Before Pinterest and the internet, we had books.  My Mom was a Girl Scout and in her handbook, which she dated 1946, it teaches you how to create and cook on a tin can stove!




Now, years later, people are “pinning” these finds on their Pinterest boards!

I found this one via Pinterest and it has great step-by-step pictures and instructions!

hobo stove

Another great page from the Girl Scout Handbook is this one –


All kinds of gadgets you can make with sticks.  I like the diagrams showing how to use branches to hold the pots over the fire.

It might not be a bad idea to buy yourself a Girl Scout handbook or Boy Scout handbook to hang on to in case of emergencies!  And .. of course a few tin cans!