Evidently, camping stoves are an essential benefactor in the outdoors. Charcoal stoves are great for various outdoor activities from camping to mountain climbing to just relaxing outdoors.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
1. A food can of any sort (sizes may vary)
2. Steel wire (mine was roughly a millimeter thick) DO NOT USE COPPER WIRE LIKE I DID
1. A drill with a small drill-bit (sizes may vary according to can size)
2. Wire cutters
Step 2: Cutting the Wire
Placing the wires across the can's diameter, use the wire cutters to cut pieces that measure approximately a centimeter or more longer than the diameter on both sides. (See example pictures)
Step 3: Drilling
The can, for ventilation purposes, was incised with three large holes towards its bottom. For the top, using a vice, I drilled holes about an inch apart large enough to fit the steel wire through. These holes extend around the entire can. Make sure you have an even number of holes as to fit the wires through.
Step 4: The Grill
Once straightened, the STEEL wiring may be placed across the top of the can through the holes. Doing so with multiple wires should create a spiderweb-like structure with the most steel concentrated at the middle. Another possible design is a grid pattern. Once this is done, bend the excess wire from both sides flat against the can to keep the wires in place.
Step 5: Filling With Charcoal
To remove the wires, unbend the ends and pull them from their positions, leaving an open can. Once filled with charcoal, the wires may be slid back in and clamped in the same way that they were previously. You may proceed to light the charcoal with some sort of lighter through the existing ventilation holes at the bottom. Through trial and error, I have learned that if one was to cook meat such as a hamburger on this stove, it should be covered with aluminum foil with punctured holes to ventilate grease. Depending on the burger's consistency, it is likely for it to crumble and fall through without the aid of the foil. It can also be used to boil water to cook other foods.
Step 6: Have Fun
This lightweight stove is great for the outdoors. I think that it benefits camping trips with the versatility to cook small meals such as hamburgers or even marshmallows. For a small woodland expedition, it functions fantastically for 1 to 3 people in providing a decent meal.
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