How To Make A “2-Can Slam” DIY Stove

DIY stoveOk guys, I’m stoked about this new project – I’m calling it the “2-Can Slam” DIY Stove.

Truth is, I’m probably most excited about this stove because it is dirt cheap to make.


If you have the right tools, you could make this thing for free easily – and it’s more than likely you’ve already got most (if not all) of what you need in your garage.

I’m about to blow your mind with these awesome tips on…

How To Make A “2-Can Slam” DIY Stove

Stuff you’ll need: 

  • 1 – 11.5 oz tin food can
  • 1 – 22 oz tin food can
  • 1 – can opener
  • 1 – pair of metal cutting shears
  • 1 – metal file OR deburring tool
  • 1 – black sharpie
  • 1 – power drill
  • 1 – 3/16″ bit
  • 1 – 3/8″ bit

1 – Open The Cans

Open each can, and remove the contents in some tupperware to save for later. Clean out each can thoroughly with soap and water. Remove the labels from both cans.

2 – Trace The Can

Turn both cans upside down, and put the smaller can on top of the bigger can. Trace the smaller can’s outline onto the bigger can, forming a circle.

3 – Cut The Can

Take the metal shears and punch a hole in the middle of the circle you just drew. Now put the shears through the hole and cut, following the line, until you’ve cut out the circle. Smooth out the rough edges with a metal file or deburring tool.

4 – Drill The Large Can

Use the 3/16″ drill bit to drill evenly spaced circles around the top of the large can (the end opposite of the circle you cut) about 1-inch apart. Drill a second row of holes right below it – only this time, make sure the second row holes are in between the top row ones (making a zig zag shape).

Now use the 3/8″ bit to drill through each hole you just made, so they become enlarged.

5 – Drill The Small Can

Use the 3/16″ bit to drill about 24 holes through the bottom of the small can. Now drill two rows of alternating holes (just like you did with the large can) around the bottom of the can. Enlarge these holes with the 3/8″ bit as well.

Now use the 3/16″ bit to drill one straight row of evenly spaced holes around the top of the small can.

6 – Combine The Cans

Take the small can and push it inside the large can (this may take some effort) until it is completely inside.

There you have it – your “2-Can Slam” DIY Stove! Simply throw some tinder in the can, light it on fire and you’re ready to enjoy the food you stored away in step #1.

Side Note: This isn’t the only survival use for tin cans – see our blog post with 10 more uses here.

Ready for a video? This will walk you through this process and give you a great visual of how to make this stove yourself:

I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of guy that loves watching all this cool DIY stuff, but for some reason I can rarely find the time to actually finish the projects myself. Plus, there’s something about getting all those fumes and smoke in my face while cooking that I really just don’t care for.

That’s why I love the HydroHeat Flameless Cooking Bowl. It makes cooking food while camping/bugging out super easy and convenient, without ever having to take out a power drill or even light a match.

This awesome spill-proof container keeps my water and food contained, and heats all my pre-made snacks and goodies in just minutes.

Did I mention it’s flameless? That’s my favorite part. You don’t have to worry about using up tinder, you don’t have to weigh yourself down with pots and pans, and you don’t get smoke in your face. Personally, I’m sold.

Rather than bore you with pages of my undying love and affection for the HydroHeat Flameless Cooking Bowl, I’m just going to leave this short video right here. Honestly no amount of words can describe the awesomeness of this product – but this 1:30 minute video can. Take a look:

After that, I know you’re dying to learn more about this amazing invention, so stop salivating already and click here or on the image below for all the details. Your camping/bug out cooking will never be the same…you’re welcome.

NOTE: Be sure to stock up on extra heat packs so you can keep using this survival tool for all your camping/bug out meals!

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