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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26 thoughts on “How To Make Heat In A Can For An Emergency

  • January 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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    This is amazingly simple, inexpensive and effective. Thanks for the instructions! Such an easy thing can make the difference between frostbite or preservation.

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    • January 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm
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      Hi Brenda, I love seeing tips like this so I just had to share it! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! Linda

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  • January 8, 2014 at 7:07 am
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    This method of heating has been around for a long time and there’s nothing novel about it.
    Thank you.

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    • January 8, 2014 at 9:35 am
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      I had never heard about it so I hope someone else learns something new from my post. Thanks for commenting. Linda

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      • November 4, 2015 at 2:53 pm
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        I did!! Thanks for posting!

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        • November 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm
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          Hi Angie, yay! These are great to use so many ways outside! Linda

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    • January 8, 2014 at 7:46 pm
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      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!

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      • January 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm
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        Thank you so much for letting me know you like this post! I think any tips for survival should be shared! Hugs! Linda

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  • January 8, 2014 at 8:50 am
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    This is a great idea! Putting this on my list of things for the next time power is out for days.

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    • January 8, 2014 at 9:36 am
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      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

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  • January 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    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.

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    • January 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm
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      Thanks you so much Carol, I love hearing your kids can use this tip! Hugs! Linda

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  • January 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm
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    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!

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    • January 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm
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      Thank you so much for letting me know you that you like the heat in a can! Hugs! Linda

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  • January 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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    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?

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    • January 12, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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      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

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  • January 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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    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 {https://onekriegerchick.com/}

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    • January 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm
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      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

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  • October 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm
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    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???

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    • October 14, 2015 at 10:35 am
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      Hi Kathy, there is no wick, you just use a match and the alcohol starts the fire immediately, stand back! Linda

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  • February 4, 2016 at 10:23 pm
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    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.

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    • February 5, 2016 at 7:43 am
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      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

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  • September 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm
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    Preparing for Hurricane Irma and stumbled across this. Thank you for sharing! I will have to pick up a paint can tomorrow.

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    • September 8, 2017 at 6:18 am
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      Hi Ashley, be sure and use it outside only. I’m so glad you found my site, thanks for stopping by. Linda

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  • March 12, 2018 at 10:44 am
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    thank you so much for sharing this info really appreciate

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