Tin Can Camp Stove

A camping stove is a warmly welcomed addition to any camping trip. The average camping stove can cost anywhere between $10 to $200 and they all serve the same simple purpose…to heat things up. I challenged myself to design a simple wood-burning stove using only materials I had in my apartment, the result is the Tin Can Camping Stove.

Step 1: Gather What You’ll Need











Step 1. Gathering supplies

I only used materials/tools I already had in my apartment, so here is the list of what I used but I encourage you to challenge yourself, be resourceful, be creative, and use whatever materials you have on hand.


  • One large tin can (my can was an empty 1lb can of stewed tomatoes) opened/emptied/cleaned
  • 2 Wire Hangers (one preferably with added cardboard tubing as pictured )


  • Can Opener (if you’ve not already opened your can)
  • A Hammer
  • Snipe Nose Pliers
  • Flat Nose Pliers
  • Scissors
  • A nail or philips head screwdriver without a plastic handle
  • A towel
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Marker


  • A Freezer
  • Kindling for your stove

Step 2: Freeze That Can!

Step 2.

Fill your can with water and stick it in the freezer, allow the water to completely freeze. This will prevent the can from being bent out of whack when you hammer out your ventilation holes.

While you’re waiting for the water to freeze you can tackle Step 3.

Tip: When filling the canleave a little head-space at the top for the water to expand into when it freezes

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