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Make a Soda Can Stove

by admin 08 Jun 2015

Imagine that you are in a winter storm blackout and all you have is your six pack of soda to get you through the emergency. This article will teach you how to take your favorite soda and make it become an awesome survival soda can stove! Follow the instructions below to see how you can do it!

You’ll Need:

  • Soda Cans - minimum of two
  • Exacto Knife or Knife 
  • Scissors
  • Drill with 1/16th Bit
  • Alcohol based fuel (90% liquid alcohol or alcohol based gel fuel) 

Directions:

Drill 10-12 holes into the rim of a soda can. These holes will become the gas jets and should probably be big enough to let enough gas out. That means that if you’re using a drill, use at least a 1/16th bit to drill your holes.

Make a Soda Can Stove

You’ll then want to drill three holes into the center of the concave base of the can. These will be used for filling the stove with fuel. Use a knife to mark a consistent line around the can. Holding a knife at a level plane, rotate the can around, making a groove around the can.

Make a Soda Can Stove

Cut the tops off the cans about 1 inch above where your knife marked previously.

Make a Soda Can Stove

Working your way around the can, cut ½-inch wide tabs from the top to the groove that you created previously.

Make a Soda Can Stove

Bend each tab back and forth until it makes a clean break from the base of the can. Continue to do this with all the tabs until you have a clean break all the way around the can. The next step is to next the two halves together. The top should fit into the bottom. To make this easier, you may want to make little indentations in the top half to slip into the bottom a little easier.

Make a Soda Can Stove

Slip the sections together - top half fitting into the bottom half. Be patient as this may take a long time to fit together correctly.

Make a Soda Can Stove

Once the top half is in place, gently apply pressure with a book to push the sections closer together.

Make a Soda Can Stove

The final result is a lightweight stove that can be carried in your pocket, in an emergency pack or on any backpacking trip.

Make a Soda Can Stove

Simply fill the concave cavity about 3 times with an alcohol-based fuel and allow it to drain into the can. Then you add a little bit of fuel to the outside of the can - as primer - and light that to start the burner. After the primer burns off, the fuel on the inside of the can should be lit and coming out of the holes in the top of the can!

Make a Soda Can Stove
 
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