[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible” margin_top=”30px” margin_bottom=”” background_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_separator style_type=”none” sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container][fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]The Can Stove, or pop can stove, is a huge hit amongst ultralight campers and those caught in a pickle. It is famously simple to make yet every guide I see, someone is describing it as simple, yet you need half of the contents of B&Q to actually do it. That is no good to us people that want to make one whilst out camping is it? No. I have simplified the process for you, using only my multitool and a can of good old beer. Obviously this has been photographed indoors, but the point is that with the tools at hand, this can easily be done on the fly, in the field or walking along the road if necessary.

The second, primary reason, I wanted to do this is that airlines are notoriously bad with allowing you to take camping stoves onboard, whether in hand luggage or stowed luggage. Note I say airlines – customs are usually fine with them, it is at the airlines discretion. Even if you have cleaned them thoroughly of all fuel, they will not allow them. This left us with a predicament – buy a camping stove whilst we are on a four day hiking trip to Ireland and leave it there, or pub food all the time. Unfortunately, even the Irish don’t have pub food in the National Parks and so we needed another option…

What do we need

  • A can. Beer, pop, soda, coke, whatever. It generally doesn’t matter about the size but a standard coke can is about the smallest you will get away with.
  • A multitool or a knife. You can do this with just a knife if you are confident enough not to cut yourself in the process. I would end up cutting my leg off so opted for a multitool.

[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Remove the centre of the top

Using the can opener attachment of your multitool, or the point of your blade, poke through and cut around the top of the can, removing it completely. If using a knife, it is easier to actually cut along the upper, outer, part of the rim that you see as the metal is thinner than at the bottom of the dip.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

File the edges

Aluminium can give you a pretty bad cut if you’re not careful. If you are using a multitool, file down the worst of the rough edges so that when you put your fingers in you’re not at risk of cutting yourself.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Remove the base

This is going to be the base of your stove. What we are going to do is score around the edge about 2 inches above the base.

We are then going to cut the can in half, cutting the can above the scored line that we have just done.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Trim down the base

The beauty of Aluminium in cans is that it tears like paper. We are going to use that to our advantage. Make a small nick in the can, whether with the scissors on your multitool or with your knife. We are then going to slowly tear the aluminium until it reaches the scored line that we put in. The alluvium should then tear, if you’re careful, along the scored line all the way around the can so that you’re left with a nice clean edge.

If you’re like me, you’re rubbish at this part, so just trim back any excess that you didn’t need.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Can stove top

We now need to cut down the stove top. What we need the top to eventually do is sit snugly inside the base, at the same height. So we are going to measure the base against the top. We are going to score a line, just like we did with the base, at the point where the base finishes in the picture below.

That way, when the top is trimmed down, the flat sides will sit inside the base flat sides at the same height.

Follow the same process of cutting into the edge and tearing the aluminium down to the scored line so that we now have a base and top at even height.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

The fuel ridges

A can stove works by heating the fuel below to the point that it vaporises. Once it vaporises, it rises up the sides of the can stove (between the two can walls) and out through the gaps that we are about to make. Once out of those holes, it can ignite as a vapour.

So what we need to do now is create the ‘channels’ for the vapour to rise up.

We place two fingers through the top of the stove so that they’re poking out of the end. Take an edged item – either your knife or, as I am using here, the back edge of my saw on my multitool. We then need to push the flat edge against the can, between our two fingers. This will create a dent in the aluminium. We need to make sure that there is a small dent in the edge of the aluminium.

Once you have done one dent, move your fingers around the inside and repeat all the way around the can until you have it looking all pretty.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Finishing off. 

Now that the top of the can has the channels for the vapour to rise up, we can insert it into the base. This can sometimes be tricky, but it’s not impossible by any means.

Slide the top in and, if you measured it right, it should sit at the same height as the base. so it now looks like a very small beer can!

Only one more thing to do…[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Air hole

We now just need to insert a small hole in the side. If you have a pin to poke through, that would be grand. If not, just use the tip of your knife. Keep your fingers well out of the way and twist the tip of your knife against the edge of the can until a small pinprick hole appears.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a can stove when out camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]And there you have it! So in short:

  • Cut the can top out
  • Cut the can in half and trim down equally
  • Bend in ridges on top half
  • Slot together the two halves
  • Make a small air hole
  • Cook!

It’s a super simple and ultra light design that you should definitely practice making at home before doing it in a remote place. Don’t forget to share your results with us here at the Explorers Home![/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”30″ sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””/][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]