Mini Charcoal Maker




About: hey Im really 10 I make rockets that go over 1000 feet, pull ring smoke bombs,bombs ect Im postig alot of stuff you will love it all! I love famliy guy stewie well take over the world one day!!

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

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

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

Step 3: Make It Stay

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

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.



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    6 years ago on Step 4

    "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...

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    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


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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!!


    8 years ago on Step 4

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

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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