Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Hammock: Warbonnet Blackbird
Tarp: DIY 4-Season
Insulation: DIY UQ
Suspension: Whoopie Slings/WBB
Well, I destroyed a few cans, learned some stuff, but in general came out happy with my results. Balking at the purchase price of those aluminum rings offered by very fine pot-makers (who I shall continue to endorse and patronize), I wanted to do this myself. But all the tuna can stuff turned me off--it's ferrous, so you're going to have rust. Not acceptable!
Originally Posted by kc7fys
Not that it necessarily matters here, but I noted while feeding Hanky that his cans are aluminum--and the pull-top leaves a nice "ledge" for a lid in the Foster's can pot. However, my flaring process was unfruitful and I ruined my first attempt. I will post photos, though, because I think I'm on to something. I like the Foster's pot concept, but I just can't see paying the 25-30 dollars you end up shucking off for a Foster's pot. Considering that the pot is fully functional left just as a fosters can--opening up the top then closing it again with a lip seems senseless.
Question--what are the differences between the Smookeeter and MBD pot rings? Is there a more reasonable deal out there? A ring of aluminum, once mass produced--as in Tinny's case--can't possibly require such a markup. I mean, some of the prices are insane. (And I love the man and his ideas.)
So. Foster's Kitty-cat pot, here we come. Stay posted.
Anyway, Hanky, our lovable mouser donated a few of his Friskies "Meaty Bits" cans to the cause. I started out just looking for a sleeve to press-fit into the Foster's can--but I got more. To quote Marty DiBergi "a whole lot more."
Turns out that bottom I sliced off looks awful like a lid--and it sits perfectly on the little flange created by the pull-top catfood can.
I'm sure my discovery is not at all new, but it was new to me, and will look good in the BWCA next week. Take a look at my pictures. Some useful and some useless prototypes.
Everything press-fitted, and cut with either a single-edge razor blade or a utility knife blade c-clamped to the workbench at various heights, rotating the can to score it deeply before detaching.
The cute little wooden bowl knobs are from Ax-man Surplus in St. Paul, MN.
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