Pop Can Camp Stove




Introduction: Pop Can Camp Stove

This lightweight stove is perferct for backpacking or just camping. Boil water easily for your MREs or hot chocolate or waterever else. Extremely simple to make!

Sorry in advanced if all my pictures turn out sideways....

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Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any damages done to yourself or tools during this tutorial. Complete at own risk.

Step 1: Materials



At least 2 clean, and preferably dry, pop cans



tack (not shown and optional)

Stapler (not shown but optional)

denatured alcohol (works best, but whatever you have should work)

Step 2: Cutting the Can

score around the can with something sharp, and then puncturing it, carefully removing the middle so it looks like the image above.

Step 3: Marking the Cans

grab a book or something, about 1 inch but it doesn't matter that much. Mark around the cans and cut the one with the bottom intact first. take the can with the bottom cut out and push it in a little, stretching the cut can. Then cut on the line

Step 4: The Walls

take a strip of aluminum, as you should have left over scraps, and cut a strip about a quarter inch taller than your can tops and bottoms. Then coil it, set it inside the can with the bottom, let it expand, take it out and either staple it or cut half way from the bottom up and top down and slide it together. Next make some hole around it to let the gas in on the bottom side. You will need a few of these (more than shown)

Step 5: Put It Together

put the walls in the can with the bottom. Carefully put the hole cut bottom between the walls and the other bottom piece. Press firmly, try not to create too many wrinkles, but a couple are okay. Above is my makeshift demonstration of a pot.

Step 6: Fire It Up!

Pour alcohol (denatured is best) in the big hole in the middle. I used nail polish remover to test, but it wasnt the best. Try to get as much to go to the slits as possible. Light and wait for about 30 seconds. You can now use your stove for whatever cooking you please!

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    1 year ago

    This is a project I complete with my chemistry and physical science students. It helps get them moving, making, and introduces the concept that you can make your own lab equipment. Each class has 1 week in class to complete this. I bring in the tools and the cans and allow them to bring in their own rubbing alcohol, of whatever percent they want, and their own tape if needed. Each class is involved in a contest for an extra 10 points on their lab grade based on who can boil a set amount of water the fastest. They love it!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    You know you can use Pixlr in the new editor to turn the images 90 degrees, right? Lookin' good otherwise...!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I actaully did not know that. This was my first instructable


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    You can always go back in and edit it, if you like. It's a good first 'ible, I hope you post more!