A HANDY CAN-HANDLE TRICK
A HANDY CAN-HANDLE TRICK
By W. A. Stowe
When a sportsman starts out on a trip, be it long or short, he tries to keep down weight and bulk of his outfit to as little as possible, and yet leave out nothing that will be necessary to his comfort or pleasure.
But when the time comes to pack up his duffle for the return trip, the enthusiasm that attended the start is lacking. Then he would like to just walk away and leave most of his stuff lie where he got through with it. I have found a little Kink that costs nothing and helps a little toward this desirable end.
Many sorts of provisions and groceries are now packed in friction top tin cans of various sizes, syrups and cooking fats, for instance. Save three or four of these of the sizes you will need most, and when you take a camping or canoe trip leave your stew kettle, coffee pot and such utensils at home and take these cans instead.
The trick consists of having two or three wire bails or handles for making use of these cans. You can make these bails in a few minutes with a small pair of pliers, and they will last for years. Any wire that has a little springiness is all right; piano wire or old bi cycle spokes are perhaps the best. Make three or four different sizes, but of such size that they will go down in the can they are intended for so that the cover can be put on.
Then you can fill your cans with milk or soup or coffee, for instance, push the bail down into the can, put on your friction cover and you can safely pack those cans of liquids anywhere or let them roll about in the bottom of your canoe. When you Want your hot stuff you pry off the cover, pull up the bail and hang the can over the tire. The spring of the wire holds the bail up and the ends against the sides of the can where the eyes in the ends of the wire catch under the rim of the can. The bail automatically spreads to diametrically opposed points, therefore the can will always hang plumb from it. When your trip is over you keep the bails and can the cans. The cut explains the device sufficiently.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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