Making Foster's Beer Can Sans Opener
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Antonio Abad
(tonyabad) - F
Making Foster's Beer Can Sans Opener on 03/25/2006 23:07:15 MST Print View

Hey all,

I just wanted to share the technique that I used to make my own Foster's Beer Can pot. I was hoping just to score the periphery until a nice circle popped out (as with the pepsi can stove), but 20 minutes of scoring with a utility knife didn't do the trick. These were the steps I used:

Step #1: Scored the inside lip using a utility knife. 10 or so passes would probably do the trick.

Step #2: Drilled 5 1/8# holes in a circle around the top.

Step #3: Took apart the top using needlenose pliers. If you did a decent job of scoring, a fairly neat circle will result.

Step #4: Filed the hole smooth using a metal file.

This process isn't anything special. In fact it's pretty much the same technique Scott Henderson uses to make his Pepsi can stove. Thanks for the inspiration to shave some more ounces for very little money. The beer wasn't bad either. ;-)

Edited by tonyabad on 03/25/2006 23:07:49 MST.

David Lewis
(davidlewis) - MLife

Locale: Nova Scotia, Canada
Re: Making Foster's Beer Can Sans Opener on 03/29/2006 04:36:55 MST Print View

Good to know... for some cans that can't be opened any other way... but why not just use a side cut openner? Roslie, Good Cook and Cuisipro all make openers that work.

Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Re: Making Foster's Beer Can Sans Opener on 03/29/2006 20:51:34 MST Print View

David, my reason for doing it the way the original poster described was simple - I still wanted the lip on the top. It adds a lot of rigidity. Just to clarify, I (and I think the original poster) cut out the inside recessed top of the can, not around the top like the side-cut can openers.

Ben

David Lewis
(davidlewis) - MLife

Locale: Nova Scotia, Canada
Re: Re: Re: Making Foster's Beer Can Sans Opener on 03/30/2006 08:58:46 MST Print View

Sidecut openers keep the lip on the can... at least about 90% of it anyway.

Scott Peterson
(scottalanp) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: Re: Re: Re: Making Foster's Beer Can Sans Opener on 03/30/2006 09:59:30 MST Print View

I agree with David...the Good Cook can opener, ubiquitous in it's retail availability, leaves the rim pretty much in tact...and takes about 4 seconds to use. Also, a very good can opener for home use too.

Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Making Foster's Beer Can Sans Opener on 03/30/2006 10:33:44 MST Print View

I hadn't realized that - I was basing my assumptions on the illustrations on the canpot page at zenstoves.net. I'll have to grab me one of these magical can openers... /:-|

Ben

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Making Foster's Beer Can Sans Opener on 04/02/2006 09:53:27 MDT Print View

They're worth it! I found a generic one at my local supermarket for $8. This weekend, I made played around with it: http://www.freewebs.com/jasonklass/myexperimentsadventures.htm