When former military survival instructor Bart Collins told us he could make a stove out of tin cans and we could eat the ingredients, we just had to see it for ourselves.
What can we say? Bart’s tin can camp stove worked like a charm, and now we all have one as part of our camping kits.
Tonight’s menu: Black beans, Ro*Tel Original and chicken.
What you’ll need:
1 10-ounce coffee can
1 15-ounce can of beans
1 9.5-ounce can of chicken
1 10-ounce can of Ro*Tel
Church key (again talking about the old fashioned can opener here, to be clear)
Step drill bit (optional)
1) Using the church key, go around the lower rim of the coffee can cutting a hole every inch or so. You can use the can’s labels for fire fuel later.
2) Remove the lid from the bean can (Bart likes to use his knife for this) and empty the beans into a pot. Use the church key like in step 1 around the lower rim of the bean can.
3) Do the same to the bottom of the bean can.
4) Remove the top of the chicken can, and dump the chicken into the pot (or coffee can.) With the step drill, or church key, make several holes around the circumference of the chicken can.
5) Cut a hole in the bottom of the chicken can at the interior rim.
6) Using a knife, make a cut about every half-inch into the remaining rim on the bottom of the tin can.
7) Place the chicken can on top of the coffee can and push the bean can into the chicken can up to the rim until they’re flush.
8) Using the labels and another fuel type if need, start your fire in the bean can, add fuel as needed, and place the pot with all the contents from the cans on top to heat. Once warm, just enjoy.
What about the Ro*Tel can? After you empty that into the pot, use the can for storing fuel. It slips perfectly into the bean can, and with a little masking tape, also good for fuel, you can tape the lid on, and keep some charcoal and wood tinder inside.
Hot tip: Use a small empty tuna can with the lid taped on to store inside the stove as a starter kit complete with matches, lint, a pencil sharpener to make shavings for tinder and a lighter.