, as well as every reply that funwithfire325 has posted here, and the one use of the word "like" was "i like hydrogen... -.-", which I believe was used correctly in that example. So once again, what are you talking about?

Correction, funwithfire325 did use "like" once in the comment that Dark_Helmet is replying to. But I still stand my my incorrectency!

jakezcop (author)2008-03-03

no offence, but, what was the pointof that. i mean, no one realy cares, we're focused on the instructables, not the people who say like to much, or use inproper english.

liny (author)2007-08-01

umm... how does this work. I dont understand the consept.

Vendigroth (author)liny2007-08-04

put wood in can. put can in fire. once fire's out, grab can. swear. wait for can to cool. take charcoal out of can

cornflaker (author)Vendigroth2007-09-29

Haha, thats what i usually do. lol

littlechef37 (author)cornflaker2007-11-19

i burned a can once

cornflaker (author)littlechef372008-02-28

yep, not too hard

Sunbanks (author)Vendigroth2007-11-16

Hehe I was camping and trying to sleep and listening to the people around a campfire and one threw a can on the fire and another was like "You idiot! You cant burn cans!"

maker12 (author)2007-12-31


craftykitty (author)2007-08-01

Artists might find it interesting to experiment with short lengths of dried/peeled grapevine...make your own vine charcoal for drawing.

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