How To Make Heat In A Can For An Emergency

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How To Make Heat In A Can For An Emergency is really quite easy to do. My awesome friend’s Wally and Danielle knew I would LOVE this idea! Wally and Danielle are avid hunters and preserve the meat acquired through the hunt. They know how to cook any game meat so many different ways. They are amazing hunters. They wanted to show me what they use when they go hunting to keep their hands warm. They said the hand warmers do not compare to how great this little heat can works. I picked up a few quart size empty paint cans with lids and went to work making some heat cans.

All you need is 70-90% rubbing alcohol and a roll of toilet paper. Add some matches and we are good to go!

One Roll Will Burn Approximately Eight Hours:

One quart with one roll of toilet paper (remove the inner cardboard) will burn for approximately eight hours, depending on the size of the toilet paper roll. Yes, eight hours!

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Heat In A Can Ingredients:

Here are the ingredients needed to make your emergency heat in a can. A bottle of 70-90% rubbing alcohol, a paint can with a lid, a roll of toilet paper and a can opener. You just roll the toilet paper roll between your hand and the cardboard center can easily be removed. You could tape a package of waterproof matches to the lid and you are good to go.

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Here we have placed the toilet paper roll which fits perfectly in the quart can by the way. We added enough of the alcohol to saturate the toilet paper.

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Use The Lid to Extinguish The Flame

You can use the lid to safely extinguish the flame and reuse the can later by adding more toilet paper and alcohol. This would be a great item for a car emergency kit. But I would not recommend using it in the car because of carbon monoxide issues. But if we were stranded and had limited gas in the car to use this would be great to at least keep our hands warm until help arrived outside the car.

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  1. This is amazingly simple, inexpensive and effective. Thanks for the instructions! Such an easy thing can make the difference between frostbite or preservation.

  2. This method of heating has been around for a long time and there’s nothing novel about it.
    Thank you.

    • I had never heard about it so I hope someone else learns something new from my post. Thanks for commenting. Linda

    • Mary Ellen says:

      It may of been around for a long time but not everyone knows about it. I am thankful someone has taken the time to show good directions on how to do this! Not everyone is a prepper. My mom taught me that if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it. Everyone knows that!

      • Thank you so much for letting me know you like this post! I think any tips for survival should be shared! Hugs! Linda

  3. This is a great idea! Putting this on my list of things for the next time power is out for days.

    • Karen, just be careful with carbon monoxide. I am keeping one in my car with a bottle of alcohol to add to it just in case we are stranded and its cold. Thanks for commenting! Linda

  4. Great idea! I have kids who have no idea how to do this sort of thing so I appreciate you showing it here on your blog.

  5. Mary Ellen says:

    Thanks for giving me instructions on how to do this! I had never seen this method before. Thanks for all of your tips and helpful directions! You ROCK!

  6. To store the can, do you put the alcohol on now and put it away, or wait til you’re ready to use it and add the alcohol at that time?

    • Hi Christy, I store mine separately. I have a few cans ready to just add the alcohol. Alcohol does not last as long as the toilet paper we can store in the can. The bottles of alcohol that I have stored have expiration dates of 1-2 years so therefore I have not poured the alcohol in the cans. If I was going hunting or camping and knew I would use it I would pour the alcohol in them. It’s a great idea, I am so glad Wally told me about it. Hugs! Linda

  7. This is Awesome! I will have to try this with my boys when we go camping this summer. Thanks for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot last week! Hope to see you again tomorrow night at 7 EST! Excited to see what you’ve been up to!

    ~Ariean {}

    • Thanks for stopping by! I went out the next day and got some cans after seeing it at my friends house. Paint stores sell them pretty cheap for like $1.50 or so. Have fun camping! Linda

  8. Thank you for sharing this. I have never seen home made versions of this. How do you light the fire? I didn’t see a wick or???

  9. What an great idea! I found an idea for a fire starter – take an empty toilet paper roll and stuff it with lint from your dryer. All you do is throw it in your fire pit or fireplace and light it – it flames up nicely, just add wood and you are set.

    • Hi Karla, I love cooking over an open fire and fire starters are the best! I want to do a hot dog roast in my neighborhood ASAP! I love the smell of wood burning in a fireplace or firepit. Thanks for commenting, Linda

  10. Preparing for Hurricane Irma and stumbled across this. Thank you for sharing! I will have to pick up a paint can tomorrow.

  11. thank you so much for sharing this info really appreciate

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