The Coke Can Cook Stove
Before leaving Buenos Aires, I knew I had to take something with me that I could use for boiling water and preparing food while on the road. The traditional gas stoves seemed really great for doing that, but they are also very cumbersome to carry around. And expensive. Therefore, I opted for another option and decided to make my very own Coke Can Cook Stove.
Actually, I had been thinking about making a CCCS for a while. So when I decided upon coming to South America on my backpacking/hitchhiking adventure, it seemed the only logical choice, really. Both because it’s lightweight and easy to maintain – and also because it’s cheap and should you damage it you can always easily make a new one.
There’s a lot on the Internet about different types and sorts of beverage can cook stoves. For example, you can find multiple extremely detailed and sophisticated videos on YouTube on creating beverage can stoves whose efficiency is backed by science. And the number of such videos is so high that it seems there is a competition on who can make a can stove last the longest. For the instructions, you can watch one of them.
Or you can watch this video and make one with just your knife. And that is exactly what I did.
There’s also a very good Cookery E-Book, tailored specifically for cooking with a beverage can stove, which you can find here. The e-book is totally free and vegetarian friendly (thumbs up!).