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This outfit is made from used cans from the household supplies. The tools used are a tack hammer, an old pair of shears, a pair of pliers and a nail. The time of making is about four hours, with no cash outlay. The outfit is intended for two people, but with the addition of cups and plates, a couple more may be served. To make the stove, get two gallon fruit cans and cut out the tops and bottoms, leaving the seamed edges for stiffness. Cut the cans up the sides to the top, then each way close under the rims, leaving half the top uncut. Straighten out the cut flaps. Place the caps about 16 inches apart, then measure for the side pieces. Seam on these and pound flat. Cut a piece of tin for a spider brace to go on the top. Make this an inch large all around and then cut in gashes so the tin may be bent about the wire rims of the holes. Bend down the ends of the spider over the sides of the stove, punch holes through the ends and through the seams. Make wire staples of bay bale wire, or the like. Place these in holes and hammer the ends tight down.

Use small round boxes for the stovepipe. Cut out the bottoms and hammer the edges flat. One can is cut off at an angle for the stove collar. Place the oblique end against the stove and mark for the smoke hole. Cut out the tin so as to leave a half-inch margin from the line. Score this margin to the line every half-inch, making tabs to hold the pipe in place. Bend every other tab out. then place the pipe inside these and bend all the tabs to fit. Fasten the point of the pipe and the lowest tab by a stable rivet. Crimp one end of each box so that they fit one over the other. Use pieces of tin for stove covers. Dig out the dirt under the edge of the stove when in use for draught.

The fry pan is made from an octagon of tin with one side made double into a socket for the handle. This handle is made by forming a tin tube with the end hammered flat and bent to shape. Use small can for cups so that they will nest. The handles are detachable. Make these of strips of tin doubled over twice and pounded flat, then formed to shape. The spring of the handle keeps them firmly on the cups. Hammer the rims of the pails flat so the liquids will pour better. Make the bails of any annealed wire bent to fit Additions may be made to this outfit to meet the userís needs.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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