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« on: February 21, 2013 12:45:25 PM »

I've been into a big emergency preparedness kick lately and thought maybe I'd make myself a hobo stove.  I found the tutorial here: http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2011/06/13/10-can-stove-gift-idea/

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#10 can, like from coffee or dehydrated food
smaller metal can, I used one with a lid, but doesn't necessarily need one, even a corn can would work
fire starter, I used instafire and charcoal or whatever I found around my yard
can opener
wire cutter
wires from a coat hanger or roll

Set right off to make a fire.  I had to test it out!

After it got cookin'

An awesome experiment and learning experience even comes with hot chocolate at the end

Was a great stove.  Took me a bit to get the fire rolling even with the instafire, so that's good to know.  If you cut slits at the top and put a grate on you could even put a pot or skillet on it, but be warned things will get black!  I have other methods of cooking in an emergency situation and I'm sure those would be my top choice, but I do like the compactness of this one.  It fits all in the big can.  Might be a good one to carry in an emergency pack in your car--but I'd have to look up what fuels are best for leaving in a car.  I'm thinking charcoal should be okay, but do your own research first.

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013 03:30:42 PM »

I think I would use votives or tea lights may cook slower, but so impressed with this.

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2013 03:39:02 PM »

We used to make these at sleepaway camp, but the fuel was a tuna can with a tight coil of corrugated cardboard and a string wick, saturated with parafin. I think. Cheesy We put the coffee can upside down over the fuel can (with a turned up flap cut on one side of the coffee can as a vent) and used the bottom of the coffee can as a cooking surface. We made grilled cheese and eggs and other stuff on those cans. Fun!

eta: like this http://savagesisters.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/keep-kids-entertained-with-a-hobo-stove/
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013 03:45:06 PM »

Same here, Batgirl, they were called buddy burners.  Great project, patty o furniture.   Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2013 04:34:49 AM »

Ah, yes - the waxed wick! Brings back mems from Girl Scouts. Since this is the food topic, here's a way to start a fire with an orange http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZp_q_7IExA

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