Soda/beer Can Stove




Introduction: Soda/beer Can Stove

This is an ultralight stove design. This a popular design among hikers, campers, and preppers. This can be made with almost any can.

Step 1: Find Some Cans

Aluminum cans are plentiful especially along roads. This is why I like this project because it's almost free. Just find some cans

Step 2: Cut Out the Tops

Cut the tops of with a can opener. Its a little difficult but you'll get the hang of it

Step 3: Clean It

Just clean out the inside so it doesn't smell like beer

Step 4: Mark the Cuts

Make a mark at 2 inches from the top. Make a mark 1.5 inches from the bottom. Use a large book and set your marker on the proper level for the line. Spin the can around to mark all the way around.

Step 5: Cut Out the Pieces

Puncture the can and cut along the lines. Clean edges if necessary.

Step 6: Make the Top

Take the upper part of the can and use a strip of paper to find the circumference. Divide the circumference by sixteen and mark at those intervals. Attach the paper to the can and mark all sixteen points.

Step 7: Cut Slits

Cut slits at the intervals each about half centimeter each.

Step 8: Making Creases

Use something hard and flat like a metal ruler to crease along the slits. Make sure to crease at every other slit. Hold your finger under the piece to help make the crease. Make sure to deny the shoulder of the can

Step 9: Putting It Together

Bend/fold down the slits to allow the cans to fit together snugly. Press the cans together firmly

Step 10: Finishing

Press the inside walls toward the outer walls so that the fuel last longer. The walls of the inside should be quite flush.

Step 11: Light'er Up

Heet found in the yellow bottle is used as fuel. Fill the stove a little over half full for a burn long enough to boil water.

Step 12:

Thank you very much for taking a Look at my first instructable. Feel free to ask questions in the comment section. If this wasn't a good enough explain action on how to make one of these please look up "beer can stove" or "soda can stove" on YouTube

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    4 years ago on Step 11

    HEET, also known as Isopropyl Alcohol. (Wood), or Denatured. You can also buy it in larger quantities at paint supply stores. (as much as a whole gallon in a rectangular can)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    One suggestion, to increase the vaporizing of the alcohol, take the extra center piece, and cut it to just big enough to fit inside the top, and the ridge in the bottom. . this will carry heat down from the top, to the alcohol in the bottom.