Campfire In A Can – Tim Ralston

Campfire In A Can

By Tim Ralston -

  • October 2017
  • IMPROVISE! An Innovative, Do-It-Yourself Campfire In A Can

    AS AN ADVOCATE FOR PREPAREDNESS, I believe there is nothing more valuable to survival than the knowledge you possess. If the “it” were to hit the fan it is crucial that you family is prepared with the vital essentials. Yet, without really knowing what the “it” may be, it is also of great importance to be educated in way of resourcefulness.


    One reason to prepare is due to the worldwide rise of natural disaster. Unsuspecting cities have been turned to rubble because of these storms, leaving families desperate with the limited supplies available during the aftermath. This is where the benefit of being able to improvise your own survival tools comes in.

    IF THE “IT” WERE TO HIT THE FAN, IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOUR FAMILY IS PREPARED WITH THE VITAL ESSENTIALS.’ Learning how to take the most common items and turn them into ones of use is a lifesaving skill to have in times of devastation. There are other motivations for why I encourage these do-it-yourself projects. Besides heightening your chance of survival if the “it” were to ever happen, they are also fun way to bring you back to the basics. There is nothing more gratifying than being able to depend on your own abilities.

    One of my favorite homemade survival tools is the campfire in a can. This project requires very few supplies and is effective in several ways. More than just a candle, this handy tool can project heat for warmth, be used for cooking and also provide a low impact light source. As the can is cool to the touch, they can be easily extinguished and packed away. And the best part about the campfire in a can is that it doesn’t require a single drop of fuel.


    There are many other great tools you can improvise with the use of common household items. I recommend educating yourself in these ways of resourcefulness, which will allow you to rise to a new level of preparedness and ultimately survive.


    *Tin can with a lid

    *Paraffin wax or old candles

    *Corrugated cardboard

    Step One

    Cut the pieces of cardboard ¼ -inch shorter than the length of the can.

    Step Two

    Tightly roll the cardboard and place it inside. Be sure to use a piece large enough so that when coiled, it fills the can is its entirety.

    Step Three

    Melt wax in a pot and slowly pour into the can until it is filled.