|Tin Can Stove in Operation|
Saturday night the boys came for a visit and brought the stove with them. We were having hot dogs with homemade chili (sauce) for dinner so they decided to heat the hot dog chili with their stove. It worked GREAT! The pan they had which fit exactly on top of the stove was a bit small but it worked fine. They just had to fill it three times to heat all the chili!
The stove consists of a Tuna Fish can with the tuna and the lid removed. Cardboard is cut and wound inside the can in a spiral and then filled with melted candle wax. The wicks from the melted candles are placed in the center of the cardboard spiral to allow easy lighting of the stove. A larger can has been cut (with the tin snips) to provide a place to slide the Tuna Fish can inside it. Vent holes are cut into the top of the larger can with a can opener. Then a piece of coat hanger is attached to the Tuna Fish can lid and the project is complete.
|Grant Watching the Cook|
In the photo on the upper-right which shows Owen stirring the chili, you can see the Tuna Fish can lid that is attached to a coat hanger sitting on the paving stone. This is used to regulate the heat or to extinguish the flame. It worked quite well.
Dinner was an absolute success! And, after the stove was extinguished, there is still plenty of wax/cardboard "fuel" for a future "cook."
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