Homesteading on Thursday:  How to make a Tin Can StoveHomesteading is all about being resourceful and making the most with what you have.  Repurpose things that you normally pitch into the trash-Like tin cans!

Our neighbor, Owen Newman taught us how to make good use out of old tin cans.  You can make all kinds of camping gear that would cost a lot of money in the outdoor market right at your own home...

  • tin cups
  • frying pans
  • lanterns
  • cook stoves
  • cookie cutters
  • water pails
  • billy pots (little cooking pots with handles) 

The tin cans are made out of steel covered in tin.  It is safe to store food in as well as cook with.  Do not throw your tin cans away!

For today, Owen will show you how to make a little cook stove...

A gallon size tin can is used to make this outdoor cooking stove. Peel the label off and wash well.  Use a can opener that cuts the portion of the lid off the topmost edge of the can wall instead of using the opener that removes the lid by cutting down through the lid from the top.  The side can opener device will leave the can with a relatively safe edge, unlikely to cause cuts.  Here is a photo of a side cutter can opener just incase you are confused:


Here is your gallon sized can


A few tools needed: A hammer, wire snip, pliers, can opener


With a marker, draw a door


Cut the door out with a wire snip


Here is your door


file down any sharp edges with a file or stone


Punch out ventilation holes around the entire top of the can about 1 1/2 inches apart


The stove is done


Bring the stove outside in a safe area and put little dry sticks inside the door. Light it on fire.


You can boil water or soup


or fry something in a pan over this tin can stove!

This stove can be used over and over again.  It feels good to cook food over a fire and to know you are repurposing the old tin cans you normally just recycle or throw away.

Just for a reminder…

Tea Time Talk Show Tuesday Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018  at 10 am CST will feature Co-Host Owen Newman

  • The following Tuesday will be featuring Owen Newman from the hills of TN talking about homesteading and the simple life.  He has a lot of wisdom and experience living with less and making the most of each and every resource they are given.  If you have any specific questions, please leave a comment below or send us an email or message on Facebook from the Keeper of the Homestead page.  

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  1. We’re so going to try this out! Looks like it was a lot of fun to make and use! Of course, only three of us could actually make one here as I can see a bunch of little nicked fingers on the youngest two 😉

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