Empty tin can (#10 or larger) with one end cut out for the top of the stove
Three sturdy pieces of wire screening
Ice Pick, Awl or Large Nail
Wire for Handle
- Punch air holes around the top and bottom of the empty can with an ice pick, awl or nail.
- Make a handle by sticking the ends of the wire through two of the holes at the top and twisting them together inside.
- Curl a piece of wire screening into a cylinder and put it in the bottom of the can. Add another piece of wire screening on top of this to make a grate. The grate will hold the charcoal near the top for cooking and the cylinder in the bottom will keep the grate in place and let air under the charcoal.
- Make a stove top out of the third piece of wire screening to support whatever you are cooking.
How to Use
Set the stove on cleared ground or cement and put some tinder on the grate. When the tinder is burning well, drop the charcoal into the fire. Place the third piece of screen wire on top of the can to support the food and begin cooking. This stove is to be used in a well-ventilated area.
A charcoal fire is quite different than a wood fire. Using wood you have a hot fire to start with, a slower fire later. Using charcoal you have a slow fire in the beginning, a hot fire later. Plan on about 20 minutes from starting the charcoal fire to having the heat you need. A charcoal chimney will heat the charcoals a lot faster.