How to Make a #10 Can Stove

We go through a lot of THRIVE food in our house.  This means we have a lot of empty #10 cans.  I've been trying to put them to better use than just storing air.  When I found this idea to turn your #10 cans in to portable stoves I knew I had to try it.  And I love it!  It is super easy, doesn't take much time, and you might have everything you need for it around the house anyway so it is an inexpensive way to build your own portable stove.  It is perfect to keep with your 72 hour food kits.  If you ever have to evacuate quickly you can grab this and cook wherever you are.


Items to gather:

  • 1 #10 Can and lid
  • 1 Smaller Can (a THRIVE Pantry size can is perfect) and lid
  • 1 wire hanger
  • 24 briquettes
  • 4 lunch size baggies
  • Heat Cell or similar
  • 1 box of matches

What to do:

First, use a regular hand can opener to make cuts about 1 1/2 inches apart around the bottom of the number #10 can like shown below.  This will allow air to enter so the fuel can burn.

Using a power drill or a hammer and thick nail punch 4 holes (2 on each side directly across from each other) in the middle of the can.  These holes need a diameter slightly larger than the wire from the wire hanger.

Cut the wire hanger so you have two lengths of wire that are at least an inch longer than the diameter of the can.  You will put these wires through the holes above your fuel and rest the smaller can on them while cooking.

And that's it as far as prepping the stove.  It will look something like this when you are ready to cook.

To fit all your supplies in the stove first put your Heat Cell and matches in the small can.  Put the lid on the smaller can.

Put 6 briquettes in each baggie.

Put one baggie on the bottom of the #10 can and put in the wires as far to the side as possible.

Put the smaller can inside the #10 can and the three other baggies around it


Put the lid on and you are done!


What do you think?  Go make one today and keep it with your emergency supplies!
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