Familiar with DIY rocket stoves? Sometime ago I wrote a semi coherent rant I called “The Hobo and the Rocket” in which we dove into some tin can stove history and design.
Give it a read to get a little background, or read on…
I’m not going to tell you that I’m the first guy to have this idea but it just hit me the other day…
So, I was holding a #10 can… You know, the giant cans that are usually filled with something wonderfully obscure and industrial… like butterscotch pudding!
Anyway, my mind always wanders to Rocket Stoves around #10 cans, so I says to myself:
“Look jackass, if you turn it upside down, pop a hole in the lid and on the side there, that’s all you need!”
…and I was right! (but like I said I’m not EVEN trying to own it)
So. Ya. That’s pretty much it. Pop a couple holes in that son of a gun.
WHAT YOU’LL BE NEEDING
- Gloves, PPE etc.
- Adequately strong tin snips
- Can opener
- #10 Can or Coffee can
HOW TO BUILD IT
- Open the can using the can opener. (Optional step: Binge eat contents)
- Remove lid. On the other lid, use the can opener to cut 1/4 to 1/2 way around.
- Bend the lid into the can at 45-90°ish angle. This hole is the chimney.
- Use tin snips to cut out an opening to preferred size (3″-4″ish square) opposite the chimney on the open end. (This will be the fuel/air intake and your delightful fireside view)
- Get a fire roaring and burn out the toxic can lining before cooking with the #10 Stove.
Shoot, I wish there was more to write, but I think this is it…
The #10 Stove is simple to build, cheap, and it gets the water boiling fast with just a few handfuls of kindling. Try using a handy dandy firestarter to really get it going!
Construction is much less complex than an insulated rocket stove and the results are just as good, at least on the #10 can size scale.
No extra parts means extra ease if you decide to drag one of these babies out to a favorite secret camp spot or wherever.
Give it a try and you’ll probably agree!