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  • Tuna Can Cooker/Buddy Burner/Hobo Stove

    I learned this in the Cub Scouts. We would cook our meals directly on top of the hobo stove (can anyone say lead posioning)?
    The advantage to this system is that it can be made of scavanged materials, is water proof easily transported without spillage and easy to light.
    I choose 3 different steel cans, roast beef, olive, and mushroom. It Takes 2-2.5 feet of cardboard per can, I over filled the cans with wax and this interferred with proper burning. This produces lots of smoke and heat. Do not burn indoors! The coffee can I used was flimsy. do not cut out the door, instead use a old can opener to vent the bottom edge as well as the top. I have seen the same effect with kerosene and sand, virtualy any fuel works execpt gasoline which is too dangerous.
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    Last edited by kenno; 01-16-2009, 07:37 PM.
    The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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    Originally posted by kenno View Post
    I learned this in the Cub Scouts. We would cook our meals directly on top of the hobo stove (can anyone say lead posioning)?
    The advantage to this system is that it can be made of scavanged materials, is water proof easily transported without spillage and easy to light.
    I choose 3 different steel cans, roast beef, olive, and mushroom. It Takes 2-2.5 feet of cardboard per can, I over filled the cans with wax and this interferred with proper burning. This produces lots of smoke and heat. Do not burn indoors! The coffee can I used was flimsy. do not cut out the door, instead use a old can opener to vent the bottom edge as well as the top. I have seen the same effect with kerosene and sand, virtualy any fuel works execpt gasoline which is too dangerous.

    I like the gasoline idea. Glad you recommended it!!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rustyshakelford View Post
      I like the gasoline idea. Glad you recommended it!!
      :eek::D:eek::D
      JUST CURIOUS? PRUNES ARE DEHYDRATED PLUMS. SO WHERE DOES PRUNE JUICE COME FROM?

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      • #4
        Making the hobo stoves, and camping, and cooking in foil packets are some of my favorite things to do with the Cub Scouts (I'm currently WEBELOS leader). Our hobo stoves are made from coffee cans and vegetable cans, our fuel is twigs, we have used charcoal. We use the cans separately, or put the smaller veggie one inside the bigger coffee one, for added support. Seems to run a little hotter too.



        And this won't keep you warm at night, this is our indoor "campfire" I made, but it's still cool. The rocks are styrofoam, the logs are bark, the flame is silk blown by a fan.

        "Be Excellent to Each Other"

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        • #5
          neat stuff!
          The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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