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This article was written on 13 Sep 2012, and is filled under MacGyver.

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Makeshift Stove Burner Made From Beer Can

Originally from the March 2010 issue of Maxim Magazine, this DIY article details how to fashion a simple stove burner from two beer cans and a wad of fiberglass. Need a stove, too? Well, any old metal coat hanger will do! MacGyver would be proud of you.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 beer cans
  • 1 strip of sandpaper
  • 1 precision knife
  • 1 small wad of fiberglass
  • 1 pushpin
  • 3 tsp. rubbing alcohol
  • 1 wire coat hanger
  • 1 lighter

Step #1
Drain the contents of the first can and measure one inch from the base. Use fine sandpaper to remove the paint and any dents, then slice off this piece as cleanly and evenly as possible with your knife.

Step #2
Use the bottom of the unopened can to widen the newly cut base of the first can for fitting purposes. Now empty the contents of the second can (the fun part!), sand down the base, and cut it in the same fashion.

Step #3
Place a small wad of fiberglass into the base to help spread your fuel out evenly. Now work the can bottoms together until they’re even and tight, making sure there are no openings for fuel to escape.

Step #4
Using a sharp pushpin, poke a cross pattern of five openings into the center of the top can (this is where you’ll pour the fuel). For the jet holes, poke 16 evenly spaced openings all along the outer ring.

Step #5
Carefully pour about three teaspoons of fuel (rubbing alcohol, Everclear, denatured alcohol, or Heet) into the center holes of your stove. Clean up any spills or you’ll be sorry when it’s time for ignition.

Step #6
If you don’t have a metal stand, bend a coat hanger into a stable shape that won’t fall over. For optimal cooking, configure it to hold the pot roughly four inches above the burner. You’re ready to grill!

Remember: If you’re doing this at a campground, be especially careful and courteous, clean up after yourself and watch your fire like a man.

Expert DIY: PBR Burner | Maxim Magazine

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