Homemade Aluminum Can Burners


Survival gear can be expensive, heavy, and prone to breaking down.
Having some gear around is a great idea, but relying on it too much can be a mistake, especially when it comes to filling an essential need like food preparation.

DIY Aluminum Can Burners

Though you might have stoves and burners around for this purpose, this is a low-cost project for creating an alternate source of heat for cooking food and sanitizing water.

These can burners, also known as hobo stoves, give you a quick, cheap, and easy flame to cook.
Having this knowledge under your belt could be your ticket to staying fed in a pinch or just helping out as a cheap way to create a mobile burner for many other reasons.

Here are two methods for creating a cheap and easy alcohol-fueled burner out of aluminum cans.

Method 1: The Homemade Outdoor Luxe

This burner is a simple, open topped assembly.
aluminum can burners

Method 2: The PBR Burner

This version has a covered top, creating a bit more protection around your fuel.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on March 26, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

7 Responses to :
Homemade Aluminum Can Burners

  1. al uhrich says:

    Interesting article, but hard to read and hard to see photos and illustrations ( almost 70 yr old eyes ).

    1. Larry says:

      If you click on the pictures you can see them bigger, if they are still
      small click one more time to get them big.

    2. Great Grey says:

      If you click on the illustrations they will open a new page and click on the illustration again it will make a larger view that is easier to read.

  2. Larry says:

    FYI, in option 1 those are rivets not nails

  3. thanks, the homemade can burner plans was just what I’ve been looking for..I saw a lot of ways to make them, but this is the best and easy to make. I am a backpacker and weight is what we try to cut down on..

  4. Bob Wilson says:

    Pretty crafty stuff…and I thought I was a Boy Scout…damn!
    Guess I’ll have to make a couple of these!!

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