How to make a Hobo Stove from Tin Cans

hovo-stove-thumbnailAfter success making pop can meth’s stoves I thought I would try a Wood burner and the Wood Gas ones also looked interesting to try.



Food cans lend themselves very nicely and I am sure this isn’t original etc
A shopping trip to the supermarket, shopping by Can size and type I came back with cans for 2 sizes of stove this is the smaller version the larger will have to wait till I bring myself to Eat the dog food.



This stove is made from 2 Sainsbury’s Basics Sweet corn cans and one Sainsbury’s Italian chopped tomato can. Cost is under £1 even if you chuck the Food contents



The sweet corn cans have locking stacking ends i.e. the bottom is crimped to fit into the top so are secure when stacked and one of the reasons I chose them as it securely locates the top pot stand /wind break on the burner unit.
The tomato can has a ring pull so when removed it has a nice clean edge and a lip to add strength



Tools: well I started with a hammer and a Flat screw driver sharpened as a cold chisel
But if you sharpen the end at an angle you don’t need the Hammer and can easily push cut the steel cans.



First off empty the cans because you need a lip for the top of the burner in the can. Open one of the sweet corn cans from the bottom using a top cutting opener so the crimp edge remains Swiss army knife or even the screw chisel.
The second sweet corn can you can open and remove both ends the tomato can is easy it’s a ring pull.



Now you need to centre the tomato can on the top of the sweet corn can and mark/note where it sits in relation to the concentric rings you will cut out a little smaller.







































Now cut a series of Radial nicks. This allows the small can to push through, if angled and screwed in past the bottom crimp (you may find a can with different crimps that maybe the same diameter as the body).



















The Smaller can needs the Jet holes at the top and air holes at the bottom this is a bit of trial an error to balance the air flow on both. The bottom air grill can be opened up later if necessary.






















The second sweet corn can has a large triangle cut into it to allow more fuel to be added and smaller ones to allow heat and fumes to flow out and evenly to the pan and sits nicely in the top of the base can.
I have punched a series of holes around the base for air intake though with an open bottom it can be stood up for air inlet.





















First light up…








































This stove consists of 2 cans 3 3/8” dia by 3 3/8” high and weighs 3 3/4oz.
If cut up the side the top can should clip round the outside of the burner for packing and still clip inside the top lip for use (though I haven’t tried this yet).



If you wanted you could open the burner can from the top at the correct diameter (see picture 1) and empty the contents from here this would leave the bottom intact and sealed but, it would definitely need the base radial holes to be cut.



For the larger stove I’ve got a 650gm can of Chappie dog food for the base a bean can for the Burner and a Can of ham/bacon grill for the pot stand.


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One Response to “How to make a Hobo Stove from Tin Cans”

  • Nice article.

    Hobo stoves are great. I have a large camp version — made from a #10 can — and a small backpacking version I keep for day hikes.

    Thanks again.

    Everett De Morier

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