Do-It-Yourself Emergency Fuel

Posted on 2023-06-08
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This emergency cooking fuel in a can is easily assembled with carboard, small metal cans and cooking oil. It won’t completely replace a stove or standard cooktop, but can be used in a pinch to heat liquids and cook small meals, much like a small sterno stove used on hiking expeditions.

STEP 1: Cut cardboard strips from a corrugated box to match the height of a clean, empty can. (e.g. – a catfood can).

STEP 2: Roll up the strips and put in the can, and STEP 3: Pour melted wax or cooking oil into the can.

Step 4: Put your can on a solid, flame-proof surface and light the cardboard. When the flame is suitable for cooking, put two bricks on either side of the can to support a small pot.


STEP 1: Remove the cardboard tube from a roll of TP, and  STEP 2: Put the TP into a clean coffee can.

STEP 3: Pour rubbing alcohol on the TP, and STEP 4: Punch holes into metal lids and use these to control the flame intensity.

STEP 5: Place a whole metal lid over the can to extinguish the flame.
Warning: Never add rubbing alcohol to the flame.


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